Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. Be sure to check in regularly.

How to Have an Amazing 2017 (Free Gift Included!)

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 00:00

I remember so vividly how I felt this time last year: Overwhelmed. Frustrated. Mad at myself that another year had slipped by and I wasn't where I wanted to be in achieving my leadership goals.

International Learning Exchange: Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:00

This past summer, members of the National AfterSchool Association spent time with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and other organizations in Ireland as part of their annual International Learning Exchange.

Resources for Including Computer Science in Afterschool

Monday, 05 December 2016 08:43

Looking for resources to help you, your teammates, or your staff integrate computer science in afterschool? Following are 20 helpful websites, articles, and organizations:

Effective Capacity Building: A Brief Guide for OST Intermediary Organizations

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 04:27

Intermediary organizations play a critical role in the afterschool ecosystem by connecting OST providers to each other and to other stakeholders – including policymakers, funders, parents and communities.

Afterschool: It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

Monday, 21 November 2016 06:48

This year we lost several great musicians—first Prince and David Bowie, and then last week we said goodbye to two musical legends, Leon Russell and Leonard Cohen.

Hour of Code: Afterschool Style

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 05:18

Computer science is foundational—and changing every industry on the planet. The basics of computer science help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills, preparing students for any future career.

8 Ways You Can Bring Literacy into Your Afterschool Program

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 05:15

Many of us are aware that daily reading and literacy activity can enhance vocabulary, increase comprehension and develop an understanding about story structure, among other skills.

Teaching Cooperation Through Crafting

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 04:51

In a world where technology has shortened the distance between people, it's critical for children to develop interpersonal skills. Communication skills are essential to high achievement in academic pursuits, and are essential to a productive and fulfilling career.

STEM Pathways to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 04:42

Young people today face a health crisis—unhealthy eating habits and decreased physical activity have led to skyrocketing obesity rates. Not long ago, young people walked to school, enjoyed long recesses and spent a lot of time outside.

Defy the Limits of STEAM Learning Through Design

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 08:37

During Appleton's Afterschool Labs program, the sounds of construction, negotiation and laughter fill the classroom as students race to complete a Maker Day challenge.

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