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.

Professionalizing the Workforce in Out-of-School Time and School-Age Child Care

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:00

On March 21, 2017, the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) hosted a webinar as part of NAA's Convention in Dallas.

The Arts and Summer Learning: A Transformative Combination

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:20

The arts are powerful tools for learning in any setting, inside and outside the classroom. Yet when you bring the arts to kids outside of the demands of the school day, their imaginations light up. They use the arts as a creative gateway to success.

Afterschool Is Amazing. Own It.

Monday, 22 May 2017 00:00

Last month, afterschool professionals across the nation celebrated Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week, April 24 through April 28. During these few days, we encouraged celebration of those who deliver the incredibly important—yet often undervalued—task of providing direct service in out-of-school programs to youth every day.

Preventing Teen Suicide in Response to ‘13 Reasons Why’

Monday, 22 May 2017 00:00

The latest Netflix hit, 13 Reasons Why is based on a novel of the same name by Jay Asher. It chronicles fictional teenager Hannah Baker's death by suicide. Before her death, Hannah records a series of 13 tapes, blaming people—and providing reasons—for her death.

Multisensory Learning in the Digital Age

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 09:00

Have you ever danced to learn a new letter of the alphabet? Research shows that employing multiple senses may have significant benefits for learning new skills. Multisensory learning involves two or more senses within the same activity.

Heroes, Villains, Intrigue and Drama of the STEM World

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 08:55

STEM is often thought of as quite dull. When asked about STEM, many people picture smart old white men, who wear white coats and work alone in sterile labs. These men explain things using long, complicated words and math symbols that might as well be hieroglyphics.

Help Young People Unleash Their Inner Rockstars!

Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

When I share about my experience growing up in New York (or New "Yawk" as I've been known to say) and attending public school, I'm always struck by how rich and layered my education was and how much afterschool hours shaped my life—profoundly.

Tips to Incorporate SEL in Afterschool Programs

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:59

Afterschool programs across the nation are experiencing the many benefits of integrating social emotional learning (SEL) into their schedules—including improved communication, reduced bullying, and stronger peer relationships.

Finding STEM Learning Opportunities that Inspire Young People to Explore, Discover and Create

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:42

The process of teaching and learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) offers youth opportunities to make sense of the world they live in and prepare them for the future workforce.

8 Simple Ways for Kids to Practice Kindness Every Day

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:38

In our busy lives, it's easy for adults to forget the importance of kindness—much less kids, who are focused on playing with friends or their new iPad app. Yet even the smallest act of kindness makes us happier.