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.

Full STEM Ahead Report

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:00

Afterschool programs are embracing STEM as a natural fit for the afterschool setting.

In 2014, Afterschool Alliance conducted a nationwide survey that included asking parents about STEM in afterschool and summer programs.

Know Thyself: Developing Your Inner Leader

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 10:16

One of the most important skills you could develop as a leader is self-awareness—continuously being aware of your thought process and your reactions to those thoughts.

Dabbling in the Data

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 10:13

Over the past few years, there's been an explosion of interest in using data to inform continuous quality improvement—yet the resources to help organizations make meaning of their data have lagged behind.

Learnings from an Afternoon at the London Science Museum

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 00:00

One of the highlights of NAA's inaugural International Learning Exchange was an afternoon at the London Science Museum with Dr. Kenny Webster, head of the museum's Learning Operations.

TurnkeyPD: Tips for Transitioning with Kids

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 00:00

Transitions can be hard on a child. With these helpful tips, you can make it easier on your students to easily switch between activities. For all situations, make sure to in a positive manner tell children ahead of time where they are going, what they are going to do, and what behavior is expected of them.

Charity for Change Giver Program

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 09:28

Take a minute for student empathy, compassion, and self-efficacy. 

All children, regardless of their socioeconomic background, deserve to know the feeling that comes from giving and from helping others. Take a minute to remember how you felt the last time you gave your time or money to help someone else.

AIR Releases SEL Resources

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 09:25

American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently released a new resource on social and emotional learning (SEL) for the afterschool field.

Make the Most of a Conference

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00

When promotional materials for local or national conferences come across your desk, do you get excited about the opportunities, or do you feel overwhelmed about which to choose?

Fellowship: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for kids is all the rage in education circles, and Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a hot topic in leadership and career development of professionals.

5 Steps for Handling Upset Parents

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00

Improving your program's customer service requires the fine art of working with frustrated parents. We've all had them. We all know the principle that if you can successfully turn around an upset customer, they'll be more loyal to your company than if they never had an issue at all.

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