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.

10 Tips: Building Relationships with Youth

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 12:57

Building positive relationships with youth is an essential task and a foundational component of good instructional practice.

Youth grow and thrive in the context of close and dependable relationships that provide love and nurturance, security, and responsive interactions.

Keeping Students Safe Online

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 12:55

It's back-to-school time around the country. For many kids, that means using digital devices in order to complete homework, stay connected with working parents, or communicate with teachers and friends.

The Importance of Making Meaningful Measurable

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 00:00

For many in the United States, the United Kingdom has been a standout among political powers because of its treatment of youth work—afterschool programming, voluntary services, job training, housing—as a public good.

Connecting Kids With Nature

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:26

Afterschool is reading How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature, by Scott D. Sampson.

What's the key to raising a child who's connected to nature? Spend time outdoors.

Eating Healthier and Moving More in OST

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:00

Out-of-school time (OST) programs serve more than 10 million young people per year, which provides a significant opportunity to promote healthy eating and physical activity. Until fairly recently, however, the field has lacked a comprehensive set of operationalizable standards for healthy eating and physical activity (Childhood Obesity 2012).

Feeding Hungry Minds and Bodies

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 05:32

Think of opportunity as a faucet. During the school year, the faucet flows for our country's young people, offering access to public education, structured afterschool activities for many students, caring mentors or adults, and daily subsidized breakfast and lunch for those in need—all resources critical to ensuring positive outcomes for youth.

Summer Brain Games from Museum of Science and Industry

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 10:20

This summer, families are invited to blast off to space with the help of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry (MSI).

Reading is a Superpower!

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 10:06

ABDO′s Reading Is A Superpower! program includes graphic novels from Marvel and Star Wars, along with a curriculum that includes lesson plans, discussion questions, and vocabulary guides.

What’s Afterschool Reading This Summer?

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 00:00

For many, summer vacation brings thoughts of sun, relaxation, and cookouts with friends and family—and, if you're like many educators and students, summer reading lists!

Selecting STEM Activities: 15 Questions to Ask

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 07:59

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) affects every aspect of our lives. High-quality STEM experiences develop critical thinking skills, increase science literacy, and enable the next generation to be innovators. By helping youth develop science attitude, identity, and engagement, we can have a positive and lasting impact on youth.

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