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.

Leadership: A Tale of Two Bird Teams

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:00

I was born in Washington state and spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by Seattle Seahawks fans. In 2006, I moved to the East Coast and married into a family who bleeds the green of the Philadelphia Eagles. Since then, I've had two favorite bird teams. The past couple of years have been especially interesting, not only because these two bird teams have gone head to head several times, but because of the focus on the leadership provided by the coaches of each organization.

The Role of Afterschool in College Persistence

Friday, 12 February 2016 05:00

The Partnership for Afterschool Education (PASE), recognizes the crucial role afterschool programs play in fostering young people's intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth. The organization works toward improving the quality of afterschool programs for children and teens living in poverty.

4 Ways to Bring Balance to Your Program

Friday, 12 February 2016 00:00

The afterschool space is more than just a safe place for students to wait for caregivers to pick them up. It's where you can challenge students and help them learn skills in multiple areas. As you work on improving and growing your program, consider the following areas as a framework for organizing your space and your curriculum to bring out the best in your afterschool students.

A New SEL Field Guide

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 06:36

An innovative guide called "Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices in Social & Emotional Learning" has been launched in an effort to help afterschool programs across the country bring social and emotional skill development to the youth they serve.

5 Tips for Cultivating Creativity and Curiosity

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00

Providing high-quality STEM learning is bigger than simply presenting hands-on activities. The goal is to create an atmosphere of discovery where kids are engaged in creative and critical thinking. Asking good questions is an important part of creating the right environment. Through intentional questioning you can stretch young peoples' curiosity, reasoning ability, creativity, and independence.

Seven Tips for Positive Behavior

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 00:00

Positive behavior begins and ends with relationships—not with the rules. While systems and guidelines can provide structure for young people, cultivating an environment of meaningful connections between staff and youth creates a culture where positive behavior is part of the ongoing learning and development of youth.

Ready to Work!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 05:27

How Afterschool Programs Can Support Employability Through Social and Emotional Learning

Understanding the knowledge, attitudes and skills that ultimately contribute to success in school, work and life is a priority for educators and employers. Young people need a variety of important skills to be ready to work, including understanding key work habits and having a strong work ethic.

STEM Gems are Here!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:00

STEM Gems are short discovery-based experiences designed to engage young people in active experiential learning. They involve little or no materials and may be easily implemented by educators who are not STEM specialists.

How to Make a YouTube Video

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:45

YouTube is the hottest thing around-just ask any kid or teen you know! It's great for a laugh or to make us smile, and it's also a cool place to learn. YouTube videos can teach your afterschool students how to do new things and also share their knowledge with others. Learn how to make YouTube videos with help from Fidgets2Widgets.com, an innovative STEM afterschool program.

Explore Science with Explorakits!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 04:29

Everyone knows teachers and afterschool directors spend hours preparing valuable lessons to present to their students. They want the best for their students, but their time is often limited.

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