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.

MetLife Foundation Issue Brief: Afterschool and the Common Core

Monday, 27 January 2014 09:52

At the Afterschool Alliance, we are thrilled to start off the new year with the release of the first in a series of issue briefs that explore the many ways afterschool programs are playing an integral role supporting the academic, social and emotional growth of middle schoolers across the country.  In partnership with MetLife Foundation, this year’s series of issue briefs will focus on the Common Core State Standards, students with disabilities and other special needs, the use of data to improve afterschool programs, and keeping kids safe and supported in the hours after school.  

Robotics – Getting Started Guide from 4-H Youth Development Experts

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 09:58

 Robotics is a fast-growing program for youth, adding an attractive hands-on component to STEM education. However, many afterschool sites struggle with finding the resources they need to begin and sustain their youth robotics activities.

10 Trends in Afterschool: 2014

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:00

As we welcome a new year, I want to take a moment to share ten trends I see on the horizon for the afterschool field:

10 Trends in Afterschool: 2014

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:00

As we welcome a new year, I want to take a moment to share ten trends I see on the horizon for the afterschool field:

Ten Books for the Afterschool Professional

Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

I often look forward to the holidays as a time to sneak in a little extra reading.  Whether you are reading for business or pleasure, I hope you’ll enjoy these books I’ve read this year.  Feel free to send me your suggestions, too!  I’m always looking for a good book!

Ten Books for the Afterschool Professional

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

I often look forward to the holidays as a time to sneak in a little extra reading. Whether you are reading for business or pleasure, I hope you’ll enjoy these books I’ve read this year. Feel free to send me your suggestions, too! I’m always looking for a good book!

Dear Nick Saban: Can I share our NAA Core Competencies with you?

Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00

Let me begin by saying that for those of you who don’t know me I am a HUGE football fan!  I am an especially huge college football fan AND the team I have followed since I was a child is the University of Alabama.

New Research Shows Afterschool Workforce More Stable, Better Educated

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 03:02

After conducting a survey of afterschool professionals and National AfterSchool Association members, the National AfterSchool Association has found great insights into the strength and education of those who are invested in the afterschool industry.

Six Tip Sheets for Handling Afterschool Data

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:19

Data, smartly employed, can help afterschool decision-makers with everything from allocating resources fairly to improving program quality. But what information is needed? How should it be collected? And what are the best ways to put it to use? 

Tips For Youth Engagement

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00

Keeping kids engaged in this day and age is almost next to impossible when their minds are focused on the technology in front of them. For any teacher, it's always a battle to fight for kids' attention and keeping them involved and participating with the activity the rest of the class is doing. Here, we provide you with ten ways that you can keep kids in your program engaged and focused on whatever task is at-hand. 

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