Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. In addition, NAA offers a variety of opportunities for virtual professional development (PD) through meaningful content, conversations and connections. Click here to see full descriptions of virtual PD offerings.

Supporting Disability Inclusion in Your Community

Monday, 17 May 2021 09:35

My first experience with the National Afterschool Association was in 2004, when I was accepted as a presenter at the annual convention. Kids Included Together—KIT—was a tiny startup at that time. Going to the NAA Convention to speak about disability inclusion was such a big deal that my colleagues presented me with a gift basket before I left for Florida.

Organize, Motivate, Engage!

Monday, 10 May 2021 10:14

Recently, NAA sat down with Sandy Slade, president of Skillastics, to talk about how the pandemic has affected how she serves her clients.

The Future of SEL

Monday, 10 May 2021 10:11

Early Lessons from Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs Implementing Social and Emotional Learning presents findings from the first two years of the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI), a multiyear effort exploring whether and how children can benefit from partnerships between schools and OST programs focused on building social and emotional skills.

Using Sports to Increase Academic Outcomes for Elementary Youth

Monday, 03 May 2021 11:56

Elementary schools are in a great position to bring afterschool programming that breaks the inequities of youth sports, while also increasing academic achievement for our youth.

Updated Guidance for Operating Youth and Summer Camps During COVID-19

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 09:56

As the end of the school year swiftly approaches, summer programming is top of mind. On April 24, 2021, the CDC released updated guidance for operating youth and summer camps during the pandemic.

I Miss You. I Hope You Are Well.

Friday, 23 April 2021 10:41

Every year, I look through my journal from the past year to help me reflect and find focus for the year. Are there things I want to let go of? Are there thoughts I want to take with me?

Developing Adults’ Capacity to Promote Social and Emotional Learning

Friday, 23 April 2021 10:39

The new podcast series by The Wallace Foundation shares findings and early lessons from a RAND Corporation study of our Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI).

You Are the Heart of Afterschool

Monday, 19 April 2021 12:00

In times of crisis, it becomes even more evident how important one caring adult can be to a child.

Get Youth Coding with Short Lessons and Activities

Monday, 19 April 2021 11:58

Take learning to the next level in your afterschool clubs or camps with programming projects from Texas Instruments (TI).

Developing and Implementing Interactive Virtual STEAM Programming

Monday, 05 April 2021 09:39

There are plenty of articles lamenting the changes brought upon us by the historic year of 2020. Now, I'm embracing the challenges it has offered.

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