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.

Micro-credentials & Digital Badges – What You Should Know

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00

A strong afterschool workforce is key to program quality and positive youth outcomes. Can competency-based recognition in the form of micro-credentials and digital badges help develop the skills, confidence, and careers of afterschool professionals? We think so! This cool infographic helps explain how.

Welcome to the Twitterverse!

Monday, 08 August 2016 00:00

Last year, I felt like a Gen Xer living in a millennial's world. Wait—who am I kidding? That's exactly what I was! This year is different. I realized that I'd somehow grown from latchkey, Doc Martens, and MTV of the '70s and '80s to afterschool for all, casual Fridays and Twitter for the 21st Century!

Youtube STEM Resources

Monday, 08 August 2016 00:00

YouTube now has more viewers ages 18-49 than television. It currently streams over 6 billion hours of video every month and they are in no danger of running out of content with 400 hours of video being uploaded every minute. Thankfully YouTube has matured and is not just for cat videos anymore!

Meeting Them Where They Are

Monday, 01 August 2016 12:32

Social workers use the phrase, "Be where the client is." It's meant to teach how to initially engage the client by meeting them where they are, versus telling them how and where to be.

NAA Expert Hub: Connect with the Best!

Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00

The NAA Expert Hub is now live! This new service will help afterschool and expanded learning programs connect with vetted experts for projects and training programs. NAA member organizations can use the NAA Expert Hub to find experts at no cost.

Webinar: The Intersection of Subsidy and Quality in School-Age Care

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:00

Join the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) on Thursday, August 11, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. EDT, to learn about emerging strategies for intertwining subsidy with quality in school-age care.

Connecting Social-Emotional Learning During and Beyond the School Day

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:00

The Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) recently released Finding Common Ground: Connecting Social-Emotional Learning During and Beyond the School Day.

Afterschool: Leaders in Action

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:39

Gaylynne Mack is the executive director of the Big Buddy Program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Gina Warner, NAA president and CEO, spoke with Gaylynne about her work in afterschool and in the city she's called home since 1986.

Emotional Intelligence: How It Interfaces with SEL

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:36

We all know social and emotional skills are important to develop in youth, but the learning doesn't have to stop there. Similar competencies in adults, known as emotional intelligence, could be further developed to enhance leadership skills.

Creating a Safe Physical Environment

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:00

In afterschool programs, safety is a crucial element.