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.

Inspiring Continued Learning Beyond the Bell: After School Zone

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 09:32

Every weekday, students in 29 Orange County public middle schools have a choice: They can either sit at home or participate in the Florida county's award-winning After School Zone. Since its 1999 inception, over 245,000 youth have chosen the Zone and are better for it.

25 Creative Ways to Ask Kids About Their Day

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 09:27

How we engage with children matters! It's time to take casual "how was your day" conversations to the next level and make them more meaningful.

Plant the Seeds Now for Summer Program Success

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 10:05

Most out-of-school time leaders and advocates are familiar with the phenomenon social scientists call "the summer slide," a time when children—especially those in underserved communities—are at risk of losing up to two or three months of grade-level equivalency in math, reading and other academic skills.

Learn to Play, Play to Learn

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 10:01

Every day, we hear our youth say, "I just want more time" or "I just need to finish this" as they're made to stop what they're doing and move on to the next scheduled life event.

APAW 2019: A Show of Appreciation

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00

April 22 – 26, 2019, was Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week—and you came out in full force!

A Celebration of Leadership: Ellen Gannett

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 11:08

Ellen Gannett of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) was recently honored during the Celebration of Leadership Reception at the National AfterSchool Association Annual Convention.

Self-Care to Avoid Burnout

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 11:05

Twice in my nearly 20-year career in youth development, I have wanted to walk away from working with students and never return.

Positive Behavior Supports in a Bag of Tricks

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 11:02

It has been over 20 years since I was a day camp director, but this time of year I always wistfully remember the anticipation, excitement and energy that's unique to planning summer programs.

Building Education Career Pathways in Afterschool

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 10:04

Operating in partnership with NYC Men Teach, the cohort-based ExpandED Schools Pathways Fellowship program is designed to recruit, support, and train men of color interested in pursuing education or youth development careers.

Battling Boredom in Afterschool: How to Get Kids Engaged in Learning While Being Physically Active

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 09:55

Afterschool programs can contribute greatly to boosting academic performance, promoting physical activity, and providing kids with a safe and nurturing environment.

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