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.

Finding Funding for Youth Programs: A How-To Manual

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Is it possible for youth program directors to successfully raise funds in a struggling economy?

Author Carolyn Hudman contends it is easier than you think! Discover how you can take advantage of untapped resources in your local community through strategic friend-raising and creative fundraising with her new book, Finding Funding for Youth Programs, now available on Amazon.com.

Earth Day: April 22

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:35

April 22 is Earth Day. Gear up for STEM-related instruction, volunteer opportunities, and year-round strategies for keeping the planet green, with the help of these resources:

April is National Financial Capability Month

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:34

Nothing brings learning to life like real-world applications. Emphasize the "M" in STEM with these resources for National Financial Capability Month.

Family Online Safety Institute Offers Cyber Ethics Resources

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:32

This month, the Family Online Safety Institute theme is "Good Digital Parenting—tackling Cyber Ethics and what it means to be civil and respectful online."

Quality Conversation #3: Monica Marie Jones

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 00:00

Implementing a Quality Improvement System: Changing Process, Changing Mindset, Changing Outcomes.

Adopting a continuous program quality improvement model is challenging; change can be uncomfortable, and system implementation can be a long process.

Webinar Series: Engaging Youth in Language & Literacy

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 00:00

In the same time it takes to check your e-mail, you can boost your professional expertise in the areas of language and literacy for your afterschool program! Join the National AfterSchool Association in partnership with the Youth Today Out-of-School Time Hub for a unique webinar series consisting of four 15-minute webinars on engaging youth in language and literacy during out-of school time (OST).

Youth Civic Engagement Programs: Lifelong Impact

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:40

After school and other out-of-school time (OST) providers should consider adding Youth Civic Engagement programs to their regular program offerings, as these types of learning experiences benefit the child, provider, and our greater society. Through positive youth development programming we empower youth each day—so why not focus some of that wonderful energy toward formally getting children civically engaged?

Google Science Fair

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:33

The Google Science Fair is a global online competition open to individuals and teams ages thirteen to eighteen. Students sign up for the Science Fair with a free Google account at GoogleScienceFair.com.

Quality Conversations: Starting with the End in Mind

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:52

Starting with the End in Mind—Using School and Community Needs Assessments to Design High-Impact Afterschool Programs.

 In this episode, we talk with Derryck Fletcher of the Y of Central Maryland—the state's largest provider of youth development programs. During our conversation we discuss the importance of cultivating strong partnerships with schools and families to develop high-quality afterschool programs that meet children where they are.

‪#‎MyAfterschoolStory‬

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:50

The theme of ‪#‎NAA2015‬ is "Passionate Professionals, Powerful Stories" because we all have a story—and it's time to share yours! In a few words, tell your story in our downloadable graphic, snap a picture, and share using ‪#‎MyAfterschoolStory‬. Inspire others today!

 

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