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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.

"E" is for Engineering

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:54

Scientists study what already exists. They examine the world around them to understand how it works.

New Digital Learning Grant Opportunity

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 10:01

On January 2, 2017, the Susan Crown Exchange (SCE) launched the Digital Learning Challenge, a new initiative focused on gaining and sharing knowledge about how digital tools and practices can promote the development of skills for the workforce and positive community participation in youth.

Studies Show Active Kids Do Better

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 04:34

The research is clear: If we want students to succeed academically, we need to teach them to take care of their bodies and encourage them to exercise regularly.

How to Have an Amazing 2017 (Free Gift Included!)

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 00:00

I remember so vividly how I felt this time last year: Overwhelmed. Frustrated. Mad at myself that another year had slipped by and I wasn't where I wanted to be in achieving my leadership goals.

International Learning Exchange: Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:00

This past summer, members of the National AfterSchool Association spent time with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and other organizations in Ireland as part of their annual International Learning Exchange.

Resources for Including Computer Science in Afterschool

Monday, 05 December 2016 08:43

Looking for resources to help you, your teammates, or your staff integrate computer science in afterschool? Following are 20 helpful websites, articles, and organizations:

Effective Capacity Building: A Brief Guide for OST Intermediary Organizations

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 04:27

Intermediary organizations play a critical role in the afterschool ecosystem by connecting OST providers to each other and to other stakeholders – including policymakers, funders, parents and communities.

Afterschool: It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

Monday, 21 November 2016 06:48

This year we lost several great musicians—first Prince and David Bowie, and then last week we said goodbye to two musical legends, Leon Russell and Leonard Cohen.

Hour of Code: Afterschool Style

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 05:18

Computer science is foundational—and changing every industry on the planet. The basics of computer science help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills, preparing students for any future career.

8 Ways You Can Bring Literacy into Your Afterschool Program

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 05:15

Many of us are aware that daily reading and literacy activity can enhance vocabulary, increase comprehension and develop an understanding about story structure, among other skills.

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