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.

Effective Practices to Cultivate Social-Emotional Learning in the Middle and High School Years

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00

Please join us for this webinar on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST.

The Power of Family Relationships

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 00:00

Search Institute recently released "Don't Forget the Families," a major study that finds that the quality of parent-child relationships is 10 times more powerful than demographics (race, ethnicity, family composition, and family income) in predicting whether children are developing critical character strengths such as being motivated to learn, being responsible, and caring for others.

Coding in Afterschool: Get Started with the Hour of Code!

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 00:00

Kids love technology! Wouldn't it be great if they could learn to make their own animations, video games or phone apps? In this webinar, learn how to get your students started with coding during the Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show kids of all ages that they can learn the basics. Host your Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 7 – 13, 2015. 

TurnkeyPD: Ten Ways for Coaching Toward Youth Program Quality

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 00:00

Quality is certainly on the forefront of afterschool/youth development programs across the country. You can be an important coach to support your staff in growing their capacity towards recognizing and incorporating youth program quality.

Make the Case To Attend Convention

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 00:00

Gather with the brightest, most passionate and talented minds in the afterschool community at the 27th annual NAA Convention, at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in the Greater Orlando area.

Book Review: I am Jackie Robinson

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00

With the World Series underway, Brad Meltzer's book I am Jackie Robinson is more relevant than ever. Champions @ Dugan Elementary site director Anne Leonardi gave this book a test run in her afterschool program. Read her review, below.

Identifying Prospective Board Members

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00

"The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders, and continually develops them." —John Maxwell

Message from a Former Bully

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00

Bullying is a big issue currently facing young people, during school and in out-of-school time. Youth all face this growing problem.

Full STEM Ahead Report

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:00

Afterschool programs are embracing STEM as a natural fit for the afterschool setting.

In 2014, Afterschool Alliance conducted a nationwide survey that included asking parents about STEM in afterschool and summer programs.

Know Thyself: Developing Your Inner Leader

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 10:16

One of the most important skills you could develop as a leader is self-awareness—continuously being aware of your thought process and your reactions to those thoughts.

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