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.

Get Your Staff Motivated!

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

Keeping your staff motivated is a challenge, especially when YOU don't feel motivated.

Easy Group Management During STEM

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 00:00

It's EASY!

Group management is a skill that is imperative when working in youth programs, and especially so when implementing STEM. It is important the adult leader carefully plan and prepare in advance in order to create the necessary structure for STEM learning—to make this process EASY, focus on the Environment, Activities, Schedule, and Your relationships and interactions.

Preparing Kids for the Path to Innovation

Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

We are at a unique place in time where STEM initiatives are influencing the future economy. Unfortunately, these initiatives are widening the gap between what students are learning in school and the skills they will need to thrive in a new digital and hyperconnected world.

Creating Order from Chaos

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:00

When you work with information—student data, activity plans, your own education—finding what you need can be seamless, or it can feel like a wild goose chase. It all depends on how you organize your files.

STEM Help is On the Way!

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00

We asked. You answered. We deliver.

Last spring, through the annual AfterSchool Today reader's survey, the NAA community expressed interest in additional resources to support science, technology, engineering and math—the subjects known as STEM.

Build a Solid Team

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00

It's not just about cooperation, it's about making every team member feel valued and important.

Great OST Minds Connect at Virtual Convention

Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

When was the last time you attended a conference and had the opportunity to network with hundreds of out-of-school time professionals ... while wearing your pajamas? Hundreds of afterschool professionals just did at the National AfterSchool Association Virtual Convention.

Technology and Fitness in Afterschool

Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

Get excited about moving!

Technology comes with a price tag many afterschool programs cannot afford—and if they can afford it, the idea of a child "running with" technology is perhaps nerve-wracking. Technology is the here and now, however, and when we can use it to boost physical fitness, sometimes we have to step outside of our comfort zones and try.

Gratitude: Not Just for Thanksgiving

Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

I'm busy. We're all busy. This year I recommended that we move Thanksgiving from Thursday to Friday. Why?

What’s Wrong with Ideas?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 00:00

As designers of engineering curriculum for children and young teens, we are frequently asked if our materials are "hands-on." In fact, we get this question more than any other. This obsession with hands-on perplexes us. We think people ask for two reasons—first, because they believe hands-on results in better learning; second, because they believe hands-on is essential to student engagement and learning.

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