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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.

SEL Skills and Employability

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 00:00

The research is clear: Employers are looking for skills that go beyond content knowledge. Recognizing the knowledge, attitudes and skills that ultimately contribute to success in the workplace is a priority for educators and employers. One aspect of employability that has gained attention in recent years is the need for strong social and emotional skills in order to be successful in the workplace.

10 Tips: Become a STEM Superstar

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 00:00

Do you want to have clear skin and lose weight? The secret is to teach STEM! Well, perhaps not, however, STEM continues to be a driving force in education. STEM is fun, it is an increasingly important part of education, and parents are placing it higher on their priority lists when selecting programs for their kids. Make STEM a priority this year. Both you and the young people you work with will evolve as learners, and who knows? It might even improve your skin and make you thinner.

Afterschool Tech Trends 2016

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 08:24

The impact of technology on afterschool professionals is significant. Through technology, afterschool professionals can more effectively interact with one another, grow their afterschool wheelbase, and receive flexible and personalized learning.

My New Year's Resolution. What's Yours?

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

I was in my late 20s when my boss at the time referred to me as "a woman in a hurry." Feeling that was appropriate recognition for my hard work and initiative, I glowed with the praise.

It wasn't until this year that I realized her "compliment" maybe wasn't quite as positive as I had interpreted it to be.

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.

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