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.

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.

Dabbling in the Data

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 10:13

Over the past few years, there's been an explosion of interest in using data to inform continuous quality improvement—yet the resources to help organizations make meaning of their data have lagged behind.

Learnings from an Afternoon at the London Science Museum

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 00:00

One of the highlights of NAA's inaugural International Learning Exchange was an afternoon at the London Science Museum with Dr. Kenny Webster, head of the museum's Learning Operations.

TurnkeyPD: Tips for Transitioning with Kids

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 00:00

Transitions can be hard on a child. With these helpful tips, you can make it easier on your students to easily switch between activities. For all situations, make sure to in a positive manner tell children ahead of time where they are going, what they are going to do, and what behavior is expected of them.

Charity for Change Giver Program

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 09:28

Take a minute for student empathy, compassion, and self-efficacy. 

All children, regardless of their socioeconomic background, deserve to know the feeling that comes from giving and from helping others. Take a minute to remember how you felt the last time you gave your time or money to help someone else.

AIR Releases SEL Resources

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 09:25

American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently released a new resource on social and emotional learning (SEL) for the afterschool field.

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