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.

Afterschool a Key Opportunity to Promote Healthy Habits

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00

Afterschool programs have significant potential to promote healthy eating and physical activity for the 10.2 million US children they serve, according to a new volume of New Directions for Youth Development (NDYD) focused on health and afterschool.

Supporting English Language Learners through First Language in OST

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00

The number of English language learners (ELs) enrolled in United States' public schools increased by 51 percent in the last decade. ELs now make up 11 percent of the U.S. school population, and the number will keep increasing.

Life Lessons from the Soccer Field

Friday, 22 May 2015 00:00

Last night was the first night of travel soccer tryouts for my daughter's youth soccer league. Youth sports are big business in our neck of the woods, and the 84 girls who showed up for last night's tryouts attest to the program's strength.

3 Exciting Things: STEM Afterschool in Alabama

Thursday, 14 May 2015 00:00

Just last week, the Science Coalition honored U.S. Senator Richard Shelby from Alabama as a "Champion of Science" for his work to support funding for science research. Many people might not be aware of the many STEM industries operating in his state. From the aerospace industry in Huntsville, to the ever-expanding health care sector in Birmingham, to the new Air Bus production facility in Mobile, Alabama has a lot of STEM investment!

12 Tips: Engage and Elevate Youth Writing Experience in OST

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 05:26

Handwriting is being replaced by typing and talking replaced by texting ... and some kids don't know the difference.

Young people are learning that communicating in 140 characters or less is acceptable.

Bring the Links to Your Kids!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 05:18

Starting Time is the North American distributor of My mini Golf, a fun portable putting game.

Nominations for NAA Board Now Open!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 05:16

Do you know someone who would be a great addition to the board of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA)? Or are you yourself interested in learning more about serving?

Announcing the Top 25 Workshops from #NAA2015

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 00:00

Based on session evaluations from the NAA Convention 2015 app, we've created a list of the Top 25 Presentations from the convention. If you didn't have a chance to attend these sessions, you may wish to visit these presenters' websites, follow them on Twitter, or sign up for their workshops if you see them offered in the future!

3 Things You Need to Know About Young People in Baltimore

Thursday, 07 May 2015 00:00

As the eyes of the nation have been focused on Baltimore these past weeks, I knew there was much more to the story than what we were seeing on our televisions and through social media. For a deeper perspective, I turned to Ellie Mitchell, director of the Maryland Out of School Time Network, and a long-time advocate for greater investments in young people throughout Maryland—and especially in Baltimore.

Engaging Youth in Language & Literacy

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00

If you missed the fifteen-minute Webinar series, Engaging Youth in Language & Literacy, that's OK. We've organized all of the content here for you!

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