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.

Make the Most of a Conference

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00

When promotional materials for local or national conferences come across your desk, do you get excited about the opportunities, or do you feel overwhelmed about which to choose?

Fellowship: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for kids is all the rage in education circles, and Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a hot topic in leadership and career development of professionals.

5 Steps for Handling Upset Parents

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00

Improving your program's customer service requires the fine art of working with frustrated parents. We've all had them. We all know the principle that if you can successfully turn around an upset customer, they'll be more loyal to your company than if they never had an issue at all.

PCS Edventures’ Afterschool Curricula

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:38

Looking to bring more variety to your current afterschool program?

PCS Edventures has recently created a series of curricula that is perfect for afterschool settings, clubs, and more. Known as LABCards, these newly developed units cover topics ranging from exciting robotics and programming to 3-D printing, computer coding, and so much more.

Know Your Elevator Speech

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 00:00

If the opportunity presents, could you advocate for your program and talk to people about the importance of afterschool?

Ken Anthony looked forward to a meeting at which he'd talk about a webinar highlighting a budding summer learning model that embodies partnership, community and district support, and shared outcomes. Before that, he was catching a colleague for lunch, to talk about the White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship through Furman University.

NAA Code of Ethics

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 00:00

The NAA Code of Ethics sets standards of conduct for the afterschool professional and outlines personal and professional excellence encouraging the professional development of those working in the afterschool field.

Meet and Greet Kids Daily to Build Relationships

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 00:00

In the book Partners in Learning: From Conflict to Collaboration in Secondary Classrooms, Carol Miller Lieber writes that doing a meet and greet with students during arrival is critical to relationship building.

National League of Cities Institute Seeks Input on Summer Learning

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 09:26

The National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families is currently researching the role that cities play in supporting summer learning. This survey will help gather information on unique city practices, partnerships, and municipal investment in summer learning.

Summer Changes Everything™ Conference: October 12-14

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 00:00

A message from Rachel Gwaltney, Director of Policy & Partnerships, National Summer Learning Association:

TurnkeyPD is Back!

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 00:00

9 New Professional Development Topics!

What is TurnkeyPD? TurnKeyPD is a series of PD resources designed to help leaders build specific core knowledge and competencies of afterschool and youth development professionals.

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