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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.

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.

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.

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.

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