NAA's "Stories That Shape Us" series shines a spotlight on the authentic stories and varying career paths of the afterschool profession. Told from the perspectives of NAA members themselves, each story is unique and highlights the differences but also the commonalities of the dedicated professionals serving youth around the country in out-of-school time today.
Staying positive when working with kids can be difficult when we feel they "just won't listen," but a shift in mindset can change that. What if we stopped telling kids what to do and provided guidance on what they could do? Here's how.
With so much changing so fast, the most in-demand jobs and skills of today may be obsolete by the time our youngest become adults. For youth to be ready for this new reality, they must acquire four critical "currencies" that will serve them well, whatever their future holds.
Earlier this spring, NAA launched new Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) so afterschool professionals and leaders could meet the moment by finding new ways to connect, learn and grow.
NAA's Podcast Club is PD designed for busy professionals interested in gleaning ideas and inspiration from group discussions about our favorite podcasts. It's like a book club—without the time commitment!
The new podcast series by The Wallace Foundation shares findings and early lessons from a RAND Corporation study of our Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI).
My first experience with the National Afterschool Association was in 2004, when I was accepted as a presenter at the annual convention. Kids Included Together—KIT—was a tiny startup at that time. Going to the NAA Convention to speak about disability inclusion was such a big deal that my colleagues presented me with a gift basket before I left for Florida.