Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. Be sure to check in regularly.

Supporting Children and Parents Affected by the Trauma of Separation

Monday, 30 July 2018 16:33

More than 2,300 children have recently suffered the traumatic experience of being forcibly separated from their parents at the United States border.

Decoding STEM/STEAM: New Report Released

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 10:33

The Toy Association, NAA Corporate Advisory Board member and co-partner in the new Play Ambassador program, has released Decoding STEM/STEAM.

Tools for Adapting SEL Programs to Your Environment

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 10:20

Emerging best practices in out-of-school time (OST) are well-aligned with the goals of social and emotional learning (SEL), but few SEL programs are designed for OST environments. 

Survey of Afterschool Programs Suggests Most Offer Fruit and Vegetables Daily

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 10:16

It's no secret: Kids could use more fruits and vegetables in their diets overall.

5 Ways to Spark STEM Interest in Girls

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 10:01

The loss of interest and engagement in STEM programs and careers for girls is well documented. And while women make up half of the workforce, only 29 percent participate in STEM careers, with even lower numbers in computer science. Karen Peterson, CEO of National Girls Collaborative Project, shares her thoughts.

Managing Stress: A Proven Key to Success

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:31

The ability to identify and manage stress is key to succeeding in any leadership position.

Support Kids Less Than Queso? Don’t Think So.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:26

Part of my job at NAA is to communicate the importance of quality.

Afterschool and Summer Learning

Friday, 29 June 2018 10:49

The National League of Cities has announced a new set of tools to promote afterschool and summer learning.

Play and Exploration

Friday, 29 June 2018 10:23

Q&A with Jay Flores, Global STEM Ambassador, Rockwell Automation

The Softer Side of Joy

Thursday, 21 June 2018 16:31

You've heard of mindfulness, but do you know how deep and far it resonates? Join The Leadership Program's resident expert, Matt Flynt, on this exploration of one of the most powerful and complex human emotions—joy—and how mindfulness plays a bigger part than you might even realize.

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