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.

Collaborating and Assessing Reopening Scenarios

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 08:03

As many schools and afterschool programs do their best to assess how to move forward with serving young people during the pandemic, many leaders, such as Tiffany Lillie, Director, Community Resource Development, Framingham Public Schools, say community task forces are piecing together what the future may look like, including planning to go fully remote in the fall if needed.

Our Village, Our Children, Our Future: Preparing Our Youth for Their Destiny—with a Team that Is for THEM

Monday, 29 June 2020 16:01

"It takes a village to raise a child ..."
—African proverb

Supporting Youth Facing Stress from Social Injustice

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 10:58

All children have role models. The question remains whom this responsibility lands on and if they are willing and prepared.

Searching for a Career Identity?

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 10:54

Youth need and deserve capable adults to create and sustain stimulating environments for them to grow and experience meaning in their lives.

Recognizing the Role of Afterschool and Summer Programs and Systems in Reopening and Rebuilding

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 10:51

The need for safety, support, and trusting reciprocal relationships becomes even more important now as we work to rebuild and return stronger than before COVID-19.

Let’s Talk the Future of Afterschool: Strengthening Social and Emotional Support for Adults and Young People: Reopening and Beyond

Monday, 15 June 2020 15:54

In the recent Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool conversation, Gina Warner, President and CEO, NAA, was joined by Jessica Newman, Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research, and Ebony Grace, Director of Partnerships and Quality Initiatives, NJSACC, NAA Board of Directors, where the topic of strengthening social and emotional support for adults and young people for reopening and beyond was addressed.

Let’s Talk the Future of Afterschool: School and Afterschool Coordination

Monday, 15 June 2020 15:53

NAA's second Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool conversation, held on May 20, 2020, welcomed Jonathan Melendez, Coordinator, Fairfax County (Virginia) Out-of-School Time Network, and focused on school and afterschool coordination as we move forward towards reopening amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Let’s Talk the Future of Afterschool: Reopening

Monday, 15 June 2020 15:51

Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool is a bi-weekly, interactive conversation that provides timely updates and resources to our membership and inform policymakers, funders, and other decision-makers about the state of the afterschool field's efforts and needs.

The Benefits of Having a Mentor as a Young Professional

Monday, 15 June 2020 12:09

A good mentor can have a professional and personal impact. One young professional shares four things she's received from her mentors over the years.

When You Know Better, You Do Better

Monday, 15 June 2020 12:07

"Causenetic"—a monthly podcast from YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas—led by cause driven leaders, Keith Vinson and Rodrigua Ross—recently welcomed NAA Board Member, Tasha Franklin Johnson Ph.D.

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