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.

Quality Conversations: Starting with the End in Mind

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:52

Starting with the End in Mind—Using School and Community Needs Assessments to Design High-Impact Afterschool Programs.

 In this episode, we talk with Derryck Fletcher of the Y of Central Maryland—the state's largest provider of youth development programs. During our conversation we discuss the importance of cultivating strong partnerships with schools and families to develop high-quality afterschool programs that meet children where they are.


Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:50

The theme of ‪#‎NAA2015‬ is "Passionate Professionals, Powerful Stories" because we all have a story—and it's time to share yours! In a few words, tell your story in our downloadable graphic, snap a picture, and share using ‪#‎MyAfterschoolStory‬. Inspire others today!


Afterschool STEM Credential Underway

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:47

The National Afterschool Association has been awarded funding from the Noyce Foundation to develop the first afterschool STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) credential.

The investment centerpiece—a STEM-related micro-credential and digital badge series—offered by NAA and developed with Click2SciencePD, will serve as a validated, industrywide indicator that afterschool staff have the requisite competencies to facilitate STEM learning across a variety of settings.

Know Before You Go

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:46

How to Conference like a True AfterSchool Professional: Tips for First-Time NAA Convention Attendees

EZ-CARE Solutions

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00

EZCare online software is designed for todays after school professional. It eliminates administrative hassles, and makes enrollment, billing, scheduling and parent engagement easy.

Creating Program E-mail Standards: 10 Tips

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00

When was the last time you thought about how employees' e-mails represented your program? With the increased use of social media, texting, and Google docs or other project management software, you may have allowed your or your employees' e-mail standards to slide. But be careful: E-mail is still the most used communication tool in business today, which is why sharing e-mail etiquette and format standards is critical.

First Time at NAA Convention?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00

How to Conference like a True Afterschool Professional: Tips for NAA Convention Attendees

As a convention attendee, you'll experience informative and varied professional development sessions, exhibits, and the best networking with like-minded afterschool professionals. These tips will help you personalize your learning and plan a fun and engaging experience:

The Activity Gap

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 00:00

Access to afterschool programs is growing more unequal, and that's pushing disadvantaged kids further behind.

While numerous studies indicate a positive correlation linking academic achievement to afterschool programs that offer enrichment activities, data also shows that fewer students are able to access those valuable activities, largely due to their socio-economic status and funding cuts to programs.

#NAA2015: Passionate Professionals and Powerful Stories!

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 10:07

The #NAA2015 Exhibit Hall will be transformed into an Afterschool Learning Expo where Passionate Professionals have opportunities to share Powerful Stories, network, and learn about innovative ideas and products to help support quality and professionalism in out-of-school time.

Engage Readers at All Levels

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 00:00

Roleplay Reader and Playbooks® Reader's Theater Publishing provides innovative and engaging reading enrichment materials that provide growth and measurable results in reading fluency, comprehension, and confidence.

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