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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.

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.

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.

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 00:00

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is calling all students in grades five through eight for another year of groundbreaking science exploration.

NAA Response to State of the Union Address

Thursday, 22 January 2015 15:10

"Building American Skills Through Community Colleges" Proposal Presents Huge Opportunity for Afterschool

NAA Quality Conversations

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Each day, over 10 million children participate in afterschool programs. Working parents rely on these programs to keep their children learning, growing and safe during the gap hours—after the school day ends, but before parents come home from work.

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