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.

7 Tips to Positive Behavior

Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

Positive behavior begins and ends with relationships—not with the rules. While systems and guidelines can provide structure for young people, cultivating an environment of meaningful connections between staff and youth creates a culture where positive behavior is part of the ongoing learning and development of youth.

Get a Jump on Summer Program Planning: 6 Ideas to Try!

Friday, 16 May 2014 04:15

Summer is a great time to educate kids about healthy lifestyles, role model the behaviors ourselves, and cultivate environments that make it easier for kids to make healthier choices. An engaging summer is also essential! To get the most out of your summer program this year, try these tips from the professionals of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and keep your kids healthy and learning.

Leadership at the Movies - Part 2

Thursday, 08 May 2014 06:33

What does it take to be an effective leader? Last week, we offered the first five principles of Bill Stanczykiewicz’s 2014 NAA Annual Convention presentation that revealed the essential characteristics of leadership. Here are the next steps to completing that transformation.

Integrating Technology and Learning

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Listen in as Gina Warner, NAA executive director, and Pam Simon, Fidgets2Widgets co-founder and director, chat about out-of-school time programs as great places for combining technology and learning.

10 Ways to Coach Toward Youth Program Quality

Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

Quality is certainly on the forefront of afterschool/youth development programs across the country. Whether you are using a formal assessment tool for measuring Youth Program Quality or not, I believe all youth workers should have a concept of what quality looks like and ways to build quality into our programs. You can be an important coach to support your staff in growing their capacity towards recognizing and incorporating youth program quality.

Leadership at the Movies - Part 1

Friday, 25 April 2014 05:13

At the 2014 NAA Annual Convention, Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, presented entertaining, inspiring, and humorous movie clips that revealed the essential characteristics of leadership. Here is the first part of the top ten guide created from his presentation. These leadership principles can earn you "two thumbs up" from your colleagues and funders as well as the youth and families you serve.

Speak the Language of Business

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:20

Schools and parents are turning more and more to fundraising to support out-of-school time programs because of budget cuts. However, trying to convince businesses to help out can be challenging, and it's easy to get turned down by not following certain business protocols. Here are some tips to consider when fundraising from businesses, corporations, and people in the for-profit sector.

Tips for Using Transmedia In Out-Of-School Settings

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Transmedia, also known as “transmedia storytelling,” is the technique of telling a single story across multiple media platforms. Each platform—for example, television, videogame, or website—offers a distinct element that contributes to the user’s understanding of the overall story.

Simple Ideas for Making Your Out-of-School Program Healthier

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 03:35

Out-of-school time providers have the unique opportunity to create environments where healthy eating and physical activity are encouraged. It doesn’t matter if you’re a before school program, an afterschool program, a summer program, a scouting organization, or a sports team, you play a meaningful role in empowering youth to eat better and move more. As you think about your goals for 2014, below are resources and tools you can try throughout the year to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

12 Tips for Integrating Academic Enrichment Into Your Afterschool Program

Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

I have been working with out-of-school time across the country for over 15 years now, and these tips are based on practices that I have seen work. Most of them are built on things that I have seen and learned from the field. Take a look! You might already be doing some of them or this may be a new way of looking at how you work with kids. I hope you enjoy.

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