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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.

The Walking Classroom: Get Students Moving and Learning!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:09

The Walking Classroom addresses students' need to move. Whether for the energy-filled student who can't sit still or the student who needs encouragement to get his recommended daily amount of activity, incorporating walking into the classroom benefits everyone.

Spooky (But Healthy) Halloween Treats

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

Grocery and convenience stores are already displaying Halloween candy, and your students may already be enjoying these sugary treats. Here are a few ideas for reasonably healthy snacks to celebrate the season without a sugar overload.

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:02

In support of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is providing resources for families, teens, educators, clinicians, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel on how to recognize, deal with, and prevent bullying.

Webinar Invitation: Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework

Monday, 22 September 2014 10:34

What outcomes are most important to track? How can we use data to improve our expanded-learning system? What tools exist to measure social and emotional skills?

Collective Insights on Collective Impact

Monday, 22 September 2014 10:30

Anyone working on collective impact strategies for children and youth won't want to miss the new issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review—the journal that helped to launch the collective impact movement.

Adobe Youth Voices: Develop Youth Media Making

Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is the Adobe Foundation's signature global initiative to increase creativity in education. To date, AYV programs are active in more than fifty-five countries, affecting 190,000 youth worldwide. For the first time, a free AYV online course will bring to the public all the key elements of this successful program. Now, any educator could integrate the core principles of this successful program and become an Adobe Youth Voices Educator.

Call for Applications: STEM Learning Programs

Monday, 08 September 2014 07:31

Applications are now being accepted for the STEMworks database of effective STEM learning programs. Any STEM programs that serve preK-12 students and teachers—in or out of school—can and are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Friday, September 12, 2014.

Celebrate the 15th Annual Lights On Afterschool, October 23, 2014!

Monday, 25 August 2014 08:22

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

Non-Competitive Games and Resources

Monday, 25 August 2014 07:02

Non-competitive games help young people get to know each other, teach cooperation, and make all children feel welcome. The first day of a new program or days when new children visit your site are great times to utilize non-competitive games.

STEM Resources from the National Science Foundation

Monday, 25 August 2014 06:44

Over the past three years, the National Science Foundation has sponsored a series of STEM Smart Workshops, which have showcased promising practices and resources in support of effective K-12 STEM Education in schools and programs.

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