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.

Tips for Transitioning with Kids

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Transitions can be hard on a child. With these helpful tips you can make it easier on your students to easily switch between activities. For all situations make sure to, in a positive manner, tell children ahead of time where they are going, what they are going to do, and what behavior is expected of them.

Afterschool Programs for High School Students

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 09:18

Afterschool programs have attracted a strong and growing constituency among both academic theorists and policy makers. Yet participation in afterschool programs is extremely sparse at the high school level. Clearly there is a need to develop more attractive afterschool programs for high school youth, which makes After School Matters (ASM), one of the country’s largest programs for this group, an important program to study. 

Work Successfully With Your Board of Directors

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 00:00

Working with a board of directors can be frustrating at times when there are differences of opinion on the management and direction of the organization. Keep the following tips in mind when those frustrating moments arise:

Get Your Staff Motivated!

Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

Keeping your staff motivated is a challenge especially when you don't feel motivated. Keep in mind, your staff is looking to you for leadership and direction and with a couple of changes, you can motivate them through your words and actions. Check out these tips for getting yourself and your staff motivated!

Early Warning Confirmed

Monday, 28 October 2013 09:53

Reading matters, especially when it comes to the next generation. Since the invention of social media, children have become more in-tune with a short-hand version of writing and a low reading comprehension as they get to the higher grade levels.

10 Transition or Wait Time Games for School-Age Children

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Keeping kids entertained can be one of the toughest jobs. Some like to do one thing while others like to do something else. Making sure everyone is satisfied is difficult, but with a large arsenal of fun, interactive games, you'll be sure to keep all the kids moving and involved, begging to play them again and again. Check out these great transition/wait time games to make you and your kids happy.

Training On Your Time

Friday, 18 October 2013 09:45

The National Out of School Time Professional Development Center (OSTPD) is the premier hub for afterschool professionals who want the freedom to pursue training on a schedule that works for them. As a web-based system, the OSTPD gives members access to the best online courses, including thirty-six OST Certificate Series Courses from afterschool expert Roberta L. Newman.

Twenty-Five Years of Out-of-School Time Jargon and Acronyms

Monday, 07 October 2013 09:47

The National AfterSchool Association proudly celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary as the national organization charged with leading the development, education, and care of children and youth during out-of-school hours. As our profession developed, so did the acronyms and terms associated with out-of-school time (OST). Have you ever been part of a conversation full of acronyms and terms you didn’t understand?

10 Tips for Aligning the Learning Day

Monday, 07 October 2013 00:00

In many learning communities, one of the biggest challenges facing the afterschool profession is the process of aligning programs with the regular school day. Conceptualization of an aligned learning day involves sharing a mission, vision, turf, resources, and core beliefs about where children and youth can learn.

Reading Recommendations for Afterschool Leaders

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 06:54

Who doesn't love to read, especially when it is in regards to afterschool, leadership, and connecting with students? We have some great reading recommendations for you to check out, read, and enjoy. If you have any reading recommendations you would like to share, comment on the post, share on our Facebook page, or e-mail us with your suggestions!

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