Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. Be sure to check in regularly.

STEM and Wellness: A Powerful Equation for Ensuring Equity

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:00

Imagine the potential of empowering the 10.2 million children in afterschool programs with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, while providing them with opportunities to eat healthy and stay active.

The Resources You Need to Promote Tolerance and Inclusion

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:00

All over the country, afterschool leaders and professionals like you are standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion—fighting for safe places now, and for peaceful and prosperous futures free from bigotry and hate.

Boost Learning by Combining Teamwork and STEM

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 08:29

Technology has had a huge impact on today's employment landscape. One of the key changes is the increasing necessity to be able to work as part of a team.

Need Recommended Reading to Add to the List?

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

I've always loved reading, and I've always especially loved reading during the summer. One of my best memories from childhood was the summer I discovered Nancy Drew books.

The Power of Video Games

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 06:33

Freeze Trap! Repel! Cloak! Students across the country are powering-up learning and test scores—using video games, thanks to DimensionU.

The Power of Partnerships with the Business Community

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 06:11

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Alliance) believes business leaders, afterschool providers and others are essential partners in building a Culture of Health.

What Swimming Lessons Offer an Afterschool Professional

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 07:46

This hot weather has me reminiscing about summer as a kid. I have fond memories of sunny days growing up in a small town. The town didn't have a lot of things that bigger cities have, but it did have an outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool.

“Nothing About Us Without Us!”

Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:19

Earlier this month, NAA led a delegation of 22 afterschool leaders to Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia to explore child and youth development systems and meet with youth policy experts in these two countries.

Crowdfunding for Afterschool

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 08:04

Crowdfunding has become a popular way for individuals to raise money for many good causes. Sometimes crowdfunding is used for relatively small amounts of money, but that's not always the case. Some crowdfunding projects raise tens of thousands of dollars.

Who Needs Gratitude for Your Afterschool Experience?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 00:00

What childhood memories contribute to your health and wellness today? Who needs gratitude for your afterschool experience?

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