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.

A Summer Problem Is a Fall Opportunity: Building Hope Through the Summer

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 10:20

As for many members of the NAA Community, the summer camp months at my Boys & Girls Club are some of the most joyful, challenging and rewarding of our whole programmatic year.

Leadership and Service—Two Sides of the Coin

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 09:47

Experts agree that a key ingredient in getting young people really engaged in afterschool or out-of-school time programs is giving youth opportunities to develop as leaders. Service is another key ingredient that's intimately linked to leadership—like two sides of a coin, the coin of self-efficacy.

Screen Time: How to Create a Simple Digital Media Plan

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 09:43

Think back to your childhood: What are your fondest memories? Did you play outside? Did you use your imagination? Did you play in groups? How much time did you spend alone in front of a screen?

NAA: It’s More than a Convention ...

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 09:47

... It's a Professional Association and a Community

A Summer Camp that Goes Beyond Building Baseball Skills

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:42

Many families look forward to an annual summer vacation. Yet for kids living in underserved communities, the excitement of leaving their city or town at all—let alone for a vacation—seems unfathomable.

Advancing Student Wellness Through Out-of-School Time, School and Community Collaboration

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:04

What happens when a student eats fresh fruit in his or her school cafeteria—and then learns about the importance of consuming produce through nutrition education in their afterschool program?

We are Bold. We are Brave. We are Brilliant.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 16:16

This is a transcript of the keynote address delivered in March 2018 by NAA President, Gina Warner, in recognition and celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the National Afterschool Association. The theme of NAA's 30th Anniversary Convention was "Leading the Charge: Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Brilliant"

5 Ways to Get the Word Out About Your Summer Programs

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:29

Those end-of-year events are sneaking up on schools with AP exams, proms and graduation right around the corner. What's next? Summer programs!

Adapting SEL Programs to Your OST Program

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:24

While the goals of social and emotional learning (SEL) and out-of-school time (OST) programming are well-aligned, relatively few OST programs focus primarily on developing SEL skills.

How Setting Unrealistic Goals Could Transform Lives

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 10:13

Most goal-setting experts and programs would tell youth to set realistic goals for their future, yet one company's programs are empowering the next generation of leaders by instructing them to shoot for the unrealistic.

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