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.

Youtube STEM Resources

Monday, 08 August 2016 00:00

YouTube now has more viewers ages 18-49 than television. It currently streams over 6 billion hours of video every month and they are in no danger of running out of content with 400 hours of video being uploaded every minute. Thankfully YouTube has matured and is not just for cat videos anymore!

Meeting Them Where They Are

Monday, 01 August 2016 12:32

Social workers use the phrase, "Be where the client is." It's meant to teach how to initially engage the client by meeting them where they are, versus telling them how and where to be.

NAA Expert Hub: Connect with the Best!

Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00

The NAA Expert Hub is now live! This new service will help afterschool and expanded learning programs connect with vetted experts for projects and training programs. NAA member organizations can use the NAA Expert Hub to find experts at no cost.

Webinar: The Intersection of Subsidy and Quality in School-Age Care

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:00

Join the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) on Thursday, August 11, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. EDT, to learn about emerging strategies for intertwining subsidy with quality in school-age care.

Connecting Social-Emotional Learning During and Beyond the School Day

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:00

The Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) recently released Finding Common Ground: Connecting Social-Emotional Learning During and Beyond the School Day.

Afterschool: Leaders in Action

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:39

Gaylynne Mack is the executive director of the Big Buddy Program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Gina Warner, NAA president and CEO, spoke with Gaylynne about her work in afterschool and in the city she's called home since 1986.

Emotional Intelligence: How It Interfaces with SEL

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:36

We all know social and emotional skills are important to develop in youth, but the learning doesn't have to stop there. Similar competencies in adults, known as emotional intelligence, could be further developed to enhance leadership skills.

Creating a Safe Physical Environment

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:00

In afterschool programs, safety is a crucial element.

Turn Off Your Book in Preparation for Landing

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 09:35

Last year I wrote a blog titled "What's Afterschool Reading this Summer?" That's what I intended to do before I got sidetracked reflecting on a recent change in my reading habits. Four times a year the National AfterSchool Association publishes AfterSchool Today, a magazine written by and for the afterschool field.

Classic Fairy Tale or Intro to Engineering?

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 09:29

The Three Little Pigs: A classic fairy tale, or a fun way to introduce structural engineering? The Very Hungry Caterpillar: A cute story about caterpillar obesity, or a platform to launch a topic on moving, growing insects and life cycles? Incorporating literacy into STEM activities or vice versa is a great way to promote abstract and creative thinking. Literacy can provide motivation for young people who are not immediately drawn to STEM subjects, and it can provide easy pathways to STEM for staff who might be intimidated by math and science.