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.

Setting Students Up for Success: Dawn Marie Johnson

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 00:00

Dawn Marie Johnson, a member of the National AfterSchool Association's 2019 class of Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders, was recently named as one of the University of South Dakota's 30 Under 30, class of 2019. 

The Census Toolkit for the Afterschool Community

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 10:09

Data from the 2020 Census will be used for the next 10 years to determine how the federal government spends over $900 billion a year.

May the Force Be with You: Lessons from ‘Star Wars’

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 10:00

As a child of the '70s, Star Wars has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

Creative Approaches

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 09:50

One of the frequent discussions around inclusive programs and practices relates to funding.

S.A.F.E. Social-Emotional Learning Programming Boosts Participants’ Personal, Social and Academic Outcomes

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 12:10

Supporting youths' social and emotional development is a fundamental goal of most out-of-school time programs, and with good reason.

You Are the Strength of the National AfterSchool Association

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 12:01

The strength of any professional association is its people.

The Role of Connection in the Lives of Kids, Adults and Society

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 00:00

I love books. I love hearing authors read from, talk about or—in the case of nonfiction—demonstrate the practices from their books. It's especially powerful!

Five-Step Plan to Develop Strong Work Habits and a Positive Attitude

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 09:00

"How can I get my children to do their homework and chores without a battle?"

Addressing the Racial Leadership Gap in Afterschool

Monday, 20 January 2020 00:00

While efforts to professionalize the afterschool field have been underway for decades, limited attention has been paid to date on articulating a leadership pipeline or career ladders where emerging leaders can chart their professional goals and progression.

How to Be—and Create—Happy Campers at Work

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 09:49

Our screen-obsessed, competitive society makes it harder than ever to develop happy, thriving young people. But there are tried-and-true methods that can help.

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