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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.

Ten Books for the Afterschool Professional

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

I often look forward to the holidays as a time to sneak in a little extra reading. Whether you are reading for business or pleasure, I hope you’ll enjoy these books I’ve read this year. Feel free to send me your suggestions, too! I’m always looking for a good book!

Dear Nick Saban: Can I share our NAA Core Competencies with you?

Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00

Let me begin by saying that for those of you who don’t know me I am a HUGE football fan!  I am an especially huge college football fan AND the team I have followed since I was a child is the University of Alabama.

New Research Shows Afterschool Workforce More Stable, Better Educated

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 03:02

After conducting a survey of afterschool professionals and National AfterSchool Association members, the National AfterSchool Association has found great insights into the strength and education of those who are invested in the afterschool industry.

Six Tip Sheets for Handling Afterschool Data

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:19

Data, smartly employed, can help afterschool decision-makers with everything from allocating resources fairly to improving program quality. But what information is needed? How should it be collected? And what are the best ways to put it to use? 

Tips For Youth Engagement

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00

Keeping kids engaged in this day and age is almost next to impossible when their minds are focused on the technology in front of them. For any teacher, it's always a battle to fight for kids' attention and keeping them involved and participating with the activity the rest of the class is doing. Here, we provide you with ten ways that you can keep kids in your program engaged and focused on whatever task is at-hand. 

Partnerships with STEM-Rich Institutions

Thursday, 21 November 2013 07:45

Afterschool programs around the nation have enthusiastically embraced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Some major afterschool providers, like 4-H and Girls Inc., have long made STEM a priority and in recent years.

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!

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