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.

History of Afterschool in America

Monday, 20 May 2019 15:46

Driven by a family need for afterschool supervision of youth—as well as the need for youth to have access to expanded learning opportunities—afterschool programs have become an integral part of the community landscape.

Are You Up for an Adventure?

Monday, 13 May 2019 21:51

How can youth intentionally build life skills like critical thinking and adaptability, while engaged in adventures like overnight camping or deconstructing an appliance?

The Results for NAA19 Top Presenters are Here!

Monday, 13 May 2019 21:48

Educational content and opportunities to learn and share continue to be the No. 1 reason afterschool professionals and leaders participate in NAA's Annual Convention.

Inspiring Continued Learning Beyond the Bell: After School Zone

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 09:32

Every weekday, students in 29 Orange County public middle schools have a choice: They can either sit at home or participate in the Florida county's award-winning After School Zone. Since its 1999 inception, over 245,000 youth have chosen the Zone and are better for it.

25 Creative Ways to Ask Kids About Their Day

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 09:27

How we engage with children matters! It's time to take casual "how was your day" conversations to the next level and make them more meaningful.

Plant the Seeds Now for Summer Program Success

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 10:05

Most out-of-school time leaders and advocates are familiar with the phenomenon social scientists call "the summer slide," a time when children—especially those in underserved communities—are at risk of losing up to two or three months of grade-level equivalency in math, reading and other academic skills.

Learn to Play, Play to Learn

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 10:01

Every day, we hear our youth say, "I just want more time" or "I just need to finish this" as they're made to stop what they're doing and move on to the next scheduled life event.

APAW 2019: A Show of Appreciation

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00

April 22 – 26, 2019, was Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week—and you came out in full force!

A Celebration of Leadership: Ellen Gannett

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 11:08

Ellen Gannett of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) was recently honored during the Celebration of Leadership Reception at the National AfterSchool Association Annual Convention.

Self-Care to Avoid Burnout

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 11:05

Twice in my nearly 20-year career in youth development, I have wanted to walk away from working with students and never return.

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