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.

Tips for Great STEM Afterschool

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 10:05

From preparing young people with the 21st-century skills they—and in turn, America—will need for the careers of tomorrow, to the unique talents and environment that afterschool provides for fun hands-on STEM enrichment that inspires excitement along with understanding, the case for STEM activities Afterschool is well documented and researched.

Do the WRITE Thing!

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 09:27

"Students, today I will be utilizing approaches from the crypt of dry curricula I am mandated to implement in the classroom and you are going to write about something you don't feel connected to, can't see any point in, and which will live in 'the cloud' forever after I grade it to assess skills you've never actually been taught." —Said out loud by no teacher ever

Planning Tips to Make the Most of Your Full Day Program

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 09:25

Out-of-school time program leaders are experts at scheduling and planning for part-time programming. That's what you do best! But what happens when a full day of programming is needed?

10 Tips for Aligning the Learning Day

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 13:03

In many learning communities, one of the biggest challenges facing the afterschool profession is the process of aligning programs with the regular school day. Conceptualization of an aligned learning day involves sharing a mission, vision, turf, resources, and core beliefs about where children and youth can learn.

Strategies to Scale Up Social Programs: Components of Working Stronger Together

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 10:28

Commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, Strategies to Scale Up Social Programs arose from a desire to better understand how organizations have scaled up social programs through partnerships.

Bold, Brave and Brilliant YOU

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:33

Like many of you, I recently attended NAA's annual convention in Atlanta. And what a remarkable few days it was!

Afterschool STEM Programs: Inspiring Young People

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:28

Over the past decade, afterschool programs have established themselves as a vibrant and important setting to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

STEM: What Do Your Young People Actually Know?

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 09:42

Over the past 10 years, developments in technology and how we interact with information have been racing forward at a staggering pace. We are living in the future—and these changes have impacted young people and their education.

3 Things Everyone Should Know About SEL in Afterschool

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 09:32

We know that afterschool and out-of-school time programming have a significant impact on kids.

Learning How to Be an Agile Leader

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 09:28


Effective problem solving requires viewing situations from several angles.

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