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.

Lights On Afterschool

Monday, 29 August 2016 13:16

One million Americans will come together at 8,000 events on Thursday, October 20, to celebrate the 17th annual Lights On Afterschool. Registration is now open. Join in to shine a light on the impact your program is making!

Professionalizing the Afterschool Field: Core Competencies

Monday, 29 August 2016 00:00

The NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs) for Afterschool and Youth Development Professionals were designed through the collaborative efforts of NAA, the Child & Youth Care Certification Board, and the National Institute of Out-of-School Time. 

Micro-credentials & Digital Badges – What You Should Know

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00

A strong afterschool workforce is key to program quality and positive youth outcomes. Can competency-based recognition in the form of micro-credentials and digital badges help develop the skills, confidence, and careers of afterschool professionals? We think so! This cool infographic helps explain how.

Welcome to the Twitterverse!

Monday, 08 August 2016 00:00

Last year, I felt like a Gen Xer living in a millennial's world. Wait—who am I kidding? That's exactly what I was! This year is different. I realized that I'd somehow grown from latchkey, Doc Martens, and MTV of the '70s and '80s to afterschool for all, casual Fridays and Twitter for the 21st Century!

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.