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.

What You Need to Know About Trauma-Informed Practices: A Conversation with Dr. Jamie Freeny

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 00:00

You've heard about trauma-informed practices, but you may not be sure of what they are, the benefits, and how to integrate them into your work. Recently, Dr. Jamie Freeny from the Center of School Behavioral Health at Mental Health of America Greater Houston joined Heidi Ham, Vice President of Programs and Strategy of NAA, to answer questions about supporting young people through use of trauma-informed practices.

Why SoLD Should Be at the Core of All PD

Monday, 23 November 2020 13:17

When considering professional development topics for afterschool professionals, neuroscience probably doesn't rise to the top. It sounds like something best left to brain surgeons and psychiatrists, perhaps among the few roles afterschool professionals aren't expected to fill.

Making Juan Smile: A Profile in LEGO® Confidence

Monday, 23 November 2020 13:14

The A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering is the fulfillment of a promise made almost 40 years ago to a community with a long history of poverty, crime and unemployment.

Member-to-Member Tip Off: Expressing Gratitude

Monday, 23 November 2020 13:12

In NAA's Reopening Afterschool Facebook group, members have been asked questions covering a variety of relevant and helpful topics with the goal of offering an exchange of tips between leaders and professionals in the field.

Stacey Abrams: "You have the ability to be truth-tellers."

Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Last spring, Stacey Abrams—one of the nation's leaders in voting rights whose work ahead of the 2020 election influenced record voter turnout in Georgia and beyond—joined NAA20 Reimagined Virtual Convention.

A Post-Election Message from NAA

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 21:47

Like many of you, earlier this month we stayed up late looking at election maps, watching and reading the news, and doomscrolling social media.

Member-to-Member Tip Off: Building Partnerships with Schools

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 10:11

In NAA's Reopening Afterschool Facebook group, members have been asked questions covering a variety of relevant and helpful topics with the goal of offering an exchange of tips between leaders and professionals in the field.

Coaching for Transformation

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 09:41

For insight, Diego Arancibia interviews Julie Sesser of ASAPconnect. Coaching is a core technical assistance strategy for ASAPconnect. Coaching for transformation has been leveraged to support people and programs in California.

Early Lessons from Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs Implementing Social and Emotional Learning

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:00

A new report by the RAND Corporation is the most comprehensive study of social and emotional learning implementation to date.

Who Am I?

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:00

This is a question youth wrestle with, trying out different personas and experimenting with activities, attitudes and friend groups, trying to find something that fits with their personal assets and giftedness.

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