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.

Afterschool: It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

Monday, 21 November 2016 06:48

This year we lost several great musicians—first Prince and David Bowie, and then last week we said goodbye to two musical legends, Leon Russell and Leonard Cohen.

Hour of Code: Afterschool Style

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 05:18

Computer science is foundational—and changing every industry on the planet. The basics of computer science help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills, preparing students for any future career.

8 Ways You Can Bring Literacy into Your Afterschool Program

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 05:15

Many of us are aware that daily reading and literacy activity can enhance vocabulary, increase comprehension and develop an understanding about story structure, among other skills.

Teaching Cooperation Through Crafting

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 04:51

In a world where technology has shortened the distance between people, it's critical for children to develop interpersonal skills. Communication skills are essential to high achievement in academic pursuits, and are essential to a productive and fulfilling career.

STEM Pathways to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 04:42

Young people today face a health crisis—unhealthy eating habits and decreased physical activity have led to skyrocketing obesity rates. Not long ago, young people walked to school, enjoyed long recesses and spent a lot of time outside.

Defy the Limits of STEAM Learning Through Design

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 08:37

During Appleton's Afterschool Labs program, the sounds of construction, negotiation and laughter fill the classroom as students race to complete a Maker Day challenge.

Assessing Team Communication Skills in STEM Afterschool Programs

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 05:32

The Collaboration in the 21st Century Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is developing a team communication skills assessment tools for middle school and high school STEM afterschool programs.

Jackrabbit Care: Manage Your Program

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:13

Jackrabbit's leading online afterschool management software helps you work smarter and have more time to grow your business. Jackrabbit is online, so you can access your account information anytime and anywhere.

Virtual Convention Sneak Peek!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 00:00

NAA's Virtual Convention runs November 6 – 20, 2016. It's free for NAA Executive members and just $49 for Ambassador members. Here's a sneak peek at four of the awesome workshops you'll experience when you participate!

Planting the Seed That Makes STEM Grow

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 05:10

Youth development professionals come from many backgrounds and work in a variety of settings. They can be childcare providers, camp leaders, afterschool professionals or even volunteers with little to no background in development or education.