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.

Ideas to Ponder: The AfterSchool Today 'Best Of'

Thursday, 30 June 2016 00:00

Summer's schedule varies for those involved in out-of-school time (OST). For some, it's a welcome break; for others, it's their busiest time of year.

5 Key Ingredients to Effective Facilitation

Thursday, 30 June 2016 00:00

As Director of Staff Development at the Leadership Program, I spend a lot of time both preparing and implementing training or coaching others on effective facilitation. There is no recipe or shortcut that instantaneously makes you an expert facilitator.

Help Parents Embrace Fear of Tech

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:00

I recently had a great chat with a parent that highlighted a prevalent fear among parents everywhere: technology. Parents don't know how to embrace the technology their kids are using AND keep them safe in the process!

12 Ways to Make Summer Reading Fun

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:00

"No more classrooms, no more books, no more ..." Waaaait a minute. No more books? As children, reading was one of our favorite summer activities—but we know that's not the case for many kids, especially when they are outside of school.

Don’t Wait for Good PD—Go Out and Find It!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:00

In my role at the National AfterSchool Association, one of my key responsibilities is to plan professional development. So I think about professional development A LOT, which is why a recent EdSurge article, "Why Good Professional Development Is Crucially Linked to an Educator's Attitude," by Glenda I. Lozada Negron, caught my attention.

Drama Promotes Critical Thinking

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:00

Students who participate in extracurricular activities develop fundamental tools to provide and maintain critical thinking skills. Research suggests that the application of creative, abstract and imaginary expression through an aesthetic vehicle is needed to foster academic motivation, development and stability that will contribute to a child's fulfillment and security for a lifetime.

5 Ways to Build Strong Relationships with Families

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:00

Family engagement has a life-long impact on the lives of children and comes in many forms. As professionals in the field of afterschool and expanded learning, it is important to remember that even though we may not see a child's family at school or a program, this does not mean they are not engaged in the lives of their children. With that in mind, we need to actively build strong engagement with families when they can come to the school or program.

Archery Creates Opportunity

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 04:51

Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) provides 3-D and indoor archery opportunities for youth in afterschool settings, in addition to archery-affiliated clubs and businesses in their communities. S3DA places special emphasis on archery education and wildlife conservation.

How Technology Saved a Fantastic Camp

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 08:30

Is Program Quality Enough?

Year after year, we're amazed by those who think outside the box to enrich kids' lives. Notions of what camp can be—or how an instructor can teach—keep expanding, thanks to the creative leadership and outstanding programs launched by these passionate, caring individuals.

Five Ways to Reduce STEM Anxiety

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 00:00

Fill in the blank. I would rather _________ than do a math problem.

1. Eat worms
2. Clean a bathroom
3. Write an essay
4. Give a speech
5. Not eat for a day
6. Dump ice on my head