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.

NAA Resources in Spanish

Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

In response to member requests, several NAA Resources are now available in Spanish! The Code of Ethics, Core Competencies Infographic, State of the Profession and HEPA Standards have been translated, to reach more afterschool professionals than ever before.

What Stories Do Your Scars Tell?

Monday, 16 September 2019 00:00

My son, who is 8, recently told me that he loves scars. We had gotten into a conversation, randomly, about how frequently he injures himself and he was doing a survey of the current bumps, scrapes, and bruises that are coloring his body like some beautiful piece of art.

Karen Pittman on a Life of Service and the Power of Educator–Student Relationships

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 11:24

Hear renowned sociologist and co-founder of the Forum for Youth Investment Karen Pittman discuss her lifelong dedication to the field and what is required to create optimal environments for learning.

We Know Your Worth. You Are Our People.

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 10:41

Have you ever been at an event and thought: "I've found my people!"

3 Reasons to Register NOW for NAA20

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 10:39

Did you know registration is open for NAA20? Here are the top three reasons to register today:

Recognizing and Practicing Core Values

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 12:54

Imagine a group of afterschool children who kindly welcome a new peer, include everyone when playing basketball and comfort someone when they've had a bad day.

International Learning Exchange 2019: Scotland

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 09:13

This summer, members of the National Afterschool Association spent time with the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) and Scottish Government in Scotland as part of the annual International Learning Exchange (ILE).

Facilitating Successful Group Meetings

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

Group meetings with your staff don't have to be long and boring. We do work in the afterschool field afterall. Let's have some fun, spice it up, and facilitate successful meetings with these ten great tips.

‘High Tech Plus High Touch’ Is the Winning Job Combination

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

There is no doubt that the job market is changing rapidly. Youth, their families and educators are struggling with how to prepare for the future. They wonder what jobs are going to persist and what jobs are not going to be needed in a changing economic environment.

Developing Social Emotional Skills with 'Black Belt Excellence'

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 09:42

When people hear that a person of any age is a black belt in martial arts, they immediately begin to visualize a "fighter" who trains to punch, kick, and grapple, and has the ability to cause harm to those around them.

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