Afterschool programs across the country serve children and youth from diverse backgrounds. While staff who work directly with young people tend to be representative of the populations they serve, a racial leadership gap persists. Through this initiative and with the generous support of the S.D Bechtel Jr. Foundation, NAA seeks to help address this racial leadership gap and advance equity in the afterschool field. Elevating this topic so that the afterschool field can more intentionally and effectively create a leadership pipeline for people of color is critical and is a key element in ensuring that the afterschool workforce can best meet the needs of the young people it serves.
The Afterschool Tech Toolkit offers concrete action steps that empower afterschool professionals to incorporate digital learning into their programs. Specific topics addressed in the toolkit include creating a shared vision for digital learning, embedding technology in curriculum, addressing equity around technology access, and training and supporting staff to use technology. Through engaging learning modules focused on specific topics around digital learning and equity, educators complete learning tasks, review case studies and best practices, and begin to think through how to implement quality digital learning and technology into their programs.
All professional societies share common characteristics. Among them are a body of knowledge and skills, culture, a code of ethics, and public recognition. The NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies have been developed to enable afterschool and youth development practitioners to demonstrate expertise and gain a higher level of recognition within their communities–particularly from school officials–that has long been sought after.
In 2011, the National AfterSchool Association adopted standards for healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) in Out-of-School time. In 2018, NAA completed an extensive refresh of the standards. In version 2.0 you will find a streamlined, user-friendly version of the Standards. NAA invites you to download the standards and encourages you to tailor them to your program's specific needs as you strive to be a high-quality program that promotes healthy behaviors.
The purpose of the NAA Code of Ethics is to raise awareness of our personal commitment to ethical conduct as we carry out our professional responsibilities, conforming to accepted professional standards of conduct. Our Code of Ethics adheres to the highest standards of integrity and honesty in all public and personal activities to inspire public confidence and trust in the afterschool profession.
TurnKeyPD is a series of PD resources designed to help leaders build specific core knowledge and competencies of afterschool and youth development professionals. If you are looking to connect with afterschool professionals in your area or engage your staff with relevant topics, TurnkeyPD will provide the materials for you. Each download offers an article and corresponding talking guide. We invite you to try it and we would love to hear how you are utilizing it in your organization or community!
STEM Gems are short discovery-based experiences. They involve little or no materials and may be easily implemented by educators who are not STEM specialists. Each STEM Gem is designed to engage young people in active experiential learning. The activities begin by setting up connections to prior knowledge, then a hands on activity provides new concepts and the opportunity to design experiments to answer any questions the kids discover. Finally, a connection to a different scenario for the concept is provided to help cement and evaluate the learning.
Join the industry's top experts for engaging conversations about trending topics relevant to the field of afterschool—each designed to educate, inspire and equip you with new ideas and tools for your program.
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The Out-of-School Time (OST) Leader’s Guide to Equitable Hiring and Staff Development Practices intends to catalyze the OST workforce, our stakeholders, and partners to examine systems, elevate practices and policies that will build and strengthen the field.
This guide provides easy and readily adaptable messages for frontline staff to communicate STEM program happenings and share children's engagement and development.
Who is an afterschool professional? Research from the NAA proves we are well-educated, experienced and committed to our careers.
NAA survey findings suggest that, while organizations and programs value SEL and many professionals implement SEL practice, many do not feel knowledgeable talking about SEL. As the afterschool field continues to emphasize the importance of social and emotional development, it is essential that leaders and staff have resources to help them understand (1) their own social and emotional competencies to inform their practice and (2) how to provide opportunities that promote social and emotional competence building.