Virtual Professional Development

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Here & Now: How Technology Supports Safe and Successful Afterschool Programs for Families and Staff

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 11:00 - 11:30 AM ET (10 AM CT, 9 AM MT, 8 AM PT)

Over the past year so much has changed for you, your programs and the families you serve.

Even with these changes, running safe and successful student programs is a top priority. MSB Activities has partnered with and learned from peers in the afterschool space to help address the challenges you’re facing and how technology can better support you and your staff.

Join the webinar to review key technological trends that have shaped how you can meet these changes head on. Plus, get an inside look at MSB Activities and learn about their limited time discount!



Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool - Cancelled

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

Get ready for some real talk about the future of afterschool with Angelica Portillo, Director of Advocacy for Dallas Afterschool, and Naa-Shorme Aidoo, Director of Policy for ExpandED Schools. Portillo and Aidoo, former NAA Next Generation of Afterschool Leader honorees, will join NAA President and CEO Gina Warner - and you - to share the must-have policies needed to ensure a vibrant future for afterschool programs and our profession. This is sure to be a high-spirited conversation you won't want to miss!


The Benefits of Computer Science in Afterschool

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 2:00 - 2:45 PM ET (1 PM CT, 12 PM MT, 11 AM PT)

Knowledge of Computer Science is critical to preparing young people for the future. This webinar sponsored by Click2Science will give you an understanding of the trends and research in this area and how to create a program that truly engages youth.



Podcast Club: The Art & Importance of Appreciation

Friday, April 23, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

It’s human nature to want to be appreciated. However, most people don’t know how to give and receive genuine appreciation. According to Sam Chand - a leadership coach who specializes in helping others strategize and grow - giving and receiving appreciation are two skills needed “to be a great leader, coworker, and friend.” Listen to his podcast on appreciation beforehand and the come engage in conversation with the NAA Podcast Club community facilitated by Heidi Ham, NAA’s VP of Program and Strategy and Brad Lademann, Missouri Afterschool Network's Associate Director of Quality Initiatives.



Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool

Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT)
For NAA Executive members only

With so much changing so fast the most in-demand jobs and skills of today may be obsolete by the time our youngest become adults. For kids to be ready for this new reality, they must acquire four critical "currencies" that will serve them well, whatever their future holds. The May 20th, Let's Talk the Future of Afterschool conversation, is sure to be a lively one as Stephanie Krauss, author of the recently published book "Making It: What Today's kids need for Tomorrow's World" joins NAA CEO, Gina Warner to discuss what kids (and the adults that work with them) need to be prepared for today’s world and what this means afterschool and youth development programs and professionals.