NAA hosts a variety of events for the afterschool community, each designed to encourage networking, education, and advocacy for the field.

What Great Things Can We Learn? Introducing Italy!


Why is NAA hosting an International Learning Exchange?

As the nation's leader in afterschool programs and professional development, NAA is eager to explore what is working in other places and bring those innovative ideas to our members, funders and national partners. We also welcome the chance to showcase some of the best in program design, development and investment in our field with international partners.

Is this a first-time event?

No, this will be the 4th International Learning Exchange (ILE) experience. ILE was established in 2015 to create an educational opportunity for NAA members to gain innovative knowledge that will elevate the afterschool field.

Past destinations have included Helsinki, Finland; London, England; and Dublin, Ireland. Participants had an opportunity to engage with leaders of the Departments of Education, participated in panel discussions with practitioners and professional development experts to discuss key similarities and differences with the U.S. education systems, and have also enjoyed local sightseeing.

As the nation's leader in afterschool programs and professional development, NAA is proud to provide this opportunity.

The benefits of participating in ILE have proven invaluable. Participants have experienced firsthand the broader context of what's happening in the global afterschool community. Through cultural immersion, they’ve been inspired to observe similarities and differences in programming, funding and research. As a result, participants have been able to view their own programs through an unbiased lens as they’ve sought to validate their current successes and make thoughtful improvements upon their return.

Why Rome?

From Montessori schools to Italy’s inclusive education model, Rome has been the birthplace of various revolutionary education practices and Italian pedagogues whose work has had international impact.

You’ve likely heard of the Montessori and Reggio Emilia methods, but did you know that an Italian educator developed the basis for the humanistic movement in education, the idea that corporal punishment was not necessary, and the belief that instruction should reflect the development of the child?

More recently, Italy has focused on cross-sector initiatives that ensure youth issues are considered when formulating, implementing and evaluating policies and actions in other fields with a significant impact on young people, such as education, employment or health and well-being. In addition, they have increased specific youth initiatives, to encourage non-formal learning, participation, voluntary activities, and youth work.

How many people will be participating?

ILE is limited to 25 attendees. Space fills quickly, so reserve your spot today!

Who is participating?

Attendees are a combination of national and local afterschool program leaders, researchers and funders.

Why should I participate?

You'll experience incredible learning opportunities in one of the world's unique cities, you'll gain tremendous insight into innovative strategies that you can apply in your work, and you'll have the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country.

Equally important, you'll have the opportunity to share your work and your program with other national leaders in our field.

The experience includes:

  • Roundtable discussions, panel presentations and networking opportunities with policy and program leaders working to support Rome’s youth
  • Guided visit to the Colosseum, Roman forum and Palatine Hill
  • Professionally conducted tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Panoramic guided tour of the Alban Hills visiting such places as Frascati, Grottaferrata and Nemi.
  • Four night stay at the Memphis Hotel, a four-star hotel located in the center of Rome, conveniently located near Piazza di Spagna and Trevi Fountain
  • Meals and ground transportation to all ILE events
  • And more!