What’s New for NAA18

We’ve made some exciting changes for NAA18, including new session formats and programming strands. If you’ve attended Convention in previous years, or are brand new to NAA, please be sure to review the following information to guide your development of a session proposal.

Session Formats
At NAA18, we will offer the following three session formats:

60-Minute Workshop Sessions
These sessions are best when they are interactive with hands-on learning experiences and activities that involve participants. Workshop sessions should also allow for at least 10 minutes of audience Q&A or interactive discussion.

30-Minute Spark Sessions
These are quick informational sessions with key takeaways, a short lecture, or a TED Talk-style presentation no longer than 30 minutes in length. Held at the end of the day, every day, these sessions are a good way to briefly highlight something great your program is doing and others can replicate. In previous years these were known as “express” sessions.

2.5-Hour Intensives
These take a “deep dive” into a topic with opportunities to explore further with more in-depth, hands-on active learning experiences. Intended to be focused on leadership and professional development, these sessions should be hosted by experienced trainers and leaders.

Programming Strands
Our programming strands are still aligned to NAA’s Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs), but we’ve made some changes to the four session strands we are offering at NAA18. Learn more about NAA’s Core Knowledge and Competencies.

  1. Creating and Enhancing Experiences, Environments, and Engagement for Young People (CKCs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  2. Partnerships with Purpose – Family, School, and Community Relationships (CKC 7)
  3. The Nuts and Bolts of Program and Professional Development (CKCs 8, 9)
  4. Developing Leaders and Advocating for Afterschool and the Profession (CKC 10)

Audience Experience Levels
All Convention sessions must identify an experience level to align with participant knowledge and training needed to fully participate in the session. These experience levels are aligned with the five competency levels within each CKC. Read below to gain a better understanding of each experience level.

Developing Professionals
Work directly with youth in a variety of settings. Level of experience ranges from little experience to moderate experience and developing skills. Need information and professional development on basic youth development concepts, examples of quality, free tools and resources, guidance, feedback, and direction. Content will be at a basic level and assume little experience or understanding of the session topic.

Proficient Professionals and Emerging Leaders
Likely in a supervisory role, though may still directly interact with youth from time to time. Skilled and knowledgeable in many core competencies, but still developing managerial and leadership skills. Needs opportunities to talk with others in the field, exposure to leaders inside and outside of their own organizations, and understanding of the breadth and depth of the field. Interested in research, resources, and practical strategies that will help them meet their goals, solve problems, build their managerial and leadership skills to advance their careers, and improve their programs or organizations.

Advanced Professionals and Current Leaders
Most likely works on behalf of children and youth rather than directly with them. Supervises multiple staff or sites, or is an organizational leader. High level of knowledge and skills. Wants opportunities to demonstrate leadership, share work, and network. Interested in opportunities to talk with others or challenge ideas. Interested in sharing and learning with others and access to the latest research and cutting-edge information and opportunities to provide input to advance the field.

When submitting a proposal, you must identify the one audience experience level appropriate for your content, though your actual in-room audience may have a range of experience levels. Participants use content levels, titles, and descriptions to determine the sessions they want to attend.