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Professionalism & Professional Development

These links are about identifying and accessing career pathways, enhancing professional appearance and conduct, and designing and implementing professional development.

 

Career Pathways and Advancement Providing Professional Development
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Career Pathways and Advancement

Community College of Philadelphia- Youthwork Certificate
www.ccp.edu/site/academic/catalog/degrees/youth-work_certificate.php
The academic certificate program in Youth Work prepares students for careers in youth services. Graduates of this program will be prepared for employment as youth service workers and youth development practitioners. Students receive a background in the principles and practices of service to children and adolescents, including programs for dependent, delinquent and special needs youth.

Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC)
www.dvaeyc.org
The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), serving Southeastern Pennsylvania, is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children, birth through eight, by offering professional development and training to the early childhood community.

Guide to Teaching Careers, Certification and Programs

www.teachercertificationdegrees. com/careers

This site offers resources for K-12 educators that are looking to advance in the field.  It provides a search engine to look for programs in your area, reviews of programs, tips for professionals entering the teaching profession, a  list of popular teaching careers, links to teacher blogs, and much more.

Institute for Family Professionals
http://ifpros.net 
Since 2003, IFP has provided professional development and support to providers in the Parenting Collaborative, a project of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services. In more recent years United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania has joined this partnership with support and vision for expansion into the area of Success by 6.

Montgomery Early Learning Centers: Professional Development Dimensions
www.melc.org/pddimensions
Professional Development Dimensions, formally known as The Southeastern PA School Age Child Care Project (SEPASACC), is a regionally-based professional development and technical assistance division of MELC, supporting both public and private after-school programs in the Philadelphia region whose mission is to encourage the development and expansion of high quality and innovative out-of-school time programs by using strategies, tools and processes grounded in best practices, research and national standards.

National Afterschool Association (NAA)
www.naaweb.org
The National AfterSchool Association, formerly the National School-Age Care Alliance (NSACA), is a national membership organization whose mission is to support quality programs for school-age children and youth in their out-of-school hours.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
www.naesp.org
NAESP, founded in 1921, is a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.

National Center for Quality Afterschool
www.sedl.org/afterschool
The National Center for Quality Afterschool develops tools and resources to help afterschool practitioners improve their ability to create and implement activities that support student learning.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
www.niost.org
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has successfully brought national attention to the importance of children’s out-of-school time, influenced policy, increased standards and professional recognition, and spearheaded community action aimed at improving the availability, quality, and viability of programs serving children and youth.

PA Keys
www.pakeys.org
The Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality, sponsored by the Department of Public Welfare's Office of Child Development and Early Learning, is a quality improvement program in which all early learning programs and practitioners are encouraged and supported to improve child outcomes. Also, they publish a newsletter called ERS-F which discusses topics related to the Environmental Rating Scales of early childhood programs.

Partnership for After School Education (PASE)
www.pasesetter.com
Partnership for After School Education (PASE ) is the largest network of afterschool programs in the country and fosters quality afterschool education for youth throughout New York City.

Pennsylvania Career Zone

www.pacareerzone.org

Pennsylvania Career Zone offers self-assessments in order to find a job field that will be most satisfying. They also give professionals information about job families and options when deciding on a career.


Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance
www.pennsacca.net
PENN SACCA is a membership organization dedicated to the support of school-age professionals and the development of quality school-age programs through advocacy and education. A membership benefit includes receipt of the PENNSACCA Newsletter.

Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network (PSAYDN)
www.psaydn.org
The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) promotes sustainable, high-quality out-of-school time youth development programs through advocacy and capacity building to enhance the welfare of Pennsylvania’s children, youth and families. Also, the Take Ten Newsletter urges you to take 10 minutes a month to update yourself with what’s going on in the PSAYDN and the afterschool/youth development field.

SEDL
www.sedl.org
SEDL (formerly The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) works with educators, parents, community members, and policymakers to build or find strategies and tools to improve teaching and learning. The SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschoolhelps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality, balanced programs that provide a safe and fun environment for academic enrichment as well as youth development activities. SEDL produces several publications such as SEDL Monthly e-bulletin and SEDL Letter.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Key
www.seregionalkey.org
As the Southeast Regional Key, PHMC offers technical assistance and professional development to childcare providers in Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery Counties through specialized staff as well as subcontractors. PHMC also evaluates providers to assess their quality levels based on the Keystone STARS system, an initiative of OCDEL to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

Youth Work Central
http://youthworkcentral.org
Youth Work Central brings together people, expertise, and resources for youth workers' continued professional development.

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American Youth Policy Forum

www.aypf.org

AYFP provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. The site has a directory of over 50 organizations offering resources and tools for afterschool system building. The site offers a sign-up option for their monthly emails to stay up-to-date on program resources, new policies, research findings, and much more in the field of afterschool systems.

The Association for Middle Level Education
www.amle.org
The Association for Middle Level Education is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of all students ages 10–15 by providing vision, knowledge, and resources to educators and leaders.

Association of Science-Technology Centers

http://community.astc.org/home

ASTC is an online forum in which professionals can join. It has a resource library, blogs, a general forum, and much more. It also has informal commons, which is a digital collection of resources including descriptions of grant funded informal STEM education projects, evaluation reports, research articles, reports and other reference materials, research and evaluation instruments, and instructional materials.

Beyond School Bells

www.beyondschoolbells.org

Beyond School Bells is dedicated to improving access to and quality in Nebraska’s Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) programs by building partnerships and addressing state and local policy that affects these vital initiatives.

Community College of Philadelphia- Youthwork Certificate
www.ccp.edu/site/academic/catalog/degrees/youth-work_certificate.php
The academic certificate program in Youth Work prepares students for careers in youth services. Graduates of this program will be prepared for employment as youth service workers and youth development practitioners. Students receive a background in the principles and practices of service to children and adolescents, including programs for dependent, delinquent and special needs youth.

Council on Foundations
www.cof.org
The Council on Foundations is a national nonprofit association of more than 1,700 grantmaking foundations and corporations. As the leading advocate for philanthropy, they strive to increase the effectiveness, stewardship, and accountability of the sector while providing members with the services and support they need to advance the common good.

Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC)
www.dvaeyc.org
The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), serving Southeastern Pennsylvania, is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children, birth through eight, by offering professional development and training to the early childhood community.

Expanded Learning & Afterschool
www.expandinglearning.org
The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project connects you with research, resources, and best practices for building affordable and sustainable approaches to expanding learning in your community.

Institute for Family Professionals
http://ifpros.net 
Since 2003, IFP has provided professional development and support to providers in the Parenting Collaborative, a project of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services. In more recent years United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania has joined this partnership with support and vision for expansion into the area of Success by 6.

Montgomery Early Learning Centers: Professional Development Dimensions
www.melc.org/pddimensions
Professional Development Dimensions, formally known as The Southeastern PA School Age Child Care Project (SEPASACC), is a regionally-based professional development and technical assistance division of MELC, supporting both public and private after-school programs in the Philadelphia region whose mission is to encourage the development and expansion of high quality and innovative out-of-school time programs by using strategies, tools and processes grounded in best practices, research and national standards.

National Afterschool Association (NAA)
www.naaweb.org
The National AfterSchool Association, formerly the National School-Age Care Alliance (NSACA), is a national membership organization whose mission is to support quality programs for school-age children and youth in their out-of-school hours.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
www.naesp.org
NAESP, founded in 1921, is a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.

National Association of State Boards of Education
www.nasbe.org
The National Association of State Boards of Education exists to serve and strengthen State Boards of Education in their pursuit of high levels of academic achievement for all students.

National Center for Quality Afterschool
www.sedl.org/afterschool
The National Center for Quality Afterschool develops tools and resources to help afterschool practitioners improve their ability to create and implement activities that support student learning.

National Education Association
www.nea.org
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
www.niost.org
The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has successfully brought national attention to the importance of children’s out-of-school time, influenced policy, increased standards and professional recognition, and spearheaded community action aimed at improving the availability, quality, and viability of programs serving children and youth.

PA Keys
www.pakeys.org
The Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality, sponsored by the Department of Public Welfare's Office of Child Development and Early Learning, is a quality improvement program in which all early learning programs and practitioners are encouraged and supported to improve child outcomes. Also, they publish a newsletter called ERS-F which discusses topics related to the Environmental Rating Scales of early childhood programs.

Partnership for After School Education (PASE)
www.pasesetter.com
Partnership for After School Education (PASE ) is the largest network of afterschool programs in the country and fosters quality afterschool education for youth throughout New York City.

Pennsylvania School-Age Child Care Alliance
www.pennsacca.net
PENN SACCA is a membership organization dedicated to the support of school-age professionals and the development of quality school-age programs through advocacy and education. A membership benefit includes receipt of the PENNSACCA Newsletter.

Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network (PSAYDN)
www.psaydn.org
The Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) promotes sustainable, high-quality out-of-school time youth development programs through advocacy and capacity building to enhance the welfare of Pennsylvania’s children, youth and families. Also, the Take Ten Newsletter urges you to take 10 minutes a month to update yourself with what’s going on in the PSAYDN and the afterschool/youth development field.

School Superintendents Association
www.aasa.org 
AASA, the School Superintendents Association, is a professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders that advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Key
www.seregionalkey.org
As the Southeast Regional Key, PHMC offers technical assistance and professional development to childcare providers in Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery Counties through specialized staff as well as subcontractors. PHMC also evaluates providers to assess their quality levels based on the Keystone STARS system, an initiative of OCDEL to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

SEDL
www.sedl.org
SEDL (formerly The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) works with educators, parents, community members, and policymakers to build or find strategies and tools to improve teaching and learning. The SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschoolhelps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality, balanced programs that provide a safe and fun environment for academic enrichment as well as youth development activities. SEDL produces several publications such as SEDL Monthly e-bulletin and SEDL Letter.

Youth Today OST Hub

http://youthtoday.org/hub/

The OST Hub provides resources, research, articles, program examples, and professional development opportunities in the field of out-of-school time (OST). The Hub topics change with trends in the field, but are currently “Language and Literacy,” “Program Quality,” and “Youth Leadership”.

Youth Work Central
http://youthworkcentral.org
Youth Work Central brings together people, expertise, and resources for youth workers' continued professional development.

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Providing Professional Development

ASCD
www.ascd.org
Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 134 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations.  The association provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.

The Association for Middle Level Education
www.amle.org
The Association for Middle Level Education is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of all students ages 10–15 by providing vision, knowledge, and resources to educators and leaders.

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)
www.brycs.org
BRYCS assists service providers from refugee resettlement agencies, mainstream service agencies, such as child welfare and schools, and ethnic community based organizations. BRYCS provides individual consultations, trainings, and conference presentations on topics related to serving refugee children and families. In addition, BRYCS authors publications and maintains a Clearinghouse of thousands of resources.

Connect with NSDC 
www.nsdc.org 
Connect with NSDC, distributed by the National Staff Development Council, promotes conferences, trainings, events, publications, and other opportunities and resources which pertain to designing, implementing, and evaluating staff development.  

Deans for Impact

www.deansforimpact.org

Deans for Impact is a national organization composed of leaders of colleges of education and other programs who are working together to improve student learning and other outcomes. This website can be a great professional development resource for deans and senior administrators in higher education.

Law and Justice Program
http://lawandjustice.edc.org  
Developed by the Education Development Center, Inc., the Law and Justice Program includes innovative curriculum and research-based professional development. It is comprised of two courses: Foundations in Law and Foundations in Criminal Justice. 

National Art Education Association 
www.arteducators.org
The National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
www.naesp.org
NAESP, founded in 1921, is a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.

National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) 
www.nae4ha.com
NAE4-HA offers youth development professionals the best in professional development, an inclusive and supportive network, and integration of scholarship, research, and practice.

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
http://musiced.nafme.org
NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 
www.nsta.org
NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 60,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. Also, you can subscribe to one of their variouse-newsletters, including NSTA Express, The STEM Classroom, and Encouraging Young Scientists.

National Staff Development Council (NSDC)
www.nsdc.org
The National Staff Development Council (NSDC) is the largest non-profit professional association committed to ensuring success for all students through staff development and school improvement.

National Staff Development and Training Association

nsdta.aphsa.org

NSDTA builds professional and organizational capacity in the human services through a national network of membership sharing ideas and resources on organizational development, staff development, and training.

The Nonprofit Technology Network
www.nten.org
NTEN facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information within the community. They connect their members to each other, provide professional development opportunities, educate their constituency on issues of technology use in nonprofits, and spearhead groundbreaking research, advocacy, and education on technology issues affecting the entire community.

Out of School Time Professional Development Center

https://collabornation.net/ostpd

The OSTPD Center has partnered with the National Afterschool Association (NAA), Child Care Aware, and CypherWorx to offer the latest in Out of School Time training for OST professionals.

Pathfinder
www.afterschoolpathfinder.org
Pathfinder brings together in one place all the job and professional development opportunities available to the dedicated people who work in afterschool, expanded learning time, and youth programs in New York State.

PBS
www.pbs.org
PBS and its member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts, and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS's educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way.Their separate webpages for kids (including PBS KIDSKIDS GO!, and KIDS PLAY!), parents, and teachers provide a multitude of useful resources.

Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC)
https://pacac.org
PACAC is a professional organization dedicated to encouraging, advocating, and promoting equal access to post-secondary education, fostering communication among students, families, professionals, and institutions, and facilitating professional development.

Philadelphia Area Math Teachers' Circle (PAMTC)
http://philamtc.blogspot.com
PAMTC provides opportunities for professional mathematicians and middle-grades math teachers to engage in collaborative and creative mathematical problem-solving. The PAMTC is part of the Math Teachers' Circle Network of the American Institutes of Mathematics (AIM).

Reflective Teacher Network
www.reflectiveteachers.org
Reflective Teacher Network provides a context for educators in the Philadelphia area to connect and improve their practice while fostering a reflective community. They use a protocol called Problem of Practice to identify a specific need in a school or classroom from a participant and work in groups to support that individual in developing a plan of success.

Teachers Lead Philly
http://teachersleadphilly.org
Teachers Lead Philly facilitates research and discussion about effective professional collaboration.

TeachingHistory.org
http://teachinghistory.org/
Teachinghistory.org, home of the National History Education Clearinghouse, is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has created Teachinghistory.org with the goal of making history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible.

TeachUNICEF
http://teachunicef.org
TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of free global education resources. Resources cover grades PK-12, are interdisciplinary (social studies, science, math, English/language arts, foreign/world languages), and align with standards. The lesson plans, stories, and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to Water and Sanitation.

ZERO TO THREE
www.zerotothree.org
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

 

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