Professional Development

High-quality professional development and technical assistance opportunities are essential to propel the field forward. Opportunities to engage in conferences, series- and/or certificate-based training, mentoring and advocacy, and college coursework strengthen professionals’ ability to provide better care and opportunities for the children and youth in their programs, and deepen their understanding of research and best practices. Professional development is a key component to a career lattice for the field.

NOTE: All UWRI-sponsored workshops listed on this page, unless otherwise noted, are available for DCYF-approved training hours.


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

Workshop Details:

Title: Methods #3: Planning and Reflection
Date/Time: 04/08/16, 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: UWRI Conference Center
Presenters: Maryclaire Knight and Shevaun Keogh-Walker, Quality Advisors, 21st CCLC Initiative

Description: Are you engaging youth in the critical life skills of planning and reflection? Are you ready to be more intentional about including planning and reflection strategies into your daily routine and activities, but not sure where to start? This interactive workshop will introduce participants to powerful and easy-to-use methods that promote youth engagement in planning, implementing, and evaluating activities and projects.

Registration fee:  $20, Non-ALC member; or 21stCCLC staff rate (with code)
Registration link: https://uwriweb.org/comm/SinglePageRegEvent.jsp?EventKeyHex=32383635
Registration deadline: 9:00 pm 4/06/16

Mini-Conference Details:

 Title: Girls in STEM Evening Mini-Conference
Date/Time: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: UWRI Conference Center
Presenters: Assorted

Description: Please join us for our first-ever evening mini-conference! The goal of the event is to acknowledge and discuss the barriers that exist for girls in STEM fields, and to collaborate as educators to identify ways to help girls overcome these challenges. The evening will open with a brief keynote by industrial designer and educator, Amy Leidtke, followed by a panel discussion with women in STEM career fields. Afterwards, participants will breakout into one of two professional development workshops -

Workshop Options:

A. Design Thinkshop: How can we promote girls in STEAM? Using participatory design thinking as a tool for research and understanding 

Presenter: Amy Leidtke

This collaborative Design Thinkshop* session will holistically examine how to make STEAM-infused educational programs more accessible and         inclusive to Rhode Island girls. In order to do so, participants will focus on a design thinking exercise called Thematic Networks**, generating qualitative information that can be shared within an organization as well as out with valued community stakeholders.

*Design Thinkshop, an educational product Leidtke created, is an interactive hands-on and minds-on experience that ignites essential questions. Participants engage in facilitated design challenges that include a meaningful making/ creating experience.

**Thematic Networks is an analytical, participatory design thinking tool, one which makes it possible to understand complex problems by examining their parts at multiple scales.

B. Breaking it Down: How is Inquiry & NGSS Related to Positive Youth Development? 

Presenter: Brittney Sandbergen

In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of inquiry-based learning and the process of selecting appropriate NGSS practices to align with their programs and missions. We will use this foundation to explore the connections with social-emotional learning (SEL) and Positive Youth Development. This workshop will be related to NGSS practices versus content-specific standards allowing participants more opportunity to delve into the content of their own programs and find connections.

Registration fee: $15 Non- ALC members
Registration link: https://uwriweb.org/girlsinstem
Registration deadline: 9:00 pm 04/012/16

 


Workshop Details:

Title: Methods #4, Teen Advisory Board
Date/Time: 4/15/16, 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: UWRI Conference Center
Presenters: Maryclaire Knight and Shevaun Keogh-Walker, Quality Advisors, 21st CCLC Initiative

Description: Establishing a teen advisory council gives young people tremendous, meaningful leadership experiences and the opportunity to learn about how an organization operates. It has the added benefit of helping to improve your program by making it more youth-driven, which is shown to lead to improved attendance and participation.

Registration fee:  $20, Non-ALC member; or 21stCCLC staff rate (with code)
Registration link: https://uwriweb.org/comm/SinglePageRegEvent.jsp?EventKeyHex=32373734
Registration deadline: 9:00 pm 4/13/16

 

 

Workshop Details:

Title: Failing Forward: Building a Stronger Organization
Date/Time: 4/29/16, 9:00-11:00am
Location: UWRI Conference Center
Presenter: Beth Cunha, Executive Director, Center for Dynamic Learning

Description: When is the last time you looked at an error as a learning opportunity? How about as a moment of inspiration? From a young age we learn the importance of trial and error—that we should not try once, but multiple times, in multiple ways until we find success. That same flexibility must be tied to our careers. Bring your errors and an open mind to this interactive workshop which will take a look at failing forward and the re-definition of success in the non-profit world.

Registration Cost: $15 Non- ALC members
Registration link: https://uwriweb.org/comm/SinglePageRegEvent.jsp?EventKeyHex=32373832
Registration deadline:
9:00 pm 04/27/16

 

 

Workshop Details:

Title: Libraries: The Community’s Ideal Collaborator
Date/Time: 05/06/16, 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: UWRI Conference Center
Presenter: Shannon Lake, Teen Educator/Librarian, Providence Public Library

Description: Libraries adapt with their community and take on many roles, but aren’t always viewed as a partner beyond reading lists and research assistance. During this workshop, participants will walk through scenarios where libraries have played key roles in developing, implementing and improving community programs. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to work with partners at different stages of the partnership and how libraries can be the ideal collaborator for a variety of initiatives.

Registration Cost: $15 Non-ALC members
Registration Link: https://uwriweb.org/comm/SinglePageRegEvent.jsp?EventKeyHex=32383234
Registration deadline: 9:00 pm 05/04/16

 

 

Workshop Details:

Title: Teaching Stress and Anger Management Skills to Youth
Date/Time: 05/13/16, 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: UWRI Conference Center
Presenter: Lorraine Kaul, MA, MPA, CPP Trainer, Uptyme Prevention Services

Description: Are you recognizing the brain states when intervening with aggressive youth? Come to explore peer, family and societal stressors on youth and how misuse or misdirected anger, poor impulse control, and lack of conflict management skills can cause problems that can interfere with healthy emotional development. Participants will learn how to help young people learn to understand their anger triggers and styles, and how they can begin to channel these emotions toward creating positive change. The workshop presenter will also offer some interactive and fun teaching strategies for helping youth and teens tame aggression, short circuit depression, and redirect toxic thoughts that lead to aggression.

Registration Cost: $15, Non-ALC members
Registration Link: https://uwriweb.org/comm/SinglePageRegEvent.jsp?EventKeyHex=32383332
Registration deadline: 9:00 pm 05/11/16

 

 

Workshop Details:

Title: Budgeting: Getting It Done Together
Date/Time: 05/20/16, 9:30-11:30am
Location: Newport Adult Education Center (this workshop is taking place in Newport, not at UWRI)
Presenter: Tracy Shea, Executive Director, Newport Community School

Description: This workshop, designed specifically for beginning- and intermediate-level youth workers, will build confidence their ability in developing and monitoring programmatic budgets. Participants will learn the relationships among planning, budgeting, and financial management, using a team-based approach.

Registration Cost: $15, Non-ALC members
Registration Link: https://uwriweb.org/comm/SinglePageRegEvent.jsp?EventKeyHex=32383430
Registration deadline: 9:00 pm 05/18/16

 

 

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS

Workshop Details:

Title: Intro to RIPQA
Date/time: 3/04/16, 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: UWRI Conference Center
Presenter: Maryclaire Knight and Shevaun Keogh-Walker, Quality Advisors, 21st CCLC Initiative

Description: The Rhode Island Program Quality Assessment (RIPQA) is a quality assessment tool and improvement process that is used by after school and youth development organizations across Rhode Island. Participants will learn about the two components of the tool: a program observation tool designed to help front-line staff and instructors improve their practice (Form A) and an administrative checklist designed to help directors improve their overall administrative management practices (Form B). The training includes hands-on practice using the tool and an overview of how it was created and is being used across the state.

Registration: $20, Non-ALC member or 21stCCLC staff rate
Registration link: https://uwriweb.org/IntroToRIPQASpring16
Registration deadline: 9:00 pm 3/02/16

 

Workshop Details:

Title: Methods #2: Youth Voice
Date/Time: 3/25/16, 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: UWRI Conference Center
Presenters: Maryclaire Knight and Shevaun Keogh-Walker, Quality Advisors, 21st CCLC Initiative

Description: Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership. This interactive workshop is focused on providing meaningful choice within activities and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself.

Registration: $20, Non-ALC member; or 21stCCLC staff rate (with code)
Registration link: https://uwriweb.org/comm/SinglePageRegEvent.jsp?EventKeyHex=32373538
Registration deadline: 9:00 pm 3/23/16

 

 

Title: The SACERS-U Demystified: Emphasizing Choice and Play to Improve School-Age Outcomes
Date/Time: 3/11/16, 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: UWRI Conference Center
Presenters: Shannon Heneghan Jutras and Ashley Reyes, BrightStars

Description: This session will support school professionals seeking to make holistic improvements to their School-Age program using the updated School-Age Environment Rating Scale (SACERS-U) as a guide. The presenters will focus on ways to incorporate choice and play into before and after school programming and will demystify the assessment process so programs can feel confident during a high-stakes assessment. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of SACERS-U author reliable assessors and to learn what a high-quality program looks like through the lens of this scale.

Registration: $15 Non-ALC members
Registration link: https://uwriweb.org/thesacersu-demystified
Registration deadline: 9:00 pm 3/09/16

Title
: Methods #1: Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach
Date/Time: 3/18/16, 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: UWRI Conference Center
Presenters: Maryclaire Knight and Shevaun Keogh-Walker, Quality Advisors, 21st CCLC Initiative

Description: Youth programs can be optimized to meet youth needs, motivation, and engagement. The Active-Participatory Approach to youth work was designed to address these goals. This youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Work Methods Series. Learn how to engage youth to participate in your club and/or activity right from the start.

Registration: $20, Non-ALC member; or 21stCCLC staff rate (with code)
Registration link: https://uwriweb.org/comm/SinglePageRegEvent.jsp?EventKeyHex=32373431
Registration deadline: 9:00 pm 3/16/16

Workshop Details:

Title: Methods #2: Youth Voice
Date/Time: 3/25/16, 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: UWRI Conference Center
Presenters: Maryclaire Knight and Shevaun Keogh-Walker, Quality Advisors, 21st CCLC Initiative

Description: Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership. This interactive workshop is focused on providing meaningful choice within activities and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself.

Registration: $20, Non-ALC member; or 21stCCLC staff rate (with code)
Registration link: https://uwriweb.org/comm/SinglePageRegEvent.jsp?EventKeyHex=32373538
Registration deadline: 9:00 pm 3/23/16

 

 

Intro to RIPQA, 10/2/15, 9:00am – 1:00pm @ Center for Dynamic Learning
Presenter: Maryclaire Knight and Shevaun Keogh Walker
Description: The Rhode Island Program Quality Assessment (RIPQA) is a quality assessment tool and improvement process that is used by after school and youth development organizations across Rhode Island. Participants will learn about the two components of the tool: a program observation tool designed to help front-line staff and instructors improve their practice (Form A) and an administrative checklist designed to help directors improve their overall administrative management practices (Form B). The training includes hands-on practice using the tool and an overview of how it was created and is being used across the state.

Method Series #1 -Building Community, Structure, and Clear Limits, 10/16/15, 9:00am – 1:00pm @ United Way of Rhode Island
Presenter: Maryclaire Knight and Shevaun Keogh Walker
Description: Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. Part of that safe community is building positive structures that allow positive youth energy to flow freely, without falling into program chaos. This interactive workshop helps participants work on building a safe and supportive community in their programs and to practice identifying and maintaining clear limits.

Methods Series #2 – Active Learning, 10/23/15, 9:00am – 1:00pm @ United Way of Rhode Island
Presenter: Maryclaire Knight and Shevaun Keogh Walker
Description: Do you know the difference between active learning and hands-on learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces the ingredients of active learning, explains the role that active learning plays in the experiential learning cycle, and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth.

Methods Series #3 – Cooperative Learning, 11/6/15, 9:00am – 1:00pm @ United Way of Rhode Island
Presenter: Maryclaire Knight and Shevaun Keogh Walker
Description: Do the youth in your program have opportunities to work together in groups, teaching and learning from each other? Cooperative learning is an excellent way to nurture youth leadership, build community, and keep things fun. This interactive workshop will equip participants with grouping strategies and ways to think about building cooperative learning into any program offering. This workshop will also include a module on how to structure effective homework help time into your program.

Methods Series #4 – Ask, Listen, Encourage, 11/13/15, 9:00am – 1:00pm @ United Way of Rhode Island
Presenter: Maryclaire Knight and Shevaun Keogh Walker
Description: Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This interactive workshop introduces various communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships. Participants will learn how to ask more effective questions, listen actively to youth, and offer youth encouragement rather than praise.

Social Emotional Learning, 11/20/15, 9:30am – 11:30am, Newport Adult Education Center
Presenter: Sue Constable, Autism Coordinator, RI Technical Assistance Project and RIDE; and Alice Woods, RIDE
Description: This session will cover what is meant by the term Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) using the framework the Rhode Island Department of Education has adopted from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). The SEL competencies connect directly to those skills that our youth and young adults need to achieve success in college and careers. Specific SEL practices will be shared and talked about during this session.

The Very Visual Voyage: K-12 Educators Explore Nature’s Structures, 12/4/15, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Presenter: Amy Leidtke
Description: Embark on an enjoyable journey of tinkering, thinking three-dimensionally about Nature’s Structures. Participants will do hands-on investigations that result in modeling polyhedral structures. Everyone will make and take back to the classroom their very own mathematical and biological sculpture. Participants will be able to adjust the lesson to replicate within their own programs.

P
ositive Youth Development II: Exploring Metacognition, 12/18/15, 9:30am – 11:30am @ United Way of Rhode Island
Presenter: Brittany Sandbergen, PASA
Description: Veteran practitioners will deepen their understanding of positive youth development through concepts of metacognition. This training provides a point of view regarding Carol Dweck’s theory of mindset and its effect on the learning environment. Educators will explore multiple approaches to student learning & comprehension where they will  experience visual, written, verbal, and active learning styles to better approach student learning.

MINI-CONFERENCE,  Tuesday, January 12, 2016
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM @ Rhode Island College Student Union Building

This mini-conference will vary slightly from past versions. We will have a keynote speaker, Jeanine Fitzgerald of the Fitzgerald Institute for Lifelong Learning, who will kick off the event, and then you will choose a two-hour workshop to attend. Please view the workshop choices here before proceeding to the registration link below.

 

Failing Forward: Building a Stronger Organization,  1/22/16, 9:00 – 11:00am @United Way of Rhode Island 

Presenter: Beth Cunha
Description: When is the last time you looked at an error as a learning opportunity? How about as a moment of inspiration? From a young age we learn the importance of trial and error. That we should not try once, but multiple times, in multiple ways until we find success. That same flexibility must be tied to our careers. Bring your errors and an open mind to this interactive workshop which will take a look at failing forward and the re-definition of success in the non-profit world.

 

Strategies for Effective Listener’s Engagement,  1/29/16, 9:00 am -12:00pm @ United Way of Rhode Island

Presenter: Brenda Westberry
Description: In a world buzzing with social media, our interpersonal communication skills have been altered. This experiential workshop will help you increase and develop a truly engaging and responsive communication style while helping you advance your ideas in ways that gain attention and respect from others. The participants will also explore the dynamics of effective engagement even in difficult situations. This will be an interactive workshop expecting audience participation.

 

Previous Training Materials

RIASPA Summer Learning Symposium Materials (March 16, 2011)
National Summer Learning Association Perspectives on Summer Learning (PowerPoint)