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.

RIASPA works with like-minded organizations and associations in the state (namely PASA) to deliver high-quality professional development opportunities to the field.  Additionally, we are working with seven other Northeast Afterschool Networks (funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation) to deliver webinar-based professional development opportunities to the region.

Afterschool Mini-Conference
Monday, January 12, 2015
RI College Student Union

We are pleased to present the latest mini-conference for afterschool professionals. Please view the mini-conference brochure to learn about the various high-quality workshops being offered.

IMPORTANT: Registration will be completely online for the mini-conference. Please use this link to register.

There are a limited number of seats, so register soon to secure yours! (The registration deadline is January 8.) For questions, please contact Joseph Morra: 401.444.0615 or

Using the School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS) Tool for Quality Improvement
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Attend this training and learn more about the School-Age Environment Rating Scale (SACERS). This training will include information on the use of SACERS within the BrightStars process, how to score SACERS and use the tool as a self-study in preparation for BrightStars. The presenters will review definitions that may impact several criteria within SACERS, and provide clarifications and supplemental materials from the author of the tool. Register using this link!

Late Winter/Spring 2015 Afterschool Professional Development Training Calendar
Be on the lookout for this exciting calendar in early February!

Previous Training Materials

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