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.

Late Winter/Spring 2014 Professional Development

We are pleased to present the RI Statewide Afterschool PD Calendar for afterschool professionals for late winter/spring 2014. Inside, you will find a number of different trainings that will optimize and enhance your practice. We hope to link you with the resources you need to best serve your students. Descriptions of these trainings can be found below; the Calendar and registration form can be downloaded here. NOTE: Registration forms must be received by RIASPA at least three (3) days before each workshop date in order to for you to be registered. For questions, please contact Joseph Morra: or 401.444.0615.

National Institute on Out-of-School Time Summer Seminars
(July 14-18, 2014) 

Session 1: July 14- 15, 2014

Seminar A: APAS – A Program Assessment System 
July 14th & 15th, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Site: Holiday Inn – Brookline, MA
Cost: Price information here

This two-day seminar is for afterschool directors, supervisors, curriculum and education coordinators, and 21st CCLC personnel interested in utilizing the Afterschool Program Assessment System (APAS). APAS is one of the only assessment systems available that helps afterschool programs link quality and youth outcomes together in a comprehensive, flexible, and integrated fashion.

Session 2: July 16-17, 2014

Seminar B: Advanced APAS Implementation
July 16th & 17th, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Site: Holiday Inn – Brookline, MA
Cost: Price information here

Whether you are a newly trained or an experienced APAS user, come to this two-day seminar to learn to maximize APAS tools and deepen quality improvement efforts within a site, across multiple sites, and/or at a system level. Two tracks offered: Program Level Users and System Level Users.

Session 3: July 18, 2014

Seminar C: Courage to Lead: A Retreat for Personal Renewal
July 18, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Site: Holiday Inn – Brookline, MA
Instructor: Douglas Babkirk
Cost: Price information here

In this one-day retreat, individuals will have the opportunity to reflect upon the original calling to their work. Participants will come together in a safe and nurturing space for personal and professional renewal in their roles as consultants, coaches, advisors, educators and leaders in after school and youth development programs. This is not a leadership skills or technique workshop but rather a time to replenish your spirit and your “leadership well” in the company of colleagues who believe that making time for self care is indeed an act of personal leadership in a profession that requires courage and resilience.

SAVE THE DATE!: 2014 RIASPA Lights on Afterschool! Breakfast 
October 24, 2014
Site: Providence Marriott Downtown

This year, our Lights on Afterschool! Breakfast will focus on redefining education and redefining success. The event will feature four dynamic speakers from the field, including Eric Gurna, the President & CEO of Development Without Limits and the Director of Public Engagement at New Urban Arts. Speakers will be followed by helpful and engaging workshops on various topics in the field.  Stay tuned for more information on event registration!

Previous Training Materials

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