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.

2014 RIASPA Lights on Afterschool! Breakfast of Champions
October 24, 2014
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. REGISTER NOW!

Fall 2014 Professional Development Training Calendar Now Available!

We are pleased to present the RI Statewide Afterschool PD Calendar for afterschool professionals for fall 2014. Inside, you will find a number of different trainings that will optimize and enhance your practice. Most have direct connections to the RIPQA assessment tool. We hope to link you with the resources you need to best serve your students–and you.
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.

Previous Training Materials

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