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.
UPDATE: The mini-conference has reached capacity as of 1.6.15 at 4:30 PM. Thank you to all who have registered.

Introduction to RIPQA
Friday, January 23, 2015
United Way of Rhode Island Conference Room
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. Download the registration form.

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)