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.

April 25, May 2, and May 9, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Site: Cranston YMCA Teen Center, 155 Gansett Avenue, Cranston
Trainers: Kuni Yasutake, Maryclaire Knight, and Shevaun Keogh-Walker
Cost: $40.00 (you must take all three sessions)

This three-part baseline certificate is designed to meet the needs of those individuals who are brand new to the out-of-school time field. Sessions will provide a history and overview of the field, an introduction to basic youth development principles, and the ages and stages of child development. Participants will learn about a variety of different types of after school environments youth workers might encounter and will discuss techniques for managing groups and dealing with behavior. Finally, the workshop presenters will help new youth workers build communication skills to better serve and engage with socially and culturally diverse youth and families, as well as essential professional behavior required for youth workers. After finishing this three-part training, participants will be prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of out-of-school time settings.

Project WET Workshop for Educators
Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Site: Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association Campus, 203 Arcadia Road, Hope Valley, RI 02832
Trainer: Denise Poyer, Program Director, Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association
Cost: $15.00

TEACHERS! Get your feet wet and learn to conduct water quality and wetland exploration field trips as we search for aquatic creatures in the Wood River. Create better lessons around water with this 6-hour workshop based on the Project Wet (Water Education for Teachers) and WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands environmental education curriculum guides.  Curriculums align with NGSS and Common Core. All teachers, pre-service teachers, home-school and non-formal educators from all grade levels are welcome. Professional development credits are available. Guides are provided free, courtesy of RIDEM Division of Fish & Wildlife. Sponsored by the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association. For more information contact Denise Poyer at 401-539-9017 or  Register on-line at


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.

Previous Training Materials

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