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.

Teen Advisory Board

Friday, March 27, 2015
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM @ United Way of Rhode Island
Presented by Kuni Yasutake and Maryclaire Knight, Quality Advisors, RI Department of Education.
Establishing a teen advisory council gives young people tremendous, meaningful leadership experiences and the opportunity to learn about how an organization operates. It has the added benefit of helping to improve your program by making it more youth-driven, which is shown to lead to improved attendance and participation.

Registration fee: $20 (includes materials fee)
Registration deadline: 3/25/15 – Please click here to register

Rhode Island for Community and Justice’s Day Long Cultural Competency Workshop

Friday, April 10, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ United Way of Rhode Island
Presented by: Tessa Fast, Andrea Gomez, Harry Stewart, Patricia Taubin

This workshop provides insight on how culture shapes the structure of our organizations as well as our individual biases. Through facilitated discussions and activities, participants will explore issues of race, power, and privilege and how to recognize both cultural inclusion and barriers to inclusion. This training provides resources and helps build skills to understand how cultural competency can benefit organizations. Additionally, it will provide CLAS National Standards and a best practice model to help participants become more aware when engaging with diverse communities and their own organizational culture. The goal of this 1-day workshop is for participants to feel engaged, capable, and motivated to introduce cultural competency practices in institutions, policy, and daily interactions.

Registration fee: $35
Registration deadline: 4/8/15 -  Please click here to register


Previous Training Materials

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