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.

FREE Workshop!
Designing Quality Lessons for STEM Learning and Beyond
Friday, November 21
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

This DoS (Dimensions of Success) Planning Tool workshop introduces informal educators to an easy-to-use tool that can be utilized to design (or redesign) high-quality and intentional STEM OST experiences. During this workshop, we will discuss the tool itself, use the tool to create a sample lesson plan, and discuss how to re-frame the tool to design intentional lessons that go beyond STEM to the heart of your own program’s focus. Download the Designing Quality Lessons for STEM Registration form for this free workshop. Space is limited, so register quickly.

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)