High-quality professional development and technical assistance opportunities, simply put, propel the field forward. Opportunities to engage in conferences, series- and/or certificate-based training, mentoring and advocacy, and college coursework strengthens professionals’ ability to provide better care and opportunities for the children and youth in their programs, and deepens 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 other seven other Northeast Afterschool Networks (funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation) to deliver webinar-based professional development opportunities to the region.
Below is a list of high-quality local trainings offered by RIASPA and other organizations as well as regional and national trainings of interest.
Fall 2013 Professional Development Opportunities are Available!
To sign up for these professional development opportunities, please fill out the online registration form located on PASA’s web site. Opportunities are available to after school professionals free of charge on a first come,
Introduction to the RIPQA
Trainers: Shevaun Keogh Walker, Maryclaire Knight (RI Quality Advisors)
October 4, 2013: 9:00am-12:00pm, Location TBD
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 to 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.
Introduction to Youthservices.net
Trainer: Jessie Kerr-Vanderslice
October 18, 2013: 9:00am-11:00am, PASA Offices, 140 Broadway, Providence RI 02903
Are you new to the youthservices.net online data management tool? Are you an experienced user but you keep coming up against some specific challenges or questions? This training will present an introduction to the tool for our new users, with a separate training break out session for data managers who want to deal with site specific challenges or needs.
RIPQA Youth Work Methods Workshops
Trainers: Kuni Yasutake, Shevaun Keogh Walker (RI Quality Advisors)
NOTE: The RIPQA Youth Work Methods trainings are available as individual one-time workshops, but participants are highly encouraged to sign up for the full four part series.
Building Community and Structure and Clear Limits (includes components of Homework Help)
October 25, 2013: 9:30am-1:30pm, South Providence Community Library Community Room, 441 Prairie Avenue Providence, RI 02905
Do you know what it takes to build an emotionally and physically safe space for youth? Building an emotionally safe community of peers and adults is essential for youth to learn and develop as individuals. Part of that safe community is building positive structures that allow positive youth energy to flow freely, without falling into program supportive community in their programs and to practice identifying and maintaining clear limits.
November 1, 2013: 9:30am-1:30pm, South Providence Community Library Community Room, 441 Prairie Avenue Providence, RI 02905
Do you know the difference between active learning and “hands-on” learning? Giving youth materials is just the beginning. This interactive workshop introduces the “ingredients” of active learning, explains the role that active learning plays in the experiential learning cycle, and helps participants create more powerful learning opportunities for youth.
Cooperative Learning (includes components of Homework Help)
November 8, 2013: 9:30am-1:30pm, South Providence Community Library Community Room, 441 Prairie Avenue, Providence, RI 02905
Do the youth in your program have opportunities to work together in groups, teaching and learning from each other? Cooperative learning is an excellent way to nurture youth leadership, build community, and keep things fun. This interactive workshop will equip participants with grouping strategies and ways to think about building cooperative learning into any program offering. This workshop will also include a module on how to structure effective homework help time into your program.
Ask Listen Encourage
November 15, 2013: 9:30am-1:30pm, South Providence Community Library Community Room, 441 Prairie Avenue, Providence, RI 02905
Do you communicate with youth in a way that makes them feel supported and heard? This interactive workshop introduces various communication techniques that help you build more supportive, youth-centered relationships. Participants will learn how to ask more effective questions, to listen actively to youth, and offer youth encouragement rather than praise.
Previous Training Materials
RIASPA Summer Learning Symposium Materials (March 16, 2011)
National Summer Learning Association Perspectives on Summer Learning (PowerPoint)
Northeast Statewide Afterschool Networks Webinar Materials
Stopping the Summer Slide—The Role That Networks and Policymakers Can Play in Reducing Summer Learning Loss (PowerPoint from 10.11.11 webinar) Featuring Jennifer Sloan McCombs, Sanjiv Rao, Caterina Leone-Mannino, Adam Greenman, Patrick Duhon, Katie Magrane, and Chris Smith
Moderated by Dara Rose, Senior Program Officer at The Wallace Foundation
A New Vision for Summer School (PowerPoint from 3.15.11 webinar)
Featuring Jeff Smink, Vice President of Policy at the National Summer Learning Association
Hosted by Joseph Morra, Manager of Quality Initiatives at RIASPA
Supporting High-Quality STEM Learning Opportunities in Out-of-School Programs (vimeo recording of 2.25.11 webinar)
Featuring Dr. Anita Krishnamurthi, Director of STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance
Hosted by Katie Magrane, Executive Director of Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership