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 2015 Afterschool Professional Development Training Calendar
We have moved to an online registration system!  Please check back regularly for upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

 

Challenging Your Outer Limits: Creativity In and Out of the Classroom
Friday, February 27, 2015
9:30 AM —12:30 PM @ United Way of Rhode Island
We know that afterschool professionals often have the high energy to facilitate a good project for youth, but often feel limited by space, budget, schedule, and outside demands. In this workshop, presented by Lorraine Kaul, Director/Consultant with UPTYME Prevention Services, learn to think outside of the box and apply creativity to your activity toolkit. Creativity has a place in your program in every possible area from planning and room arrangements, to routines and transitions.  Participants in this workshop will learn about the creative process and discover how certain types of thinking trap the mind and interfere with problem-solving and goal achievement. A variety of techniques to free the mind, prompt the mind, and surprise the mind will be used during this fun and highly participatory workshop.

The cost to attend the workshop is $15.00.

REGISTRATION CLOSES on Wednesday, February 25.   Please click here to register.


YOUTH METHODS SERIES

Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach
Friday, March 6, 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.
Youth programs can be optimized to meet youth needs, motivation, and engagement. The Active-Participatory Approach to youth work was designed to address these goals. This youth-centered approach is the foundation for the Youth Work Methods Series. Learn how to engage youth to participate in your club and/or activity right from the start.

Registration fee: $20 (includes materials fee)
Registration deadline: 3/4/15 – please click here to register


Youth Voice
Friday, March 13, 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.
Are you providing young people with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Research shows that quality programs incorporate youth input at both activity and organizational levels. This workshop will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership. This interactive workshop is focused on providing meaningful choice within activities and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself.

Registration fee: $20 (includes materials fee)
Registration deadline: 3/11/15 – Please click here to register


Planning and Reflection
Friday, March 20, 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.
Are you engaging youth in the critical life skills of planning and reflection? Are you ready to be more intentional about including planning and reflection strategies into your daily routine and activities, but not sure where to start? This interactive workshop will introduce participants to powerful and easy-to-use methods that promote youth engagement in planning, implementing, and evaluating activities and projects.

Registration fee: $20 (includes materials fee)
Registration deadline: 3/18/15 – Please click here to register


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


Previous Training Materials

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