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 Northeast Afterschool Networks (funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation) to deliver future 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.
We at RIASPA have teamed up with staff at the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) with generous support from RIDE’s 21st CCLC Initiative and the Wallace Foundation to bring you this professional development menu. We are excited to offer workshops nearly every Friday this season!
Sponsored by RIASPA, PASA, RIDE’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and Rhode Island College, this bi-annual, high-quality professional development opportunity will offer four different workshop topics for all levels of professionals in the afterschool and youth development field.
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