Opportunities for growth are crucial, not only for the professional but have a reflection on the quality of the program for which they work. Beyond this, the teaching strategies and skills of a professional in this industry must be intentional, creative, and thoughtful—be able to engage diverse populations and learning styles.
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.
Most UWRI-sponsored workshops are available for DCYF-approved training hours. Past workshops have focused on: girls in STEM, teaching stress management to youth, budgeting, intro to RIPQA, active learning, and more.
From the Rhode Island Program Quality Assessment (RIPQA) tool to BrightStars to Core Competencies, we have a listing of the tools you need to measures your program effectively.
The Youth Development degree at Rhode Island College debuted in the fall 2012 semester. It includes education, social work, and electives courses, as well as courses that allow students to receive a certificate in non-profit studies.