Professional development is crucial for employee and employer
An employer’s willingness to offer professional development opportunities is directly related to the quality of their program.
Engaging in conferences, coursework, and certificate-based training only strengthens an educator’s ability to mentor, advocate, and provide better care to the youth in their program.
Why is this? Because the teaching skills of professionals in this industry must be intentional, creative, and thoughtful. This can only be accomplished through a strategy of continued growth—one that allows educators to engage diverse populations and understand different learning styles.
Most UWRI-sponsored workshops are available for DCYF-approved training hours. Past workshops have focused on girls in STEM, stress management for youth, intro to the RIPQA, and more.
Professionals need tools, such as the Rhode Island Program Quality Assessment, BrightStars, and Core Competencies, to effectively measure the quality of their program.
The Youth Development degree at Rhode Island College, which debuted in the fall of 2012, focuses on education, social work, and electives. In addition, it offers a certificate in non-profit studies.