Professional Development

RIASP is committed to helping you improve your school leadership skills through professional development. From the RIILA and RIASPlearns to the summer conference, online offerings and events offered throughout the year, you will find something that fits what you're looking for.

Upcoming events

    • June 04, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 7

    Title: Supporting Your Teachers During the Pandemic Maintaining communication, collaboration, and strong community for your staff

    Presenter: Jeffrey Benson

    Overview and Essential Questions

    • Do you know how your teachers are navigating their responsibilities in this new context?
    • Do your teachers have clarity about the expectations and guidelines that have been established?
    • What systems of support will help sustain the professional community when you are unable to convene and communicate in the ways you are accustomed?

    Cost: Free for RIASP members.

    When: June 4th and June 10th 3:00pm-4:40pm.

    This is a 2-part (90 minutes per session) interactive on-line seminar that will provide tools for school leaders to support their teachers at home, with significant time for sharing resources and strategies with peers. In order to maximize the sharing of the expertise and experiences of participants, enrollment will be limited to 22 school leaders.

    The seminar will focus on three areas:

    • Effective ways to assess how your teachers are managing the stress of their responsibilities in this totally new context;
    • Setting flexible and clear guidelines for what you ask of your teachers regarding curriculum and instruction.
    • Developing systems of support that sustain the professional community when you cannot be physically together in the school.

    Each of these three areas will be introduced for facilitated discussion, along with specific tools and strategies, all within a framework of leadership. Then the participants will consider together how to implement the tools and strategies with their staff, and hear from each other ways you are already making headway. We will undoubtedly laugh, sigh, and find moments of solace; in this way, the participants will be a virtual support team for leadership --no one else really knows the completely disorienting environment in which you are all still needing to make decisions

    About the presenter: Jeffrey Benson has over forty years of experience as a teacher, mentor, and school administrator. He focuses on supporting schools that work for all students. He’s had the incredibly good fortune of working with many talented people on school reform, conflict resolution, learning theory, trauma and addiction, school advisory programs, math education, staff development, leadership training, and curriculum development. He coaches principals and teachers, writes about education, and speaks at conferences—all in an effort to upload what he has learned in hopes others can make good use of it. Along that path, he continues to learn more. His books include, “Hanging In-- Strategies for Working with the Students Who Challenge Us Most;” “Ten Steps for Managing Change in Schools” and “Teaching the Whole Teen: Everyday Practices that Promote Success and Resilience in School and Life.” His website is, which includes links to his many articles, interviews, and services.

    • June 23, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 20

    Improve Communication and Collaboration During Virtual Meetings Using Zoom

    Audience: Department Chairs, Coaches, Building and District Level Administrators

    Overview: These online sessions are for anyone who facilitates a virtual team meeting. These sessions will prepare you to effectively host a meeting, by identifying and setting meeting goals, creating an engaging agenda, establishing meeting norms, and maximizing collaboration and communication among group members. 

    Participants will: • Learn how to create and facilitate engaging virtual meetings. • Identify Zoom tools that can be used to maximize collaboration and communication during a virtual meeting. • Learn and apply facilitation strategies to maximize collaboration among team members. 

    Dates/Times: 9:00am-10:00am on June 23rd and June 25th

    Session One: • Establishing  virtual meeting norms and roles. Use Virtual Activators  and connectors to engage participants.   

    Session Two: • Maximize technology to improve communication and collaboration; includes strategies to ensure all voices are heard

    Facilitator: Nicole L’Etoile, former school administrator, academic dean, business educator & technology specialist. Dr. L’Etoile has facilitated professional learning networks, as well as blended and personalized learning sessions for administrators and teachers at the local and national level.

    Maximum Capacity: 20 participants.

    Zoom Link will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the session begins.

    • June 24, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • To be determined


    LUNCHEON - End of School Year Meeting for both boards 

    • August 05, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • NEIT, East Greenwich Campus


    Leading, Learning & Building Culture

    August 5, 2020

    (A one day event this year)

    8:00am - 4:00pm


    Register before July 1st and automatically be entered

    into our Special Early Bird Giveaway

    Keynote Speaker: Joe Sanfelippo

    • RIASP Member (Full Day- Early Bird): $230
    • RIASP Member (Full Day- After July 1): $250
    • Non RIASP Member (Full Day): $295
    • Team of 5 (RIASP Members-Full Day): $1,000
    • Keynote only: $75 pp
    • Keynote only (Team of 10 people): $500 

      For team registration codes: please email

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