Professional Development

Professional Development is critical for supporting effective teaching and learning. thrive is committed to the ongoing educational growth and development of teachers through high quality professional development resulting in the improvements of teaching and learning. Professional development allows educators to: stay up-to-date in their field; learn about and be able to teach effective curricula; gain skills for providing high quality, engaging, standards-based, instruction; improve their ability to conduct valid assessment of students and more!

thrive e-Academy

The thrive e-Academy provides flexible, online professional development opportunities for Rhode Island educators. Each program provides in-depth training on key topics and offers teachers the opportunity to review relevant materials, participate in structured learning activities, and contribute to facilitated discussions with their peers and RI Department of Education staff. There are no registration costs for thrive e-Academy courses. Please check e-course description for educator eligibility criteria.

Distance Learning

On-line or distance learning allows professionals working in different locations to come together around a topic of interest and form a community of practitioners. On-line programs:

• Provide flexibility, allowing ease of access to information
• Increase familiarity and comfort with technology;
• Provide materials for future reference or share with colleagues, and
• Reduce teacher out-of-school time and the need for substitutes.

Availability is limited. Individuals may register for only one course during each session. Dates and offerings are subject to change. Courses are currently open to Rhode Island school personnel only.

For additional information contact:

Rosemary Reilly-Chammat, Ed.D.
RI Department of Education