2016 Conference

What Works! In Rhode Island Using the Whole Child Education Approach in Education!

Learning First Alliance/Rhode Island is offering "What Works! A Series of Professional Development Workshops Using The Whole Child Approach to Education". Each workshop will use best practices and will incorporate one of the five Whole Child tenets: Healthy, Safe, Supported, Engaged and Challenged.

The workshops will run from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, February to May 2016. You may register for one or any number of workshops. There is no fee for this series, however, we will be providing light refreshments and would like to know how many will be attending each workshop. Please register at least one month before each scheduled workshop. As you will see, the workshop locations are spread throughout the State of Rhode Island.

2016 Conference Sessions

Integrating Physical Activity Throughout the Before/After School Programs

Presenters: Mary Parella – Director, Pawtucket COZ; Jordan Dunne, Project Coordinator, Carol While Physical Education

Bullying 101: Understanding & Preventing This Age Old Problem

Presenter: Susan A. Orban - LICSW, Washington County Coalition for Children

Building Partnerships and Programs to Support Whole Child Learning and the NGSS

Presenters: Sara Sweetman – Assistant Professor, URI, Director of GEMS-Net Guiding Education in Math and Science Network and Kelly Shea, Teacher in Residence, URI/North Kingstown Public Schools

Voyage into the Next Generation of Science Standards (K-4)

Presenter: Sandra Capelli - RIFTHP NGSS trainer and a member of the AFT NGSS Feedback Team


Engaging Students in the After School Setting

Presenter: Katie Messier – Association Director of Youth Development and/or Operations Director of Providence YMCA Youth Services


Supporting Students with Technology Tools for Digital Literacy

Presenter: Lisa Labbitt – Assistive Technology Specialist ATP, Director of the ATAP Children and Youth Resource Center