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Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy

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Rhode Island

Contact and lead agency

Jill Holloway

RI Adult Education Professional Development Center
144 Bignall Street
Warwick, RI 02888

Phone: 401-941-8353 x109
Fax: 401-941-8535
Email: jholloway@riaepdc.org

Professional development system

The Rhode Island Adult Education PD Center has been in operation since 2007 and originated from an earlier initiative run by Janet Isserlis, Literacy Resources/Rhode Island. The PD Center has an Advisory Council, composed of representatives from 11 adult education programs from around the state, as well as from the state Office of Adult Education (OAE). It is funded by the RI OAE, the Rhode Island Foundation, and the United Way, and is an independent affiliate of the West Bay Collaborative.

The PD Center provides workshops, consultation, and on-site professional development for the 36 state-funded adult education programs, as well as for all other programs of adult education in the state. It also facilitates monthly Practitioner Learning Communities (PLC's) for case managers, ESOL, directors, practitioners, tutors, and job developers, in which best practices and research are shared.

Initiatives and priorities are decided by newly implemented policies which require programs to develop individual practitioner PD Plans, and then submit a program-wide PD Plan. A PD Center Annual Workplan is then developed in conjunction with the RI OAE and the PD Advisory Council, and is also informed by the three year Scope of Work contracted with the RI OAE.

STAR implementation

STAR was brought to Rhode Island through the interest and generous support of the state Office of Adult Education. Seventeen programs were a part of the pilot, which began in August 2008. Year two and three of STAR in Rhode Island was facilitated by our own ‘Trainers in Training': Barbara Bowen and Amanda Duffy. To date, 62 practitioners from 26 agencies have completed the STAR training (over 2/3 of the state). Fiscal year 2012 was a year of deepening the practice of agencies through a STAR Practitioner Learning Community, including a webinar to share resources and develop ideas for future PD to support implementation.

The key to the successful implementation of STAR practices has been the on-the-ground professional development support through trainers, occasional technical assistance group sessions, site visits to all participants, and access to the STAR Tool Kit.