Professional Development

2023 Annual Meeting Links

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 101 Presentation Links:

School Committee Roles & Responsibilities:

Funding Formula Presentation Link above

Open Meetings Link below:

Horan Communications Presentation:

Congratulations to the graduates of RIASC’s Leadership Academy who were recently honored at our Annual Meeting for exceeding their professional development requirement.

Links to Funding Formula Session Resources – April 12, 2022

Funding Formula Reference Guide RIDE

History of Education Funding In Rhode Island

Funding Formula PP 4-12-22 – Power Point Presentation

Link to RIDE Presentation on Site-Based Management – School Improvement Teams – November 16, 2021


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2021 Funding Formula Session

Bryant’s Hassenfeld Institute, along with RIASC, and the RI League of Cities and Towns held a Zoom session on the the RI Funding Formula.  Following is a link to that session:

Over 150 Officials attend the Newly Elected Officials Orientation as the first of RIASC’s 2019 Professional Development offerings.

On January 4 and 5 newly elected leaders, along with seasoned school committee members, participated in a two-day session coordinated by RIASC, the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns and the Hassenfeld Institute.  Attendees heard from experts regarding the open meetings and ethics laws, collective bargaining, financial oversight, roles and responsibilities and group dynamics.


RIASC’s Annual Meeting – Heathy Minds, Healthy Students

RIASC’s Annual Meeting was held on May 6 and dealt with a variety of topics with regard to understanding and creating student centered policies on creating health and well-being.  Check out our videos from the day on this website.  Professional development recognitions were also part of the day.  Members were celebrated for their accomplishments.


Link to Ben Scungio’s Presentation at School Committee 101:

RIASC School Committee 101


img_0633The 2016 Annual Meeting was well attended and it received rave reviews.  Many members received professional development hours and recognition.  Congratulations to our graduates, some of who attended and received their Board of Education recognition.

File for download: 2016 Annual Meeting Brochure


At our School Committee Chair meeting, John Simmons of RIPEC presented a Governance Study comparing Massachusetts to Rhode Island.

Here is the Powerpoint presentation:

File for download: RIPEC to RIASEC on School Governance


Participate in RIASC’s Leadership Academy.  Upon completion of 15 hours of approved training through the Academy,  RIASC members receive special recognition from the Rhode Island Board of Education. RIASC members also receive recognition when they obtain over 50 hours, over 100 hours and over 200 hours.

In 2010, the General Assembly passed a law requiring Rhode Island school committee members to annually undertake 6 hours of RIASC professional development.

§ 16-2-9  General powers and duties of school committees. – (a) The entire care, control, and management of all public school interests of the several cities and towns shall be vested in the school committees of the several cities and towns. School committees shall have, in addition to those enumerated in this title, the following powers and duties:

(26) To annually undertake a minimum of six (6) hours of professional development as set forth and described in § 16-2-5.1.

§ 16-2-5.1  Professional development. – (a) The Rhode Island College in cooperation with the Rhode Island association of school committees shall develop a professional development educational program for Rhode Island school committees, that will include instruction in labor and labor relations, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, employee contract analysis, school finance, school law; duties and responsibilities of the committee, duties and responsibilities of the superintendent, ethics, the requirements of the open meetings law, student achievement, strategic planning, educational standards, student assessment, school accountability, data interpretation and analysis, collaboration building, advocacy, annual performance evaluation of the school superintendent and the local school committee, and any other topics as the Rhode Island association of school committees may deem to be necessary.

(b) In conformity with § 16-60-4(15), the board of education shall approve the professional development program and create a process for recognizing school committee members that successfully complete the program in part or in whole.

RIASC members have logged over 8,000 hours of professional development.  Participate in RIASC’s Leadership Academy and join the over 200 members who have graduated from the program!

File for download: Professional Development Brochure


RIASC members with 50 – 400+ hours of professional development are awarded a Master’s Academy certificate at our annual meeting.



If you were unable to attend the Attorney General’s Open Government Summit in August, following is a link to stream the session.

RIASC members will be granted 3 hours of professional development for attending or viewing the seminar.


The RIASC Board met and adopted a policy for approval of external training for RIASC members.  If you plan to pursue professional development outside of RIASC sponsored training, please complete the request form below and fax it to (401) 272-9834 at least two weeks prior to the session.

RIASC members lead very busy lives and we hope this initiative will assist them in meeting their mandatory training requirements.

File for download: RIASC Request for Approval