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 is the RI Department of Education's first online professional development program for RI teachers of health that provides flexible, online professional development opportunities. Programs provide in-depth training and self-paced tutorials on key topics, relevant materials, structured learning activities, and contribute to facilitated discussions with peers and RIDE staff.


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.

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