School PD Requirements in Rhode Island

What professional development requirements does a school in Rhode Island need to meet?

The Rhode Island Right to Read Act was passed in July of 2019.  The law requires educators to exhibit either proficiency in or awareness of the knowledge and practices of the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy. In addition, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) must provide professional learning for educators to support these requirements.

What are the Professional Development Standards in Rhode Island?

According to the Rhode Island Department of Education’s PLU Plan, four kinds of professional learning units (PLUs) are available to educators in RI: 

  • Enhance educator effectiveness,
  • Build curricular implementation knowledge,
  • Develop pedagogical knowledge, and/or
  • Deepen content knowledge.

ConnectedPD online PD courses are designed to align with Rhode Island’s Professional Learning Standards.

How do I get free clock hours for teachers in my school?

RI schools can enroll their teachers in Keeping Kids Safe, a free clock hour class. This free online PD course is a great introduction to recognizing and preventing human trafficking for educators.

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How do I contact the RI Department of Education?
Contact the Rhode Island Department of Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903


Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your school and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and school PD requirements in Rhode Island listed on this page are current as of August 26th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State professional development  requirements and may change and it is your responsibility as a school administrator to know your state staff development requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or local authority.

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