Rhode Island

Facebook Founder Surprises Providence Middle Schoolers

Del Sesto Middle School staff and Providence school officials expected visitors to stop by and take a look at their work with personalized learning in real time but it was a huge surprise when THE Marc Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan walked in. (They were expecting representatives of the organization, not the head honchos!) Zuckerberg… Continue reading Facebook Founder Surprises Providence Middle Schoolers

Rhode Island

Mayor James Diossa: Rhode Island’s Very Own Charter Champion

These kids get only one shot at an education. – James Diossa Mayor James Diossa calls his community “the comeback city” and education plays a central role in that vision. In a city that is one mile by one mile and made up of predominantly Latino families, school choice has become part of the fabric… Continue reading Mayor James Diossa: Rhode Island’s Very Own Charter Champion

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Bipartisan Support for Free College All the Way From Tennessee

Bipartisanship has come to Rhode Island and it is thanks to the RI Promise Scholarship proposal, the plan to make our public colleges and universities free for two years for all students. The plan is arguably the most comprehensive of its kind but is facing push back from the legislature, particularly the Speaker of the… Continue reading Bipartisan Support for Free College All the Way From Tennessee

Rhode Island

Rhode Island is Getting Smarter (and More Like Mass)

Rhode Island is making a big change in how it assesses students that will bring us in line with Massachusetts in grades 3-8 and reduce testing time by 50 percent at the high school level. PARCC will no longer be the test we administer in Rhode Island so while the teaching standards will remain the… Continue reading Rhode Island is Getting Smarter (and More Like Mass)

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You Got This Mary E. Forgarty Elementary!

It’s test time and as you can see from the enthusiasm and love in this video, all the grown ups who see you every day at school believe in you. Be confident. Stand proud. Do your best. And Rock the PARCC!   You got this.

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Projo Got it Wrong: Cumberland’s Remediation Numbers Have Improved by 20 Points and are Well Below the State Average

The high number of community college students forced into remedial classes upon arrival is a national problem and I was glad to see Linda Borg write about it in Sunday’s Providence Journal.  Even Massachusetts, seen as the gold standard in education has more than 60 percent of its community college students placed in non credit… Continue reading Projo Got it Wrong: Cumberland’s Remediation Numbers Have Improved by 20 Points and are Well Below the State Average

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Time for a Spotlight on Sexual Abuse in our Schools and the Failures to Report It

Sex abuse in schools. No one wants to think about it let alone talk about it. But we must because the statistics are staggering and because living in denial puts children at risk. It wasn’t too long ago that no one wanted to talk about what was happening to children at the hands of priests… Continue reading Time for a Spotlight on Sexual Abuse in our Schools and the Failures to Report It

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Guest Post by Julia Carlson: How Shadowing a Student For One Day Changed Me

Written by Julia Carlson, Principal of Central High School in Providence, Rhode Island   As a building principal, my day tends to look like a Seurat painting when standing only inches away.  A thousand dots consisting of tasks, interactions and events that stand alone until you step back and see the whole painting. For the… Continue reading Guest Post by Julia Carlson: How Shadowing a Student For One Day Changed Me

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Just a Dominican Kid From Pawtucket Showing Kids Like Him That They Too Can Be Leaders

Last year as he was preparing to open a new middle school in Rhode Island, Osvaldo Jose Marti worked as an administrator first at Blackstone Valley Prep’s existing middle school and then at one of their elementary schools.  When the fourth graders there made the move up to middle school, it would be to Marti’s… Continue reading Just a Dominican Kid From Pawtucket Showing Kids Like Him That They Too Can Be Leaders

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NewsReel: RI Foundation has $1.8 million for scholarships, More Support for #freecollegeRI, and a Bachata Snow Day Video

#1 Scholarship Time It’s that exciting time of year when high school seniors wait on pins and needles to see if they’ve been accepted to the colleges and universities of their choice. And it is also the time of year when the state’s largest philanthropic organization, The Rhode Island Foundation, reminds those headed to college… Continue reading NewsReel: RI Foundation has $1.8 million for scholarships, More Support for #freecollegeRI, and a Bachata Snow Day Video