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My Year: Reflections of a Former Flight Surgeon on Her First Year of Teaching

By Rosemary Miner Halfway through my second month as an emergency certified science teacher at Nowell Leadership Academy, Executive Director Toby Shepherd asked me if I would be interested in keeping a journal to documented the experience. Overwhelmed with everything I had to learn just to teach the next day and all the things I… Continue reading My Year: Reflections of a Former Flight Surgeon on Her First Year of Teaching

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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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Removing Barriers: Step 1, Free Access to the SAT

Rhode Island 10th and 11th graders took the PSAT and SATs for free for the first time this year. The PSAT was administered in the fall and just last week, during the school day, high school juniors took the SAT.  They are the first cohort of students to benefit from Governor Raimondo’s free SAT/PSAT plan… Continue reading Removing Barriers: Step 1, Free Access to the SAT

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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

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Lisa Tenreiro: RI’s School Counselor of the Year Goes to Washington

By Lisa Tenreiro  On Friday, January 6th, I had the honor of a lifetime. I got to stand behind First Lady Michelle Obama alongside forty-four of my fellow State Counselors of the Year  as she shared her final remarks as First Lady to our entire nation and to the world.  Mrs. Obama chose to deliver these… Continue reading Lisa Tenreiro: RI’s School Counselor of the Year Goes to Washington

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Guest Post: EduLeaders of Color Meet-Ups

By Karla E. Vigil and Carlon Howard   Currently, RI’s education workforce is over 95 percent white. With less than 5 percent of educators identifying at people of color, our urban students are faced with teachers and content each day that do not reflect their lived experiences both in and outside of the school day.… Continue reading Guest Post: EduLeaders of Color Meet-Ups

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Little Rhody: Strong on School Finance, Weak on Student Achievement

Rhode Island has never found national rankings to be its friend whether about education, family prosperity, or drug use and sadly, too many of our lawmakers and leaders prefer to criticize the lists or argue about the risk of making comparisons rather than stare our deficiencies in the face and strive to get better. Luckily, our Governor… Continue reading Little Rhody: Strong on School Finance, Weak on Student Achievement

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Student Outcomes and Parent Satisfaction Must be Front and Center in Debate over AF

As another charter battle heats up in Little Rhody, the usual status quo protectors are talking about everything except what matters most: student outcomes and parent demand. And when it comes to Achievement First, the charter school looking to expand, it’s impossible to deny that they’ve earned the privilege of doing so. They’ve proven the… Continue reading Student Outcomes and Parent Satisfaction Must be Front and Center in Debate over AF

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Governor Raimondo Works to Unite Rhode Islanders and Quell their Fears

Just this week, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo was praised by the Wall Street Journal in a piece entitled “An Island of Rationality in Blue State New England.” They see her as a Democrat who is bucking the party’s progressive trend and actually getting big things done, including talking honestly about the link between lack… Continue reading Governor Raimondo Works to Unite Rhode Islanders and Quell their Fears