Governor, Education Commissioner Announce 2018 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year

PROVIDENCE, - At a surprise ceremony today, Governor Gina Raimondo and Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner announced the selection of Kristin Hayes-Leite as the 2018 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year. Hayes-Leite has been a social studies teacher at Narragansett High School for the past 16 years, and currently serves as Social Studies Department Chair. "Kristin embodies everything that we look for in great teachers. She is a leader, she is innovative, she is compassionate, and she is completely committed to her students," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "Congratulations to Kristin and the entire Narragansett High School community for being…
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Ben Folds, Valerie June and Taboo among artists paired with PVD schools this fall

THREE PROVIDENCE MIDDLE SCHOOLS RECEIVE AN INFUSION OF THE ARTS THROUGH NATIONAL TURNAROUND ARTS PROGRAM Turnaround Arts, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, infuses struggling schools with the arts as strategy to help close the opportunity gap and provide equitable access to arts and music education Washington, (May 8, 2017) - Three Providence public schools will join Turnaround Arts, a national program that helps to close the opportunity gap by providing equitable access to the arts, as announced today by the Providence Public School District and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts,…
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Commissioner Delivers State of Education Address

"Creating Pathways to Opportunity" for All Students LINCOLN, - At a student-centered event hosted by Davies Career and Technical High School, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Ken Wagner today delivered his 2017 State of Education address to review the successes of the past year and share a vision for the future of education in Rhode Island. The address, which was preceded by a student showcase featuring 11 schools, focused on continued efforts to create personalized pathways to increase opportunity for all students. The evening concluded with a question-and-answer session, the questions for which were selected from more than 200…
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RI Pre-Kindergarten Program Expands to 60 Classrooms

Lottery Opens Today for Families in 11 Communities PROVIDENCE, – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced today that four new sites – in Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence – will be added to the Rhode Island Pre-kindergarten Program for the 2017-2018 school year, for a total of 60 classrooms. The lottery to fill the 1,080 available seats is now open, and parents and families must submit their applications by Friday, June 29. Pending approval of Governor Raimondo’s budget and thanks to the federal Preschool Expansion Grant that Rhode Island received from the Department of Education,, this expansion brings…
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RI Foundation announces local students can apply for $1.8 million in college scholarships

PROVIDENCE, RI – At the time of year when colleges are sending out financial aid packages, the Rhode Island Foundation is offering students and their families more than $ million in scholarships. Dozens of individual, family and organizational donors established scholarship funds at the Foundation to help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, fees and books. “Each one of these scholarships turns dreams into reality for our donors and our recipients,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “The impact of their generosity will ripple through community for generations.” The Foundation expects to help hundreds…
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Brian G. Williams joins Roger Williams University as Vice President for Enrollment management and marketing

Former PC dean of enrollment services returns to after serving as vice president at John Carroll University, in Ohio BRISTOL, , March 13, 2017 ­­– Brian G. Williams on Monday becomes Roger Williams University’s new vice president for enrollment management and marketing. Williams’ career has spanned all facets of the enrollment profession at five institutions prior to joining the RWU team. Most recently, he served as vice president for enrollment and institutional analytics at John Carroll University, a Jesuit Catholic university outside Cleveland. And he served as Providence College’s dean of enrollment services from 1998 to 2006. “Brian is on…
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Moses Brown Celebrates Opening of Woodman Family Community & Performance Center

PROVIDENCE – On Friday, December 9, Moses Brown School invites the public to a housewarming for the new Woodman Family Community & Performance Center. The ribbon-cutting takes place at 3:00 , and will be followed by a housewarming (3:15-4:45) during which guests are invited to explore this exciting new facility. The 36,000-square-foot Woodman Center is one of the largest projects in the school’s 232-year history. The building, which features flexible architecture unlike anything found in the Northeast, stands at the center of the Moses Brown campus and will replace Alumni Hall, which was built in 1867 and is slated for…
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A 16 year old teen, Owen West tells the story how he was revived by AED

Providence - Monday at his father’s law firm, Owen West tells his story about how he died two years ago from cardiac arrest at his high school. He stated the only reason he survived was because an AED (automated external defibrillators) was in the area and someone gave him CPR until the AED got there. “ My name is Owen West, I am from Cannon, Connecticut and this is sometimes a little tough to say but about a little over two years ago, I died; I had a cardiac arrest in the high school cafeteria when I was a freshman…
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Brown president joins fellow university presidents in urging DACA’s continuation

PROVIDENCE, * — Brown University President Christina Paxson has joined more than 100 college and university presidents calling for the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has allowed more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to remain in the country. The presidents signed a statement , organized by Pomona College President David Oxtoby and released on Monday, Nov. 21, that cites a “moral imperative” to support the DACA program. “To our country’s leaders we say that DACA should be upheld, continued and expanded,” the statement said. “We…
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College & University Presidents Call for U.S. to Uphold and Continue DACA

Higher education leaders cite “moral imperative” and “national necessity” in supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. As of Nov. 21 at 6:30 PST, more than 100 college and university presidents from public and private institutions across the have signed statement offering to meet with leaders on the issue. Signatories are listed below, and the list will be updated here through Nov. 22. The presidents are urging business, civic, religious and non-profit sectors to join them in supporting DACA and undocumented immigrant students. Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students The…
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