Community

Join Us for LPR’s 7th Annual Community Excellence Awards

LPR's Community Excellence Awards Gala is right around the corner. On Saturday, May 14th, 2016 Latino Public Radio will host their annual gala event. For this year's event we have chosen to focus on education, specifically those individuals who play a part in influencing the next generation of students, professionals, and leaders. We would like to take this year to honor and recognize those who have made strides in the Latino community and left their mark in Rhode Island's educational landscape.   Class of 2016 Foundation Builders Recipients: Todd Flaherty, President & CEO of The College Crusade of RI Heather Tow-Yick, Vice President of…
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Community

Grants spark classroom innovation

More than 200 teachers from 26 communities are getting more resources for classroom innovation thanks to $215,000 in grants through our Spark Grants program. Conceived of by philanthropists Letitia and John Carter, the initiative is based on a simple premise: students learn best when given real-life opportunities to engage in academic content in meaningful, non-traditional ways. And who better than classroom teachers to lead the way? Full-time third-grade teachers in any public or charter school statewide could apply for grants of up to $1,000 to fund programs to engage students through unique experiences and creative learning methods. First launched in…
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Education

Solomon Unveils Plan to Create 2,000 Jobs, Rebuild City Schools

PROVIDENCE, RI - *Providence mayoral candidate and City Council President Michael Solomon unveiled a detailed 10-year vision to rebuild Providence's neighborhood schools and create 2,000 jobs today. In an eight page plan available on his website<;, Solomon proposes investing $250 million to rebuild the city's schools over the next 10 years. The plan will create 2,000 jobs and ensure proper learning environments for students and teachers. "Our campaign's big idea is to strategically invest in education and jobs: the two keys to expanding opportunity and rebuilding our city's middle class," said Solomon. "Rebuilding our city schools will achieve many important…
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Education

New Grant Awarded to RWU and Providence Public Schools to Improve Math Proficiency

Grant to support professional development for K-3 teachers serving English Language Learners in five area elementary schools BRISTOL, , March 19, 2014 – The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education has awarded a $145,000 grant to Roger Williams University<; (RWU) for the first year of a new collaborative program in partnership with the Providence Public School District<; (PPSD) aimed to improve mathematics achievement for English Language Learners in five local elementary schools from kindergarten through third grade. The new professional development program, PRIME-ELL (Providence Rhode Island Mathematics Excellence – English Language Learners) will create mathematics professional learning communities where local…
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RI Mayors Mckee And Diossa Join Bill Gates And Other City Leaders To Discuss Education

Providence, RI -- Today, Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa join a group of more than 50 mayors from across the country to discuss ways to improve public education in their cities. The event, entitled the "Mayors in Education Convening," is being sponsored in Washington, DC by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The mayors are gathering to discuss a wide range of topics that are uniquely impacting public school students in their cities, including the Common Core State Standards, school finance reform, community engagement, and innovations and successful practices for mayoral leadership in education. Bill Gates also will host a morning conversation with the mayors on the…
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Community

Navigant Credit Union: Business together for a stronger CommUNITY!

THE FUTURE OF Central Falls IS IN YOUR HANDS… Business together for a stronger CommUNITY!   Please join The Learning Community, The City of Central Falls and Navigant Credit Union to celebrate 10 years of one of the state’s most innovative schools this coming Tuesday, March 11th from 6-8 pm. You, the Business Owners of the Blackstone Valley are cordially invited to their Birthday Party! This celebration will be  held at Navigant Credit Union in Central Falls located at 693 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI 02863. Detailed information attached. Mark your calendars today for this exciting celebration and networking opportunity!…
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R.I. Department of Education recognizes Broadband Rhode Island Digital Literacy Training Curriculum for adult education programming

Partnership will enhance effort to close digital-skills gap for adult learners March 4, 2014 (Providence, ) - The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), in partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Digital Excellence, today announced that the Broadband Rhode Island (BBRI) digital literacy training curriculum will be implemented statewide in adult education programs. For many adult learners in Rhode Island, unfamiliarity with computer and Internet technology poses an obstacle to reaching their full potential in today's workforce. This initiative, which aligns with the RIDE statewide technology standards for adult learners, will improve adult education and workforce training. The goal…
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Ready to Learn Providence and Child and Family Service Agency Collaborators Receive $75,000 Blue Cross Grant

PROVIDENCE, RI (March 4, 2014) – Ready to Learn Providence (R2LP), a school-readiness organization working to close the educational achievement gap, has received a $75,000 grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) to fund Let’s Get Moving!, an initiative to help child and family service agencies train and support their staff in enhancing nutrition and exercise programming for children under five. The funding will be used in a collaborative effort among local child and family service agencies, including partners Children’s Friend and the Providence Community Library, as well as 10 center-based child care programs and three…
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News

Education Commissioner Gist Testifies Regarding Educator Excellence Speaks Before Congressional Subcommittees On RI Teacher Standards

RI - In a Congressional hearing on Thursday (February 27, 2014), Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist emphasized the important role educator-preparation programs play as part of the ongoing work in Rhode Island toward ensuring educator excellence. "To teach successfully, graduates of our preparation programs need to know their subject, know how to reach a diverse population of students, and know how to apply their learning and their skills in a classroom setting," Commissioner Gist said in her testimony. "Recognizing this need, we in Rhode Island worked closely over the past year with our partners in higher education to significantly revise…
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