Community

International Night at Shea High School

Dr. Pablo Rodriguez talked with Donald Miller, Principal of Shea High School in Pawtucket, RI. Shea HS is one of four high schools in the city of Pawtucket. Currently, there are 860 students, comprising up to 30 countries. Of these students, about 40-50% are Latino and 27% make up the ESL population. Donald Miller discusses the new NECAP graduation requirements, community and parent engagement, and Friends of Shea. Miller also discusses an upcoming event International Night. Taking place on Thursday April 10, 2014, this is a chance to celebrate the diversity of Shea High School. It will be a night of…
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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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PROVIDENCE SCHOOLS APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Providence, RI – The Providence Public School Department is pleased to announce the appointment of two administrators as executive directors. Rachel Mellion of North Providence, , has been named Executive Director of the Office of Transformation and Innovation and will be responsible for overseeing the district’s lowest-performing elementary, middle and high schools. In leading the Office of Transformation and Innovation, Mellion will develop the overall strategic direction and organizational culture needed to drive dramatic, transformational improvement in student achievement, a positive climate for student success, effective engagement of parents and the community and the development of a high-performing faculty and…
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Cicilline Urges Rhode Island Students to Compete in House Student App Challenge

PAWTUCKET, RI – In an effort to promote innovation and engage students in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today urged Rhode Island students to compete in his first annual House Student App Challenge. The winning app will be displayed at the Capitol and featured on the House of Representatives website. “This is a great opportunity for kids and their parents to have fun, learn, and promote STEAM education,” said Cicilline, who serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet that oversees information technology. “I encourage all eligible Rhode Islanders to…
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Education

$3 million grant to strengthen family engagement in Providence schools

Providence, (February 18, 2014) -- The research is clear: Family involvement is a strong predictor for a student's success in school, and the "transition-to-kindergarten" period is critical in establishing relationships between families and schools. Senator Jack Reed, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras gathered today along with officials from the Providence Public School Department (PPSD) and Ready to Learn Providence (R2LP) (a program of The Providence Plan) to announce a competitive $3 million grant through the Department of Education's Investing in Innovation Fund (i3). Providence was one of 25 sites chosen from among 600 applications. With the…
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Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy: Highest Percentage in RI for Proficient and Proficient with Distinction

Cumberland, RI- The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) released comprehensive scores today for every school and all students tested last October in grades 3-8 and 11 using the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Mayoral Academy has the highest percentage—94%— of eighth grade scholars who were proficient or proficient with distinction in math in the state! Scholars at BVP surpass the state NECAP averages in every content and every grade level— by double digits in half of the grades and contents tested. BVP scholars who identify as Latino also scored proficient or better by an…
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R.I. high-school reading, writing scores tops among NECAP states

Rhode Island high-school students fared well compared with their peers in the region and improved their performance overall, according to assessment results that the Department of Education (RIDE) released today (February 13, 2014). Rhode Island students in grade 11 improved by 2 percentage points, to 81 percent proficiency, in reading, and by 2 percentage points in mathematics as well, to 36 percent proficiency. Rhode Island high-school scores are once again the highest among the NECAP states in reading and have caught up with the other NECAP states in mathematics. "I want to congratulate Rhode Island teachers and students on their…
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Education

Providence Marks Significant Improvement in Graduation Rates, Dropout Rates; NECAP

Providence, (February 11, 2014) – At the meeting of the Providence School Board last night, Board members heard a presentation from staff that highlighted an increase in graduation rate and 3-year positive trend in dropout rates. Graduation rates are up from last year to , and the dropout rate is down from to 12% since 2009. Challenges remain for the class of 2014 with the new conjunctive graduation requirements, which include the NECAP standardized assessment in math and reading, but the district is committed to helping students succeed in overcoming that hurdle. “While we still have work to do, the…
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