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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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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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Ken Block Today, Rhode Island is in Crisis. We are in peril

Today, Rhode Island is the leading member of the “National Hall of Shame”. We are number one in the nation in unemployment and near dead last in the business environment that is so essential for creating and keeping jobs. The evidence of our peril is clear; major office buildings like the famous “Superman” building vacant; empty store fronts from Woonsocket to Westerly; our children and grandchildren unable to stay here because they must leave to find jobs; retirees unable to stay in Rhode Island because of broken promises and oppressive taxes; and jobs evaporating like Toray Plastics, who is adding…
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Community

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hosts Instagram Contest and Tweet Chat to Promote Teen Dating Violence Prevention

WARWICK –To raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) has been hosting an Instagram contest throughout February that promotes healthy relationships. Using the hashtag #KNOWwhatloveis, Rhode Island residents between the ages of 12 and 24 can post photos to the RICADV’s Instagram account (@nomoreri) to help the community recognize what healthy love looks like. The contest closes on Thursday, February 20.  The first place winner will receive a grand prize of $250 cash!  Second and third prize are $150 and $100, respectively. On Tuesday, February 25, the RICADV will…
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The Learning Community and Collaborators Receive $75,000 Blue Cross Grant to Lead Nutrition and Physical Activity Program for Youth & Families

CENTRAL FALLS, RI (February18, 2014) – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) announced today that it has awarded The Learning Community, a K-8 public charter school serving Central Falls, Providence and Pawtucket, a $75,000 grant to fund Not Just Gym, a nutrition and physical activity program to engage students and their families in a lifelong commitment to exercise and healthy living. In collaboration with local partners, The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living and Shri Yoga Studios’ Shri Service Corps, The Learning Community will use funding for Not Just Gym to deepen their health and fitness programs. New…
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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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Jorge Elorza, Democratic candidate for Mayor of Providence, issued the following statement on Providence Public School Department’s busing policy

Providence - Our city’s public high school students are not eligible for bus passes unless they live more than three miles from school. Students that fall into the far end of that range could be walking for as long as 45 minutes to an hour just to make it to their first period classes. As a community, we have to do everything in our power to make sure our students are in their classrooms and learning. Our students face too many challenges for us to be creating additional institutional barriers for them. Denying students who live between 2-3 miles away…
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