News, Research, and Policy Information
Please join us for a Policy Roundtable on Designing School Facilities that Support Student-Centered Learning
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT invites you to join a discussion among education leaders, teachers, students, and parents about the $250 million state bond for school renovation and construction and how these once-in-a-generation spending decisions can support student-centered learning.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
3:30-5:00 p.m.
(check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.)

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
One Union Station
Providence, RI

(Space is limited)

  • Dana Borrelli-Murray, Executive Director, The Highlander Institute
  • Colleen Burns Jermain, Superintendent, Newport Public Schools
  • Michael DeMatteo, Chief Operations Officer, Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy
  • Christine Lopes-Metcalfe, Chief Executive Officer, School Building Authority, RI Department of Education
  • Jeannine Nota-Masse, Superintendent, Cranston Public Schools
  • Xavier Copeland, Youth Member of Young Voices
  • Jaychele Schenck, Youth Member of Young Voices
Help Prepare Rhode Island's Youth for Success in College and Careers - Become a PrepareRI Ambassador
PrepareRI Ambassador applications for 2019 - 2020 are now live on the PrepareRI website. Ambassadors lend their unique perspective and skills to advise the PrepareRI team, create resources and trainings to help their colleagues, and serve as spokespeople for PrepareRI. In addition to policy-focused Ambassadors, this year PrepareRI will also have community-focused Ambassadors. Ambassadors work 5 hours a week, mainly on an independent basis and will earn a $5,000 stipend upon the completion of their assigned project.

The application entails a short essay, resume and reference request, and the deadline is May 20. Contact Wendy Wallace at [email protected] for more information.
Teach PLUS Event on June 8: Perspectives and Promising Practices in Personalized Learning
All Rhode Island and Massachusetts educators are invited to join Teach Plus at the MET School , to learn with fellow classroom educators, students, parents, and community organizations about promising practices in creating personalized, student-centered learning environments in our classrooms, schools and districts, for students ranging from Pre-K to postsecondary education. 

Event details:
June 8, 2019
Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The MET)
325 Public Street
Providence, RI

Speakers include:
  • Dennis Littky, Co-founder and co-director of The Big Picture Company, The Met School and College Unbound 
  • Nancy Diaz Bain, Co-Director of The Met High School 
  • Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer of the Highlander Institute and author of Pathways to Personalization

Formal agenda to follow but the day will include teacher, student & parent-led sessions and self-guided breakout groups all focused on making schools more student-centered environments to individualize the learning experience for every student. Please click here for more information.