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XQ+RI: Rhode Island’s XQ Challenge
XQ+RI is a first-of-its-kind statewide partnership that will engage communities to create student-centered schools that help prepare all young people for the future.  

The XQ+RI challenge will support community teams as they reimagine high school environments so that when students graduate, they are prepared and empowered to be inventors of their own learning paths, careers, and adult lives. In today’s richest learning environments, every individual is invested in unlocking the potential of young people. Learning doesn’t just happen at school, or in traditional learning environments – learning happens everywhere. And everyone needs to be involved. 

Taking on this challenge requires the concerted efforts of passionate, talented people. The talent school communities need can be found across their community. This process will begin with a series of XQ+RI Design Days, regional sessions where stakeholders invested in the success of their school communities can learn more about how they can participate in the statewide challenge, as well as begin to create their plans. 

  • Wednesday, March 13, 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. — Rhode Island College, Student Union Ballroom: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 
  • Wednesday, March 20, 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. — St. Joseph's Veterans Association, 99 Louise St, Woonsocket, RI 
  • Saturday, March 23, 9:00 - 12:30 p.m. — Holiday Inn South Kingstown, 3009 Tower Hill Rd, Saunderstown, RI
  • Wednesday, March 27, 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. — Mainstay Conference Center, 151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd, Newport, RI 

Learn more about XQ and their work to create Super Schools nationwide, at .

Questions about how to get involved? Contact [email protected] .
Analysis of the Governor's Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
On Thursday, January 17, 2019, Governor Gina Raimondo released her Fiscal Year 2020 Budget .

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has prepared the following Analysis of the Governor's Proposed FY 2020 Budget . The Governor's proposed budget includes many items that will affect the well-being of Rhode Island's children and families.

Please see pages 2-3 of the Analysis for an overview of items related to education, including the RI Promise Scholarship, the Dual/Concurrent Enrollment Initiative, and the Advanced Coursework Network!
Welcoming Paige Clausius-Parks to Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to welcome Paige Clausius-Parks to our team as Senior Policy Analyst! Paige is responsible for policy analysis, advocacy, research, and project management in areas related to education and economic well-being. 

Prior to joining Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Paige served as Director of Advancement and Assistant Director at Books are Wings, Network Director at Youth in Action, Teacher/Advisor at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, and Program Coordinator at Youth Pride, Inc. 

Paige has a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College and a Master of Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has been recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Achievement for her social justice work.

Please feel free to contact Paige at [email protected] , or 401.351.9400, ext 20.
New Video!

Student-Centered Learning is an important strategy for achieving college and career readiness. Listen to local students discuss how Student-Centered Learning has shaped their experiences in this new video !

To learn more about Rhode Island's Student-Centered Learning work, please visit our website .