RIDE supports several blogs throughout our website where Rhode Islanders and RIDE staff share their thoughts.

On this page, we have collected all of the blogs on our site - many of which share posts from Rhode Island educators other than RIDE staff. Blogs are listed in alphabetical order:

  • Commissioner's Corner: Commissioner Wagner's blog posts and messages to the Rhode Island community.
  • District Teacher of the Year (DTOY): Posts from the Rhode Island District Teachers of the Year, past and present, who share about instructional successes and challenges they encounter in Rhode Island classrooms.
  • Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: Rhode Island educators and RIDE staff explore factors and perspectives on the importance of ensuring that all students are taught by high quality educators.
  • Leadership: Reflections and insights from RIDE’s Leadership Fellow and other district and school leaders on the challenges and opportunities of being a school leader.
  • Rhode Island Poet Laureate: Reflections and poetry focused on teaching, learning, and the experience of education from Tina Cane, Rhode Island Poet Laureate.
  • Rhode Island Science Education (R.I.S.E.): A communication blog to update stakeholders in education and in the community on important developments, events and accomplishments in science education in Rhode Island.
  • Student Voice: Because student voice is an essential component of our discussion on education, RIDE will post essays written by students from around Rhode Island.

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Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 1/12/2018 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Reilly Clancey, Student,
Narragansett High School

The other day, I was scrolling through Twitter, and I came across a video named, “Fish Cannot Climb a Tree.” The video is set up in a courtroom and the fish was suing the school system for forcing him to climb a tree. The fish’s lawyer bases his argument upon how technology and cars have evolved but a classroom structure has not. I watched this video over and over again, and it stuck with me because we have revolutionized our entire world as our technology, economy and governments have changed. But why not our classrooms? ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 1/5/2018 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Julie Motta, M.Ed & M.A, NBCT
2017 Providence Teacher of the Year,
Grade 6 ESL/ELS

Educating our immigrant and refugee population not only preserves the foundations on which our state was founded, but ensures the economic and peaceful future for Rhode Islanders. It is our ethical responsibility to ensure that these children have the necessary opportunities to live out the American Dream.

Across the United States, students entering school, whose first language is not English, are the fastest growing student population. Currently, one-third of school-aged children speak a language other than English at home, and one in 10 receives language support services in school. Rhode Island is no stranger to this growing trend. Our Rhode Island English Learners (ELs), both U.S. born and of immigrant status, speak just about 100 different languages. These amazing students total over 11,000 across or state. We have our own virtual League of Nations learning in our classrooms in districts large and small, rural and urban. While some of these students are first generation citizens, a large percentage of them are newly arrived immigrants and refugees. These students are the future of our state. They will lead us beyond the barriers that hold us back from embracing all cultures and societies in the world. They will be the workforce that sustains our economy and our caretakers as we age. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 12/22/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Joe Mazzone, 2017 Foster-Glocester Teacher of the Year,
Career and Technical Educator, Computer Science & Information Technology Pathway,
Ponaganset High School

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org® organizes CSEdWeek as a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide. CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). (https://csedweek.org/about). ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 12/15/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Frank Yip, 2017 Lincoln Teacher of the Year,
Social Studies Teacher,
Lincoln High School

There appears to be a common theme everywhere I turn this year. Whether attending a meeting, listening to the radio, or reading a post on this blog, I am struck by the need to help people find their “voice.” In October of this year, 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Tracy Lafreniere spoke at a meeting of district Teachers of the Year about becoming the voice for good teachers. She told us being honored as Teacher of Year was less about being a good teacher and more about speaking for all good teachers as we labor day-to-day while often feeling overlooked. Two weeks ago, I listened to a TED talk given by Boston Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Benjamin Zander. He said, “The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. He depends for his power on his ability to make others powerful… My job was to awaken possibility in other people. And you know how you find out? You look at their eyes. If their eyes are shining you know you’re doing it.” ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 12/8/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Julie Lima Boyle, 2012 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year,
ELA Curriculum Coordinator,
Coventry High School

It is a time-honored practice: write it down to remember it. Whether we are talking about making a holiday shopping list, entering an important phone number in our cell phone, or taking notes during a meeting, writing always serves at least two purposes. We remember better what we write, of course, and we also process and organize information in our brains better. The brain research is clear and abundant. No matter what age level or subject area being taught, asking students to write to process content deepens learning and increases our students’ achievement levels. ...

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