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.
  • 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 9/19/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Joy Souza
Principal Fellow

Over the past thirteen years as a teacher and principal, I have experienced mixed emotions of joy and fear when it comes to the first day of school; I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s a sleepless night followed by a drive into school that I don’t remember because my brain is too busy thinking about the day’s schedule and new routines, my kick-off motivational speech to staff, my morning announcement to students, and busing…always busing. It is a day riddled with smiles by all, some conveying genuine happiness while others masking unsettled nerves. It is a day of first impressions, which means everyone-teachers and students alike- puts forth extra effort to create a positive one. It is a day that engulfs me with feelings of positivity, hope, and optimism for what’s to come. It is the start of something grand-a year of deep and meaningful learning. In the end, I sleep like a baby that night knowing that the first day is complete and the promise of an awesome year is underway. To me, the first day is always the BEST day.

I knew when I accepted the position as this year’s RIDE Leadership Fellow, I would be in for an amazing adventure that would afford me opportunities to expand my network and grow my capacity as a learner and leader. I also knew there would be sacrifices, including being away from the school that I love and the students I adore. What I failed to realize, however, was that by becoming a leadership fellow, I was forfeiting a “first day of school”. Thankfully, I am part of an amazing cohort of twenty Rhode Island school leaders who are participating in the National Institute for School Leadership Executive Development Program (NISL-EDP), a year-long program designed to build skills, knowledge, and commitment to lead high performing schools. Principals recently opened their doors to me so I could experience their first days of school, and answered some questions that revealed their thinking on leadership at the start of a school year.

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 9/5/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

As an educator, I view the news from a classroom perspective. When a headline breaks, I think about the relevance it has for our teachers and students. When a historic event takes place, I wonder about the best way to teach the subject. I think many educators feel the same way. We see something happening in the world, and we immediately relate it back to our schools and our students.

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 9/1/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Two educators share their thoughts on the New York Times article, "Why kids can't write".

Kristin Hayes-Leite, 2018 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 8/28/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

This post ran as an op-ed in the Providence Journal entitled "My Turn: Ken Wagner: Recharging R.I. students' interest in school" on August 27, 2017.

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