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Blogs

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 2/1/2019 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Drew P. Virbila
2019 Compass School Teacher of the Year
The Compass School
2nd Grade Teacher

Personal connection and community is a universal human need. Schools should be no different. That is why, at The Compass School, a social responsibility and environmental sustainability focused public charter school in Kingston, we have chosen to create year-long buddy pairs with our students to help forge strong relationships among our students.

In early September, teachers from paired grade levels collaborate and create buddy pairs. Kindergarten and first grade students are paired with fifth and sixth grade students, second grade students are paired with fourth grade students, and third grade students are paired with seventh grade students. These groups are carefully and strategically created to ensure each pair is set up to maximize success. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 1/28/2019 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

In August, RIDE and the Office of Innovation awarded $30,000 to help teams of educators – comprising both current K-12 educators and faculty of ed prep programs – improve teacher preparation in Rhode Island. These awards came after a six month Design Thinking process, with nine teams ultimately submitting proposals. After a rigorous review process and a presentation by five finalists to a panel of judges, two teams were ultimately awarded funds. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 1/18/2019 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Doreen Picozzi, MJE
2019 Lincoln District Teacher of the Year
Lincoln High School

The day I graduated with my English degree, I announced to my parents that I was exquisitely qualified to do nothing. I had not secured a degree in education. I had not developed any marketable skills. Despite my academic success, my concentration seemed impractical. I couldn’t imagine any existing company that would welcome me into its fold.

I was wrong. While my degree did little to place me on a career pathway, lessons I learned while still in school made the difference. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 1/11/2019 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Liz Russillo
2019 Smithfield Teacher of the Year
Smithfield High School
Science Teacher

Jill is sitting at her desk during her prep period and feeling overwhelmed. She is overwhelmed because she is driven to be a more effective teacher today than she was yesterday. She is overwhelmed because she has 15 ideas floating around in her head that she wants to try with her students. She is overwhelmed because she is unsure how to stay efficient and also improve her instructional quality and depth. She is overwhelmed because she doesn’t know where to start. Jill could be any teacher across the country feeling the constant drive to improve without the resources necessary to do so. The thing is, the resources exist and they are in our buildings. Thanks to coaching, Jill is no longer feeling overwhelmed and her instructional toolbox has expanded.

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 11/30/2018 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Rosemary Miner MD
2019 Nowell Leadership Academy District TOY
Science Educator
Sheila C. “Skip” Nowell Leadership Academy, Central Falls campus

In early November, Nowell Leadership Academy embarked on our first ever Exhibition Day to showcase student work during the important first quarter of school.

At Nowell, we continually strive to have students work on projects that are meaningful and relevant to their lives, interests, and concerns. This fall, those projects were all on display during Exhibition Day. As students, educators, staff, board members, parents, local officials, and invited guests strolled the freshly cleaned classrooms and common spaces of Nowell, I reflected on the essential characteristics of projects that shape the best possible learning experience for our students. ...

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