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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.

Click on a category below to filter by a particular blog:

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 8/10/2018 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Emily Caldarelli, 2016-17 Rhode Island Milken Award Winner
Fourth Grade Teacher
Paul Cuffee School

Each trimester, my fourth grade classroom prepares for our parent/teacher conferences. At Paul Cuffee School, starting in fourth grade, students are not only expected to attend their conference, but also to lead it. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 4/6/2018 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Julie Lima Boyle, 2012 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
English Teacher
Coventry High School

Steven McKanna, 2017 Coventry Teacher of the Year
Physical Education Teacher
Coventry High School

How many of us, when asked to sit still during a meeting or presentation, sometimes find ourselves getting antsy? We just cannot sit still for extended periods. As educators, we have literally and figuratively learned to think on our feet!

Yet too many classroom teachers let a nostalgic notion linger in our minds – despite all of our work and findings to the contrary – that a quiet classroom full of students sitting still writing or reading is the sign of an effectively run classroom. Why is this?

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 3/9/2018 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Lisa A. Johansen, 2017 Coventry District Teacher of the Year
AP United States History, America and Government Teacher
2012 Rhode Island History Teacher of the Year

Every teacher wants to be a rock star… to break down the difficult concepts and mold young minds to connect with their learning. When I was a younger teacher, I was no different. I remember one particular class when I was positive that I was getting the job done. I was explaining American Imperialism perfectly, yet looking around the classroom told a different story. Students were not making the connection. I noticed their collective lack of focus: some students passing notes (today they would be checking their cell phones), others engaged in side conversations, and several students, eyes glazed, gone in their daydreams. It was not exactly the most constructive learning environment. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 3/2/2018 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Caitlin Whalley, 2018 W.M. Davies Career and Technical HS Teacher of the Year
English Teacher

“Empathy is the only human superpower - it can shrink distance, cut through social and power hierarchies, transcend differences, and provoke political and social change.” -Elizabeth Thomas

On Monday, October 2, 2017, many awoke to the awful news that there had been another mass shooting, this time in Las Vegas, Nevada. I drove to work grappling with how I would tackle this topic with my students. As an educator, I find it can be so difficult to find the words to answer the “why’s?” that are so often asked of us. I also feel it is incredibly important to try to help develop young men and women who are not only aware of the world and its issues, but are also active participants in its improvement.

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 2/9/2018 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Diana Siliezar-Shields, 2018 Barrington District Teacher of the Year
Barrington High School

I have collaborated as a member of the BSCS/NABT AP leadership academy on best practices in science with educators from various parts of the country over the last 3 years. I have also collaborated with colleagues from Barrington High School for many years. This work has inspired me to become more reflective about the routines and rituals in my classroom. I have come to appreciate the immense importance of a coherent curriculum in science and the essential attentiveness to the social emotional well-being of the students I teach. ...

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