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 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. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 11/22/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Kim Rawson, 2016 North Smithfield District Teacher of the Year,
2016 Finalist for Rhode Island Teacher of the Year,
North Smithfield High School

An educator’s greatest responsibility is to prepare students to be critical thinkers and productive members of society who can investigate, interpret, and identify bias.

As a ninth-grade American government teacher, every day offers an opportunity to truly show the students real world connections. Election years offer even more excitement, as students engage in the electoral process. Last year’s polarizing election posed many teachable moments that transcended the classroom. Students researched the presidential candidate of their choice, created a campaign and engaged in debates about the qualifications and policies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Throughout the process, we constantly discussed the importance of being an active, engaged and informed citizen. The informed part always proves difficult and last year, in particular, students struggled to truly assess the candidates. They were constantly confronting the impact of social media and the 24-hour news cycle that looks to entertain rather than inform. The election itself proved easier to navigate than the actual ascension of President Donald Trump. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 11/17/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Tina Cane,
Rhode Island Poet Laureate

It’s almost Thanksgiving and I am as unprepared as you feel. Maybe more so,
as already I am trying to remember where I’ve hidden the stocking stuffers I’ve
been hoarding since summer. If you’ve been in a classroom in the last few weeks—
as I know you have—you’ll confirm that, where school is concerned, Thanksgiving
is non-stop Pilgrims and gratitude. Plus, some discussion of how the Pilgrims
would have perished without the help of Native Americans. For my good friend,
a Navajo poet, seasonal gratitude proves elusive each year. Still, like him, and like
most of us, I try to be thankful every day for, even in dark times, perspective
makes room for gratitude. And the Pilgrims are truly fascinating with their zeal
and courage to flee “the bossy king,” as some students in Saylesville so aptly
phrased it earlier this week. An ocean voyage into the unknown is no small feat.
And freedom of all kinds is always paramount. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 11/3/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

RIDE has transformed District Network Meetings for the 2017-2018 school year to provide more relevant and valuable professional learning opportunities. The Honors Colloquium on Curriculum is a four-part, year-long initiative related to curriculum definition and development. After each session, a guest blogger will reflect on what they have learned and how it will support great teaching and learning in our schools.

Jamestown Superintendent, Dr. Kenneth Duva, shares his perspective on the first session, run by David Steiner of John’s Hopkins University.

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