RIDE Strategic Plan
Thank you for taking the time to read and understand our strategic plan, Transforming Education in Rhode Island. This plan represents our best attempt to state our goals and priorities, to describe the strategies we will put in place to reach our goals, and to propose some objective measures to monitor our progress.
In 2010, RIDE and the former Board of Regents developed a strategic plan for transforming education in Rhode Island. We wanted the plan to set forth priorities and objectives that would be clear, measurable, and aspirational. We wanted the plan to guide every aspect of our work over the next five years. We wanted the plan to inspire us to work in the best interest of Rhode Island students. We wanted to be held accountable for accomplishments and results.
Today, we can look back on our strategic plan with pride, with hope, and with the benefit of lessons learned. While we recognize that we fell short of a few of the goals that we had hoped to attain, we have fulfilled virtually all of the strategies that we set forth in the six priority areas of our plan. I do not regret setting such ambitious goals. It will always be important to strive for excellence, and transforming education must be a continuous process of growth and achievement for everyone – students, teachers, school leaders, and community members as well.
I am grateful to the thousands of Rhode Islanders who have been our partners in transforming Rhode Island schools. I am also grateful for the selfless commitment from the members of the Board of Education and, in particular, for the extraordinary dedication from the hard-working, talented members of the RIDE team – the finest and most professional group of public employees that I know.
Deborah A. Gist, R.I. Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education (2009-2015)
Transforming Education in Rhode Island
Strategic Plan 2010-2015