Pleasant View Elementary School receives funds to transform education.
At a surprise news conference on May 7, 2012 at the Pleasant View Elementary School, in Providence, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist announced that the school was the recipient of the first Rhode Island Innovation Powered by Technology Model School Grant.
The $470,000 grant financed a plan that educators at the Pleasant View Elementary School developed to redesign the school and transform its instructional practices through the use of technology.
With this grant, Pleasant View Elementary School:
- implemented an extended daily schedule for targeted, small-group learning;
- increased student-centered instruction and instructional time;
- allowed students to spend at least half their school day with online learning;
- made content come alive with integrated multimedia experiences through technology;
- allowed students to proceed with learning at their own pace;
- adopted flexible schedules for instructional time; and
- redefined “classrooms” as “flexible learning environments.”
Pleasant View used these funds for extensive professional development for teachers as well as to purchase equipment – creating three computer labs and purchasing 110 laptops for student use.
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Wakefield Hills Elementary School Awarded Second Rhode Island Model School Grant
As part of an on-going commitment to advancing the use of technology and digital learning in Rhode Island schools, Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist visited the Wakefield Hills Elementary School, in West Warwick, on September 4, 2013.
Wakefield Hills was the recipient of the 2nd Rhode Island Innovation Powered by Technology Model School Grant.
Wakefield Hills is using the $80,000 grant to provide Chromebooks for all students and adults in the school. In addition, the school is providing professional development for staff members and community members, including an online webinar series that will help educators integrate technology and instruction, two full days of face-to-face training to orient staff members and students to the new technology, and training for a cadre of students in grades 3 and 4 who will serve as student trainers and mentors for younger children in the school.
Students can take home the Chromebooks, and parents will have the opportunity to use the devices. In addition, the school has established partnerships that will provide parents with free access to adult computer-literacy classes.
“Use of this technology will provide another resource to help develop 21st-century skills such as creativity, collaboration, and communication,” said Karen Tarasevich, Superintendent of Schools in West Warwick. “These steps include supports for teachers, students, and family meetings regarding the computers and our goals for the project. We are grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to the wide range of possibilities it will provide our students, staff, and families.”
Through a competitive-bid process, RIDE awarded the first grant to the Pleasant View Elementary School, in Providence. Wakefield Hills had the second-highest ranked application, and Commissioner Gist told West Warwick school officials that RIDE would seek additional funds for a grant to support the Wakefield Hills proposal. Despite losing out on the first round of funding, the team at Wakefield Hills put elements of its proposal into practice, including developing technology policies and professional development, which the school has shared with other districts across the state.
Blended Learning Charter Schools
Several RI charter schools have implemented blended learning models that personalize learning for the individual student. These models allow some element of student control over time, place, path and/or pace. Many also allow for students to demonstrate mastery of a given subject - including possession, application, or creation of knowledge, a skill or disposition - before moving on to the next one.
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Eighth Grade Technology Literacy
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As virtual teaching and learning becomes more deeply integrated into curricula, it is important to assess the quality and rigor of virtual programs. RIDE, in concert with representatives from New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and the Northeast Comprehensive Center, worked to develop the Virtual Learning Program Standards and Rubric to support districts and schools in evaluating the quality and rigor of their virtual programs. The tools can also be used to provide professional development opportunities for LEAs and school staff and administrators who are interested in implementing Virtual Learning Programs.
RIDE will pilot the use of the Virtual Learning Program Rubric during the spring of 2014 to test and evaluate the tool. Various face-to-face and online professional development will provide the opportunity to explain the Rubrics, its advantages and limitations, and ways that the rubric can be used within and LEA. It is not RIDE’s intention to limit thinking to the parameters of the Rubric or Standards, but rather to provide a framework that will grow and be modified as we grow and expand Virtual Learning Programs in Rhode Island.
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