Special Education Programming

RIDE’s Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports (OSCAS) ensures that children with diverse learning needs and children requiring special education services are provided equal access to a public education and that schools develop effective strategies for meeting the needs of these unique learners.

Secondary Transition Services

The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports has actively worked with students, parents, local school districts, and other state and local agencies to promote an effective statewide system of secondary transition services for students with disabilities. This page provides information on Secondary Transition, some of the system structures RIDE has employed to improve transition outcomes for students in Rhode Island and links to sources of information for students, parents and professionals.

Stay connected with your Regional Transition Center!

Rhode Island Regional Transition Centers
The Rhode Island Regional Transition Centers provide direct technical support, training and information on transition services to school personnel in each region and assist in the development of statewide training and information activities.

Northern Rhode Island
Pawtucket, Central Falls, Johnston, Cumberland, Woonsocket, Lincoln, Burrillville, Smithfield, North Smithfield, North Providence
Cynthia VanAvery, Transition Coordinator 
Northern RI Collaborative - Transition Employment Center (TEC)
640 George Washington Hwy. Suite 200
Lincoln, RI 02865
email: cvanavery@nric-ri.org

West Bay
Coventry, Cranston, Foster, Glocester, Foster/Glocester Regional, Scituate, Warwick, West Warwick
Therese Curran, Transition Coordinator
West Bay Collaborative
144 Bignall St.
Warwick, RI 02888
(401)941-8353 ext. 124 
email: Curranwbc@aol.com

East Bay
East Providence, Portsmouth, Warren/Bristol, Little Compton, Barrington, Middletown, Tiverton, Newport
Jane Cotter, Transition Coordinator
East Bay Educational Collaborative
317 Market Street  
Warren, RI 02885
Phone:  245-2045 x303  
email: jane.cotter@ebecri.org

Southern Rhode Island
North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett, Westerly, East Greenwich, Exeter/West Greenwich, Chariho, New Shoreham, Jamestown
Kerri Collins, Transition Coordinator
Southern RI Transition Center
859 Nooseneck Road
West Greenwich, RI 02817
Phone: (401) 481-5161
email: kcollins@nric-ri.org

Be Informed!

Check out this helpful resource
My Transition:  What Students Need to Know

Get in Touch!
Jane Slade
Transition Coordinator
255 Westminster Street,
Providence, RI 02903

Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a framework to increase student achievement and social and emotional competencies through prevention and intervention in general education.

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Medicaid in Schools

Medicaid is a Federal/State program overseen federally by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) within the United States Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services.

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Teacher Assistants

Teacher assistants play an integral role in the schools of Rhode Island. They provide instructional and other direct services to students under the supervision and direction of the classroom teacher or other certified professional staff. Teacher assistants are required to be trained before they are employed and to engage in ongoing professional development during employment so they can support school improvement and student achievement goals.

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