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Feedback Opportunities on School Culture Initiatives 

RIDE is currently seeking feedback on five initiatives connected to school culture. These initiatives will pilot in Providence, with resources and supports available to all Rhode Island districts moving forward. We want to know how these resources can be structured to maximize the impact on your school community, and what additional supports you will need for effective implementation. 

Below is a schedule of focus groups and work sessions. Focus groups will be an opportunity to share your thoughts, concerns, and questions around the five initiatives. Work sessions will be facilitated group meetings focused on planning and informing school-based implementation. 

Here is the link to register for a focus group or work session. 

 Type Date Times Location
 Work Session Wednesday, September 18, 2019 3:30-4:30 p.m. Riverside Middle School, 179 Forbes St., East Providence, RI 02915
 Work Session Wednesday, September 25, 2019 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cranston High School East, 899 Park Ave., Cranston, RI 02910 

In addition, we would like for our community partners to please share meetings and events that are occurring in the community where RIDE can be included in the agenda as an opportunity to gather more feedback. If you'd like for RIDE to join an event, please contact Chanthy Lopes at or by phone at (401) 222-4690. 

In the Spotlight

Get to Know Commissioner Angélica M. Infante-Green

Commissioner Angélica M. Infante-Green

Angélica M. Infante-Green is the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education for the State of Rhode Island. In this role, she oversees the activities and staff of the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), working to make the state’s schools the best in the nation. Prior to joining RIDE in April 2019, she served as the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Instructional Support.

Infante-Green began her career as a bilingual classroom teacher in the South Bronx. Since leaving the classroom, she has served in a variety of roles focused on improving instruction for all students, particularly students who are multi-lingual learners. She held several leadership positions for the New York City School Department before working at the state level, and she was a member of the first cohort of the Chiefs for Change Future Chiefs program.

As a first-generation American, Infante-Green sees her first day as a teacher as a life-changing moment where she realized her personal calling. Having herself learned English in school, and as the parent of a child with special needs, she has fought to replace a “deficit” view with an “enrichment” view for students who need more. Infante-Green earned an M.A. in Education and in School Administration & Supervision from Mercy College. She is married with a son and daughter.

Read more about Commissioner Infante-Green.