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Blogs

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: Blog posts and messages from the Commissioner 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.

Click on a category below to filter by a particular blog:




Posted by: Meg Geoghegan on 1/28/2020 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Jennifer Wentworth, MS, PT

Physical Therapist 

West Warwick Public Schools


What’s the connection/science behind movement and learning? Or exercise and behavior? Why should we build it into our school day? And what kind of movement is most effective? As a school based physical therapist these questions intrigue me and the answers enable us to have classrooms with children who are better regulated and who are better learners.


Posted by: Meg Geoghegan on 12/30/2019 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Jenn Kittredge
Grade 5 Teacher/District Math Curriculum Leader

Lawn Ave. School, Jamestown


Learning is a journey. What happens to us on this journey stays with us and we take what we've learned from each experience to the next step. We can think of these experiences, skills, and habits of mind we've acquired as the contents of a backpack, one we all carry. As our students embark on their own journey, it is our responsibility as schools and educators to help them to fill their backpacks positively and meaningfully.

Posted by: Meg Geoghegan on 12/23/2019 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Oneika Castro

2019 District Teacher of the Year
English Language Arts Teacher / Humanities Department Head
Highlander Charter

As educators, we are responsible for meeting students where they are, and teaching them for growth. Unfortunately, many teachers assume socioeconomic status has prevented certain social groups from being able to access grade level content. This implicit bias stifles students from progressing. With enough scaffolding and support, all students can achieve and grow. Meanwhile, other students need to be challenged, and we shouldn't believe they can not continue to develop academically. With a variety of academic levels and abilities in front of us, we should not assume all students of similar backgrounds have similar learning styles and pacing; it is vital to our profession that we find "the sweet spot" - the balance of rigor and accessibility to make the content attainable for all.

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 6/7/2019 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Richard Garland
2019 North Kingstown District Teacher of the Year
North Kingstown High School
Business, Finance, and Economics Teacher

In 2003, the United States Senate declared April “Financial Literacy for Youth Month.” A year later in March 2004, the United States Senate passed Resolution 316 to officially recognize April as “National Financial Literacy Month.” While some may greet the event in celebration, for the majority of America – such as the roughly sixty percent of working age individuals who do not own any retirement account assets – it is a call for action: an educational intervention for financial literacy to be taught, at the least, in all public schools… and yes, as a requirement. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 5/31/2019 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Jamie Miller
2019 Beacon Charter School District Teacher of the Year
Founders Academy
English and Language Arts Teacher

Like many other teachers (I’m sure), I sometimes find myself rolling my eyes at the latest trends in social media. Whether it be a brand new “challenge,” or a YouTuber who gets paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for “unboxing” the latest and greatest makeup, I usually don’t buy into it. My seventh graders will ask me if I know what a new acronym means or if I watch some famous YouTuber, and react in pure shock and laughter when I respond with, “what?” or “who?”

Students can use the internet for everything these days, and much of their time seems to be consumed by social media. They can text each other without phone numbers. They can meet people from all over the world while they play a video game as a miniature car that plays soccer. They can edit their pictures with apps to make their teeth whiter or give themselves dog ears. Their options for engaging online are endless. ...

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