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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: Kamlyn Keith on 11/17/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Tina Cane,
Rhode Island Poet Laureate

It’s almost Thanksgiving and I am as unprepared as you feel. Maybe more so,
as already I am trying to remember where I’ve hidden the stocking stuffers I’ve
been hoarding since summer. If you’ve been in a classroom in the last few weeks—
as I know you have—you’ll confirm that, where school is concerned, Thanksgiving
is non-stop Pilgrims and gratitude. Plus, some discussion of how the Pilgrims
would have perished without the help of Native Americans. For my good friend,
a Navajo poet, seasonal gratitude proves elusive each year. Still, like him, and like
most of us, I try to be thankful every day for, even in dark times, perspective
makes room for gratitude. And the Pilgrims are truly fascinating with their zeal
and courage to flee “the bossy king,” as some students in Saylesville so aptly
phrased it earlier this week. An ocean voyage into the unknown is no small feat.
And freedom of all kinds is always paramount. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 10/13/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Tina Cane,
Poet Laureate of Rhode Island

If a poet can be a rock star, Kaveh Akbar is one. Or at least, he’s a rising star in the poetry world.

His new book, Calling A Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, 2017) is a fierce and gorgeous
collection of poems around addiction and recovery and love. I’ve been able to witness Kaveh’s
success via social media posts and was recently moved to read this one, accompanied by a photo
of a man in a sports jacket and glasses, speaking at a podium: