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The Learning, Equity & Accelerated Pathway (LEAP) Task Force

Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green announced the new Learning, Equity & Accelerated Pathways (LEAP) Task Force who will convene and engage in a participatory, evidence-informed, data-driven process to understand statewide learning loss in partnership with educational experts, practitioners, families, students and community members across the State of Rhode Island. A cross-departmental team at RIDE will work together to support the Task Force and oversee the implementation of its recommendations. Additionally, national researchers with expertise in various aspects of accelerated learning recovery will be invited to the Task Force meetings to share evidence and support discussions.

To address ongoing concerns with Rhode Island’s learning recovery, the Task Force will focus on, but not be limited to, the following goals: 

  1. Assess the conditions of learning loss in the schools and communities across Rhode Island;
  2. Identify research-based, high leverage strategies for equitable learning recovery; and
  3. Establish strategic focus for learning recovery in Rhode Island and align stimulus funding to identified priorities.

The Task Force will provide a forum for collective learning from national experts ands interaction and feedback from state-wide stakeholders on the collective learning recovery challenge we face across the state. The Task Force will also play a central role in providing recommendations to Commissioner Infante-Green on the priorities and the strategic direction of our educational recovery work in Rhode Island.

Please note that depending on the schedule of the expert panels, meeting schedules might shift slightly. All meetings are open to the public and will be hosted on RIDE's YouTube page. As of today, the schedule is as follows:

Meeting Date Meeting Time  Meeting Topic
February 11th  11:30-1:30pm   Task Force Launch: Keynote Address from the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education, John King
February 16th 8:30-10:00am Understanding Root Causes: Academic and non-academic data and key analytical insights ​
February 23rd 8:30-10:00am Extended Learning Opportunities (Dr. Jennifer McCombs, RAND, Dr. Matthew Kraft, Brown University)
March 2nd 8:30-10:00am Meeting Needs Equitably: Serving Diverse Populations
March 9th 2:00-3:30pm A Whole-of-System Response: A Lens of Equity (Dr. Kenneth Wong, Dr. Pedro Noguera and Paul Reville)
March 16th 8:30-10:00am Final Recommendations: Task Force deliver final recommendations to Commissioner

Confirmed members of the Task Force include:

 

  • Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner, RIDE
  • Victor Capellan, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner
  • Ana Riley, Deputy Commissioner for Instructional Programs (co-chair)
  • Jim Erinakes, Exeter-West Greenwich School Department (co-chair)
  • Dr. Kelvin Roldán, Deputy Commissioner for System Transformation
  • Alex Molina, City Year
  • Andrew Bramson, College Crusade of Rhode Island
  • Angelo Garcia, Segue Institute for Learning
  • Ashley Adamson, RI Teacher Of the Year, Portsmouth
  • Charmaine Webster, Parent, Woonsocket
  • Dr. Anthony Rolle, University of Rhode Island, College of Education
  • Dr. Jonathon Brice, Bristol-Warren Regional School Department
  • Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, Chiefs for Change
  • Dr. Kenneth Wong, Brown University, Department of Education
  • Dr. Nate Schwartz, Brown University, Annenberg Institute
  • Dr. Renee Palazzo, Ponaganset High School, Scituate
  • Dr. Soljane Martinez, Brown University, Annenberg Institute
  • Hillary Salmons, Providence After School Alliance
  • Hon. Joseph McNamara, Rhode Island House of Representatives
  • Hon. Sandra Cano, Rhode Island Senate
  • Jennifer Wood, Rhode Island Center for Justice
  • Jeremy Chiappetta, Blackstone Valley Prep
  • Jim Vincent, Providence NAACP
  • Juan Carlos Payero, Portsmouth School Committee
  • Juanita Montes de Oca, Generation Citizen
  • Khechara Bradford, Providence Public Schools
  • Larry Warner, United Way of Rhode Island
  • Marcela Betancur, Latino Policy Institute
  • Mario Bueno, Progreso Latino
  • Neil Steinberg, Rhode Island Foundation
  • Paige Clausius-Parks, Rhode Island Kids Count
  • Ramona Santos Torres, Parent, Providence
  • Sam Salganick, Rhode Island Parent Information Network
  • Sean Doyle, RIFTHP Member, Teacher in West Warwick
  • Sue Warburton, NEA-RI Member, Teacher in North Kingstown
  • Tammy Warner, RI Office of Postsecondary Commissioner

Additional questions or comments may be sent to LEAPTaskForce@ride.ri.gov for assistance.