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Educator Recognition

We, at RIDE, believe it is our role to elevate excellence in education across the state. As the profession continues to grow in complexity and demand, RIDE encourages, cultivates, and rewards professional excellence within and beyond the classroom, and into school communities, through the educator recognition program.

RIDE coordinates the selection and recognition of several award programs of which the Educator Recognition is comprised: the Rhode Island State Teacher of the Year, the Rhode Island Principal of the Year, Milken Family Foundation Educator Awards, the Presidential Awards in Mathematics and Science, as well as the Golden Apple™ Awards. The links below contain more information about these awards and profiles of current and past winners:

*NEW* 2019 WaterFire Event: A Salute to RI Educators

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Annually, RIDE honors educators across Rhode Island for their outstanding service and dedication to students and the education profession. All are welcome to attend this family-friendly celebration to support RI educators, which will include a reception, awards ceremony, and torch procession featuring the year's honored educators, culminating with a "Ring of Fire" around the bridge in downtown Providence. Information about the 2020 Waterfire event will be shared this summer. Stay tuned for more information!

If you're interested in sponsoring or volunteering at the 2020 Waterfire event, email Mary Keenan at mary.keenan@ride.ri.gov.