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 RIASCD has had a tradition of hosting its annual Author Forum.  

This successful event has brought in amazing talent from across the nation.  

This year, RIASCD begins a new tradition:  

An Evening with the Rhode Island Teacher of the Year

Dinner at the Radisson will include a presentation by this year’s leading

Rhode Island teacher:  David Moscarelli from Ponaganset High School.  

Look for details soon!

Bring a table of colleagues for a chance to win great prizes!


Come to this year’s RIASCD 

Evening with the Rhode Island Teacher of the Year 


Renew your RIASCD membership

and receive a free ticket to this years event.

New to RIASCD?

Join our organization and receive the same great value!


Renew beginning October 1 
at a new rate of $60 and receive your FREE ticket to this year’s 
Evening with Rhode Island’s Teacher of the Year 
(a $50 value)!



Register for the

RIDE Innovation Powered by Technology

conference:  October 25

Administrators, teachers, students, and interested community members are invited to register online for the 3rd annual RIDE Innovation Powered by Technology conference, to be held on October 25, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence, from 8 am. to 4 p.m. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in systemic planning around the effective use of technology and digital learning. The conference will include a number of sessions designed and presented by leaders in digital learning, including many Rhode Island educators and students. Speakers include:


  • ·         Lisa Duty, The Learning Accelerator;
  • ·         Julie Freeland, The Christensen Institute;
  • ·         Erin Klein, award-winning educator;
  • ·         Rich Kiker, Google-certified trainer and eLearning architect;
  • ·         David Moscarelli, 2015 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year; and
  • ·         Tom Murray, The Alliance for Excellence in Education.

College and Career Ready ­ Through a Technology Lens

November 19, 2014 4:00 ­ 6:00 pm New England Tech East Greenwich Campus

Considering that technology is rapidly changing…..Are we preparing our students to be college and career ready?

Rhode Island does not have an official state definition of what it means to be college and career ready, but Rhode Island is one of the many states that has implemented the Common Core Standards (CCSS). The CCSS require that students are able to… “use technology and digital media strategically and capably”.

Educators refer to the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE) and the Common Core Initiative to begin to understand the essentials in preparing our students for their future.

ISTE’s position with regard to CCSS is as follows…“ISTE believes digital learning plays a central and substantive role in ensuring all students graduate college and career ready. Technology, used effectively, can help all students meet and exceed the rigorous learning goals embedded in the Common Core State Standards by providing access to tools and resources that personalize instruction and creating rich, engaging and relevant learning environments.”

The Common Core Initiative website describes our students as employing… “technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline. They are familiar with the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and mediums and can select and use those best suited to their communication goals.”

According to the CCSS website, the PARCC assessment …“will include challenging performance tasks and innovative, computerenhanced items that elicit complex demonstrations of learning and measure the full range of knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and 21st century careers.”

Please join RISTE for an information session and a panel discussion on November 19 where we will begin the conversation to define college and career ready, focusing on teaching and learning, critical skills and envisioning the future in which we are preparing our students.

Ravi Pendse, PhD Vice President and CIO, Brown University­ will guide us in thinking about the future of technology ­ Will we be ready??

Wendy Drexler,PhD Chief Innovation Officer, ISTE, will help us understand and connect to the ISTE student and teacher technology standards which guide our work in preparing our students.

Robert Littlefield, Principal, Portsmouth High School, RI, will give us a picture of what this school does to prepare students for college and careers.

Dr. Lynne Burke, Director of Educational Technology & Information Systems, Coventry Public Schools will describe their plans and progress.

Register for RISTE’s

College and Career Ready ­ Through a Technology Lens HERE!






 ASCD’s August Policy Points on Test Scores

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August 2014: Test Scores and Economic Performance


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Need a new book to revitalize for the coming school year?  
Check out what RIASCD 
has to offer!







Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Assessment





Getting Started: Restructuring Schools to Become PLC





Leading in a Culture of Change- Text





On Common Ground





Whatever It Takes










Differentiated Literacy Strategies: Grades K-6





Data Driven Differentiation





ELL in the Mathematics Class





Principals Companion





Thinking Inside the Block Schedule










Teacher Leadership





Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation





Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology (Reich/Daccord)






ASCD’s New Executive Director Discusses

EducationPolicies and Developments



This picture was taken during the state and National 2014 Teacher of the Year celebration in Washington, DC. Patricia Page, East Greenwich High School teacher (light colored suit) is standing in the foreground. Patricia, a RIASCD member, keynoted our Pre-service and Beginning Teacher conference in February.










Rhode Island Partnership for Community Schools

On May 13th, RIASCD celebrated with the RI Partnership for Community Schools in recognition of that organization”s 20 year history in Rhode Island. The RIPCC works to expand the community school initiative statewide. Community schools (through Child Opportunity Zones aka COZ) integrate academic, social and health services and work with community partners to improve student and adult learning, strengthen families and create healthy and engaged communities. 
It is the holistic work of RIPCC aligning so closely with RIASCD’s Whole Child Initiative that resulted in the partnership on May 13th. Keynote addresses were delivered by Molly McCloskey, Director of the No Kid Hungry Campaign in Maryland; and by Hedy Nai-Lin Chang, Director of attendance Works. Best practice remarks were brought by Roy Seitsinger, Jr, Superintendent of Schools in Westerly and by Gara Field, Principal of Pleasant View Elementary School.  
At a reception that followed the Forum, awards were presented to educational leaders in Rhode Island who had been instrumental in developing and supporting community schools. Pictured below is Rosemary Reilly-Chammat, RIDE, presenting an award to William Hollinshead, RI Department of Health. Rosemary serves RIASCD as President-elect and Whole Child Steering Committee Chair.




Comprehensive Rhode Island Data Profile

Measures State’s Support of the Whole Child

Alexandria, VA (5/21/2014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, released the Rhode Island Whole Child Profile highlighting how well the state is meeting the comprehensive needs of children at each stage of development, from birth to postsecondary education and beyond. The state-specific profile includes data indicators aligned with the five tenets of ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative—ensuring each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged—in a single, easy-to-understand resource for educators, policymakers, and the general public.

To view the full profile, visit

The information presented in the Rhode Island profile enables state leaders and citizens to identify opportunities and priorities for improving the health and educational achievement of Rhode Island students; spur collaboration and coordination beyond school doors; promote a broader perspective of education reform that focuses on sustainable efforts to prepare the state’s students for college, career, and citizenship success; and measure Rhode Island’s progress in supporting the full potential of its students.

Some notable data highlights from the Rhode Island profile include

  • Fifteen percent of high school students are overweight, and 11 percent are obese.
  • Nineteen percent of high school students were bullied at school in the past year and 15 percent were victims of cyberbullying.
  • Sixty-three percent of middle schoolers and 57 percent of high schoolers agree or strongly agree that their teachers keep them interested in class.
  • Fifty-four percent of children ages 5 and below had family members read to them every day during the previous week.
  • Seventy-five percent of high school students agree or strongly agree that their classes are preparing them for college; 62 percent believe their classes are preparing them for a career.

“The whole child framework is intuitive to educators, because it recognizes that the needs of children extend beyond the school walls,” said Betty Brito, RIASCD Executive Director. “Addressing those needs requires involvement of a broad group of stakeholders. It requires educating policymakers and community partners of its intent. RIASCD is working to operationalize the language of the whole child to demonstrate what this comprehensive educational plan looks like in practice. The Rhode Island Profile, a collaboration between ASCD and RIASCD, is a key tool that can be used in this educational process.” 


Rhode Island’s leaders understand that fully preparing the state’s students for college, careers, and citizenship requires a more comprehensive and collaborative approach. In May 2013, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a joint resolution that affirmed support for a whole child approach to education. In addition, the state annually surveys students, parents, and educators as part of a coordinated effort to improve its education system and help all stakeholders assume bigger roles in supporting Rhode Island schools.

Rhode Island ASCD, a community of educators dedicated to ongoing professional learning, has been the leading voice for whole child education in the state. The Rhode Island Whole Child Profile builds on the organization’s previous policy report (PDF) that examines how well the state’s regulations and policies support the whole child. In addition, its Whole Child Recognition Program highlights schools that demonstrate a commitment to the whole child approach.

“The Rhode Island Whole Child Profile pulls together important data from the R.I. Department of Education and from other sources to present a wide-ranging and thoughtful overview of the health, safety, and academic success of our children,” said Deborah A. Gist, R.I. Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. Among the many statistical reports available about Rhode Island children, the ACSD Whole Child Profile stands out because of its clear and concise focus on “why it matters” and on “what you can do” to improve the well-being of Rhode Island youth. I thank Rhode Island ACSD and ASCD for its work in preparing and disseminating the Whole Child Profile, and I know that the material in this report will guide us as we work to keep our children healthy, safe, and engaged in school and in the community.”

ASCD continues to help educators and policymakers implement the whole child approach through efforts including the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model and the ASCD Whole Child Snapshots. The new whole child model combines and builds on elements of the traditional coordinated school health approach and the whole child framework to create a strengthened, unified, and collaborative approach to learning and health. The recently released Whole Child Snapshots highlight how well each state—and the nation—are meeting the needs of its children.

To view the full Rhode Island profile, visit To learn more about ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative, visit For more information about ASCD’s 2014 public policy priorities, visit To learn more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, or to join ASCD, visit  



Ross Romano, publicist, 1-703-575-5607 or by e-mail.

Katie Test, communications manager, 1-703-575-5608 or by e-mail.



Segue named 2013-2014 Whole Child Recognition School by RIASCD

Check out more of the story here.




 Rhode Island supports the Whole Child

Check out a “snapshot”  our RIASCDs work relative to our newest Influence Grant.  

Whole Child Snapshot


New Whole Child Publication: The Korean Educational Development Institute’s KEDI Journal of Educational Policy publishes scholarly articles and reports on research that makes significant contributions to the understanding and practice of educational policy on an international level. This month’s special issue,  Promoting Students’ Social-Emotional and Character Development and Prevent Bullying,” includes an article written by ASCD’s Sean Slade, director of whole child programs, and David Griffith, director of public policy. The article, titled “A Whole Child Approach to Student Success” (pp. 21-35), describes the whole child approach to education and its global education policy recommendations.


 In early April 2013, the Whole Child resolution was passed by the Rhode Island state representatives and has been adopted by the Rhode Island ASCD as a best practice.  Read a summary of the resoluton.


Rhode Island ASCD (RIASCD) is proud to be an affiliate of ASCD. Formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Develop, an international association of educators with years of experience and a wealth of resources. As an affiliate, we share the strength and resources of that organization.

Founded in 1987, RIASCD is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary of serving students in Rhode Island by addressing the needs of educators at all levels.

We are a community of educators working to support each other and the young people we serve. We believe that to educate means to understand the interrelationships between factors that influence teaching and learning, factors that extend far beyond the walls of individual schools and isolated districts. We believe that ALL children must be SAFE, HEALTHY, SUPPORTED, CHALLENGED, AND ENGAGED  if they are to be successfully prepared for college, career, and lifelong learning.

RIASCD stands ready to serve its members by:

  • Working in collaboration with other professional educational organizations in our state that are doing similar work,
  • Representing Rhode Island ASCD and its membership on boards/leadership councils of state organizations including the Learning First Alliance (LFA), the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) and the Center for School Leadership (CSL),
  • Closely monitoring legislative developments in ESEA reauthorization, and additional policy developments in Washington via the Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (provide link to ASCD’s Legislative Agenda),
  • Representing our members monthly at a meeting with Commissioner Deborah Gist,
  • Providing an annual conference for Pre-Service and Beginning Teachers that works to support their entry into the profession,
  • Offering a regional conference in partnership with other Northeast ASCD affiliates featuring nationally recognized presenters on current/hot topics,
  • Listening to members and responding to your needs.

Rhode Island ASCD, has been recognized for outstanding advocacy work and was one of two affiliates presented the 2012 Advocacy and Influence Area of Excellence Award by ASCD at their annual conference in Philadelphia in March. Karen Swododa, President, and Betty Brito, Executive Director, accepted the award on behalf of Rhode Island ASCD.


Our Mission

The mission of Rhode Island ASCD, a community of educators, is to improve the quality of learning, teaching, and leading for the success of each learner.

Rhode Island ASCD is a leading source for professional learning in Rhode Island. Its exemplary programs, services, and partnerships influence policies and practices for the benefit of the Rhode Island educational community and the subsequent success of students.

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