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RIASCD has reopened its search for a new
Executive Director. Applications will be accepted until August 30, 2014.
The primary role of the Executive Director of RIASCD is to represent the organization by promoting its mission, and by working to ensure its stable operations.
An Overview of Job Responsibilities include:
The job is a 20 hour per week position.
A cover letter and resume should be sent to:
Dr. Bernard DiLullo, Superintendent,
Johnston Administration Building,
10 Memorial Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919
Deadline for applications is August 30, 2014.
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
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 www.ascd.org/rhodeislandwholechildprofile.
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 www.ascd.org/rhodeislandwholechildprofile. To learn more about ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative, visit www.wholechildeducation.org. For more information about ASCD’s 2014 public policy priorities, visit www.ascd.org/policy. To learn more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, or to join ASCD, visit www.ascd.org.
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
Rhode Island supports the Whole Child
Check out a “snapshot” our RIASCDs work relative to our newest Influence Grant.
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.
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.