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Capitol Connection Newsletter

for articles about:

*  The upcoming election

*  NAEP Data

*  School Improvement Grants 


 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.  


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



News from Commissioner Gist:

Dear Friends of Education,

 Over the past five years, our work toward transforming education in Rhode Island has moved at a brisk pace, guided by our 2010-2015 Strategic Plan, Transforming Education in Rhode Island.

 It is now time to develop a new plan, one that maintains our commitment to improving public education while setting new priorities, strategies, and goals. Just as the educational environment has changed over the past five years, the planning process must also change. Our new plan will be for, from, and about all Rhode Islanders, and we will build this plan through a statewide conversation.

 As a first step in this conversation, we are asking all Rhode Islanders to share with us their views on education through a short survey that will take no more than five minutes to complete. We want to hear from as many Rhode Islanders as possible, and I am seeking your help.

 I would be very grateful if you could share this five-minute survey with your community members, your neighbors, your friends, and your professional networks – and of course please complete the survey yourself!

 Please feel free to direct people in your community to this URL to access the survey:

 Here is a link to the Spanish-language version of the survey:

Second, the Board of Education is recruiting and selecting a community team that will work directly with us to develop and write the strategic plan over the course of the next seven months. The Board members and I are seeking 12 to 15 Rhode Islanders willing to serve on this Ambassador Design Team to work together and build a plan of which can all be proud. David Moscarelli, the 2015 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, will facilitate the work of the design team. The Board hopes to attract a diverse and high-quality pool of applicants from which to select the members of the design team. You can apply online to join the Ambassador Design team.

 I am seeking your help in making a direct outreach to anyone in your community whom you think would be interested, willing, and able to serve on this design team. The application to serve on the team is posted on our website, at:

 Additionally, as the design and development process moves along, we will follow up on the survey by seeking richer and deeper information from Rhode Islanders through community discussions, small-group discussions, and interviews with individuals. Please keep this opportunity in mind as a means for members of your community to lend their voices to this initiative. If you would like to discuss setting up a discussion or interview, please email

 A brief summary of the entire design process for the strategic plan is posted on RIDE’s website.

 We have embarked on an ambitious project, and, with your help and participation, I know that we can develop a dynamic and ambitious strategic plan that will improve the lives of our students and their families for years to come.


Deborah A. Gist                                                                                                                                                                                                    Commissioner






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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ASCD’S New Executive Director Discusses
Educational Policies and Developments










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.


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



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