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Supporting smart approaches to education
By Connie Grosch / March 26, 2015
Schools with high concentrations of low-income, urban students often have less successful educational outcomes. We are committed to changing that.

RI students can apply for $500,000 in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 10, 2015
At the time of year when colleges are sending out financial aid packages, the Rhode Island Foundation is offering Rhode Island students and their families more than $500,000 in scholarships.

The state of the teaching profession: A conversation with Shael Polakow-Suransky
By / January 20, 2015
A national thought leader talks about the future of teacher prep with more than 75 educators and civic leaders at the first of our Community Conversations.

Patty and Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship Fund
By Connie Grosch / January 5, 2015
Patty and Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation

Sparking innovation in urban classrooms
By / December 18, 2014
Philanthropists Letitia and John Carter conceived and funded Spark Grants to engage students and stimulate their interest in academics

Providence CityArts celebratory flash party
By Connie Grosch / November 14, 2014
Providence CityArts celebrates its National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award with a flash party bus tour with a stop at Providence City Hall to thank the Rhode Island Foundation for its support.

By Neil Steinberg / October 1, 2014
Four years ago, Rhode Island won a $75 million “Race to the Top” grant to help every school, teacher, and student in the state excel. My Race to the Top Steering Committee co-chair Colleen Burns Jermain joins me to look at the progress that has been made transforming education in our state.

The walking school bus
By Connie Grosch / September 18, 2014
With help from volunteers, a simple and manageable solution to chronic school absenteeism.

Testing a blended learning approach to education
By / September 3, 2014
Today, it seems everyone is wrestling with the question of how K-12 education should approach technology. Clearly, the opportunities are great.

Grants 'reflect the breadth and depth of our grantmaking'
By Daniel Kertzner / August 26, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation awarded more than $15.6 million in grants to fund dozens of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state in the first half of 2014.

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