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Investing in our teachers
By / June 27, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...
The Rhode Island Foundation has highlighted professional development as one of the Foundation’s three core strategies for achieving educational success in our state. As a former teacher, I am a strong believer that, in education, a lot depends on the teacher in front of the room. 

Over the course of my first few months at the Foundation, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some of the Foundation’s investments in teacher development up-close. Take, for example, the Foundation’s multi-year commitment to the Central Falls based Learning Community charter school. Thanks to the Foundation’s investment, the Learning Community has launched the Teaching Studio, a no-cost, school-embedded professional development practice providing high-quality coaching to reading teachers in Woonsocket and Smithfield public schools.

The Foundation’s investment in the Highlander Institute’s Center for Blended Learning takes a similar approach. Highlander, a Providence based regionally recognized leader in blended learning, is working closely with public school teachers in East Providence and Scituate on integrating technology into classroom instruction.
Thirty-five incoming Teach For America corps members will be teaching across Rhode Island in the coming school year. On Thursday evening, they were welcomed to the state at a reception hosted at the Foundation. 

And this week, Rhode Island welcomed a cohort of new Teach For America corps members, each of whom will lead a classroom in a high-poverty Rhode Island neighborhood this coming September. Teach For America’s mission is to eliminate educational inequality by enlisting high-achieving recent college graduates and professionals to teach for two years in a low-income community. This fall, there will be 35 Teach For America corps members teaching in Rhode Island. As a Teach For America alumnus who is committed to continuing to make a difference in public education, I look forward to welcoming these new teachers to our state. And I am particularly glad that the Foundation’s investments in teacher professional development will help ensure that they – and all Rhode Island teachers – have the tools and support they need to be successful. 

There’s a lot to admire and learn from these investments: teachers and schools collaborating, a focus on literacy, an intentionally diverse portfolio of programs serving students from all backgrounds. These are important investments that are helping to advance the teaching practice in Rhode Island.

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