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FabNewport: Making a Difference
By Chris Barnett / September 11, 2017
FabNewport gives kids "a chance to play with materials, tools and machines with the support of expert coaching, a chance to learn at their own pace while surrounded with possibility."

A dogged dedication to innovative learning
By Lisa DiMartino / April 5, 2017
Lincoln Central Elementary School third-grade teacher Jeff Drolet is using a $994 grant from our Spark Grants program to teach students a lesson about the power of teamwork. Drolet’s “I-Kid-Arod” initiative uses dogsled races to capture his students’ imagination.

New partnership tackles “achievement gap” for English Learners
By Chris Barnett / September 30, 2016
State and local education officials and the Rhode Island Foundation are partnering on a nearly $500,000 initiative to tackle the “achievement gap” for students who are English Learners. The program will send 60 public school teachers back to college for intensive English as a Second Language Instruction and Dual Language Program training.

Seeding innovation in Rhode Island's schools
By / July 11, 2016
What do we mean when we say “innovation” in the education context? To us, innovative approaches in education are those new ideas that hold transformative promise to produce measurable results for a specific need in a sustainable and replicable way.

Helping educators improve their craft
By / February 24, 2016
This blog post is the first in a series designed to explore and unpack each of these strategies further. And while we’ll explore the first two further in future posts, I am taking the liberty of going out of order to start with our third strategy first: professional development.

Every student succeeds
By / February 4, 2016
On February 1st, 2016 the Rhode Island Foundation convened a group of education stakeholders to hear from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cottam and Elementary & Secondary Education Commissioner Ken Wagner about the new federal “Every Student Succeeds” Act.

Facilitating cross-sector thinking
By Jessica David / November 10, 2015
The Civic Leadership Fund Cross-sector Community Conversation spotlights the work of our partners and grantees while facilitating cross-sector thinking and dialogue.

The College Crusade: closing gaps in student outcomes
By / October 26, 2015
Education grantmaking at the Rhode Island Foundation is focused on closing gaps in student outcomes. And while we’re privileged to invest in many schools and nonprofit organizations that advance this work across our state, few operate at the scale and effectiveness as the College Crusade of Rhode Island.

Back to school
By / August 20, 2015
It’s hard to believe that Rhode Island’s students begin returning to school in two short weeks. But believe it or not, a new school year is almost upon us – and we at the Rhode Island Foundation could not be more excited for the year ahead.

Association of Former Legislators honors five students for public service
By Connie Grosch / August 6, 2015
Five members of the Class of 2015 are headed to college with scholarships in recognition of their dedication and contributions to public service.

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