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Spark Grants promote reading and classroom innovation
By Chris Barnett / January 17, 2017
Launched by philanthropists Letitia and John Carter in 2013, the program offered school-wide reading grants of up to $10,000 for the first time this year. Elementary schools in seven communities will receive grants for proposals that will inspire a life-long love of reading in students.

Lisa DiMartino named strategic initiatives officer for the Education sector
By Chris Barnett / October 17, 2016
Last year, the Foundation awarded $8.9 million in grants for education, supporting initiatives such as the Central Falls School Department’s We Are a Village program, the Highlander Charter School’s Center for Blended Learning and Teach For America, Rhode Island.

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.

Learning new ways to make it in the classroom
By Chris Barnett / September 22, 2016
Our $21,000 grant is helping FabNewport teach K-12 teachers how to integrate “making” into their classrooms.

Rhody Ramble makes history fun for families
By Chris Barnett / September 16, 2016
Now is a wonderful time to check out the Rhody Ramble, which features a slew of activities that connect families with authentic local places and events like outdoor festivals, music concerts, hands-on activities, story times, and walking tours.

$1.5 million in scholarships awarded
By Chris Barnett / September 13, 2016
Students from across the state are headed off to college with the help of more than $1.5 million in scholarships from us.

Seeding innovation in Rhode Island's schools
By Toby Shepherd / 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.

Finding common ground
By Toby Shepherd / May 17, 2016
Earlier this year, fifth-grade students from the Jewish Community Day School of RI and the Islamic School of RI came together for twelve weeks to explore issues of identity, society, and friendship through the Center for Dynamic Learning's hands-on STEAMM program. The collaboration was supported by a grant from our Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund.

Centennial Community Conversations: Innovative and proven programs
By Jessica David / April 1, 2016
In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of our founding! This year our Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversations series will focus on the capacity, generosity, and innovation of our partners and how they help build our community.

Students can apply for $1.5 million in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 10, 2016
Dozens of individual, family and organizational donors established scholarship funds at the Foundation to help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, fees and books.

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