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Working with our partners to improve learning for all students
By Lisa DiMartino / May 11, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

Latino children in Rhode Island have the least opportunities and worst outcomes of Latino children in all 50 states.1

The New England states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island exhibit quite large white-Hispanic achievement gaps in academic outcomes.2 

As the state’s leading philanthropic organization, we recognize that equity is at the core of our work and that the facts stated above are unacceptable. To be deliberate about investing our resources to influence outcomes for all Rhode Islanders, we place a greater focus on high-need individuals and communities.

Within the educational success initiative, improved student learning experiences is one outcome we concentrate on. Within this strategy we support academic and social-emotional learning (the latter which includes managing emotions, showing empathy, and maintaining positive relationships), with an emphasis on efforts that include rigor, relevance, and sense of belonging. We also support improved coordination between entities providing services to support students and families through the learning experience. Some examples of this work include:

The College Crusade works to close racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps by providing services that promote a college-going culture and awareness. Strong evaluation reports have indicated that the students who participate graduate high school on time and enroll in college immediately following high school graduation at higher rates than their peers. (Video produced by Rhode Island Foundation in 2015.)

City Year Providence provides direct services to students in six Providence schools, with their corps members offering additional instructional support, attendance coaching, social-emotional skill-building, positive school climate initiatives, and before and after-school programming. According to third-party evaluation reports, these services add 35% more learning time to the school year for participating students, with these students being more likely to improve on state literacy and math assessments. (Photos courtesy of City Year Providence.)


The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence works with Americorps members to provide school-based nonviolence programs to students in 10 schools across Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls. The focus is on teaching, by work and example, the principles and practices of nonviolence, and fostering a community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions. Americorps members also mediate student conflicts and help students develop strategies to navigate problems in more effective ways. (Photos courtesy of the Insitute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.)

These grantees are working to develop systems and support to provide equitable access to learning for all students. These investments represent a fraction of the work happening day-to-day within the education sector. 


1. The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2017) Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children.

2. Stanford University, Center for Education Policy Analysis. (2015). Racial and Ethnic Achievement Gaps. Retrieved from http://cepa.stanford.edu/educational-opportunity-monitoring-project/achievement-gaps/race/

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