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  • 23 Jun 2020 10:46 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    Today is an important day for the students and families who are counting on us to deliver change in the Providence Public School District (PPSD). The attached Turnaround Action Plan (TAP) for Providence Public Schools District is being released to the general public and we’re excited to begin turning hope into results for our students, educators and families in Providence.


    A small working group comprised of both RIDE and PPSD staff has gone through, reviewed, and reflected on all of the incredible work and recommendations that have come out of a community-wide effort since last April. A huge array of stakeholder groups has provided input, representing thousands of Providence residents, since then. RIDE received hundreds of applications for spots on the Community Design Teams, met with over 70 Community Advisory Board members regularly, hosted 14 community engagement forums over the summer, hosted 15+ coffee hour sessions at PPSD schools for students and teachers, set up three internal working groups, and contracted with three nationally renowned vendors for root cause analyses. We have included recommendations and feedback from all of these stakeholders and we have synthesized them into the TAP.  


    When the transformation is complete, Providence students will attend schools that treat them with respect and dignity, educate them with rigor and depth, and prepare them to succeed in whatever path they choose after graduation. 


    The TAP follows a Five-Four-Three structure:  

    1.       Five Promises that embody our collaborative commitment to improving PPSD. 

    2.       Four Core Values – Students First, Equity and Access, Transparency, and Results – that infuse all education work in Rhode Island. 

    3.       Three Pillars, aligned with the Commissioner’s vision for education in Rhode Island, guide our work:  

    1.                         Engaged Communities 

    2.                         Excellence in Learning  

    3.                         World-Class Talent 


    These pillars are supported by the foundational principle of Efficient District Systems. 


    In terms of process, we started planning with the vision: What do we want for our students? This section was developed through a review of all the stakeholder feedback, with input from Superintendent Peters and Commissioner Infante-Green.  


    Next we focused on challenges: Where are the current pain points in Providence Public Schools? A vast array of root cause analyses were conducted (over 10 reports) and we used those to determine how to prioritize initiatives year over year. Then, we developed initiatives for PPSD to prioritize for Years 1, 2, and 3 of the TAP, aligned to the three pillars and foundational principle. Initiatives for Years 4 and 5 will be developed after Year 3.  


    The TAP is designed as a living, working document that will serve as an implementation guide throughout the turnaround process and both PPSD and RIDE will engage in rigorous, initiative-based progress monitoring. A formal public review of the plan’s progress will be presented annually, RIDE and PPSD staff will internally review and grade the plan on an annual basis, and the TAP team will review the next year’s initiatives at the end of every school year.   


    The Turnaround Action Plan is an investment not just in our students and schools, but in the City of Providence, the State of Rhode Island, and the entire community. We’ve worked hard to get here, but the work is just beginning. If you’d like to participate in the upcoming stakeholder engagement sessions that we’ve planned, find details here: and in the attached flyer.

    In Partnership,


    PPSD 6.22.20 (1).pdf 


  • 10 May 2020 11:49 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    URI is launching a cohort to train administrators in MLL Education. Attached is information about the program, and here is the link to our press release that includes further details: 

    We are starting information sessions on Wednesday, May 13. There is a link in the press release above to sign up for an info. session.

    MLL Admin Cohort Info Sheet.pdf

  • 14 Feb 2020 3:51 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    The Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association (RISSA)

    13th annual Paul W. Crowley Award is awarded to Senator Hanna M. Gallo, who

    represents District 27, which includes portions of Cranston and West Warwick, in the

    Rhode Island Senate.

    First elected in 1998, Senator Gallo has served as Chairwoman of the Senate

    Committee on Education since 2009, and previously served as that committee’s vice

    chairwoman. She is also a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce.

    The award presentation will take place in the State Room at the Rhode Island State

    House in Providence on Wednesday March 4, 2020, at 3 p.m.


    The PAUL CROWLEY AWARD is given each year by the Rhode Island School

    Superintendents’ Association to a Rhode Island citizen or organization who, in his or her

    professional and personal capacity, has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to

    improving the quality of education for the children of Rhode Island, as did the Honorable

    Paul Crowley throughout his career as a state representative from Newport. A $1,000

    scholarship in Rep. Crowley’s name will also be awarded to a deserving senior planning

    a career in education and graduating from a Rhode Island public high school.

    Senator Gallo co-chaired the Joint Legislative Committee to Establish a Permanent

    Education Foundation Aid Formula, which she helped to establish through her

    sponsorship of the Education Equity and Property Tax Relief Act. The Commission

    made recommendations to establish a fair, student-based funding formula for state aid

    to education in Rhode Island. Senator Gallo subsequently championed the education

    formula, winning enactment of this landmark legislation into law. It has been fully

    funded each year since.

    Senator Gallo has been instrumental in numerous education initiatives, including

    sweeping education reforms enacted in 2019 that put in place curricula aligned with

    high standards and improved accountability and governance. She led the charge for

    funding of full-day kindergarten statewide, enacted in 2015. Senator Gallo has also

    been an advocate for pre-school experience children and continues in that regard. She

    was an early supporter of the state’s successful application for a federal Race to the

    Top grant and sponsored formal Resolutions which won General Assembly approval to

    declare the Legislature’s support for the state’s effort. She joined the Governor,

    President of the Senate and Speaker of the House in traveling to Washington, D.C. to

    show the unified and strong state support for the effort.


    “Representative Crowley’s tireless commitment to public education is well known in

    Rhode Island, and it is an incredible honor to receive this award in his name,” said

    Senator Gallo. “It has been my distinct privilege to serve Rhode Island schools, and

    especially our educators and students. RISSA has been and continues to be a

    valuable partner in this work, and I’m grateful to the RI Superintendents for this


    Sen. Gallo has been instrumental in passage of numerous laws to improve education in

    Rhode Island, from ensuring quality afterschool care is available for elementary and

    secondary students to providing more accurate tracking of high school graduation rates,

    and from the creation of a new “bachelor’s degree in three” program at state institutions

    of higher learning to ensuring that teachers receive the best training at the college level.

    Senator Gallo previously served as Co-Chairwoman of the Rhode Island Permanent

    Commission on Civic Education. Through this commission, she established an annual

    Civic Education Day and hosted a Civic Education Summit. An essay contest for

    elementary and secondary schoolchildren was created to foster civic understanding and

    engagement. Various ad hoc committees were established to promote civic education,

    including a Joint Youth/Legislative Advisory Council.

    Senator Gallo was the primary sponsor of the law requiring development of a civics

    education curriculum to be used in Rhode Island schools.

    A Graduate of Saint Mary’s Visitation High School, Senator Gallo began her post-

    secondary education at the Community College of Rhode Island, earning degrees in

    1976and 1981. CCRI honored Senator Gallo in 2011 at its Society of Knights

    Outstanding Alumni Awards, which recognizes alumni who have attained personal and

    professional success, volunteer service to the college community, and brought honor

    upon themselves and the CCRI.

    Senator Gallo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communicative disorders from

    the University of Rhode Island in 1995, and a Master of Science degree in speech

    language from the URI in 1997.

    She is currently a speech language pathologist for the Cranston School Department.

    Senator Gallo resides in Cranston with her husband, Russell. They have two children,

    Julie and Laura.

    The Paul W. Crowley Award will be presented by RISSA President Karen Tarasevich,

    Superintendent of the West Warwick Public Schools, and Thomas

    DiPaola, Ph.D., RISSA Executive Director.

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