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Turnaround Action Plan (TAP) for Providence Public Schools District released to the public

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 



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