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  • 02 Dec 2017 10:12 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    “AASA is frustrated by Congress’ continued partisan efforts to pass the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.

    “Changes to tax policy can be a good thing, a chance for leadership and opportunity. The bill passed by the Senate fails on all of these fronts, threatens one of our nation’s original forms of infrastructure (public education) and stands to do far more harm, than good. As the national organization representing the leaders of our nation’s public school systems, we are frustrated with this tax plan and how those who voted for it lack an understanding of—or even care about—its impact on public schools.

    “We are concerned with the continued disconnect from Congressional leadership on how the policies in this bill—including the elimination of the SALT-D deduction, reliance on deficit financing, and changes to bond financing for districts—will negatively impact schools. Just two years ago, a GOP-led Congress supported an overwhelmingly bipartisan ESSA reauthorization. It was a pinnacle demonstration of support for policies centered on compromise, practicality, and supporting and strengthening the nation’s public schools. 

    “While today’s vote is a significant pivot toward partisanship and corporate tax cuts paid for by the middle class, we remain committed to representing our members, the nation’s public school superintendents and will work tirelessly with our allies on Capitol Hill to mitigate the damages of this bill, to seek improvements in conference and to expand recognition of the importance of our nation’s public schools.” 

  • 21 Nov 2017 4:08 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    open each map and hover over your state for detailed info.


    Senate bill map: Senate Proposal

    House bill map: House Proposal

    Senate CTC: Child Care Tax Credit (CTC)


    Let me know if you have any questions. If I don’t talk to you, have a happy thanksgiving!




    Noelle Ellerson Ng

    Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy

    AASA, The School Superintendents Association

    1615 Duke Street

    Alexandria, VA 22314

    (c) 703-774-6935

    Twitter: @Noellerson


  • 21 Nov 2017 9:38 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    I’m following up on my email announcing the Share Your Favorites social media campaign planned for next week. The feedback has been phenomenal so far, and we’re excited to have so many Rhode Islanders willing to show their support for childhood literacy.

     In addition to posting a selfie with or a photo of your favorite book – and an explanation of why it’s your favorite – below are some sample posts for Twitter and Facebook that may be helpful throughout the week of November 27 to December 1. I’ve also attached several graphics that could be used on social media, and a flyer (in English and in Spanish) in the event you plan to set up a book display or otherwise promote Share Your Favorites in your community.  

     Thank you for your interest in this effort, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or if there is anything else I can do to be helpful. In the meantime, please follow RIDE on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, so you can follow along with the #RIReads Share Your Favorites effort next week!

     Thank you again, and Happy Thanksgiving!

     Meg Geoghegan

    Communications Officer

    Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

    255 Westminster Street

    Providence, RI 02903

    (401) 222-8471 (office)

    (401) 258-1829 (cell)

    (401) 222-2537 (fax) 



    Did you know that reading on grade level by third grade is the leading indicator of high school graduation? #RIReads


    ¿Sabìa que los estudiantes de tercer grado que leen al nivel de su grado tienen màs probabilidades de graduarse de la escuela secundaria? #RIReads


    [with photo]

    This is my favorite. What's yours? #RIReads


    Books are like comfort food - they transport us back to our fondest memories! #RIReads


    What’s your favorite book? One simple question. Endless memories. #RIReads


    I'm proud to support #RIReads because reading opens doors for our kids


    Together, we can double the number of third graders reading proficiently by 2025 #RIReads


    We all have a role to play in helping our kids to become successful readers #RIReads


    Students who can read fluently and joyfully by third grade are set up for success #RIReads


    I shared my favorite. Have you? #RIReads


    Books bring a child's imagination to life. Make reading a priority! #RIReads


    In the classroom, at the doctor's office, at our dining room table - encourage kids to read! #RIReads


    Talk.Read.Listen. to kids and support early childhood literacy #RIReads


    Learn more about #RIReads and share your favorite childhood book!


    Join the #RIReads discussion and post a selfie with your favorite childhood book!Did You Know.jpgShare Your Favorites - bookshelf.jpgShare Your Favorites (Spanish).jpgShare Your Favorites (Spanish).pdfShare Your Favorites.jpgShare Your Favorites.pdfWhat's Your Favorite (Spanish).jpgWhat's Your Favorite.jpg



    Did you know that reading on grade level by third grade is the leading indicator of high school graduation? I’m proud to support #RIReads in promoting early childhood literacy and putting students on an early path to success. Join the effort and share your favorites this week!


    ¿Sabìa que los estudiantes de tercer grado que leen al nivel de su grado tienen màs probabilidades de graduarse de la escuela secundaria? Durante la semana del 27 de noviembre, comparte tus libros de infancia favoritos en las redes sociales usando, #RIReads.


    What’s your favorite book? One simple question. Endless memories. Join me this week in supporting #RIReads for childhood literacy!


    Talk to kids and engage in back-and-forth conversations. Read to your child every day. Listen to your child read. Support, encourage, and challenge them to read more. Do these small things, every day, and you’ll change a child’s life. #RIReads


    Hable con los niños y participe en conversaciones con ellos. Léale a su hijo/hija todos los días. Escuche a su hijo/hija leer. Apoye, aliente y desafíelos a leer más. #RIReads


  • 17 Nov 2017 10:57 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

     the RI Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) provides this information to about a national collaboration with the Superintendents' Environmental Education Collaborative (SEEC). SEEC was created as a partnership between superintendents and environmental organizations with the goal of increasing high quality environmental education across the nation. Environmental education helps provide robust, real-world learning experiences that promote STEM learning, civic engagement, and 21st century workforce skills. You can learn more at the website here:

    SEEC is sponsoring some upcoming events that I thought superintendents in RI might be interested in attending:

    • Webinar: Environmental Education in Schools: December 5th, 2017 2:00-3:00PM EST Register for webinar here
    • AASA Conference Session: Superintendents' Environmental Education Collaborative: Nashville, TN: February 16, 3:45-4:45PM
    • AASA Field Trip: Nashville, TN: TBD
  • 10 Nov 2017 2:31 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    I Love Public Education Campaign

    On behalf of the children who attend our nation’s public schools, the I Love Public Education campaign is a year-long effort to highlight why public schools are essential to developing the future generations that will maintain our country’s status as a world leader.

    The campaign is designed to facilitate deliberate conversations and strong, meaningful actions on the efforts to bolster our schools to best support the students they serve. We will work to reframe the current national dialogue on public education to highlight the critical role public schools play as the bedrock of our civic society and their work to prepare students to be successful, contributing members of their local, national, and global communities.

  • 20 Oct 2017 10:19 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)


    We’re celebrating National Media Literacy Week with a free informational webinar on Monday, November 6th

    From the Media Literacy Now Rhode Island Steering Committee,

    Pam Steager, Media Education Lab

    Amanda Murphy, Westerly High School

    Mary Moen, University of Rhode Island

    Brien Jennings, Narragansett Elementary School

    Renee Hobbs, University of Rhode Island

    Lori Huntley, West Warwick High School

    Michael Trofi, West Warwick Warwick Public Schools

    Mark Garceau, Superintendent, Westerly Public Schools

    Erin McNeill, Media Literacy Now

  • 14 Oct 2017 10:22 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    You may recall the presentation by Evan Glasson from the American Reading Company at our May 2017 Annual Meeting. As part of our sponsorship agreement Evan is offering complimentary colloquia on literacy which RISSA is hosting at our Post Road Office - Please pass this along to your district personnel - space will be limited and registrations will be on first come basis. Thanks in advance is supporting one of RISSA's great sponsors.



    Complimentary Literacy Colloquia

    Thursday, October 19





    New England Tech, Suite 330

    2480 Post Rd | Warwick, RI 02886






    Morning Session – Early Literacy
    Thursday, October 19 | 9:00–11:00 AM

    Maximize the Potential of Early Literacy




    Why wait until third grade? All students can be reading on or beyond grade level by the end of first grade. Learn how! During this session, participants will:

    • Explore the effects of early literacy development
    • Consider systems and practices that promote robust early literacy instruction and intervention
    • Identify next steps for immediate action


    Register for Morning Session




    Afternoon Session – Integrated Balanced Literacy

    Thursday, October 19 | 12:00–2:00 PM

    From Balanced Literacy to Transformative Literacy




    The two most powerful instructional design factors for improving reading motivation and comprehension are giving students access to many books and letting them choose what to read. Unfortunately, most basal reading programs offer an insufficient volume of texts to build fluency and comprehension and do not build students' independence, expertise, and knowledge. During this session, participants will:

    • Explore the components of an effective integrated balanced literacy block
    • Understand how to build students' background knowledge through teacher read-alouds, small-group instruction, and high-volume independent reading and writing
    • Design an integrated literacy block for their schools
    • Walk through a model of a K–8 balanced literacy curriculum that received an All Green review from EdReports


    Register for Afternoon Session




    You may attend one or both sessions. Each session is limited to 25 attendees. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.






    For more information, please contact:

    Evan Glasson

    Account Manager, American Reading Company | 603-391-7805


2480 Post Road, Warwick, RI  02886

Mailing Address:  PO Box 7791, Warwick, RI  02887

(p) 401.272.9811, Press 3
(f) 401.272.9834
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