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  • 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

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

     please remind the Superintendents that they are invited to our GWB Board Retreat on October 19th at the Providence Marriott on Orms St, specifically the youth-focused session at 1:15-2:45pm?  The full agenda for the Retreat is below, as well as a link to register if they can please do that for attendance count purposes.






    Please join us

    for the

    Annual Board Retreat



    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Add to Calendar




    Providence Marriott Downtown

    One Orms Street

    Providence, Rhode Island


    Register Now!


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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