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Dr. Thomas DiPaola recipient of the 2015 Paul W. Crowley Award

04 Feb 2015 1:53 PM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

The Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association eighth annual Paul W. Crowley Award is awarded to Tom DiPaola Ph.D. Director of the Education Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson & Wales University. The presentation will take place in the State Room of the Rhode Island State House at 3:00 pm on March 4, 2015.

The PAUL CROWLEY AWARD is given each year by the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association to a Rhode Island citizen 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 Representative Paul Crowley throughout his career as a state representative from Newport. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving senior planning a career in education and graduating from a Rhode Island public high school to be selected by Dr. DiPaola.

Dr. DiPaola has a long history of being a passionate advocate for public education. He has been a leader in special education, education reform, and best practices through his work at the RI Department of Education, the Westerly Public Schools, and Johnson and Wales University.

Tom served as the Director of Special Education in Central Falls (1977-84), Pawtucket (1984-91) and Providence (1991-92. He was the Director of the Rhode Island Technical Assistance Project from 1991-2000 and assisted the late Representatives Sherlock and Crowley which resulted in reforming the special education process by focusing on early reading difficulties, common among many of the children who were entering the ‘system”.

Dr. DiPaola has served as an active member of the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association, Superintendent of the Westerly Public Schools, and State Director of Special Populations  at the Rhode Island Department of Education and remains one of the most respected leaders of public schools in our State. He is married to Nadine Champlin DiPaola.  He is also the parent of two children – son Chris who is the owner and operator of WBLQ radio in Westerly RI and daughter Jaime who is a military veteran specialist in student academic services at JWU.

Speakers at the presentation included Governor Raimondo, House and Senate Legislative leaders, and Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. The award will be presented by the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association President Kathleen Sipala, Superintendent of the Narragansett Schools.


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