Education

Henry Barnard School To Close

Rhode Island College (RIC) has announced that the Henry Barnard Laboratory School will be closing after 122 years. Henry Barnard, appointed as Rhode Island’s first education commissioner in 1842, understood the emerging educational requirements of the time. From the school’s history; When Barnard accepted his position in Rhode Island, he immediately began to campaign for …

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Free PreK Lottery — Apply Now

Attention toddlers: The Rhode Island Prekindergarten Program, entering its 11th year, provides free, high-quality prekindergarten classes to children selected in a lottery held in early July. To be eligible, children must be 4 years old by September 1, and be residents of one of the 11 cities or towns that have a state prekindergarten classroom. …

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Register Now — Prekindergarten Lottery

The Rhode Island Department of Education has just announced that applications are now available for its Prekindergarten Lottery. Ready to Learn Providence operates three of the programs and wants to get the word out about this fantastic statewide opportunity. The lottery is open to all residents where prekindergarten programs are located, regardless of income. The …

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‘American Promise’ At Cable Car

A ‘Q&A’ with “American Promise” directors Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson follows the Friday screening at 7pm and the Saturday noon and 6pm screenings at the Cable Car Cinema. A documentary 13 years in the making, American Promise provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the …

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Money Dollars Headed Our Way

Happy news for Providence for once — infusion of cash coming our way. First: Nabsys, a technology company working on “advances in life sciences and healthcare through strategic deployment of a novel positional sequencing platform with broad applicability for DNA analysis” will get an infusion of cash from three venture capital firms. According to today’s …

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Need Science Teachers? Waive The Education Courses

The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island schools are facing a shortage of science teachers (12.26.12). “Fifteen years ago, I would have had 20 students applying to become secondary science teachers,” says Paul Tiskus, chairman of the education studies department at Rhode Island College, which trains the majority of the state’s teachers. “Last year, we …

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Learning Community Fundraiser

(5.4) Head down to the Roots Café for the Get Smart! fundraiser, Join the Learning Community for an evening of classic cocktails, live music and a few smart surprises.  Get your secret agent on with a night out in support of one of Rhode Island’s most innovative public schools. Hors d’oeuvres, a groovy cash bar …

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Bell Street Concert Sunday — Help Send CMW Kids To Music Camp

The annual Fred Kelley Memorial Concert takes place this Sunday, April 3rd, at the Bell Street Chapel. Featured musicians will be Jesse Holstein on violin, Heath Marlow on cello, and Jeff Louie on piano, performing works by Franz Schubert, including the Rondo in B Minor for Violin and Piano and the Piano Trio No. 2 …

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Why Winter Is A Nightmare For Providence Youth — How You Can Help

Remember being a kid and jumping for joy when you saw the first snowflake of the season? The thrill of seeing beauty fall from the sky, the hope for snow days, and the desire to drop down and make snow angels returns to many this time of year. But for most of Providence youth, snow …

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Education Secretary Duncan Takes On Master’s Bonus Pay

Speaking to a presumably receptive audience at the American Enterprise Institute about how best to deploy dwindling education resources, Education Secretary Arne Duncan suggested that “master’s-degree bonuses [for teachers] are an example of something that doesn’t work.” More than a decade of research shows that money spent on these bonuses has little impact on student …

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