PrepareRI Fall Summit:

College and Career Work-Based Learning Opportunities for All

Saturday, October 13, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Rhode Island College - Gaige Hall, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02908

See below for the full agenda and schedule


What is the Summit?

This Summit – jointly sponsored by the Governor’s Workforce Board, the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, and the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – had a focus on strengthening the Ocean State’s capacity to provide our young people with the opportunities they need to be college and career ready.


Summit Goals

  • Build a network of champions committed to connecting secondary and postsecondary career pathways for in school and out of school youth in Rhode Island, especially youth from underrepresented populations.

  • Highlight promising practices and programs in career pathways.

  • Understand Rhode Island employers’ needs and hear their perspectives on high-quality work-based learning in key industries.

By 2020, 70% of jobs generated in Rhode Island will require education beyond a high school diploma, and many of these new opportunities will be in STEAM-related fields. Today, just 47% of Rhode Islanders have any type of post-high-school degree or credential. This gap suggests that our state still lacks education pathways to best prepare Rhode Islanders for industries with the most promise for job opportunities and growth.

College & Career Opportunities for All

Overview of the day


Breakfast and Registration

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Gaige Hall Lobby


Welcome and Plenary

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Gaige Hall Auditorium

Welcoming Remarks

  • Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier, Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner

  • Commissioner Ken Wagner, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  • President Frank Sanchez, Rhode Island College

  • Keynote Speaker: Andre Perry

Andre Perry is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Of particular note, Perry’s recent scholarship at Brookings has analyzed majority-black places and institutions in America, focusing on highlighting valuable assets worthy of increased investment.

 Andre Perry

Andre Perry

Prior to his work at Brookings, Perry has been a founding dean, professor, award-winning journalist, and activist in the field of education. In 2015, Perry served on Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edward’s K-12 education transition committee, as well as New Orleans Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu’s transition team as its co-chair for education in 2010. In 2013, Perry founded the College of Urban Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI. Preceding his stint in Michigan, he was an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of New Orleans and served as CEO of the Capital One-University of New Orleans Charter Network.

Since 2013, Perry’s column on educational equity has appeared in the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization focused on producing in-depth education journalism. Perry also contributes to TheRoot.comand the Washington Post. Perry’s views, opinions and educational leadership have been featured on CNN, PBS, National Public Radio, The New Republic and NBC. Perry’s academic writings have concentrated on race, structural inequality, and urban schools. For the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Perry co-authored School by School: The Transformation of New Orleans Public Education in "Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita," published by Brookings Institution Press. Perry also co-authored in "The Transformation of New Orleans Public Schools: Addressing System-Level Problems without a System," published by the Data Center of New Orleans. He also co-authored the chapter Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform published on Harvard University Press. Along with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Perry co-authored the report, PLACE MATTERS for Health in Orleans Parish: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Perry earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland College Park.


Breakout Sessions

9:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Gaige Hall

Each session lasts 1 hour.  There will be a 15 minute break between each session and before the Closing Lunch.  See below for session times and room locations. Attendees chose which three sessions they want to attend on the registration page.

Session 1 & 2 Topics

  • 1. Opportunity Youth: What We Know & Sharing of Best Practices

    • Presentation of an overview/report that details information on who the state’s Opportunity Youth are including key demographics, where they are located, and the services that are available to them.

    • Sharing of best practices and lessons learned from around the country.

    • Sharing of best practices and lessons learned by a local organization who works with Opportunity Youth.

    • Session Leaders:

      • Heather Hudson, Executive Director, Governor’s Workforce Board

      • Cara Harrison (Governor’s Office)

    • Session Time:

      • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Room 201

    • Materials:

  • 2. Work-Based Learning Best Practices

    • Implementing high-quality work-based learning in the classroom

    • Session Leader:

      • Michelle Maktilla, PrepareRI Ambassador and advisor at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center

    • Recommended for:

      • CTE directors/teachers, career coordinators, high school educators

    • Session Times:

      • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Room 200

      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Room 200

    • Materials:

  • 3. Exemplary Postsecondary Internships: A Conversation with Industry Groups and Practitioners

  • 4. CTE College Readiness and Credit

    • Presentation of data on how many secondary CTE students take industry recognized assessments, how many pass, and how many get credit.

    • Presentation of CCRI process of review and credit articulation pertaining to secondary CTE programs.

    • Session Leaders:

    • Recommended for:

      • CTE directors and teachers, or other school/district personnel supporting CTE programs

      • College faculty, staff, and administrators.

    • Session Times:

      • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Room 203

      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Room 203

    • Materials:

  • 5. How CTE Can Lead to Apprenticeship

    • Learn from Rhode Island’s own national apprenticeship expert Andrew Cortes on how to improve the transition of your high school CTE students to postsecondary education and employment through Apprenticeships.

    • Participants will be able to articulate ways that their own CTE program may connect to pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship models that provide valuable experiences for their students.

    • Session Leader:

      • Andrew Cortes, Executive Director, Apprenticeship Rhode Island

    • Recommended for:

      • District and school leaders, High school CTE educators and administrators

    • Session Time:

      • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Room 102

  • 6. Equitable Practices for Postsecondary Internships: How and Why to Create and Leverage High-Quality Internships for Credit and for Pay

    • Share report of data on equity gaps that exist in postsecondary internship participation within Rhode Island’s institutions of higher education.

    • Sharing of URI survey data on student employment.

    • SENEDIA Internship program: NeQter Labs and CCRI.

    • Sharing of best practices to increase equity within postsecondary internships.

    • Facilitated discussion about proposed pathways as well as the ways that the state can more effectively support under-served students in attaining an internship.

    • Session Leaders:

      • Jonathan Steele, Assistant Director of Career Placement, Community College of Rhode Island

      • Sydney Loiselle, Graduate Assistant, Career Development Center, Rhode Island College

      • Sarah Miller, Assistant Director of Experiential Education, University of Rhode Island

      • Kelsey Baxter, Communications, Member Relations and Policy Assistant, Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Rhode Island

      • Kim Stack, Director, Center for Career and Experiential Learning, University of Rhode Island

      • Kristina Moyet, Associate Director, Academic Programming and Assessment, Talent Development, University of Rhode Island

      • Patrick Colantonio, Lead Sales Engineer, NeQter Labs

      • John Mowry, Associate Professor of Engineering and Technology, Community College of Rhode Island

      • Omar Reyes, admissions officer at Rhode Island College, PrepareRI Equity Ambassador

      • Martin Quirk, Postsecondary Policy Specialist, Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner

    • Recommended for:

      • College faculty, staff, and administrators

      • Community Groups

      • Employers/industry

    • Session Time:

      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Room 202

    • Materials:

  • 7. PrepareRI Internship Program and Connecting with Skills for RI’s Future

    • Learn more about the PrepareRI Internship program, Skills for RI’s Future and the resources and employer connections they can provide.

    • Session Leader:

      • Nina Pande, Executive Director, Skills for RI’s Future

    • Recommended for:

      • Educators, career coordinators, CTE directors/teachers

      • Employers/industry

    • Session Time:

      • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Room 106

    • Materials:

  • 8. Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the Year Ahead

    • Learn about how PrepareRI is improving and supporting CTE in the year ahead. Topics include: aligning to the CTE Board Standards, expanding work-based learning, measuring student outcomes, the new tuition formula, and previewing the new program approval process.

    • Session Leaders:

      • Steve Osborn, Chief of Innovation, RIDE

      • Paul McConnell, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE

      • Joe Mazzone, PrepareRI Ambassador and CTE instructor at Davies Career and Technical High School

    • Recommended for:

      • CTE directors and teachers, or other school/district personnel supporting CTE programs

    • Session Times:

      • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Room 205

      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Room 205

    • Materials:

  • 9. Career Exploration

    • How to help students, particularly those in middle school and early high school, discover their passions and learn about potential careers.

    • Session Leaders:

      • Nicole Smith, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE

      • Cali Cornell, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE

      • Onna Holland, School Counseling Fellow, RIDE and former RISCA President

      • Stacy Haines-Mayne, PrepareRI Ambassador and Student Support Specialist, Exeter-West Greenwich

    • Recommended for:

      • School counselors

      • Middle school faculty/administrators

    • Session Time:

      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Room 201

    • Materials:

  • 10. Implementing a Meaningful, Integrated Individual Learning Plan (ILP)

    • How to use implement a ILP system in your school that meets RIDE’s regulations and serves students.

    • Session Leaders:

      • Nicole Smith, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE

      • Cali Cornell, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE

      • Onna Holland, School Counseling Fellow, RIDE and former RISCA President

      • Stacy Haines-Mayne, PrepareRI Ambassador and Student Support Specialist, Exeter-West Greenwich

      • Ann Cedergren, PrepareRI Ambassador and guidance teacher leader at Nathanael Greene Middle School

    • Recommended for:

      • School counselors

    • Session Time:

      • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Room 207

    • Materials:

  • 11. PrepareRI Data: RI’s Career Pathways Landscape

    • Sharing new data about the current state of Rhode Island’s career pathways landscape.

    • Session Leaders:

      • Jessica Bailey, PrepareRI Ambassador and senior research associate at the Education Development Center

      • Ellen Cushing, Senior Research & Policy Analyst, American Institutes for Research

      • Spencer Sherman, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE

    • Recommended for all.

    • Session Times:

      • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Room 204

      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Room 204

    • Materials:

  • 12. Supporting Students with Disabilities in the Transition to College and Career

    • Learn about how to better prepare students with disabilities for career pathways. This session will discuss the supports available in high school, college, and the transition between the two.

    • Session Leaders:

      • Cindy Van Avery, PrepareRI Ambassador and director of transition and vocational services at the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative

      • Keri Rossi-D’entremont, PrepareRI Ambassador and director of disability services at Rhode Island College

    • Recommended for:

      • Special education faculty, directors, and counselors in both high school and college

    • Session Time:

      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Room 207

    • Materials:

  • 13. CS4RI District SCRIPT Workshop Follow-up

    • Fifteen districts across the state gathered as teams of educators and administrators to create Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) implementation plans that adhere to CS4RI values and reflect the unique needs and goals of each school district. This is a hands-on, active participation workshop empowering district and school teams to answer the "WHY" question, valuing different perspectives, and equipping districts with tools and supports for prioritization and decision-making at the local level. This is an opportunity for CS4RI Districts to gather to continue the conversation, check in on goal progress, and overall implementation. It is also an opportunity to find out how your district can attend upcoming SCRIPT workshops.

    • Session Leaders:

      • Victor Fay-Wolfe, Professor of Computer Science, University of Rhode Island

      • Holly Walsh, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE

      • Carol Giuriceo, Director, Rhode Island STEAM Center @ Rhode Island College

      • Andrea Russo, Microsoft TEALS Regional Manager

      • Karen Bryer, AmeriCorp Vista, Office of Innovation

    • Recommended for:

      • School/District teams that attended the summer SCRIPT Workshops

    • Session Time:

      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Room 102

    • Materials:

  • 14. Work-Based Learning in the K-8 Classroom

    • Learn how to create relevant and authentic learning opportunities for our younger students. Participants will be able to Identify key characteristics that bring work-based learning to the K-8 classroom and explore how to revise current lessons and units to include these features.

    • Session Leader:

      • Erin Conley, TIMES2 Institute Director

    • Recommended for:

      • K-8 educators, administrators and curriculum leaders

    • Session Time:

      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Room 106

    • Materials:

Session 3 Topics

All topics are round-table discussions that bring together K-12 and postsecondary educators/career coordinators, and representatives from major industries in Rhode Island, to foster a conversation around career pathways. See below for session times and room locations.

  • 1. Agriculture, Nursery, and Landscape

    • Facilitated by: Shannon Brawley, RI Nursery and Landscape Association

    • Session Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Room 106

    • Materials: Slide deck

  • 2. Construction

    • Facilitated by: Joe Caparco, New England Laborers Apprenticeship program

    • Session Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Room 201

  • 3. Defense

    • Facilitated by: Debbie Proffitt, Purvis Systems/Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA)

    • Session Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Room 202

    • Materials: Slide deck

  • 4. Design

    • Facilitated by: Lisa Carnevale, DesignxRI

    • Session Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Room 203

    • Materials: Slide deck

  • 5. Healthcare

    • Facilitated by: Alexis Devine, Lifespan

    • Session Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Room 200

    • Materials: Slide deck

  • 6. Hospitality

    • Facilitated by: Heather Singleton, RI Hospitality Association

    • Session Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Room 204

    • Materials: Slide deck

  • 7. IT, Computer Science, and Cybersecurity

    • Facilitated by: Linda Larsen, SENEDIA

    • Session Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Auditorium

    • Materials: Slide deck

  • 8. Marine Trades

    • Facilitated by: Jen Huber, RI Marine Trades Association

    • Session Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Room 102

    • Materials: Slide deck

  • 9. Wind Energy and Engineering

    • Facilitated by: Kristin Urbach, WindWin

    • Session Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Room 205

    • Materials: Slide deck


Closing Lunch

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Donovan Hall

Closing remarks: Heather Hudson, Executive Director, Governor’s Workforce Board


Thank you to the organizations whose funding has made this Summit possible!