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PrepareRI Newsletter:

January 2018

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WELCOME message

In Rhode Island, roughly 15% of students participate in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, and around 1,300 youth participated in a state-sponsored paid work-based learning experience this past summer. Rhode Island is committed to addressing inequities and to ensure that all students have access to career readiness opportunities, but we still have a lot of work to do.

PrepareRI is working to increase access to career readiness programming and we are excited about the opportunities described below for schools, school districts, employers, and other youth-serving organizations to help us prepare all students for college and career.  From grants for districts to promote equity in CTE, to opportunities for "Real Skills for Youth" partnerships to scale out work-based learning and career readiness programs, to incubating a Statewide Career Readiness Intermediary, we are making great strides to ensure that all youth are prepared for their futures.

                                                                                    --PrepareRI Core Team



RIDE announces $1M in competitive grants to promote equity in career education

RIDE and PrepareRI are launching a new grant program, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovation & Equity Grants, to help school districts provide underserved student populations expanded access to high-quality career preparation opportunities in priority industries. Local Education Agencies with plans to improve equity in their CTE programs can apply for grants of up to $150,000 over two years. The deadline is March 30, 2018.

Learn more about CTE Innovation & Equity grants at For questions, email


PrepareRI Summit scheduled for March 24

The PrepareRI Spring Summit will be held the morning of Saturday, March 24, 2018. Much like the successful PrepareRI Summit in October, the PrepareRI Spring Summit will bring together leaders from schools, businesses, and colleges to advance PrepareRI’s work. The objective of the Spring Summit is to provide stakeholders with new tools, training, and resources to fully implement PrepareRI for upcoming the 18-19 school year. Most sessions will focus on work-based learningcareer and technical education (CTE), and school counseling. The Summit is free and open to all.

More details—including a schedule, list of speakers, and registration information—will be announced in the coming weeks. If you have any questions in the interim, please visit or email


Solicitation for a Statewide Career Readiness Intermediary Released

The Governor's Workforce Board (GWB) released a Grant Solicitation for a Statewide Career Readiness Intermediary on January 8, 2018.

The purpose of this Grant Solicitation is to incubate an experienced entity or partnership of entities as a centralized statewide intermediary to support the expansion of K-12 career readiness activities, including paid internships, other work-based learning opportunities, and career exploration activities.  The intermediary will implement and scale out a high-quality internship program for high school students and will serve as a centralized coordinating body for the state to scale out career readiness activities in an efficient, demand-driven, and consistent way that meets employers' needs and is also aligned with the work of K-12 schools. The intermediary will act as a connector between employers and schools and/or other youth-serving organizations to place students in work-based learning and other career readiness activities.

See the GWB website or for more information.


Solicitation for Real Skills for Youth partnerships to be released this week

The Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) is issuing this Solicitation for Grant Proposals for qualified organizations to form strategic partnerships to develop and implement high-quality paid work-based learning experiences and career readiness programming for youth in Summer 2018 and/or academic year 2018-19.  The Governor’s Workforce Board “Real Skills for Youth” program will build off the long-standing Summer Youth Employment program to enhance and scale work-based learning opportunities for youth, and more tightly connect work-based learning to year-round career readiness programming, by supporting partnerships among educational institutions, employers, youth-serving organizations, and others.

See the GWB website for more information.


Application for new CTE programs is now open

The 2018 CTE Program Approval application is now available. Download the application or visit our CTE website for resources to help with the application process. If you have any questions, please email The application is due on March 2, 2018.

RIDE modified the CTE Program Approval application significantly for 2018 to make it simpler and easier to use. All the different application processes (Traditional, Innovative, and Nationally-Accredited) have been combined into one centralized document. In addition, RIDE condensed the application to avoid repetition across sections and standards. 


SurveyWorks is Underway!

SurveyWorks, Rhode Island’s school culture and climate survey, kicked off on January 16, and will run through March 30. During that window, educators, students, and families are invited to share their honest feedback on the quality of Rhode Island schools. Surveys cover everything from academic expectations for students, to the relevance of professional learning opportunities for educators, to the engagement of families in decision-making processes. This data is critical for school, district, and state leaders as we work collectively to improve public education and the experiences of all Rhode Island students.

Help us build momentum off last year’s successful SurveyWorks by joining the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #SurveyWorks! Together, we can make SurveyWorks a success in order to help improve our schools for all Rhode Island students and families.

Visit RIDE’s SurveyWorks page for more information.



Focus Grouping: How can we better prepare low-income students for success beyond high school?

RIDE is partnering with researchers at the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab (RIIPL) to explore:

  • How are RI high school students thinking about the future beyond high school?
  • What are good ways to communicate with and motivate students regarding their post-high school plans?

As part of this effort, RIIPL is organizing small-setting focus groups and seeking interested students, teachers, families, and administrators to participate. Focus groups will occur from January to March and participants will be compensated for their time. If you would like to know more, are interested in participating, or can connect us with potential participants, please contact



PrepareRI Spring Summit

  • What: The PrepareRI Spring Summit will bring together leaders from schools, businesses, and colleges to share resources and tools to advance PrepareRI.
  • When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Where: TBA
  • More More details will be announced in coming weeks.


Junior Achievement’s JA Inspire Career Exploration Fair

  • What: Junior Achievement (JA) will bring together RI employers from high-wage/high-demand industries and 8th grade students from Pawtucket, Providence and Central Falls middle schools who will participate in industry-related, hands-on activities.
  • When: Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: RI Convention Center
  • For more information and/or to register your company: Contact JoAnn Johnson at

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