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PrepareRI Newsletter:

May 2018

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WELCOME message

The PrepareRI team has been working to share stories about how career pathways can make a difference in the lives of Rhode Island’s young people. We released a short video about school partnerships with Electric Boat and have been posting stories of students’ successes on the PrepareRI Facebook page. A few weeks ago, Rhode Island hosted the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) New Skills For Youth Convening, which gathered career pathway leaders from across the country to learn about Rhode Island’s work and share best practices. There have also been a number of news stories about PrepareRI across the state.

If you have a story of career pathways making a difference in a student’s life, we’d love to share it. Email us at

                                                                                    --PrepareRI Core Team



Final Reminder: Become a PrepareRI Ambassador

The application for the 2018-19 cohort of the PrepareRI Ambassador program is due Monday, May 21. The PrepareRI Ambassadors are a select group of education leaders who help guide PrepareRI’s implementation. The Ambassadors come from different parts of Rhode Island’s education landscape, such as district leaders, principals, school administrators, teachers, college professors, and community leaders. They use their unique perspective and skills to advise the PrepareRI team, create resources and trainings to help their colleagues, and serve as spokespeople for PrepareRI.

Ambassadors continue to work full-time in their previous roles and receive a $5,000 stipend to compensate them for their additional work with PrepareRI. We plan to significantly expand the size of the Ambassador program for the upcoming year, including launching a new District Ambassador track designed to amplify and spread best practices from school districts and charter management organizations.

The Ambassador application can be found at and involves submitting a resume, recommendation letter, and short essay. If you have questions, please contact


Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Toolkit Released

The PrepareRI Action Plan identifies the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) as a central tenant of personalization and a tool that has the potential to be a meaningful and intentional facilitator and connector of career exploration and academic study throughout a student’s middle and high school experience. In fall 2017, RIDE issued a request for proposals for vendors that could provide comprehensive ILP system and curriculum.  A review team, supported by a number of school and district staff serving as technical advisors, considered vendor proposals. The final menu includes four different vendor options that schools and/or districts can choose from as they implement or revise the ILP programs for their students.

It is a goal of PrepareRI that by the 2020-2021 academic year all schools will have either adopted an ILP system from the state-vetted menu or developed their own ILP system and curriculum model that meets the state’s expectations. To make this a reality, RIDE has worked with stakeholders to develop new resources and tools, including the release of a menu of turn-key ILP system and curriculum solutions that is now available. 

The Individual Learning Plan Toolkit includes:

  • Information regarding the menu of state-vetted ILP options,
  • The RI ILP Framework,
  • The RI ILP Scope & Sequence and Curriculum Model, and
  • ILP School and District Adoption Success Plan Templates. 

Register for an ILP state-vetted vendor informational webinar:

For questions about the vendor options or implementation process, please email or


CTE Board Approves New Standards for IT and Arts

As part of the PrepareRI Action Plan, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Board of Trustees is approving new standards for CTE programs in the state. These standards were created by businesses working in partnership with schools, and are designed to ensure that every student who completes a CTE program earns a credential valued by Rhode Island employers. The standards approved in the April CTE Board meeting included two new IT standards and 10 new arts standards. You can find these standards in the updated CTE Board Standards full document or summary table. Learn more on the PrepareRI CTE page.


Governor's Workforce Board approves Real Skills for Youth Grants

The Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) has approved 10 strategic partnerships between industry, K-12 schools, and community-based organizations to develop and implement high-quality paid work-based learning experiences and career readiness programming for youth (ages 14-24) through the new Real Skills for Youth program.  More information can be found on the GWB website.


Advanced Course Network student registration open for Summer and Fall 2018 courses

RIDE is excited to announce that for the first time the Advanced Course Network (ACN) will be offering summer courses, beginning in summer 2018. Registration is now open for both Summer and Fall courses on The ACN is designed to help Rhode Island schools create opportunities for public school students to identify, pursue and realize their post-high school path. Enriching experiences with advanced coursework help students get a head start on post-secondary success, master the skills required of a lifelong learner, and be prepared for jobs in sectors critical to Rhode Island’s future prosperity.

More information can be found on Questions about the ACN can be directed to


Listing of Internship opportunities

PrepareRI is launching a new internship program this summer, but there are a limited number of spots available. To help students find other opportunities, PrepareRI created a new resource to help students find work-based learning opportunities across Rhode Island. The online database includes opportunities in volunteering, academic development, leadership, art and culture, mentoring, and more. Since this is a public resource, it is accessible to students, families, schools, and organizations. Students and teachers can view all opportunities or narrow down the list by searching names, categories, and locations.

View the interactive internship listing map or a spreadsheet version. If you would like to add an opportunity listing, please complete the Google form found here


CS4RI Supports and Workshops

SCRIPT Workshops and planning tools guide district staff in the creation of CS4RI implementation plans that reflect the unique needs and goals of any school district and also align to CS4RI values. This is a hands-on, active participation workshop to empower district and school teams to answer the "WHY should we teach computer science?" question; to value different perspectives; and to equip districts with tools and supports for prioritizing and decision making at the local level.

Two workshops are scheduled for August to guide district teams in the understanding of the standards and creation of thoughtful K-12 CS pathways. The links below provide further information and registration:


Upcoming CS4RI Professional Development
As the momentum in Rhode Island continues, CS4RI is pleased to provide no cost professional development for educators this spring and summer. CS4RI's matrix partners all provide professional development and standards-aligned CS curriculum to be implemented in all grade levels. There are still seats available on a first come, first serve basis for many of partners including Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Bootstrap. To register for professional development and for more information about the various opportunities, visit the website.



GWB Career Pathways Advisory Committee (CPAC): May Meeting

  • What: The Governor's Workforce Board Career Pathways Advisory Committee will meet to discuss career exploration, CTE data, and the state’s postsecondary plan.  
  • When: Wednesday, May 16th, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School, 50 Jenckes Hill Rd., Lincoln, RI 02865
  • More info: Contact 


CTE Board: May Meeting

  • What: The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Board of Trustees will meet to discuss important career education matters. Topics for the May meeting include reviewing proposals for new CTE programs.
  • When: Friday, May 18, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: William M. Davies, Jr. Career &Technical High School, 50 Jenckes Hill Rd., Lincoln, RI 02865
  • More info: Contact


Career Exploration Pop-Up by Inventing Heron

  • What: High school students explore and discover their career interests, learn about internship opportunities, and get help with their resumes
  • When: Friday, May 18th, 2:30-6:30pm
  • Where: Ada Books, 717 Westminster St, Providence
  • More info:   


Deadline: PrepareRI Ambassador applications due


Deadline: RIDE will announce CTE Innovation & Equity Grant winners


CTE Board: June Meeting

  • What: The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Board of Trustees will meet to discuss important career education matters. Topics for the June meeting include reviewing proposals for new CTE programs.
  • When: Tuesday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: Tides, Warwick Area Career & Technical Center, Building 5, 575 Centerville Road, Warwick, RI 02886
  • More info: Contact



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