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PrepareRI Newsletter:

April 2018

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WELCOME message

March was an action-packed month for PrepareRI. On March 19, RIDE Commissioner Ken Wagner delivered his annual State of Education address, where he emphasized the importance of PrepareRI’s efforts to build career pathways. We hosted the PrepareRI Summit on March 24, which gathered over 300 leaders from across the state to discuss PrepareRI. Just a few days later, the Junior Achievement Inspire Career Fair (supported by the Governor's Workforce Board and PrepareRI) gathered thousands of 8th graders to explore the different career options available to them. Finally, last week Governor Raimondo kicked off the PrepareRI Internship Program.

PrepareRI has bold goals for improving the lives of Rhode Island youth, and—as the busy calendar suggests—we are working hard to make those goals a reality. We believe Rhode Island can be a national leader in building career pathways for young people. Perhaps it should not be a surprise that the Council of Chief State School Officers decided to host its national New Skills For Youth (NSFY) Convening in Rhode Island. The Convening will be held in Providence on April 24-25, and will gather career pathway leaders from across the country. We intend to use this opportunity to share PrepareRI’s successes with other states, and bring national best practices to our work in Rhode Island.

                                                                                    --PrepareRI Core Team



Final Reminder: PrepareRI Internship application is due this Sunday (April 15)

Do you know a high school junior looking for a PAID summer job? The PrepareRI Internship Program offers paid summer internships for Rhode Island public high school students (open to current juniors who will be entering the 12th grade next year). Students will be able to gain valuable work experience with top employers such as Electric Boat, Citizens Bank, Hasbro, FM Global, Bank of America, Amgen and more! 

Applications are due this Sunday, April 15th. To learn more and apply online, visit If you are a school representative and want to get a count of the number of students from your district that have submitted an application, please email


Applications for the 2018-19 PrepareRI Ambassador cohort opens this week

The application for the 2018-19 cohort of the PrepareRI Ambassador program will open on Thursday, April 12. 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, community leaders, and others. 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 track" designed to amplify and spread best practices from school districts and charter management organizations.

The Ambassador application will be posted at on April 12. The submission deadline is May 21, and Ambassadors would serve during the 2018-19 school year.


PrepareRI Summit materials and Annual Report available online

The fall PrepareRI Summit was held on March 24, and was a great success: more than 300 education leaders from across the state gathered to discuss building career pathways for young people. If you were unable to make it, you can still view all the resources and materials from the Summit. You can also read the PrepareRI Annual Report, which provides an overview of PrepareRI and shares student outcomes data.


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 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 Advanced Course Network can be directed to


Updates on RIDE’s process for approving new CTE programs

RIDE is currently reviewing 2017-2018 Career and Technical Education (CTE) applications for program approval. RIDE received a total of 59 applications from 26 different schools—a dramatic and exciting increase over previous years.

All schools that submitted an application should receive an update on their application status on April 20 that includes a draft evaluation for their application. RIDE staff will also be reaching out to schedule a site visit to occur in May for all traditional applications. RIDE staff will provide a process update on the CTE program Approval Process at the April meeting of the CTE Board of Trustees on April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Regional Career & Technical Center @ Coventry High School, 40 Reservoir Road, Coventry, RI 02816.

If you have any further questions pertaining to the CTE program approval process and timeline, please reach out to


CTE Innovation & Equity Grant application window closed

The application for RIDE’s CTE Innovation & Equity Grant closed on March 30. RIDE is currently reviewing applications, and plans on announcing the winners at the CTE Board of Trustees meeting on May 18. If you have questions about RIDE’s review process, please contact



CTE Board: April Meeting

  • What: The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Board of Trustees will meet to discuss important career education matters. Topics for the April meeting include: the inter-district funding formula proposal, approval process for new CTE programs, researchers’ recommendations about CTE accountability metrics, and proposed changes in teacher certification.
  • When:  Friday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Where:  The Regional Career & Technical Center @ Coventry High School, 40 Reservoir Road, Coventry, RI 02816
  • More info: Contact


Career Pathways Advisory Committee (CPAC): April Meeting

  • What: Public meeting of the Career Pathways Advisory Committee (CPAC) of the Governor's Workforce Board. Topics for the April meeting include: reviewing PrepareRI’s baseline data on equity in Rhode Island’s career pathway programs, and discussing PrepareRI’s career exploration plans.
  • When: Wednesday, 4/18, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Department of Labor and Training – Room 73-1, 1511 Pontiac Ave, Cranston, RI
  • More info: Contact


#TURNUPRI Youth Summit

  • What: The #TURNUPRI Youth Summit is a free two-day career exploration and leadership conference for Rhode Island middle and high school students, during their spring vacation, hosted in Downtown Providence.
  • When: Wednesday & Thursday, April 18th & 19th
  • Where: Roger Williams University – Providence Campus, 1 Empire St., Providence, RI
  • More info:


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

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