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PrepareRI Newsletter:

October 2018

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WELCOME message

Thanks so much to all of the educators, industry partners, and community leaders who joined us for the third PrepareRI Summit, “College and Career Work-Based Learning Opportunities for All,” on Saturday, October 13, at Rhode Island College. We had more than 300 people in attendance on a Saturday, volunteering their time to learn more and engage with us on topics that are important to students and their futures.

Resources and materials from the 14 breakout sessions can be found on the Summit webpage. Photos, videos, and quotes from the day can be found in the Summit press release and on PrepareRI’s social media channels. Explore all of the great social content and join the conversation with the hashtag #PrepareRI.

If you attended the Summit, please take our quick post-Summit survey, so we can continue to improve our programming.

The turnout, and your continued support, is a testament to the momentum behind Prepare Rhode Island. We want all students to know that if you have the passion, we have a pathway. With you as our partners in this work, more students than ever will have opportunities to pursue those passions and pathways.

                                                                                    --PrepareRI Core Team

Opening keynote at the 2018 fall PrepareRI Summit

Opening keynote at the 2018 fall PrepareRI Summit



Join an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Vendor Day

RIDE invites schools to join the ILP Platform Vendor Day on Friday, November 2, at Roger Williams University's Providence Campus, floor 3, One Empire Street, Providence RI. 

The Vendor Day follows the release of a menu of ILP vendor options and implementation toolkit in Spring 2018.  As outlined with the release, the focus of RIDE efforts will now be to assist schools and districts in selecting appropriate vendor models for their students and support quality and integrated implementation. 

The day has been divided into two sessions:

  • Session One (8:15am - 1pm) will provide an introduction to all vendors for schools and districts that have not yet chosen a platform for their ILP. The goal of this session is to provide schools and districts with enough information to enable their teams to make this decision. Schools will have the opportunity to hear from each ILP provider.

  • Session Two (1:30pm - 4pm) will provide an opportunity for schools and districts that have chosen a platform to explore how to implement the tool in support of local and state goals.  Schools and districts will get a chance to see vendors demonstrate how their product can be used in specific examples from the state model scope and sequence.

Please RSVP here for either the morning or afternoon ILP Vendor session. For questions regarding the Individual Learning Plan vendor menu or implementation toolkit, please contact

 Educators invited to apply to join RIDE as High School Design Fellow

RIDE is seeking an innovative educator and leader to serve as a High School Design Fellow. This fellow will assist RIDE and the Rhode Island State Office of Innovation in supporting innovation in Rhode Island high schools as we aim to make sure every child graduates on a pathway that prepares them for college and career success. We are seeking candidates who believe that we must elevate the voice of families, educators and the adults closest to our children if we want them to reach their full potential. Please share this opportunity with those within your in your network and those who believe may be interested. We’re excited to expand this new initiative and to support your efforts to accomplish these goals in the upcoming school year. More to come.

To learn more about the fellow position and about how to apply, please review the job description posted on RIDE’s website. If you have any questions about the application materials or about the fellowship, please contact

RIDE also posted two other new positions in October:

  • Director, Office of Data and Technology Services

  • Associate Director, Statewide Efficiencies

Check out the RIDE Employment site for a list of all current opportunities.

Apply for AdvanceCTE’s annual award

Do you think you have one of the best Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study in the nation? Apply for the 2019 Excellence in Action award from the national non-profit AdvanceCTE to showcase the amazing work of your learners, instructors and faculty.

In its sixth year, this national award honors programs of study across the 16 Career Clusters that exemplify excellence in the implementation of the Career Clusters, show a true progression from secondary to postsecondary education, provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities, and have a substantial and evidence-based impact on student achievement and success.


RIDE launching a contest for students to design seals for Council Designations

Council Designations are a new feature to the Rhode Island Diploma System.They are a mechanism for students to personalize their diploma credentials, externally validate achievement and allow for public recognition of specific skills. We invite students across Rhode Island to design the emblems for the newly adopted Council Designations, including Pathway Endorsements.  Beginning with the graduating class of 2021, student-designed Council Designation emblems will be applied to students’ diplomas and transcripts across Rhode Island.

Individually, or through classes and clubs, Rhode Island students are welcome to submit their designs for each of the Council Designations within the contest guidelines described at  The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2018.

Prepare ri in the news

For those who attended the Summit, you got to hear from Dr. Andre Perry, a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an education policy expert. Dr. Perry recently contributed a piece to The Hechinger Report and gave a shout-out to the work happening in Rhode Island. He credits PrepareRI, and the Internship Program, in particular, with giving students the kinds of experiences and exposing them to the kinds of relationships that will position them to be successful in the future.

Huge kudos go to North Providence High School, which has doubled its P-TECH enrollment and is in the process of scaling up a Marine Trades program for its students. The growth and success at NPHS was highlighted by The Valley Breeze. The article quotes Melissa Caffrey, director of the P-TECH program there, who pointed out that kids as young as 15 are sitting in college courses. “The model provides multiple opportunities for kids to take on high school, college, and career all at the same time.”

PrepareRI is about preparing students for college and career, and Rhode Island made headlines again recently for a related program that will help make college more accessible for low-income students. Supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the College Board, the Rhode2College Program is designed to motivate high-achievement students from low- and moderate-income households to take the steps necessary to prepare for an enroll in college. Over their last two years of high school, participating Rhode2College Scholars can earn up to $2,000 in short- and long-term payments to help towards college as they complete key college preparation milestones. Learn more at

To learn more about PrepareRI in the news visit PrepareRI News and Press.


Events & Deadlines

ILP Vendor Day

  • What: RIDE will assist schools and districts in selecting appropriate ILP vendor models for their students.

  • When: Friday, November 2. Session 1 is 8:15 - 1; Session 2 is 1:30 - 4.

  • Where: Roger Williams University - Providence Campus, Floor 3, One Empire St., Providence, RI

  • More info: See above for description. RSVP here. Contact


JA Inspire Career Fair

  • What: Hands-on career exploration for 8th grade students.  RI employers from high-wage/high-demand industries, Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and postsecondary education programs will lead students in industry-related, hands-on activities.

  • When:  Wednesday, December 5 & Thursday, December 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

  • Where: RI Convention Center

  • More info: Visit or contact if you are a business interesting in exhibiting or a school interested in having your 8th graders participate.


PrepareRI Internship Program 2019

  • What: The PrepareRI Internship Program provides paid summer internships with top employers for high school juniors.  The program is funded by the Governor’s Workforce Board and managed by Skills for Rhode Island’s Future

  • Eligibility: Students must be 16+, Rhode Island residents, and current high school juniors attending a Rhode Island public school.

  • Application Information: The online application will go live on December 3, 2018 and will be due on February 1, 2019. The application will be available at

  • More Info: Visit for more information, and contact if you would like Skills for RI’s Future to come to your school and present on the opportunity to your students.

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