College Readiness Project Summer Working Group

The PrepareRI College Readiness Project represents a strategic partnership between K-12 education and Rhode Island’s colleges and universities to ensure that every student graduates from high school ready to enroll in credit-bearing coursework on a path to on-time college completion.  We are looking for a small number of schools interested in piloting a fourth-year transitional math course for students, and we are looking for interested math faculty to participate in the summer working group developing that plan. If you are interested in learning more about the project, know a school that would be a good fit for the pilot, or if you are interested in the summer working group, please contact Liz Texeira at Elizabeth.texeira@ride.ri.gov.

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Wendy Wallace
P-TECH Newport

As she completed her first month in the role, new Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green traveled the state to visit several PrepareRI-related schools, including PTECH Newport. The Newport Daily News followed her on her visit, which included her first podcast interview with two CTE students. 

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Wendy Wallace
XQ+RI Grant Winners

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has released the names of 20 public high school community teams that will form the planning cohort for the groundbreaking partnership of XQ+RI: Rhode Island’s XQ Challenge. For more information, including a list of the awardees, read the full press release.

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Wendy Wallace
New Pathways: Rhode Island schools embrace P-TECH initiative (East Side Monthly)

Education is an ever-changing landscape and, in order to ensure that schools are meeting the new and more advanced needs of the world that students will inhabit as adults, institutions have sought to modify their approaches to learning and teaching. One of the more exciting and successful programs to reach Rhode Island in recent years is the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) initiative, which has been in place in the state for a little over two years.

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Meg Geoghegan
A Toast to STEAM (Warwick Beacon)

Stefan Pryor, director of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, raises his glass of Apponaug Brewery stout Tuesday night at the recently opened brew pub at the Pontiac Mills to toast STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Month. It couldn’t have been more fitting, as his audience was all Wavemaker Fellows. Under the program run by Commerce, the Wavemaker Fellowship provides a financial incentive for graduates pursuing a career or starting a business in Rhode Island in technology, engineering, design and other key sectors, by defraying student loan payments for up to four years.

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Meg Geoghegan
‘Education pioneers’: R.I. Ed. Commissioner meets with local PTECH students (Newport Daily News)

Ken Wagner, state education commissioner, sat in on a class comprised of both PTECH and CCRI students on Tuesday morning. His visit came on the heels of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s issuance of a proclamation on Monday related to educational and economical development in the STEAM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, art and math.

The governor and state agency leaders are visiting establishments across the state to tout the programs that will support the growth of STEAM disciplines.

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Meg Geoghegan
Raimondo Declares March As 'STEAM Month' (Patch)

Governor Gina Raimondo issued a proclamation Monday declaring March as "STEAM Month" in Rhode Island. The move reinforces the focus on STEAM learning: science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Public events will be held by members of the governor's cabinet on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

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Meg Geoghegan
XQ+RI partnership seeks to shape classroom of the future (Warwick Beacon)

Earlier in February, the governor’s office and RIDE announced plans for XQ+RI. It is an unprecedented collaborative partnership between Rhode Island and XQ, an organization that strives to find ways to modernize American education. The partnership will seek to unlock the secrets of how to engage a new generation of high school students and better prepare them for the rapidly changing world.

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Meg Geoghegan
GUEST VIEW: State partnership to create better career pathways (Newport Daily News)

Rushie Vilane from the Woonsocket P-TECH program plans to be the first in her family to go to college. Christopher Bove from Middletown High School called the PrepareRI Internship the most rewarding experience of his life. Thanks to her coursework in computer science, Tatyana Frost at The Met wants to be a role model for young women in STEAM.

So what would it look like if every high school student had that kind of story to tell?

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Meg Geoghegan