PrepareRI Newsletter - Dec 2017: New resources, work-based learning, ILP updates

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Welcome to the PrepareRI team!

A little over a month ago, over 250 of us gathered together for the first-ever PrepareRI Summit. The event was a big success (you can read about it from press coverage or on social media), and it helped create the connections and conversations we need to build better career pathways for our young people. PrepareRI is a team effort, and all of you — representing Rhode Island’s schools, businesses, colleges, non-profits, government agencies, and families — are members of the PrepareRI Team.

Since we won’t have another PrepareRI Summit until spring 2018, we are launching monthly newsletters to keep all of you PrepareRI Team members informed and up-to-date in the meantime. This is the first PrepareRI newsletter.

PrepareRI is new, and we are always looking to get better. If you have feedback on any aspect of PrepareRI (including this newsletter), please contact us.

                                                    --The PrepareRI Core Team


News and Updates

New information for schools on the PrepareRI website

In response to feedback we got at the Fall Summit, we have added more information to the schools section of our website. Check it out at The site now includes pages and resources for work-based learningcareer educationcareer explorationcourse choiceIndividual Learning Plans, and Pathway Endorsements. You can also find PrepareRI one-pagers and brochures to share with co-workers here.


Office of Postsecondary Commissioner wins grant for work-based learning at colleges

The Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (OPC) is excited to announce that Rhode Island is one of six states competitively selected to participate in the National Governor Association’s (NGA) Center for Best Practices Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning! Work-based learning provides students with authentic work experiences where they can apply and develop employability and technical skills that support success in careers and postsecondary education. This partnership will aid Rhode Island in its pursuit to expand work-based learning opportunities, providing more of our postsecondary students with the skills they need for high-paying jobs. Learn more.


Work-based learning pilot launched

As part of the PrepareRI initiative, the Governor’s Workforce Board is piloting a statewide paid internship program with top Rhode Island employers to host 100 rising seniors for 8-10 week internships in Summer 2018.  An intermediary will help to prepare and match motivated students to high-quality work experiences in fields such as healthcare, technology, manufacturing, and financial services. 

Through this internship, students will be able to understand and experience the real world of work and develop and apply academic, technical, and professional skills.  Employers will be able to mentor and coach students to success, provide professional development opportunities for their staff, diversify their talent pool, and promote brand recognition.  The internship pilot is fully funded by the Governor’s Workforce board and is an integral part of the Governor's commitment to prepare all students for college and career through high-quality work-based learning experiences.  If you are an employer interesting in hosting high school interns, or an educator wanting to learn more about this opportunity for your students, please contact


New Individual Learning Plan (ILP) vendor proposals submitted

PrepareRI aims to ensure that all students' K-12 experience prepares them for their future career. This involves intentional planning, so all students should have a personalized Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to guide what courses and experiences they should seek out in school. To make the ILP process as easy as possible, RIDE issued a request for proposals this fall for ILP vendors that would provide a comprehensive ILP system and curriculum. (This recommendation came out of the spring 2017 workgroup.)

Currently, a review team supported by a number of school and district staff serving as technical advisors is considering ILP vendor proposals. This process will culminate in a menu of ILP vendors that schools and/or districts can choose from. We expect this menu will be complete in early spring and then will be followed by information sessions to help schools and districts implement the improved ILPs for the 2018-2019 school year. For more information, visit or


Take Action

Tell us when the PrepareRI Spring Summit should be

Please fill out this quick 2-question PrepareRI Spring Summit survey about when we should hold the next PrepareRI Summit. The Spring Summit is tentatively scheduled for April 6 or 7, 2018. However, we will choose a final date based on your feedback.


Are you an employer interested in hiring summer interns?

If you are an employer interesting in hosting high school interns for Summer 2018, please contact


Have best practices or resources you want to share?

While PrepareRI involves a number of important changes in RI's career pipeline, many great things are already happening in the state. If you have any resources that you think would help others implement PrepareRI, please contact us. Such resources might include: templates, policy documents, best practices, etc.


Upcoming Events

Computer Science for Rhode Island Summit

  • What: The CS4RI Summit aims to inspire the next generation of computer scientists, entrepreneurs, and engaged tech sector employees
  • When: Wednesday, December 13, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Ryan Center at URI
  • More info:


CPAC December Meeting

  • What: Public meeting of the Career Pathways Advisory Committee (CPAC) of the Governor's Workforce Board
  • When: Wednesday, December 14, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Lifespan, 335r Prairie Ave Suite 2b, Providence, RI 02905
  • More info: Contact


PrepareRI Spring Summit

  • We are tentatively planning on holding the PrepareRI Spring Summit on April 6 or 7, 2018, but will make a final determination of the date based on feedback from the Summit scheduling survey. We will send out a save the date when the date is finalized.