PrepareRI Spring Summit

Saturday, March 24, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Community College of Rhode Island - Warwick Campus, 400 East Ave., Warwick, RI

What is the Summit?

To provide our young people with the career readiness opportunities they need and deserve, we need to start planning now. The PrepareRI Spring Summit is focused on providing all stakeholders with the training, tools, and resources to plan for the next school year.

Speakers at the Summit include:

  • Governor Gina Raimondo
  • RIDE Commissioner Ken Wagner
  • Postsecondary Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier
  • Governor's Workforce Board Executive Director Heather Hudson

The Summit is free and all are welcome. Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided.


Overview of the day

Opening Keynote

8:30 - 9:20 a.m.

  • Welcoming remarks
    • Ken Wagner, Commissioner, RIDE
    • Brenda Dann-Messier, Postsecondary Commissioner
    • Heather Hudson, Executive Director, Governor's Workforce Board
  • Cross-sector panel


Breakout Sessions

9:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Each session lasts 50 minutes and runs three times. Attendees chose which three sessions they want to attend on the registration pageThis list will be updated as additional presenters are confirmed.

  • 1. "Hot Jobs" and High-Wage, High-Demand Industries
    • What data tells us about the high-wage, high-demand industries and jobs in the Rhode Island economy.
    • Session leader:
      • Heather Hudson, Executive Director of the Governor's Workforce Board
    • Recommended for:
      • All. Counselors in schools and colleges are particularly encouraged to attend.
  • 2. PrepareRI Internship Program
    • Introducing the new PrepareRI Internship Program, and explaining how to participate in Summer 2018 and beyond.
    • Session leader:
      • Statewide career readiness intermediary
      • Spencer Sherman, RIDE
    • Recommended for:
      • All
  • 3. Supporting Work-Based Learning in Your School
    • What structures and supports schools should have to support work-based learning in their schools
    • Session leaders: 
      • Lynne Bedard, school-based coordinator, Ponaganset High School and PrepareRI Ambassador
      • Liz Dwyer, instructor, RI Nurses Institute Middle College (RINI) and PrepareRI Ambassador
    • Recommended for:
      • Superintendents, principals, school-based coordinators, internship coordinators
  • 4. Postsecondary Internships
    • Overview of existing infrastructure at institutions and a discussion on how to scale and organize opportunities for students.
    • Session leaders:
      • Public college representatives
    • Recommended for:
      • Colleges and employers
  • 5. Apprenticeships
    • Overview of apprenticeship infrastructure in RI, where work is headed, and how this work can be better aligned across systems (postsecondary, employers) as it continues to grow. 
    • Session leaders: TBA
    • Recommended for:
      • All
  • 6. PrepareRI for ALL Youth
    • How to ensure that PrepareRI serves all students, including those with disabilities.
    • Session leaders:
      • Cindy VanAvery, Northern RI Regional Transition Coordinator and PrepareRI Ambassador
      • Jane Slade, RIDE
    • Recommended for:
      • Special education directors and teachers
  • 7. Westerly Education Center & Northern RI Education Center
    • Showcasing the success of the Westerly Education Center and outlining the vision for the Northern RI Center. 
    • Session leader: 
      • Amy Gryzbowski, Executive Director, Westerly Education Center
    • Recommended for: 
      • Postsecondary leaders
  • 8. Career Exploration
    • Sharing strategies for how to introduce K-8 students to new careers and fields of interest.
    • Session leader:
      • Pauline Abetti, Director of Career Pathways, Governor's Workforce Board
    • Recommended for: 
      • Employers, K-8 schools, non-profits
  • 9. Expanding and Improving Career and Technical Education (CTE)
    • Overview for the vision of changes to CTE under PrepareRI, including: CTE Board of Trustees standards, funding formula, measuring outcomes, and Innovation & Equity grants.
    • Session leader: 
      • Steve Osborn, Chief for Innovation, RIDE
      • Paul McConnell, RIDE
    • Recommended for: 
      • CTE directors, superintendents
  • 10. Pathway Endorsements
    • Overview of what Pathway Endorsements are, how they fit into the diploma system and graduation requirements, and sharing tools and resources to support implementation of new or existing pathway programming that lead to Pathway Endorsements for students. 
    • Session leader:
      • Cali Cornell, RIDE
    • Recommended for: 
      • High school parents, teachers, and leaders
  • 11. Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)
    • How to use RIDE's new "menu" and toolkit to more easily implement ILPs in your school.
    • Session leader: 
      • Nicole Smith, RIDE
      • Stacy Haines-Mayne, former president, RI School Counselors Association
    • Recommended for: 
      • K-12 school counselors, K-12 school leaders
  • 12. Communications and Messaging
    • How to speak about PrepareRI and career pathways in a way that connects with your stakeholders and overcomes stereotypes.
    • Session leader: TBA
    • Recommended for: 
      • All
  • 13. PrepareRI for Parents
    • An overview for parents of what PrepareRI is, and how to access these resources for your child.
    • Session leader: TBA
    • Recommended for:
      • Parents, community groups that support families
  • 14. Student Voices
    • Students sharing their perspective and advice about PrepareRI and career pathways.
    • Session leader: TBA
    • Recommended for:
      • All
  • 15. Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI)
    • Overview of what CS4RI is and how to get involved.
    • Session leader: 
      • Holly Walsh, RIDE
    • Recommended for:
      • All
  • 16. Bridging High School and College
    • How to use dual enrollment and the Advanced Course Network to narrow the gap between high school and college
    • Session leaders:
      • RIDE and Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner staff
      • Eric Hall, professor and director of health programs, Rhode Island College and PrepareRI Ambassador
    • Recommended for:
      • High schools, colleges
  • 18. High School Accountability and ESSA
    • What the federal ESSA law means for high school accountability systems in Rhode Island.
    • Session leader:
      • Brian Darrow, Director of College and Career Readiness, RIDE
    • Recommended for:
      • Superintendents, high school principals
  • 19. Pathways to Teaching
    • How we can train the next generation of Rhode Island teachers and build a more diverse teaching force in the state. 
    • Session leader:
      • RIDE staff
    • Recommended for:
      • Education pathway teachers, students interested in becoming teacher
  • 20: Office Hours
    • Spend this elective session working with staff members. (Note: everyone will have planning time during the Team Time starting at 12:30.)


Governor's Remarks

12:30 - 12:40 p.m.

Governor Gina Raimondo will deliver brief remarks to Summit attendees.

Lunch and Team Time

12:40 - 2:00 p.m.

A free lunch will be served to all attendees.

Team Time is an extended lunch when session attendees can discuss their takeaways from the Summit and plan next steps with their team. The PrepareRI Core Team and all session presenters will be on hand to answer questions and support attendees in their planning process.

Featured organizations will also have booths to connect with interested attendees during this time.