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
    • Stephen Bowen, Interim Deputy Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
  • Cross-sector panel
    • Ken Wagner, Commissioner, RIDE (moderator)
    • Michael Grey, Chair of Governor's Workforce Board and North American Vice President, Sodexo
    • Julian Alssid, Vice President of Workforce Development, Community College of Rhode Island
    • Nina Pande, Executive Director, Skills for Rhode Island's Future
    • Stacy Paulino, junior at Classical High School in Providence and a dual enrollment student


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 page. Some of the sessions listed below may change or be dropped, depending on demand.

  • 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:
      • Skills for Rhode Island's Future, Statewide career readiness intermediary
      • Pauline Abetti, Director of Career Pathways, Governor's Workforce Board
      • Liz Dwyer, PrepareRI Ambassador and instructor, RI Nurses Institute Middle College (RINI)
    • Recommended for:
      • All
  • 3. Supporting Work-Based Learning in Your School
    • Explaining the structures and supports schools should have to support work-based learning in the coming school year
    • Session leaders: 
      • Lynne Bedard, PrepareRI Ambassador and school-based coordinator, Ponaganset High School
      • Spencer Sherman, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE
    • 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:
      • Richard Song, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, University of Rhode Island
    • 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:
      • Andrew Cortes, Executive Director, Apprenticeship RI
      • Jen Giroux, Associate Vice President of Professional Studies and Continuing Education, Rhode Island College
    • Recommended for:
      • All
  • 6. PrepareRI for ALL Youth
    • How to ensure that PrepareRI serves all students, including those with disabilities.
    • Session leaders:
      • Cindy VanAvery, PrepareRI Ambassador and Northern RI Regional Transition Coordinator
      • Jane Slade, Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports, 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
      • Jaime Nash, Executive Director of Workforce Development Operations, Community College of Rhode Island
      • Nancy Martin, Human Resources Rep Sr, Electric Boat
      • Heather Hudson, Executive Director, Governor's Workforce Board
    • Recommended for: 
      • Postsecondary leaders
  • 8. Career Exploration
    • Sharing the PrepareRI vision for career exploration, and strategies and best practices from providers for how to introduce K-8 students to new careers and fields of interest.
    • Session leader:
      • Kirtley Fisher, Performance Management Executive, RIDE
      • 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)
    • Sharing the vision of how CTE will change under PrepareRI, including: CTE Board of Trustees standards, funding formula changes, measuring outcomes, and Innovation & Equity grants
    • Session leader: 
      • Steve Osborn, Chief of Innovation, RIDE
      • Paul McConnell, Office of College and Career Readiness, 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, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE
    • Recommended for: 
      • High school parents, teachers, and leaders
  • 11. Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)
    • How to use RIDE's upcoming "menu" and toolkit to more easily implement ILPs in your school.
    • Session leader: 
      • Nicole Smith, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE
      • Stacy Haines-Mayne, PrepareRI Ambassador and 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: 
      • Chris Hunter, Managing Director, Advocacy Solutions
      • Sarah Dell, Account Manager, Advocacy Solutions
      • Richard Laine, Consultant, Council of Chief State School Officers
    • Recommended for: 
      • All
  • 15. Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI)
    • Overview of what CS4RI is and how to get involved.
    • Session leader: 
      • Victor Faye-Wolfe, Professor of Computer Science, University of Rhode Island
      • Holly Walsh, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE
      • Carol Guiriceo, Director, Rhode Island STEM Center @ Rhode Island College
      • Jessie Barrett, Business Manager, Digital Forensics Center at the University of Rhode Island
    • 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:
      • Eric Hall, PrepareRI Ambassador and professor and director of health programs, Rhode Island College
      • Nicole Smith, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE
      • Hannah Gordon, Medical Imaging major at Rhode Island College and former dual enrollment student
    • 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:
      • Steve Osborn, Chief of Innovation, RIDE
      • Brian Darrow, Director of College and Career Readiness, RIDE
      • Mike Ferry, Director of Data and Technology Services, RIDE
    • Recommended for:
      • Superintendents, high school principals
  • 20. Measuring Equity and Student Outcomes for PrepareRI
    • PrepareRI is publishing new data about Rhode Island students' success in college and careers. What does this data tell us about equity in our state, and the work ahead for PrepareRI?
    • Session leader:
      • Jim Vincent, President, NAACP Providence Branch
      • Stephanie Geller, Senior Policy Analyst, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
      • Spencer Sherman, Office of College and Career Readiness, RIDE
      • Joshua Corria, Associate Director of High School Operations, The College Crusade of Rhode Island
    • Recommended for:
      • All
  • 0: Office Hours
    • Spend this elective session working with staff members. (Note: everyone will have time for planning during the Team Time from 12:40 - 2:00 p.m. This session is just for people who would like additional time.)


Lunch & Governor's Remarks

12:30 - 12:40 p.m.

Governor Gina Raimondo will deliver brief remarks to Summit attendees during a free lunch provided to all attendees.


Team Time

12:40 - 2:00 p.m.

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.