PrepareRI Spring Summit:
Collaborating to Strengthen Pathways from Grades 6 to 16
Saturday, March 16, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Rhode Island College - Gaige Hall, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02908
What is the Summit?
This Summit – jointly sponsored by the Governor’s Workforce Board, the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, and the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – had a focus on strengthening the Ocean State’s capacity to provide our young people with the opportunities they need to be college and career ready.
Build a network of champions committed to connecting secondary and postsecondary career pathways for in school and out of school youth in Rhode Island, especially youth from underrepresented populations.
Highlight promising practices and programs in career pathways.
Understand Rhode Island employers’ needs and hear their perspectives on high-quality work-based learning in key industries.
By 2020, 70% of jobs generated in Rhode Island will require education beyond a high school diploma, and many of these new opportunities will be in STEAM-related fields. Today, just 47% of Rhode Islanders have any type of post-high-school degree or credential. This gap suggests that our state still lacks education pathways to best prepare Rhode Islanders for industries with the most promise for job opportunities and growth.
Overview of the day
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. - Breakfast and Registration
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. - Welcome and Plenary
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Breakout Session 1
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. - Breakout Session 2
11:45 - 12:00 p.m. - Transfer to Donovan
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Industry Fair and Networking Lunch
Breakfast and Registration
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Gaige Hall Lobby
Welcome and Plenary
8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Gaige Hall Auditorium
Paula Szulc, Associate Commissioner of Student Success, Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (OPC)
Frank Sanchez, President, Rhode Island College (RIC)
Ken Wagner, Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)
Student and Parent Panel
Moderated by Simona Simpson-Thomas, Director of Multiple Pathways, Providence Schools
9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Gaige Hall Classrooms
There will be two breakout sessions during the Spring ‘19 Summit.
PrepareRI Readiness Project
Summary: The PrepareRI Readiness Project represents a strategic partnership led by the Rhode Island Board of Education between K-12 education and Rhode Island’s college and universities to ensure that every student graduates from high school on a path toward on-time college completion. Session leaders will share project goals and outline progress on 5 components of this work: Academic readiness, requirement alignment, extending career education pathways, communication strategies, and gateway courses for students.
Speakers: Steve Osborn, Chief for Innovation, RIDE
Paula Szulc, Associate Commissioner of Student Success, OPC
Don DeHayes, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Rhode Island
Sue Pearlmutter, Interim Provost, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Rhode Island College
Recommended for: K12 educators, school and district leaders, school counselors, communication personnel, CTE Directors, postsecondary faculty and administrators.
How to Tell your Story
Summary: Hear from a local award-winning education journalist regarding school communications, marketing, and time-saving tips to help integrate communication into today's school culture. Learn how to develop positive communication strategies, how to use popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and how tell your story in the local papers.
Speaker: Jen Cowart, Education Journalist, Cranston Herald
Recommended for: School administration, teacher leaders and community partners.
Engaging and Mobilizing your Community
Summary: A critical piece of the PrepareRI work is ensuring our communities know about and understand all the exciting programs that students can—and should—be participating in. During this session, a panel of experts will facilitate a discussion focused on best practices for communication and outreach to students and families.
Speakers: Carlene Fonseca, Associate Director, Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College and PrepareRI Ambassador
Stephanie Geller, Deputy Director, Rhode Island Kids Count and PrepareRI Ambassador
Carlon Howard, Co-Director, Breakthrough Providence and PrepareRI Ambassador
Kirtley Fisher, Associate Chief of Staff from the Rhode Island Department of Education will be moderating this panel.
Recommended for: School counselors, classroom educators, and administrators.
Picking up STEAM
Summary: This session will highlight efforts across the state of Rhode Island to promote STEAM ( Science, Technology, Arts and Mathematics). Participants will have the opportunity to learn about what is happening in the state, provide feedback, and discuss ways to promote STEAM from Pre-K through the workforce.
Speaker: Catherine McConnell, Education Policy Fellow at the Rhode Island Governor's Office
Desiree Forsythe, Computer Science Education and Outreach Coordinator, URI
Recommended for: Educators, School Leaders, Industry-based representatives, and community based organizations.
The Importance of Industry and School Partnerships in CTE and Beyond
Summary: This session will highlight existing partnerships and the opportunities and benefits of increasing partnerships between industries and schools, including but not limited to Career and Technical Education programs.
Speakers: Joseph Mazzone, Pre-Engineering & Technology Teacher at Davies Career and Technical High School, PrepareRI Ambassador
Paul McConnell, CTE Specialist, RI Department of Education
Recommended for: Industry representatives, community-based organizations, secondary school administrators and teachers.
Summary: Learn about Rhode Island’s inter-agency FAFSA Completion Initiative and its three components: the public-facing FAFSA Completion dashboard, the school administrator-level student data portal, and the FAFSA Dash- a competition hosted by the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA). Session leaders will describe a variety of tools and resources to make sure that every eligible student in Rhode Island can access Federal Financial aid dollars.
Speaker: Gabrielle “Abby” Godino, Legislative and Policy Advisor, Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
Recommended for: School counselors, administrators, college-access professionals, parents, and students.
Implementing WBL in the Classroom
Summary: This workshop will be an opportunity to delve into a Work Based Learning resource. Please bring your computers and arrive ready to explore!
Speaker: Michelle Maktilla, Advisor at The Met School, Prepare RI Ambassador
Recommended for: For anyone interested especially high school educators, Career Coordinators, and community-based organizations.
Pathway Endorsements: Supporting School Implementation
Summary: Learn how to make pathway program implementation a less daunting task for educator and school teams. Session leaders will share a newly-developed Pathway Endorsement Toolkit, with resources to support implementation and communication of Pathway Endorsements. Hear from RI high schools that form the Pathways by Design network to support development of new pathway programs that lead to Pathway Endorsements for students. Session presenters will share their discipline area(s) of focus, discuss development processes and lessons learned to date.
Speakers: Karen Bodden, English Teacher, North Smithfield High School
Julianna Charles Brown, Pathways by Design Project Lead at the Center for Collaborative Education
Cali Cornell, College and Career Readiness Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education
Recommended for: Educators, school leaders, district leaders, special education directors, school counselors, community based organizations, and students.
Pathway Implementation in Comprehensive High Schools: Barriers, Process, and Tools
Summary: This workshop will review some foundational structures for building and sustaining a successful pathway in a Comprehensive High School and will delve into three barriers (curriculum, credits, and drop out potential), while exploring some solutions to these barriers.
Speakers: Simona Simpson-Thomas, Director of Multiple Pathways, Providence School District
Joe Battaglia, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, The Met School
Michael Jolin, Consultant and Former Superintendent
Recommended for: Educators, school leaders, district leaders, special education directors, school counselors, and community based organizations.
The Individualized Learning Plan and Career Exploration
Summary: The Individual Learning Plan can be an important tool for students to discover their path and passion. Learn how to enhance career exploration for your students through your Individual Learning Plan Program.
Speakers: Onna Holland, RI School Counselor Fellow, RIDE
Stacy Haines-Mayne, PrepareRI Ambassador and Student Support Specialist at Exeter West Greenwich High School
Recommended for: Educators, school leaders, district leaders, special education directors, school counselors, community based organizations at the middle and high school level.
Supporting Diverse Learners in the Transition to College and Career
Summary: Learn about and share best practices and resources to better prepare ALL students for career pathways, including Advanced Course Network (ACN) and Dual Enrollment. This interactive panel session will discuss the supports for students with disabilities and English Language Learners available in high school, college, and the transition between the two.
Speakers: Jane George, PrepareRI Ambassador and itinerant ESL Teacher for the North Kingston School Department
Keri Rossi-D'entremont, PrepareRI Ambassador and Director of Disability Services, Rhode Island College
Cynthia Vanavery, PrepareRI Ambassador and Director of Transition and Vocational Services at the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative
Ann Durham, PrepareRI Ambassador and Deputy Director of the Providence After School Alliance
Recommended for: General, special education, and ESL faculty, directors, and counselors in both high school and college.
The Power of Cross-Sector Data: Interactive Dashboards for Rhode Islanders
Summary: The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), the Department of Labor and Training (DLT), the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (OPC), and the Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) have collaborated with DataSpark to create an interactive, cross-sector website dedicated to providing transparency, improving outcomes, and empowering Rhode Islanders through data! Session leaders will walk participants through the website, show examples of how the interactive dashboards can be used to highlight and assess community issues and provide context for further exploration.
Speakers: Ariel Neumann Data Scientist, DataSpark
Joel Stewart, Data Scientist, DataSpark
Recommended for: those interested in data, K12 educators, school and district leaders, CTE Directors, postsecondary faculty and administrators, and community partners.
Industry Fair and Closing Lunch
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Brief closing remarks: Nora Crowley, Interim Executive Director, Governor’s Workforce Board
The Spring Summit will feature an Industry Fair and Networking lunch. Summit participants will have the opportunity to meet with industry and community-based organization representatives and learn about their engagement with students and schools. Industries and organizations to date include:
Career Exploration: Inventing Heron
Computer Science: CS4RI
Construction: RI Laborers Association, Providence Career and Tech Academy, New England Laborer’s School
Design: DesignxRI, DownCity Design
Environment: RI Environmental Education Association
Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism: RI Hospitality Association
Information Technology and Engineering: SENEDIA
Marine Trades and Composites: RI Marine Trades Association
Wind Energy: North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce
Thank you to the organizations whose funding has made this Summit possible!