Providence Schools Turnaround Community Day
The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and the Community Design Teams - a diverse group of 45 parents, students, teachers, advocates and community leaders - held a community event today to advance efforts to improve Providence Public Schools.
Providence, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and the Community Design Teams – a diverse group of 45 parents, students, teachers, advocates and community leaders – held a community event today to advance efforts to improve Providence Public Schools.
In December 2019, an advisory panel selected Community Design Team members from a pool of 222 nominations. Members were broken into three content-specific teams: World Class Talent, Excellence in Learning, and Engaged Communities.
Each of these teams have been meeting regularly to assess and conduct a design thinking process, that allows them to identify problems and develop solutions that will be incorporated into a public turnaround plan.
Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green stated,” Students and parents did not have voice and we want them to have one now”. Infante-Green added, “it has been amazing to watch them collaborate and problem solve, and I am honored to be partnering with such a committed group”.
Providence Schools’ turnaround Superintendent Harrison Peters said, “The job of properly educating a child is the collective responsibility of the school district and the community”.
The community event today included presentations given on work that has been done by the Design Teams so far. Community-based organizations, parent groups, and the general public were all encouraged to spread the word about the information presented at the event.
“In analyzing school turnaround work around the country, your success or failure depends on high level of community involvement and buy-in. What I see here in Providence takes community engagement to a new level, which is incredibly encouraging. I’m excited to be a part of this new approach to school improvement”, Superintendent Peters added.
To learn more about the Community Design Teams and turnaround work in Providence, visit www.4PVDkids.com.