Five R.I. schools selected to participate in regional conference

Five Rhode Island public schools will take part in a regional conference in Norwood, Mass., focused on strategies to improve teaching and learning. More

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Five R.I. schools selected to participate in regional conference

THE NEW ENGLAND Secondary School Consortium will host the High School Redesign in Action Conference on March 20-21. Five Rhode Island public schools will take part in the vent, which will focus on strategies to improve teaching and learning.
Posted 3/18/14

PROVIDENCE – Five Rhode Island public schools will take part in a regional conference in Norwood, Mass., focused on strategies to improve teaching and learning.

The schools invited to participate in the High School Redesign in Action Conference, to be held March 20-21, are Central Falls High School, Coventry High School, Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, Cumberland High School and Westerly High School.

The two-day event is sponsored by the New England Secondary School Consortium, a state-led partnership committed to high school innovation, as well as the state departments of education for Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Schools chosen to participate have made gains in student achievement, graduation rates and college-enrollment numbers, said Deborah A. Gist, Rhode Island’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

“Through such initiatives as improving school culture, implementing a ‘resident-expert’ program for professional development, redesigning the school as an ‘instructional organization,’ and focusing on project-based learning, all five of these schools have developed best practices that they are eager to share with their colleagues from across New England,” Gist said in a statement.

The five schools, which have also made commitments to ensure every student has a chance to succeed, are members of the Consortium’s League of Innovative Schools. This multistate network of secondary schools, which work together to improve student performance, also promotes best practices and innovative improvement strategies.

The New England Secondary School Consortium is funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the largest philanthropy in New England focused exclusively on education, and coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership, a nonprofit educational-support organization in Portland, Maine.

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