RIDE supports several blogs throughout our website where Rhode Islanders and RIDE staff share their thoughts.

On this page, we have collected all of the blogs on our site - many of which share posts from Rhode Island educators other than RIDE staff. Blogs are listed in alphabetical order:

  • Commissioner's Corner: Commissioner Wagner's blog posts and messages to the Rhode Island community.
  • District Teacher of the Year (DTOY): Posts from the Rhode Island District Teachers of the Year, past and present, who share about instructional successes and challenges they encounter in Rhode Island classrooms.
  • Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: Rhode Island educators and RIDE staff explore factors and perspectives on the importance of ensuring that all students are taught by high quality educators.
  • Leadership: Reflections and insights from RIDE’s Leadership Fellow and other district and school leaders on the challenges and opportunities of being a school leader.
  • Rhode Island Poet Laureate: Reflections and poetry focused on teaching, learning, and the experience of education from Tina Cane, Rhode Island Poet Laureate.
  • Rhode Island Science Education (R.I.S.E.): A communication blog to update stakeholders in education and in the community on important developments, events and accomplishments in science education in Rhode Island.
  • Student Voice: Because student voice is an essential component of our discussion on education, RIDE will post essays written by students from around Rhode Island.

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Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 11/17/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Tina Cane,
Rhode Island Poet Laureate

It’s almost Thanksgiving and I am as unprepared as you feel. Maybe more so,
as already I am trying to remember where I’ve hidden the stocking stuffers I’ve
been hoarding since summer. If you’ve been in a classroom in the last few weeks—
as I know you have—you’ll confirm that, where school is concerned, Thanksgiving
is non-stop Pilgrims and gratitude. Plus, some discussion of how the Pilgrims
would have perished without the help of Native Americans. For my good friend,
a Navajo poet, seasonal gratitude proves elusive each year. Still, like him, and like
most of us, I try to be thankful every day for, even in dark times, perspective
makes room for gratitude. And the Pilgrims are truly fascinating with their zeal
and courage to flee “the bossy king,” as some students in Saylesville so aptly
phrased it earlier this week. An ocean voyage into the unknown is no small feat.
And freedom of all kinds is always paramount. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 11/3/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

RIDE has transformed District Network Meetings for the 2017-2018 school year to provide more relevant and valuable professional learning opportunities. The Honors Colloquium on Curriculum is a four-part, year-long initiative related to curriculum definition and development. After each session, a guest blogger will reflect on what they have learned and how it will support great teaching and learning in our schools.

Jamestown Superintendent, Dr. Kenneth Duva, shares his perspective on the first session, run by David Steiner of John’s Hopkins University.

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 10/27/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Kristin Hayes-Leite, 2018 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year,
Social Studies Teacher,
Narragansett High School

The fact that the nation is divided is no secret to anyone, but what we don’t yet know is the full impact on our students. With all of the heated rhetoric and political bullying taking place at the national level, the youngest members of our society might be tempted to tune it all out, become cynical, disengage, or worse, lose faith in our democracy. As a social studies teacher, I feel a real urgency to ensure that students can exercise their freedom of speech in my classroom. Students need to be able to respectfully voice their opinions and discuss current issues in the classroom without feeling fear or reluctance. ...

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 10/13/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Tina Cane,
Poet Laureate of Rhode Island

If a poet can be a rock star, Kaveh Akbar is one. Or at least, he’s a rising star in the poetry world.

His new book, Calling A Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, 2017) is a fierce and gorgeous
collection of poems around addiction and recovery and love. I’ve been able to witness Kaveh’s
success via social media posts and was recently moved to read this one, accompanied by a photo
of a man in a sports jacket and glasses, speaking at a podium:

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 9/19/2017 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Joy Souza
Principal Fellow

Over the past thirteen years as a teacher and principal, I have experienced mixed emotions of joy and fear when it comes to the first day of school; I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s a sleepless night followed by a drive into school that I don’t remember because my brain is too busy thinking about the day’s schedule and new routines, my kick-off motivational speech to staff, my morning announcement to students, and busing…always busing. It is a day riddled with smiles by all, some conveying genuine happiness while others masking unsettled nerves. It is a day of first impressions, which means everyone-teachers and students alike- puts forth extra effort to create a positive one. It is a day that engulfs me with feelings of positivity, hope, and optimism for what’s to come. It is the start of something grand-a year of deep and meaningful learning. In the end, I sleep like a baby that night knowing that the first day is complete and the promise of an awesome year is underway. To me, the first day is always the BEST day.

I knew when I accepted the position as this year’s RIDE Leadership Fellow, I would be in for an amazing adventure that would afford me opportunities to expand my network and grow my capacity as a learner and leader. I also knew there would be sacrifices, including being away from the school that I love and the students I adore. What I failed to realize, however, was that by becoming a leadership fellow, I was forfeiting a “first day of school”. Thankfully, I am part of an amazing cohort of twenty Rhode Island school leaders who are participating in the National Institute for School Leadership Executive Development Program (NISL-EDP), a year-long program designed to build skills, knowledge, and commitment to lead high performing schools. Principals recently opened their doors to me so I could experience their first days of school, and answered some questions that revealed their thinking on leadership at the start of a school year.

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