Directors Share Workshop SAVE THE DATE – MAY 12, 2015

Directors Share Workshop

SAVE THE DATE – MAY 12, 2015

Multicultural Family Support and Family Engagement

This panel session will bring together a cross-section of family engagement and family support specialists who work with a diverse array of families in Rhode Island, ranging from recently-arrived refugee families to Hispanic, African-American and Southeast Asian families.
Sharing Partners: Panel Members

Abdourahim Akimana – Providence School Liaison at Dorcas International Institute of RI
Janet Pichardo – Director of Family and Community Engagement at Providence Public Schools
Candace Harper – Family Engagement Coordinator at College Crusade of RI
Vimala Phongsavanh – Director of Programs at Center for Southeast Asians
Denise DeBarros – Graduation Coach/McKinney-Vento LEA, Central Falls School District
Patricia Martinez – Executive Director for Family and Student Support
Mario Bueno – Executive Director of Progreso Latino

RIPCS Advisory Council Leader Honored with Crowley Award

Congratulations to Tom DiPaola!
The Rhode Island School Superintendents Association eighth annual Paul W. Crowley Award has been awarded to Thomas DiPaola, Ph.D., Director of the Education Leadership Doctoral (EdD) Program at Johnson & Wales University, and founding member of the RIPCS Advisory Council. The PAUL CROWLEY AWARD is given each year to a Rhode Island citizen who, in his or her professional and personal capacity, has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of education for the children of Rhode Island.

Evidence that Community Schools Improve Student Outcomes

“Students in the community school environment show significant gains in academic achievement and essential life development skills.” -Coalition for Community Schools

“… Community schools are a promising strategy for improving student outcomes. In the current climate of budget cuts, it is important for policy makers at the state and federal levels to advocate for community schools as an efficient, effective way to use scarce resources by leveraging partnerships. Districts can further help by creating district-wide community school initiatives.

“Research shows that creating supportive environments at school… is critical to developing academic motivation and confidence, both of which have been shown to promote academic achievement…” – Positive Student Outcomes in Community Schools, Center for American Progress, February 2012. “To get the kind of transformational change that we as a country need takes a huge amount of courage. The status quo isn’t working…. We have to get a lot better with a huge sense of urgency because the stakes are so high….” – Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Headmaster of U.S. School Reform, Christian Science Monitor, August 2010.