Partner Sponsor: RI School Superintendents’ Association

WE INVITE YOU to the 2014 statewide Community Schools Forum & the  20th Anniversary Celebration of the Rhode Island Child Opportunity Zones.


Welcoming remarks by RIDE Commissioner Deborah Gist

National Keynotes on the Importance of Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child & Family and Strategies to Combat Chronic Absenteeism

Molly McCloskeyMaryland No Kid Hungry Campaign & former ASCD Whole Child Director

Hedy Nai-Lin Chang – Director, Attendance Works

Featuring RI Champions: Westerly Superintendent Roy Seitsinger and Pleasant View Elementary Principal Gara Field

  • WHEN: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    • Forum: 3 – 5 p.m.
    • 20th Celebration and Awards: 5 – 6:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: NEIT, One New England Tech Blvd., East Greenwich.
  • RSVP:By May 9, 2014 (space limited)
  • FUNDED BY: The Rhode Island Foundation, RIPCS and RIASCD        |       |


commschoolmodelfocusEvidence 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.

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