AISR Events

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  • Building a 21st Century Education System in Rhode Island
    A series of six forums hosted by the Rhode Island Foundation and co-sponsored by AISR organized to examine local and national best practices in a particular area and to discuss their implications for policy, practice and advocacy, including ways to promote progress and remove barriers in RI communities. This Occasional Conversation series is designed to bring a national speaker in to seed a local discussion on a major issue facing public education in Rhode

  • April 29, 2014 - Greg Hodge, Social Change/Organizational Development Expert
    Gregory Hodge, an Oakland-based social change activist and organizational development expert, keynoted the eighth Rhode Island Foundation Forum. His presentation, titled "Cross-Sector Coalitions for Smart Education Systems: Deepening Grass-Roots Engagement," addressed how collaborative, non-profit organizations can improve the engagement of community-based groups to strengthen its efforts both politically and technically.

  • Decemeber 9, 2013 - Eileen de los Reyes, Boston Public Schools
    De los Reyes’ presentation, titled “Innovation In Educational Equity for English Language Learners,” reflected her work with BPS teachers, the ELL Task Force, and the Department of Justice to organize and implement a massive overhaul of the services offered to students, including training approximately 3,000 teachers and launching new programs for students beyond the traditional school day. video

  • May 16, 2013 - Andy Hargreaves, Boston College
    Author of The Fourth Way: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change, Andy Hargreaves underscored in keynote remarks at the Rhode Island Foundation that successfully implementing the Common Core State Standards at scale will depend on building “professional capital” within the teaching profession, versus the prevailing “business capital” or technically simple perspective. video

  • March 21, 2013 - Michael Cohen, Achieve
    A nationally recongnized leader in education policy and standards based reform, Michael Cohen, former special assistant to President Cinton for Education Policy, led a discussion about college readiness and the common core-implications for urban schools. 

  • October 23, 2012 - Jeannie Oakes, Ford Foundation
    Jeannie Oakes, director of Educational Opportunity and Scholarship programs at the Ford Foundation, discussed the reinvention of public schools in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty through more and better learning time. video

  • May 3, 2012 - Don Shalvey, Gates Foundation
    Don Shalvey, Deputy Director, Education, Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation was the featured speaker and spoke on the topic of charter/district collaborations. video

  • February 2, 2012 - Freeman Hrabowski, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski addressed the topic of college readiness. video

  • October 20, 2011 - Robert Balfanz, Alliance for Excellent Education
    Presentation by Robert Balfanz, "Building a Grad Nation: Rhode Island 2011-2020." Panelists included Colleen Callahan, director of Professional Issues at the RI Federation of Teachers & Health Professionals; Victor Capellan, deputy superintendent for Transformation at CFHS; Julie Nora, director of the International Charter School in Pawtucket; and Nkoli Onye, executive director of Providence high schools. video