Rhode Island Association of School Committees
RIASC is dedicated to developing the effectiveness of Rhode Island school committee members in meeting their role and responsibilities in promoting student achievement in safe and challenging learning environments, while playing a leading part in shaping and advocating public education policy at the local, State and national levels.

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RIASC's 2014 Annual Meeting

RIASC's 2014 Annual Meeting was held on May 3 at the Crowne Plaza.  Many school committee members attended this full-day program and returned to their districts with a deeper understanding of Common Core.  Kevin Baird of the Common Core Institute presented facts, debunked myths and elaborated on the essential elements to assist in college preparedness. 

The luncheon program included professional development recognition for RIASC's Leadership Academy graduates and Master's Academy members.  This year's Howard Kay Award for outstanding school committee leadership went to Dr.Charles Shoemaker, Newport School Committee Chair.

Jan Bergandy, Tiverton School Committee member, was elected President of RIASC during the Annual Business Meeting held at the end of the day.



RIASC school committee and school administration members attended an interesting and lively session on social media at the Hassenfeld Institute.  Presenters covered best practices in setting up a social media platform and the use of technology in engaging constituencies.

RIASC members received five hours of professional development credit for attending.

Common Core, What School Committees Need to Know



As part of our ongoing professional development series, RIASC held a session on Common Core.  The Session was well attended and members were engaged and enlightened by our guest presenter, Kevin Baird.  Kevin is a national consultant who works with districts in the implementation of the common core state standards.  Do you have the resources in your district to properly implement the common core?  Do you have a general understanding of common core that will allow you to address the concerns of your constituency?  These questions and more were discussed at the session and members walked away with a deeper understanding of the standards.  Kevin also dispelled some of the myths associated with common core.  RIASC plans on having Kevin return for another presentation.  Watch your email for details.


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RIASC event calendar

School Committee 101 - 11/22/2014

Newly Elected School Committee and Municipal Leaders Conference - 1/8/2015 - 1/9/2015