School Committee Chairs Engage with New Commissioner of Education
Rhode Island school committee chairs held a lively discussion with the new Commissioner of Education, Ken Wagner, at a recent meeting hosted by RIASC. The Commissioner listened attentively and took notes as school committee chairs and RIASC Board members posed questions and raised concerns on topics including PARCC Testing, the opt-out movement, shared services, and high school graduation requirements.
RIASC hosts quarterly chair meetings for their members as part of their ongoing professional development program, RIASC's Leadership Academy.
RIASC's 2015 Annual Meeting
On May 2, 2015, over 60 school committee members attended RIASC's Annual Meeting at the Crowne Plaza and listened to presentations on Competency Based Learning and the future of school committees.
RIASC's Leadership Academy graduates were recognized that day and a special ceremony was held for the two recipients of the Howard Kay Award for Outstanding School Committee leadership--Lisa Beaulieu and Jan Bergandy.
RIASC members enjoyed the day and the opportunity to network with their colleagues from around the state.
It turned out to be a beautiful spring day and RIASC commends the attendees for spending it with us and committing to ongoing professional development.
Governor Raimondo Attends RIASC Chair Meeting
Governor Raimondo, RI Education Board Chair, Barbara Cottam, and the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff addressed Rhode Island school committee chairs and sought their advice on the qualities the new Commissioner of Education should possess. Chairs were given the opportunity to articulate what they felt was important to move Rhode Island education forward and the overall sentiment was that good communication and consistency will be key to the success of the new Commissioner.