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 held a Legislative Workshop for school committee members, superintendents and principals to inform them of the status of education bills in the current session.

Commissioner Wagner addressed the crowd of 80 on the details of his school empowerment plan and attendees interacted to formulate questions and concerns for the Commissioner.

Our own Scott Mueller facilitated the workshop which led to formative discussion on the proposed plan.  In closing, RIASC Executive Director, Tim Duffy, gave members a great overview of current legislation and the State budget.

Barbara Cottam, Chair of the Rhode Island Board of Education and Board members Colleen Callahan and Jo Eva Gaines also attended and participated in the discussion.


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.


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RIASC'S Annual Meeting - 5/7/2016