PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O.
Elorza announced that the second All
In: Providence Education Summit will be held at the Juanita Sanchez
Educational Complex (JSEC) located at 182 Thurbers Avenue tomorrow, Saturday
May 12, from 9:30AM to 3:00PM. The 2018 Summit continues robust engagement of
Providence stakeholders including families, educators, and community and
business leaders, and will consist of workshops and breakout sessions that will
solicit feedback aimed to shape policies, programs and initiatives to improve
youth outcomes in Providence.
“The All In Summit allows the
voice of the community to be at the core of our decisions for the future of
education in Providence,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “We’re continuing to
engage students, parents, educators and so many others, because their
experiences and insights are powerful catalysts for progress in our schools.
You’re invited to join us for an important discussion that will shape the
strategies that will help unlock the full potential of our students.”
In April 2017, the first All In
Summit drew over 400 participants and served as the basis for the All
In: Providence Education Summit report, which outlines ideas, suggestions
and feedback to build and support a cohesive vision for education in Providence.
Past summit sessions focused on improving facilities district wide; cultivating
culturally responsive learning; strengthening diversity and inclusion;
improving outcomes for English Language Learners; and leveraging community
partnerships in schools.
Input provided in 2017 was fundamental in the
hiring of seven Middle School Culture Coordinators for Providence this past
December, in addition to initiatives at the District ranging from providing
social-emotional supports and access to expanded mental and behavioral health
clinicians in schools; to embedding culturally responsive practices into
teaching and learning District-wide; to policy changes including the Racial and
Ethnic Equity Policy, Transgender Student Policy, Revised Code of Conduct,
District Keys to Learning and more. The Summit also set in motion the
engagement of youth and community based organizations as equity partners to
support a year-long community-led school facilities capital planning process.
The City recently launched allinpvd.com, a website that outlines initiatives
supporting young people from “Cradle to Career,” the frame by which the City
has sought to provide high-quality services and programs for every single young
person in Providence, both in and out of school.
2018 Summit will seek additional feedback on priorities identified last year,
sharing a draft master plan of school facilities for review; garnering feedback
on initiatives spearheaded by the District’s new Middle School Culture
Coordinators; workshopping partnerships and tools for community partnerships;
and centering student voice and culturally responsive curricula in teaching and
Howard, Executive Director of Breakthrough Providence and Karla E. Vigil,
Essential Personalized Learning Senior Associate at the Center for Collaborative
Education, have been named coordinators for the 2018 Summit. Howard and Vigil
are the co-founders of EduLeaders
of Color RI.
Howard is a former Impact Manager for City Year Providence, 5th-grade math teacher,
and an Urban Leaders Fellow under Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston. He
graduated from the University of Georgia with undergraduate degrees in Criminal
Justice and Political Science, and completed a graduate degree in education
from Rhode Island College. Vigil is a former Education Strategies Specialist
with the Highlander Institute, 4th-grade classroom teacher, and Deeper Learning
Equity Fellow. She earned her Bachelor's from the University of Rhode Island
and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Roger Williams University.
are excited to be part of the work that Providence is doing to place the needs
and priorities of young people, families and community members at the heart of
decision-making around education,” stated All In Summit Coordinators Carlon and
Karla. “Working together, we can ensure that Providence students receive
high-quality supports and opportunities that will open doors for them far
beyond the classroom. We are All In for education, and invite residents across
the city to participate in this meaningful conversation."
Summit builds upon the City’s work as part of the “By All Means” initiative
based at the Harvard Education Redesign Lab, which focuses on ensuring that all
students have the tools and resources they need to achieve success. The Summit
is possible through support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
services, childcare and refreshments will be available for participants, at the
Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex tomorrow, Saturday May 12. Those interested
in attending are asked to register at http://events.eventzilla.net/e/all-in-providence-education-summit-2138931756.