Educational Success

Make It Happen: World-Class Public Education for RI

To do our best work as a state – and to truly improve outcomes for ALL Rhode Islanders we need to chart a course, and stay the course as a community – committed to high achievement and equity for students, families, and educators.

On December 7, 2019 nearly 350 educators, parents, students, nonprofit and business community leaders added their perspective to facilitated breakout sessions organized around the series of priorities and strategies proposed by the Long-Term Education Planning Committee at the all-day convening, Make It Happen: World-Class Public Education for RI.

The Long-Term Education Planning Committee, convened in late 2018 by the Rhode Island Foundation, came together with this goal in mind: Rhode Island has and is committed to a shared, inclusive, long-term vision and a comprehensive and coordinated action plan of top priorities for education. The group consists of the Commissioner of Education and Chair of the Board of Education, leaders from the National Education Association Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Federation of Teacher and Healthcare Professionals, representatives of traditional public and public charter schools, individuals representing local public officials including school committees, superintendents, and principals, representatives from local higher education institutions, representatives of local nonprofits serving children and families, and representatives from the business community.

The committee has met regularly over the past year, working to develop a vision, and outline priorities and strategies related to the delivery of that vision over the next decade. The group used the 9 Building Blocks for a World-Class State Education System (National Center on Education and the Economy, 2016), the Rhode Island Department of Education 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, and advice from experts like David Driscoll, former Commissioner of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as outside resources during this process. The committee also tapped into its member’s expertise and experience, and convened groups of education stakeholders and community members for input.

At Make It Happen an even broader group of Rhode Islanders spent the day in facilitated breakout sessions to discuss and develop tactics that have the potential to bring the priorities and strategies proposed by the Long-Term Education Planning Committee to life. Attendee’s ideas and group dialogue were memorialized in real-time by graphic recorders, and will be incorporated into a formal report from the committee - to be published in early 2020.

To view the graphic recordings please click through the links below:

Opening and closing session

Sessions focused on High Standards and Clear Governance

Sessions focused on Educator Supports and Investment Priorities

The topics that were discussed during Make It Happen are detailed here in English and here in Spanish.