RIASC's 2016 Annual Meeting
Many members attended RIASC's Annual Meeting on May 7, 2016. David Driscoll, past Massachusetts Education Commissioner, addressed the audience and was well-received.
A highlight of the day was the presentation of the Howard Kay Award to Maureen Cotter of South Kingstown. Dr. Kristen Stringfellow, Superintendent of South Kingstown schools made passionate remarks prior to the presentation of the Award. RIASC congratulates Maureen for her many years of dedicated and committed service to public education and the South Kingstown school district.
Congratulations to our graduates, who received recognition from the Board of Education that day and to our many members who have achieved 50-300 plus hours of professional development.
RIASC'S LEGISLATIVE WORKSHOP
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.