Education forum


The Bristol Warren Education Foundation is hosting a conversation on public education in Rhode Island. The event will include presentations from RIDE on college and career readiness, Teach for America Rhode Island Executive Director Heather Tow-Yick and The Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg.

In addition to hearing from some of the state's leaders in education you will have the opportunity to share best practices and common challenges with fellow public education advocates.


6:00 - Meet & greet light refreshments

6:30 - Introductions

6:40 - Rhode Island Foundation - Resources available for local non-profit organizations, Neil D. Steinberg, President & Chief Executive Officer

7:00 - Best practice sharing

7:30 - RIDE - Overview of common core standards, aka college and career readiness standards

7:50 - Teach for America - Overview from RI Executive Director Heather Tow-Yick

Light Refreshments will be served, the event is free and open to all, however, space is limited so please reserve your spot today.

For more information and to register for the event visit:

About the presenters:

Rhode Island Foundation —

Neil D. Steinberg, 
President & Chief Executive Officer, The Rhode Island Foundation

Neil came to the Foundation in 2008 from Brown University, his alma mater, where he served for four years as vice president of development and director of the most successful fundraising campaign in Brown’s history. For the three decades prior, Neil worked for FleetBoston Financial, where he rose to the position of chairman and chief executive officer of Fleet Bank Rhode Island.
A civic leader who has frequently answered the call to service at an array of community organizations, Neil co-chairs Rhode Island’s Race to the Top Steering Committee and serves on the trustees of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island Commodores. Neil was named in 2010 by Rhode Island Monthly one of Rhode Island’s Most Influential People and named in 2011 as one of the 25 Driving Forces in the Rhode Island business community during the past 25 years and one of the 10 most influential leaders in 2011 in the region’s business community by Providence Business News. 
He makes frequent public appearance and is often quoted in the press as an authority on philanthropy issues, a commentator on the Rhode Island economic scene, and an advocate for public education.


Dr. Phyllis Lynch - Director of the Office of Instruction, Assessment, & Curriculum

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has also committed two members Rhode Island’s PARCC Educator Leader Cadre (ELC). Each state in the PARCC consortium is creating an ELC to support the transition to the CCSS and PARCC. All ELCs will meet several times throughout each year at a consortium level to network and be trained together through in person and virtual meetings.
The ELC is a team of 24 members that will help lead implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the transition to the PARCC assessment in Rhode Island. Rhode Island’s ELC will share best practices regarding implementation and use of PARCC materials, engage in reviewing PARCC developed – and PARCC state-developed – instructional materials and become active leaders in state and local implementation efforts.
The Educator Leader Cadre is an integral part of RIDE’s strategy for engaging educators around the CCSS and PARCC. Cadre members will engage in focused activities around the CCSS and PARCC as they work towards two goals.

Specific presenters to be announced.

Teach for America —

Heather Tow-Yick
 is a fifth-generation Rhode Islander, Heather joined Teach For America in 1998 as a New York corps member. She has worked as the special assistant to former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, and as a strategy consultant with The Bridgespan Group, where she served several education nonprofits. Heather is a graduate of Brown University and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University Teachers College and an MBA from MIT. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Bill, and black lab, Sawyer.

About the organizer: The Bristol Warren Education Foundation (BWEF) is a community-based organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the Bristol Warren Regional School District. BWEF acts as a catalyst, broadening the base of support for public education in Bristol and Warren, and helping to shape an educational experience of the highest caliber for all students in the district.


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