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HOMELESSNESS
The Harry Kizirian Elementary School is located at 60 Camden Ave. in Providence.

Schools receive grants to support homeless students in Rhode Island

More than $336,000 was awarded to public school districts in Central Falls, Middletown, Newport, North Kingstown, Providence, Warwick, West Warwick and Woonsocket

Chrystal Baker and her daughter Nittaunis on the water at the University of Rhode Island’s bay campus, where the 19-year old studies marine biology.

‘We Are Here’: Debates over teaching history in R.I. exclude Native people, Indigenous parents say

State social studies standards do not stipulate that schools teach specific aspects of Native history or culture, said the Rhode Island Department of Education, instead leaving those decisions up to districts.

INNOVATORS Q&A
Bryant University professor Allison Butler working with students on a technique called the “importance-difficulty matrix.” This is one of the critical thinking exercises that helps students identify the most promising solutions of the many they have brainstormed.

This university is replicating a Silicon Valley start-up environment for lessons

Allison Butler, the founder of Bryant University’s IDEA program, believes students can benefit from being taught innovation, creativity, collaboration, and “design thinking.”

RI EDUCATION
Students sit, socially distant due to the pandemic, in a classroom at Delsesto-Springfield Middle School in Providence, R.I., Dec. 3, 2020.

Why are test scores for Indigenous students in Rhode Island so low?

On the most-recent RICAS test, just 12.3 percent of American Indian or Alaska Native students met or exceeded expectations for English language arts -- comparable to homeless students and far behind white students. Why are these students lagging behind?

Lorén Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, Rhode Island, speaks to Boston Globe reporter Edward Fitzpatrick during the Rhode Island Report podcast.

For Indigenous people, Thanksgiving represents a day of mourning

“There’s no US history without Indigenous people’s history,” says Tomaquag Museum executive director Lorén Spears.

RI CRIME
North Kingstown High School basketball coach Aaron Thomas during a game. He has been accused of conducting inappropriate “body fat tests.”

Lawyer for former North Kingstown student athletes files legal action over ‘body fat’ test records taken by Aaron Thomas

The former coach’s lawyer says the documents have already been returned to the North Kingstown School department

CORONAVIRUS

COVID cases that prompted Warwick’s Pilgrim High School to move to remote learning may be tied to homecoming dance

“Roughly 25 cases among students and staff have been identified,” state Department of Health spokesperson Joseph Wendelken said. A testing site will be set up at the school on Tuesday by the state health department. It’s unclear how long it will take for students to move back to in-person learning.

RI EDUCATION
A woman holds a protest sign referencing the allegations against former North Kingstown basketball coach Aaron Thomas during a North Kingstown school committee meeting at North Kingstown High School in North Kingstown, Rhode Island on Nov. 16, 2021.

North Kingstown superintendent breaks silence on Aaron Thomas fat tests: ‘I acted appropriately’

His comments, made during a school committee meeting, drew a loud rebuke from some in the crowd.