Interim Supt. Maher meets Providence families at Parent Forums

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Saying he will do the job as it should be done permanently, Providence’s Interim Superintendent Chris Maher provided the community with his thoughts and priorities for the city’s schools at a series of Parent Forums held this month throughout the city.

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PASA AfterZone summer programs explore music, building and Narragansett Bay

Educator Karen Ramirez, who is finishing her education degree at Rhode Island College, and Jonathan Gutierrez of West Broadway Middle School work to build a seesaw at the West Side Zone.

Educator Karen Ramirez, who is finishing her education degree at Rhode Island College, and Jonathan Gutierrez of West Broadway Middle School work to build a seesaw at the West Side Zone.

For the fifth consecutive year, 500 Providence middle school students spent four weeks this summer engaged in experiential learning, thanks to a partnership with the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), and learned to build, play guitars and explore Narragansett Bay.

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Providence teachers meet with U.S. Education Secretary

Providence teacher Ana Montalban meets with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Teach to Lead Breakfast in Washington, DC on July 28.

Providence teacher Ana Montalban meets with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Teach to Lead Breakfast in Washington, DC on July 28.

Last winter, the Teacher Retention and Induction Network (TRAIN) applied for and received a grant to attend the Teach to Lead summit in Boston. The purpose of the summit, developed by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, is to provide teams of teachers time to work on projects that they would like to see implemented in their districts and to network and collaborate with teachers from around the country.

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Commissioner Wagner and Supt. Maher visit Providence Schools’ summer programs

Providence’s Interim Supt. Chris Maher joins Rhode Island’s new Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education on his first official day as he visits summer learning programs for English Language Learners. They are visiting an adult class offered in conjunction with Dorcas Place.

Providence’s Interim Supt. Chris Maher joins Rhode Island’s new Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education on his first official day as he visits summer learning programs for English Language Learners. They are visiting an adult class offered in conjunction with Dorcas Place.

On his first official work day, Rhode Island’s new Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. Ken Wagner, visited summer programs for English Language Learners and refugee students in Providence Schools at the Leviton Dual Language School. Dr. Wagner was joined by Providence’s Interim Superintendent Chris Maher on Monday, August 3.

Summer Graduation

We did it!

We did it!

An excited group of 50 students from Providence’s high schools walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas during the 2015 Summer Graduation Ceremony held on August 12 at the Providence Career and Technical Academy (PCTA). While the ceremony was held a couple months later than the district’s June graduations, the graduates and their parents exuded the same bright smiles and pride in their achievement of this important milestone.

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