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Roger Williams Granted $145K For English Language Learners Program

Thursday, March 20, 2014

 

Roger Williams University (RWU) has been awarded to a $145,000 grant by the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education has awarded for the first year of a new collaborative program in partnership with the Providence Public School District (PPSD) aimed to improve mathematics achievement for English Language Learners in five local elementary schools from kindergarten through third grade.

The new professional development program, PRIME-ELL (Providence Rhode Island Mathematics Excellence – English Language Learners) will create mathematics professional learning communities where local K-3 teachers will work with RWU faculty and students to build on existing math curriculum, learn best practices and develop specific classroom strategies to better meet math learning goals and improve academic achievement for English Language Learners.

“We are very grateful to the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education for this grant and to the faculty and students of Roger Williams University for their partnership to improve academic achievement in mathematics for our English Language Learners,” said Providence School Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi. “We are working daily to improve the education we provide to our ELL students and deeply appreciate the support of RIOHE and the partnership of Roger Williams University in this effort.”

Latinos make up 75 percent of ELLs are Latino

Latinos make up 75 percent of the English Language Learners (ELLs) in Rhode Island, who are students actively acquiring English, and whose primary language is one other than English. The Latino Policy Institute (LPI) at Roger Williams University released research in 2013 that shows local Latino students score two to three grade levels behind their white peers in math. With this new research from LPI, the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education initiated a Call for Proposals for a new grant created specifically to improve mathematics education for ELLs in the state.

By following a mathematics learning community (MLC) professional development model, the PRIME-ELL program aims to decrease that achievement gap between ELL students and their peers by helping PPSD teachers improve their knowledge and instruction of math. The program will be led by RWU faculty from its School of Education, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences as well as regional and national ELL specialists including the Latino Policy Institute.

"With this federal grant, the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education is specifically targeting improved teaching and learning in mathematics for elementary school students who are English Language Learners," said Clark Greene, interim Commissioner for Higher Education. "The goal for the funded projects is to ensure professional development opportunities are not only responsive to the needs of districts and schools, but also inform our educator preparation programs. We have a collective responsibility in higher education to strengthen teaching and learning in K-12 and the collaboration between Roger Williams University and Providence Public Schools was evident in the PRIME-ELL proposal. I look forward to seeing the end results of this work."

11 professional development sessions

Over the course of the three-year grant, the program will feature 11 professional development sessions each year including a weeklong summer institute with the goal to reach approximately 85 PPSD teachers and 1,400 ELL students across nine schools. Five PPSD elementary schools will begin this spring including: Asa Messer Elementary, George J. West Elementary, Reservoir Avenue Elementary, Webster Avenue Elementary and William D’Abate Elementary.

“The faculty leaders from RWU in the PRIME-ELL program, from our School of Education and the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, have unique expertise and experience in implementing professional development programming in math and we look forward to collaborating with the PPSD faculty to implement best practices that better match different teaching approaches to the specific learning challenges facing Rhode Island’s ELL students,” says Kelly Donnell, associate professor of education, Roger Williams University. “The PRIME-ELL program also offers our education students a rare opportunity to learn from local educators and get involved in real-world research and curricula development all while offering a fresh perspective on classroom innovation and how we can improve student success in urban schools.”

The grant awarded to RWU and PPSD is funded by the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education’s Higher Education Partnerships Grant Program through the federal Title II, Part A-Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment Fund.

 

Related Slideshow: Rhode Island School Superintendent Salaries

Below are the salaries of school superintendents in Rhode Island, starting with the lowest paid. Data is for 2013 and was provided by the state Division of Municipal Finance. Where relevant, longevity pay is also listed. All school superintendents are listed except those in the independent school districts in Foster and Glocester. The combined Foster-Glocester district is included. In order to provide a more informed basis for comparing superintendents from one community to another, the annual student enrollment and total expenditures are also listed. (The data is for fiscal year 2012, the latest available from the state Department of Education.)

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34. New Shoreham

Superintendent Robert Hicks

Salary: $45,280

District Profile

Student Body Size: 112

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $4,443,923

Note: Position is part-time.

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33. Little Compton

Superintendent Kathryn M. Crowley

Salary: $63,500

District Profile

Student Body Size: 295

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $6,995,203

Note: Position is part-time.

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32. Jamestown

Superintendent Marcia Lukon

Salary: $67,039

District Profile

Student Body Size: 481

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $12,049,735

Note: Position is part-time.

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31. Johnston

Superintendent Bernard DiLullo, Jr.

Salary: $121,456

Longevity Pay: $2,000

District Profile

Student Body Size: 2,917

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $50,452,203

Salary includes longevity pay.

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30. Tiverton

Superintendent William J. Rearick

Salary: $125,032

District Profile

Student Body Size: 1,738

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $28,715,478

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29. North Providence

Superintendent Melinda Smith

Salary: $127,600

District Profile

Student Body Size: 3,301

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $47,235,638

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28. North Smithfield

Superintendent Stephen Lindberg

Salary: $129,854

District Profile

Student Body Size: 1,704

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $23,498,113

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27. Portsmouth

Superintendent Lynn Krizic

Salary: $132,000

District Profile

Student Body Size: 2,590

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $36,591,167

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26. West Warwick

Superintendent Karen Tarasevich

Salary: $134,000

District Profile

Student Body Size: 3,374

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $53,918,748

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25. Exeter-West Greenwich

Superintendent James H. Erinakes II

Salary: $135,000

District Profile

Student Body Size: 1,678

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $32,331,544

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24. Narragansett

Superintendent Katherine E. Sipala

Salary: $138,485

District Profile

Student Body Size: 1,407

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $26,850,371

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23. Burrillville

Superintendent Frank Pallotta

Salary: $139,000

District Profile

Student Body Size: 2,418

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $31,681,821

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22. Smithfield

Superintendent Robert O'Brien

Salary: $141,481

District Profile

Student Body Size: 2,349

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $34,311,788

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21. Foster-Glocester

Superintendent Michael S. Barnes

Salary: $141,756

District Profile

Student Body Size: 1,226

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $18,267,711

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20. Bristol-Warren

Superintendent Melinda Thies

Salary: $142,550

Longevity Pay: $2,550

District Profile

Student Body Size: 3,454

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $51,591,792

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19. East Greenwich

Superintendent Victor Mercurio

Salary: $144,279

District Profile

Student Body Size: 2,323

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $32,975,952

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18. East Providence

Superintendent Kim Mercer

Salary: $144,279

District Profile

Student Body Size: 5,338

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $77,242,920

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17. Central Falls

Superintendent Frances Gallo

Salary: $144,900

District Profile

Student Body Size: 2,724

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $51,519,366

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16. Coventry

Superintendent Michael Almeida

Salary: $145,000

District Profile

Student Body Size: 4,970

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $67,620,141

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15. Cranston

Superintendent Judith Lundsten

Salary: $145,083

District Profile

Student Body Size: 10,030

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $140,651,662

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14. North Kingstown

Superintendent Phillip Auger

Salary: $145,352

District Profile

Student Body Size: 4,398

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $61,636,874

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13. Westerly

Superintendent Roy Seitsinger

Salary: $146,477

District Profile

Student Body Size: 3,030

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $55,015,253

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12. Barington

Superintendent Michael Messore

Salary: $147,500

District Profile

Student Body Size: 3,101

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $44,851,748

Note: Salary includes longevity pay.

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11. Chariho

Superintendent Barry J. Ricci

Salary: $149,030

District Profile

Student Body Size: 3,421

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $55,831,939

Note: District includes towns of Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton.

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10. Lincoln

Superintendent Georgia Fortunato

Salary: $149,130

District Profile

Student Body Size: 3,236

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $49,551,778

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9. Woonsocket

Superintendent Giovanna M. Donoyan

Salary: $150,000

District Profile

Student Body Size: 5,636

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $77,022,482

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8. Scituate

Superintendent Paul R. Lescault

Salary: $150,098

District Profile

Student Body Size: 1,492

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $22,330,940

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7. South Kingstown

Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow

Salary: $151,008

District Profile

Student Body Size: 3,393

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $59,950,442

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6. Middletown

Superintendent Rosemarie K. Kraeger

Salary: $154,059

District Profile

Student Body Size: 2,360

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $37,340,131

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5. Newport

Superintendent John H. Ambrogi

Salary: $155,000

District Profile

Student Body Size: 2,005

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $39,683,489

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4. Cumberland

Superintendent Philip Thorton

Salary: $158,000

District Profile

Student Body Size: 4,470

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $55,508,846

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3. Pawtucket

Superintendent Deborah A. Cylke

Salary: $159,000

District Profile

Student Body Size: 9,072

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $112,889,497

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2. Warwick

Superintendent Richard D'Agostino

Salary: $169,371

Longevity Pay: $2,480

District Profile

Student Body Size: 9,487

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $162,729,013

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1. Providence

Superintendent Susan Lusi

Salary: $190,000

District Profile

Student Body Size: 22,432

Annual Budget (FY 2012): $364,621,277

 
 

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