Rhode Island

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About Rhode Island

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A CEEDAR TA Partner since: 2016

Participating Teacher Preparation Programs:

  • Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Providence College
  • Rhode Island College
  • Salve Regina University
  • The University of Rhode Island
  • The Center for Leadership & Educational Equity (CLEE)
  • Burrillville Public Schools
  • Central Falls School District
  • Narragansett Public Schools
  • Newport Public Schools
  • Roger Williams University
  • The Equity Institute
  • Providence Public Schools
  • CEEDAR Cross-State Convening 2023

Reform Efforts


The Rhode Island CEEDAR team, comprised of PK-12, Educator Preparation, and RI Department of Education representatives, collaborates to ensure strong educator preparation leading to increased student achievement for every Rhode Island learner. The RI CEEDAR team accomplishes this by encouraging strong, innovative, mutually beneficial partnerships focused on clinical practice; supporting partners in creating and sustaining a culturally responsive, inclusive, and equity-minded context for learning and leading; and ensuring that every Rhode Island student has access to high quality instruction that supports learning and achievement.


We see a future where every student’s educational pathway is guided by teachers, counselors, and leaders who represent the community. Educators are prepared for their complex work through dynamic PK-12 and educator preparation partnerships to use evidence-based, inclusive, and culturally responsive practices, ensuring just and equitable access to learning and growth for all.

Rhode Island’s CEEDAR blueprint is focused on four areas:

1) Continuous improvement

2) Mutually beneficial partnerships

3) Equity and access

4) Literacy & dyslexia, leveraged by the Rhode Island Right to Read Act

Interested in learning more about reform efforts in Rhode Island? Contact one of our CEEDAR agency representatives.

Institution RepresentedNameEmail
CEEDARAbby Foleyafoley@air.org
CEEDARRod LuceroRlucero32@gmail.com
CEEDARAshton Johnson

Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)

Emily KleinEmily.klein@ride.ri.gov
RIDEHilda PotrzebaHilda.Potrzeba@ride.ri.gov

Clayton RossClayton.ross@ride.ri.gov
Johnson & Wales University

Karen SwobodaKaren.swoboda@jwu.edu
Johnson & Wales University

Lisa MacarusoLMacaruso01@wildcats.jwu.edu
Providence College
Heather AllcockHeather.allcock@providence.edu
Providence CollegeShannon DolanSdolan3@providence.edu
Rhode Island CollegeCara McDermott-FasyCmcdermott@ric.edu
Rhode Island CollegeCeleste Comeau-MullaneCcomeaumullane@ric.edu
Salve Regina UniversityTracy PelkowskiTracy.pelkowski@salve.edu
Salve Regina UniversityHolly MooreHolly.moore@salve.edu
The University of Rhode Island


Danielle DennisDanielle_dennis@uri.edu
The University of Rhode IslandDiana MarshallDmar1145@uri.edu
The Center for Leadership &

Educational Equity

Kirsten LaCroixKirstenlacroix@clee-ri.org
The Center for Leadership &

Educational Equity

Evelyn Cosme-JonesEvelyncosmejones@clee-ri.org
The Equity InstituteAyana BassAbass@theequityinstitute.org
Central Falls School District

Jay MidwoodMidwoodj@cfschools.net
Narragansett School DistrictKaren FestaKfesta@nssk12.org
Rhode Island Department of EducationMary Spencermary.spencer@ride.ri.gov
Roger Williams UniversityKimberlee Johnsen-Smithkjohnsen-smith@rwu.edu
Rhode Island CollegeNatasha Feinbergnfeinberg@ric.edu