Learning Pioneers is a chance for K-12 teachers in Rhode Island to make their voices heard and to use their classroom experience to inform policy around personalized learning for all Ocean State students. This summer fellowship will help educators translate their classroom work into policy visions that will inform RI-CAN's statewide policy campaigns in 2017 and beyond.
During her inauguration address, Gov. Gina Raimondo issued this challenge: “Today, I ask Rhode Islanders to think differently.” She is right — we do need to think differently, especially about how we invest in the future for our students and their success, including the buildings they sit in regularly.
Earlier this year, RI-CAN launched the Modern Funding for Modern Schools campaign to ensure that our students have smart funding for their schools. With our partners, we asked advocates to urge lawmakers to fully fund our student-centered funding formula and expand access to full-day kindergarten across the state. Now it’s time to find out how we did.