2015 Conference

Rhode Island Whole Child Education in Action

Registration will be open during the first week in June for the 2015 LFA/RI Conference, Rhode Island Whole Child Education in Action. Please join us as Rhode Island's leading practitioners present a wide variety of sessions that demonstrate how schools, parents and communities work together to see that children and youth are Healthy, Safe, Supported, Engaged and Challenged. We look forward to an educational and rewarding today. We hope to see you there - Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich.

LFA/RI What Works! 2015 - 2016:

RHODE ISLAND WHOLE CHILD EDUCATION IN ACTION

This year’s LFA/RI What Works! series will feature workshops demonstrating BEST PRACTICE in classrooms, schools, districts, and communities in Rhode Island. Workshops will be organized around threads that are defined by indicators. It is understood and anticipated that workshops will crossover to address multiple threads. To make the identification process most effective and efficient, sessions will be color coordinated to the threads below. Presenters will identify the threads addressed by individual workshops on the Request for Proposal form submitted to the conference planning committee.

The target audience for these workshops will include teachers, administrators, policy makers, school committee members, counselors, community leaders, higher education practitioners, and others.

A well-rounded, comprehensive education means that schools, parents, and communities work together to see that all children and youth are HEALTHY, SAFE, SUPPORTED, ENGAGED AND CHALLENGED. This conference will focus on ways that is happening in Rhode Island schools.


HEALTHY

Indicators: school culture; curriculum; health and well being of staff; access to health services; collaboration with community health partners; nutrition and physical activity


SAFE

Indicators: school climate; behavior management; social-emotional skills; attention to adolescent and child growth and development; physical plant; social justice and equity concepts


SUPPORTED

Indicators: personalized learning; social/emotional skills; curricular, instructional and school improvement decisions are based on child and adolescent development; communication methods are varied and language appropriate for the community; staff is certified and credentialed; assessment is varied and ongoing; access to school counselors; families are partners; adults model pro-social behavior


ENGAGED

Indicators: active learning strategies; citizenship and civic behaviors; decision making is inclusive; options and choices for extracurricular and co-curricular activities; community based learning; students monitor learning; curriculum promotes real-world understanding

CHALLENGED

Indicators: challenging, comprehensive and relevant curriculum; data is collected and used effectively to support student learning and growth; school works with families to understand and plan for lifelong success; activities beyond the school day are relevant to college, career and citizenship; opportunities to develop critical thinking, problem solving and digital technology competency; high expectations for all; global awareness