Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Family/parent meeting with R.I. Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, Thurs. 1/20, 6:00pm, Providence Career & Technical Academy

One of the ways to have a stake in what happens in our public schools is to show up to learn more and speak up for what you believe in. In that spirit, here is information about an event that--despite any truly abysmal weather that may linger--I hope you consider attend with friends (and kids! who can also be your friends!). It's for parents/family members from all communities in Rhode Island, not just Providence.

Robin Adams is a Providence Public Schools parent and leader of PPSD's Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), a group of representatives from public school PTOs/parent groups that meets monthly. Robin developed questions for Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and has worked with the PAC and PPSD's Office of Family and Community Engagement to create an event on Thursday, January 20, at 6:00pm that will allow parents and family members from Providence and across Rhode Island to talk with Commissioner Gist about the impact of Rhode Island's Race to the Top funds, parent/family involvement, and school reform.

The meeting will take place at the Providence Career & Technical Academy  (PCTA), 41 Fricker Street, Providence 02903 (near Classical High School, entrance on Cranston Street across from Citizens Bank. Children’s activities for ages 5-12 will be provided. Spanish language translation services will also be provided. 

Please attend! It will be a unique and compelling event; I am interested in meeting connected and curious parents from communities beyond Providence, and grateful that this is an event organized by families, for families. Thanks to Robin, the PPSD PAC leadership, the Office of Family and Community Engagement, and Commissioner Gist for making it happen. Hope to see you there!

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