Rhode Island Mayoral Academies Unveil NE Basecamp

At the Winter Convening of schools implementing the Summit Model of Personalized Learning, RIMA unveiled NE Basecamp. New England Basecamp, a RIMA affiliated organization, will be New England’s leading propagator of the Summit model of personalized learning by bringing school and teacher leaders together from all types of schools and districts to implement personalized learning disciplines.

“RIMA has always been committed to providing all our children with the high-quality education they will need to be college and career ready.  NE Basecamp and our District-Charter Collaboration work gives educators from all types of school an opportunity to learn from and with each other so as to provide equal access, educational excellence, and high standards for all students.” said RIMA Board Member Norman E. “Sandy” McCulloch Jr.

RIMA through their District-Charter Collaboration efforts, and now NE Basecamp are supporting the implementation of the Summit Model of Personalized Learning in Rhode Island schools.  Summit Public Schools recently named NE Basecamp their regional partners for New England.  NE Basecamp will now support schools throughout New England as they shift from teacher-centered instruction to student-centered instruction.  Implementing a personalized learning model requires a fundamental change to the way teachers and students approach learning.  

Donna Stone, CEO of RIMA and NE Basecamp shares, “The acts of reforming teaching and learning cannot succeed in a silo. True real and lasting positive school change is achieved in the context that all schools, no matter type or size, can succeed in providing students with a high-quality education when they see themselves as part of a whole.  Districts prepared to make policy changes that empower school and teacher leaders to improve teaching and learning in their schools through personalized learning believe that it is done through trusting relationships and teamwork, rather than competition and a focus on individual accomplishments.  Success for our students is build on a foundation of understanding that our  school district are part of  a complex, interdependent system, rather than a collection of schools scattered across the state. NE Basecamp is a place where like minded district-school and teacher leaders come to see their goals of growth through partnerships come to fruition.  NE Basecamp schools recognizes that essential resources; information, professional development, support, thought-partners, are exchanged through relationships within and across the overlapping networks of schools and districts.”

NE Basecamp will institute a fellowship program, led by Wendy Espinoza Cotta, NE Basecamp’s Director of Personalized Learning and Associate Director of Personalized Learning Dr. Shayna Fox-Norwitz, designed as a sustainability plan for districts by providing identified practicing educators with a year-long embedded professional growth opportunity where they will develop their own educational leadership skills and have the unique opportunity to shape the implementation and support of personalized learning in and out of their district.

“It has been wonderful to see this work unfold over the last couple of years.  School and teachers leaders, instructional leaders, and superintendents from across the state have recognized the value of collaboration.  Together hundreds of Rhode Island educators from our Mayoral Academies, traditional districts and independent charters have shared resources, professional development, and best practices to bring high quality, rigorous curriculum through a personalized learning model to their schools, classrooms, and most importantly to their students.  We are very excited to be expanding this work and our support to New England beginning today.” said RIMA Board Chair Lt. Governor Dan McKee.