We support innovation in education and statewide initiatives to catalyze new models of participation in the education sector. Recently, we have served as a founding member of the Rhode Island Office of Innovation’s program on developing statewide innovation clusters in the education sector.

Personalized Learning

The RI Personalized Learning Initiative released a draft of a white paper in September 2016, drafted by RIDE, the Rhode Island Office of Innovation, Rhode Island Mayoral Academies, Highlander Institute, and co-signed by RISTE, RI-CAN, the School of Education at RIC, and RIASP. The draft of the paper describes what we mean (and don’t mean) by personalized learning, and offers an initial blueprint for how stakeholders at every level including students and parents, educators and administrators, and state leaders can support a movement toward increased personalization for students.

RIMA is joining forces with the Rhode Island Department of Ed for their #GoOpen initiative supports transition from traditional textbooks.

Rhode Island has joined a new multi-state, open-education initiative to put more free educational resources in the hands of students and teachers.

#GoOpen initiative

Through the #GoOpen initiative, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Education, Rhode Island joins 12 other states that have pledged to work together in the first #GoOpen cohort to support teachers in using high-quality, openly licensed educational resources in their schools.

“By joining the #GoOpen initiative, Rhode Island has entered into a partnership with other states committed to innovation and the use of technology to support learning,” said R.I. Governor Gina M. Raimondo.

She also, says, “We recognize the importance of providing our students with the highest-quality learning resources, and we want to make excellent online instructional materials available to our teachers, free of charge. The #GoOpen initiative will accelerate our commitment to bringing our schools and classrooms into the digital age.”

Openly licensed educational resources are digital learning materials that can be used, modified, and shared without breaking copyright laws or paying licensing fees. As such, openly licensed educational resources have enormous potential to increase equitable access to high-quality education opportunities for all students.