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11/6/2017 Senators Gallo, Metts to host sixth annual Rhode Island Education Summit
STATE HOUSE — Senators Hanna M. Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick), chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, and Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence), vice chairman of the Senate Education Committee, will be hosting the sixth annual Rhode Island Education Summit, “Delivering a 21st Century Education for a 21st Century Workforce.”

The summit will be held in the cafeteria of the Department of Administration, One Capitol Hill, on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Attendees will be invited to partake in four sessions:

·        Education Leaders — The State of Education

·         Rhode Island Promise Scholarship and Transfers to University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College

·         Quality Teacher Preparation Programs, SAT, PSAT Programs and Career Readiness

·         Foster Youth Opportunities, Summer Melt and Public College Outcomes
In the first session, which takes place from 4 to 4:20 p.m., speakers, including Ken Wagner, commissioner of elementary and secondary education; Brenda Dann-Messier, commissioner of postsecondary education; and Barbara Cottam, chairwoman of the Board of Education, will provide an overview of the status of the PK-20 public education system in Rhode Island.

In the second session, which takes place from 4:25 to 4:45 p.m., Alix Ogden, chief of staff for the Community College of Rhode Island, will discuss recruitment efforts, faculty and staff needs and services necessary to ensure an on-time graduation and degree attainment of Promise Scholarship recipients. She will be joined by representatives from URI and Rhode Island College.

After a student panel and light dinner, the third session, scheduled for 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., will feature Paula M. Szulc, director of assessment and accreditation at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College; John Fallon, executive director of college readiness assessments for The College Board; and Adam Flynn, assistant director of the William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School.

The final session, scheduled for 6:20 to 6:50 p.m., will feature Darlene Allen, the executive director of Adoption Rhode Island, to discuss the scholarship program that Adoption RI offers in partnership with Hasbro for foster youth; Andrew Bramson, the executive director of the College Crusade, to discuss the reduction of “summer melt” when a child is accepted to college in June but doesn’t attend in September; and Robin McGill, the director of strategic initiatives in the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, who will discuss college completion rates.

Each seminar will be followed by a short question and answer period. The summit will be broadcast the following day on Capitol Television, Cox Channel 15, Cox HD channel 1013, and Verizon Fios channel 34.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903