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9/13/2018 Senators Gallo, Metts to host seventh 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 seventh annual Rhode Island Education Summit, “A 21st Century Education for a 21st Century Workforce.”

Also to be released at the Summit will be a Senate Education Legislative Action Plan entitled “21st Century Education for a 21st Century Workforce.” Many of the issues contained in the action plan will be discussed during the summit.

The summit will be held in the cafeteria of the Department of Administration, One Capitol Hill, on Monday, Sept. 17, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Attendees will be invited to partake in three sessions:
  • World Language Acquisition — The Benefits of Multilingualism
  • The Benefits of the Arts on Student Performance and the Economy
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
In the first session, which takes place from 4:05 to 5:05 p.m., speakers will include Trey Calvin, managing policy analyst, Joint Committee for Languages of the National Council for Languages and International Studies; Ken Wagner, commissioner of elementary and secondary education; Karen de Bruin, associate professor of French, department chair, University of Rhode Island; Kristen Stringfellow, school superintendent, South Kingstown; and Adrianna Neira, a student at URI.

In the second session, which takes place from 5:10 to 5:40 p.m., speakers will include Randall Rosenbaum, executive director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; Maggie Anderson, director of Arts in Education for the council; Douglas Bosch, professor at Rhode Island College, Rebecca Shipe, assistant professor of art and educational studies, RIC; and Paul Carpentier, art and design educator for Cranston Public Schools.

The final session, scheduled for 5:50 to 6:50 p.m., will feature Jennifer Dounay Zinth, principal policy analyst for the Education Commission of the States; Susan C. Lane, senior director of policy and research for the New England Board of Higher Education; Brenda Dann-Messier, commissioner postsecondary education; Heather Hudson, executive director of the Governor’s Workforce Board; Sen Louis P. DiPalma, undersea systems chief engineer for Raytheon; and Linda Larsen, director of Education Outreach and Workforce Development, Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance.

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