Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Rhode Island Commissioner of Education has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to the Providence Journal. Doctors reportedly believe the growth to be benign and will operate on the commissioner in late September at an undisclosed hospital. Deputy Commissioner David V. Abbott will run the department in her absence. Gist is expected to be on medical leave for at least two months while she recovers. The tumor was reportedly discovered during a series of tests after Gist suffered a severe concussion in July while traveling to a conference in Atlanta. A suitcase placed in an overhead compartment on the plane slipped and hit her on the head, according to the Journal. Gist reduced her duties as the state's top education …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A Superior Court judge has sent the issue to the state Labor Relations Board, a win for teachers.
The state Labor Relations Board will take up the issue of teacher hiring practices in Portsmouth after a judge ruled in favor of teachers. A hearing is now scheduled for Dec. 15. Last Wednesday, a Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the teachers' unions, which argued the issue must be taken to the state Labor Board, reported The Providence Journal. At issue, being debated between the Portsmouth School Committee and the Portsmouth National Education Association (NEA), is whether teachers should be hired based on seniority or criteria established by the school board. The Portsmouth School Committee has sought some "clarity" from state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. While Gist has not written on Portsmouth's practices, she …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Deborah Gist says the state Department of Education will no longer push for a tiered diploma system and discusses the recent NECAP results with Johnston parents.
Rhode Island State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist told a group of Johnston residents last night that she is no longer pursuing the three-tiered diploma system that created a maelstrom of resistance from parents. At a previous appearance in Cranston on Feb. 5, Gist said she would suggest delaying the new diploma system until 2014. During a phone interview Tuesday morning, RIDE spokesman Elliot Krieger explained that Gist has made a recommendation to the state's Board of Regents that the tiered diploma system be abandoned. The Regents are expected to vote on Gist's proposal to drop the three-tiered format at an upcoming meeting, Krieger said. “We (Rhode Island Department of Education) are not pursuing a tiered diploma system. However, …
Monday, February 14, 2011
The state commissioner of education stopped in at Debra Sgambato's third-grade classroom as part of her "listening and learning" tour.
In the accompanying video, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist tours the third-grade classroom of Debra Sgambato at Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary School in Johnston on Feb. 14. Gist sits with Mitchell Parrillo, 9, as he works through an exercise, then listens as Lexi Ross reads an essay about her friend, Estabe-Ana Souliza, as part of a lesson on conducting interviews. Students had six stations to visit that tested their language and math skills. Finally, Gist describes the innovative elements of Ms. Sgambato's classroom and how those elements fit in with state efforts to enhance education. Later in the day, Gist was scheduled to meet with teachers and host a community forum at Ferri Middle School at 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate Valentine's (or not), give a pint and show your love for others, skate downtown with the P-Bruins, meet Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, and This Day In History: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Like It Or Not? Mohr Library hosts its (anti-) Valentine's Day celebration for kids in grades 6 to 12 from 3 to 4 pm. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. Make a duct tape rose (that's a mixed message if I ever heard one) and enjoy games and chocolate. Give A Gift From The Heart — Literally: The Bridge at Cherry Hill Assisted Living Facility hosts a blood drive today from 3 to 6 p.m. Just be sure not to eat too much chocolate before you donate — save it to reward yourself after the fact. A Romantic Skate, If You Love Hockey: The Providence Bruins are scheduled to practice outdoors at the Bank of America City Center Ice Rink tonight at 5:30. After the practice, join the big guys on the ice. $6 per person to skate; watching the practice is free. …
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
A majority of Johnston students scored at the "proficient" level in reading, while math scores were roughly split between the top two and bottom two categories.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist this morning unveiled the results of the 2010 New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, a set of standardized tests given to students each year. In their presentation at Globe Park Elementary School in Woonsocket, Chafee and Gist focused on students who made significant improvement — especially at the high school level — though they also acknowledged the lack of improvement at the elementary school level and the low levels of achievement in math. Rhode Island students made some gains in mathematics and reading, but just one-third of high school students are proficient in math, and the achievement gap between the state average and minority students remains “unacceptably …