Leading the way to a brighter future for our children
Rhode Island's education system is in crisis, and we need your help to develop innovative solutions. Please join us at RIPEC’s K-12 Education Forum, where leaders from across the state will come together and share their insights and ideas to improve our public education system. Working together, we can build a future in which every student has access to a high-quality education.

At the forum, you'll have the opportunity to:
• Hear from experts in the field about the most pressing issues facing our schools today
• Listen to panelists exchange ideas and develop innovative solutions
• Network with other education stakeholders and build relationships that can help drive change in our schools

Together, we can develop solutions that will help our students thrive and ensure that our schools are providing the education that our students need to succeed.

Johnson & Wales University
Harbor View Building
Rhode Island Room
1150 Narragansett Blvd.
Cranston, RI
Date & Time
May 17, 2023
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast and Opening Remarks

9:15 AM
Panel Discussion
Three moderated panel discussions

1. Rhode Island’s education workforce and professional development
Victor Mercurio, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Educational Leadership Doctoral Program, Johnson & Wales University

Danielle Dennis, Ph.D., Dean, Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Rhode Island
Jeanine Dingus-Eason, Ph.D., Dean, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, Rhode Island College
Frank Flynn, President, Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals
John P. Papay, Ed.D., Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Annenberg Institute, Brown University

2. Education funding
Paige Clausius-Parks, Executive Director, Rhode Island Kids Count

Christopher Blazejewski, Majority Leader, Rhode Island House of Representatives
Colleen Burns Jermain, Ed.D., Superintendent, Newport Public Schools
Ryan W. Pearson, Majority Leader, Rhode Island Senate
Kenneth K. Wong, Ph.D., Professor and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair for Education Policy, Brown University

3. Innovation and choice
Sarah Friedman, Co-Founder, The Learning Community

William Bryan, Senior Project Executive, Gilbane Building Company; Chair, Rhode Island Career and Technical Education Board of Trustees
Michaelle Larracuente, Director of Programs and Implementation, Highlander Institute
Ramona Santos Torres, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Parents Leading for Educational Equity
Spencer Sherman, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Linked Learning Alliance

12:15 PM
Lunch and Keynote
Keynote address from Susan Lusi, President & CEO of Mass Insight Education & Research
Our Keynote Speaker

Susan F. Lusi, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Mass Insight Education & Research

Thank you to our sponsors
 Join us on May 17, 2023 
We look forward to seeing you!

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