About LFA-RI

Since its formation in 2007 LFA/RI has worked to promote and support Rhode Island public school students, teachers and administrators. It has done this in a variety of ways. 

In 2007, LFA/RI published a report that outlined some of the successes in Rhode Island public schools. Here's The Rest of The Story a report published by LFA/RI focused on the increases in student performance in English language arts and mathematics at all grade levels, the percentage of schools commended for their sustained improvement and the misconception that schools labeled as making insufficient progress are not improving. (See link below)

The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and Rhode Island PBS aired a program in September 2008 entitled, "Where We Stand" about the status of public education in the United States. Following the program representatives from LFA/RI participated in a live on-air discussion of public education in Rhode Island.

For a number of years LFA/RI offered free after school onsite professional development to Rhode Island educators. This What Works! Series showcased best practice offerings which were presented by Rhode Island practitioners. Each of these sessions was sponsored by one of the LFA/RI member organizations.

LFA/RI has also made presentations to the former Rhode island Board of Regents, and written letters and had discussions with Rhode Island's Congressional delegation regarding the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary School Act. These discussions are on going.

In 2013, LFA/RI sponsored its first statewide technology conference, "Empowering Practice Through Technology". Once again Rhode Island educators presented best practices to Rhode Island participants. This was followed up with another technology conference in 2014, "Digital Learners: Empowering Educators".

In August 2015 LFA/RI changed the theme of its conference to "Rhode Island Whole Child Education in Action". We incorporated the ASCD Whole Child Approach and the five tenets: Safe, Healthy, Supported, Engaged and Challenged. Those tenets can be found under "Organizing Structure and Request for Proposals.

During the 2015 - 2016 school year, LFA/RI hopes to continue the Whole Child theme by returning to the What Works! format. Once these have been scheduled, we will post those offerings on this site.