Tegra Mandishona and Olivia Hazard, of Highlander Charter School, were accepted to the Student Diplomacy Corp Summer Program. The Student Diplomacy Corps creates opportunities for underserved high school students from across the nation to access dynamic summer study away programs that build college readiness, deepen empathy and unleash the potential of youth. For four weeks Tegra will be in Italy and Olivia will be in France. Congratulations!
The school’s leaders knew that 100% of the surveyed parents at the K-8 Central Falls charter school wished Segue also offered a high school. They knew that the number of people going into education as a profession is dwindling as pay issues become more daunting. They knew Rhode Island needs more teachers, and even more specifically that Rhode Island needs more diverse teachers, as 89% are white, according to a 2019 report. In fall 2024, Segue plans to open a high school with a focus on encouraging students to go into the education field, whether as teachers, administrators, counselors or whatever else a school may need. Read more from The Providence Journal here.
Many other Canopy schools integrate social and emotional learning throughout the academic curriculum. They offer mental health supports, train adults to recognize and respond to students who are impacted by traumatic stress, and pair students with an adult in school for regular individualized mentoring.
Congratulations to Khadijah Hilmy of The Greene School who was named to the national ELEducation Student Advisory Council. A great leadership and learning opportunity for her, and a great honor to have been chosen from students across the country. Read more from her hometown newspaper, the Johnston Sun Rise, here.
We are public schools
Our 20 schools serve the public, are free and open to the public, funded by the public and held accountable to the public. We enroll students through a fair and transparent lottery system, which is open to all students, including many from low income, diverse communities.
Whether we’re working with traditional public school leaders or a team of teachers is working collaboratively within their own department, we are always seeking new ways to improve student achievement. We work closely with families and community partners, providing invaluable educational experiences for students that don’t end once students leave their classrooms. We have flexibility around how we spend our resources and run our programs, helping us explore best practices and share them with both charter and traditional public schools.
We teach differently because we know that students learn differently. We find innovative approaches to each lesson and we don’t stop until we know what works. We are striving every day to close the achievement gap in our public schools and have shown strong results on state testing and other measures of success.