RI recognizes, values, and celebrates educators.
Join us in shaping the future of Rhode Island’s education system, where your expertise, dedication, and passion matter. Together, let’s make a difference in the lives of all Rhode Island students.
The stories that make us great
Classroom teachers are responsible for much more than instruction and content knowledge. They guide students to become independent learners, advocates for their educational and life aspirations, and foster a joy and passion for learning. Teachers hold high expectations and champion all learners while caring for the social-emotional needs of each student.
School Social Worker
Rhode Island School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who are licensed through the Rhode Island Department of Health and certified through the Rhode Island Department of Education. School Social Workers provide both direct and indirect services to students, families, and school personnel. Their services are designed to address social, emotional, economic, and environmental barriers that may interfere with a student's academic success and social functioning. Through early identification, prevention, and intervention services, school social workers support the whole student, including their needs at home, school, and in the community. They serve as the link between all aspects of students’ lives to foster supportive learning environments, close achievement gaps, and promote systemic change.
Rhode Island school counselors design and deliver school counseling programs that improve student outcomes. School counselors help students form healthy goals, mindsets, and behaviors. They lead, advocate and collaborate to promote equity and access for all students by connecting their school counseling program to the school’s academic mission and school improvement plan. They uphold the ethical and professional standards of American School Counseling Association and promote the development of the school counseling program based on the following areas of the American School Counseling Association National Model: define, deliver, manage, and assess.
School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.
What better career than to be a teacher... I get to do what I love every day.”