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    • June 23, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • June 01, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 12

    Dear Principal, 

    RIASP is very pleased to continue to offer new and early career Rhode Island principals, and assistant principals in year 1-4, the opportunity to receive 30 virtual coaching hours during the 2020-2021 School Year.

    Coaching is provided by veteran principals, who have successfully completed a national model of Coaching training facilitated by
    Delaware Academy of School Leadership and/ or  the Connecticut Center for School Change.   

    Why Coaching?

    What the research says:
    “Coaching is not about filling the voids and deficits assumed to be part and parcel of a new job.  It is about developing a professional practice of action and reflection, of probing current systems and exploring possibilities.” (S. Stein, NYCLA, July 2015)

    What one coachee says:My coach is a great thought partner, she has offered multiple resources that I can leverage at my school, and she asks really thought-provoking questions that allow me to plan accordingly.”

    What the data say: During this past school year 100% of RI principals who received coaching agreed that coaching was a very positive learning experience for them and their schools, and would definitely recommend coaching to other novice principals.

    Once you complete your registration, you will be matched with a principal coach. The following are the requirements to participate in the program.

    • Complete 30 one- to -one  virtual coaching hours.

    • Attend a virtual orientation (90 minutes  TBD).

    • Attend virtual seminars (60 minute sessions during the school year).

    • $550 to be paid in full by November 1st (paid by principal or district).

    After successful completion of these requirements, you will receive a certificate for 36 professional learning hours. The program is limited to 15 new and early career principals. 

    For more information please visit our website and read testimonials from 2019-2020 participants. 

    You can also email  nletoile@riasp.org or rlittlefield@riasp.org with specific questions. 

    Ready to get started? You can register today! 

    Thank you, and we look forward to supporting you as you navigate the early years of your career!


    Robert Littlefield and Nicole L’Etoile

    • July 08, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 731 767 7703

    Password: 408161

    • July 08, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)

    Topic: Middle School Networking Meeting

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 731 767 7703

    Password: 408161

    • July 08, 2020
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Topic: Middle School Networking Meeting

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 731 767 7703

    Password: 408161

    • July 14, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • 3

    Improve Communication and Collaboration During

    Virtual Meetings Using Zoom

    Audience: Department Chairs, Coaches, Building and District Level Administrators

    Overview: These online sessions are for anyone who facilitates a virtual team meeting. These sessions will prepare you to effectively host a meeting, by identifying and setting meeting goals, creating an engaging agenda, establishing meeting norms, and maximizing collaboration and communication among group members. 

    Participants will: • Learn how to create and facilitate engaging virtual meetings. • Identify Zoom tools that can be used to maximize collaboration and communication during a virtual meeting. • Learn and apply facilitation strategies to maximize collaboration among team members. 

    Dates/Times:  9:30am-10:30am on July 14th and 16th.

    Session One: • Setting a realistic agenda, establishing norms and connectors  • Establishing roles within groups • Maximize technology to improve collaboration (breakout groups) and improve communication (using chat features and other online tools).

    Session Two: • Strategies to ensure all voices are heard (sharing out strategies) 

    Facilitator: Nicole L’Etoile, former school administrator, academic dean, business educator & technology specialist. Dr. L’Etoile has facilitated professional learning networks, as well as blended and personalized learning sessions for administrators and teachers at the local and national level.

    Maximum Capacity: 15 participants. (10/15 spots are filled).

    • July 21, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 23

    NE Base Camp School Leader Series: Summer 2020

    New England Basecamp proposes to convene a small, intimate cohort of school leaders from across districts and grade levels in Rhode Island to discuss common challenges and solutions for the 2020-2021 school year. School leaders will develop a Strategic Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year that will serve as the road map to guide students, teachers, and support staff to success in any learning context in Fall 2020. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and collaborate on the creation of their plans. Upon completion of the series, school leaders will present their plans to the cohort and receive feedback from their peers and NEB coaches.

    Objectives School leaders will:
    ● Generate ideas and share best practices with one another
    ● Engage in dialogue about ensuring equitable learning experiences for students from all backgrounds and across diverse district contexts
    ● Develop a transformational vision for school success and student achievement 

    Session 1 | Regrounding: Looking Back and Looking Forward July 21, 2020, 10:00-12:00 It is important, even during this fast-moving time, to step back and reflect on what is going well and what is not. It is equally as important to ground yourself in your mission, vision, and core values to serve as a lens through which you make tough decisions. In this session, participants will grapple with the questions: 1. Looking Back: What went well during our spring response, what didn't, and what can we learn from it? 2. What is our purpose as an organization, and what does this mean for how we respond in this moment?

    Session 2 | Prioritizing: Identifying Priorities Across Likely Scenarios July 23, 2020, 10:00-12:00 There remains a great deal of uncertainty about what school will look like come the fall. In an effort to be as prepared as possible, school leaders need to think systematically across multiple scenarios without getting overwhelmed by all possibilities. In this session, participants will grapple with the questions: 1. What do you need to do to prepare your school to deliver your core school functions across multiple scenarios (distance, in-person, hybrid)? 2. Which portions of work should you prioritize for now, later, or never?

    Session 3 | Planning: Creating an Implementation Plan July 28, 2020, 10:00-12:00 Moving to action during such uncertainty is a challenge. In order for schools to be successful, school leaders need to develop simple and actionable plans that remain flexible. In this session, participants will grapple with the following question: How will we organize ourselves to ensure we deliver on our key priorities across each scenario?

    Session 4 | Connecting: Stakeholder Mapping July 30, 2020, 10:00-12:00 Connections are key during moments of challenge. School leaders need to provide clear, frequent, and empathetic communication and opportunities for community-building. In this session, participants will grapple with the question: How will we connect with others to communicate our plan efficiently, effectively, and with empathy?

    • July 27, 2020
    • 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • August 04, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)


    New and early career principals are invited to attend a novice principal bootcamp, on July 27th, 29th, and 4th from 9:30-11:00am.  RIASP New Principal Bootcamp which will be offered this summer virtually on Zoom. This Bootcamp will provide novice principals strategies that will help focus and prepare them for beginning the school year by tackling the following tasks: 

    • Identify and clarify some of the roles and responsibilities that you are currently facing in your new position
    • Identify strategies required to develop a personal leadership calendar to guide daily work of a school administrator.
    • Begin to develop a 30-60 day plan to strategically begin the school year. 
    • Identifying specific goals to be highlighted in communications to students, faculty, families and the community from day one.
    • Create a frame for conversations with staff regarding expected instructional priorities.
    • Create an agenda and opening message for the first staff meeting. 
    • Develop a plan to get to know faculty, students, and families. 

    The novice principal bootcamp is free. Register now to secure your spot! 

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