May 2017
The Rhode Island Education Governance Forum – organized and facilitated by AISR with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation – convened in November 2016 to engage local education stakeholders in learning and dialogue about governance issues in the state. Forum participants included teachers, school and district leaders, public officials, and leaders from the state education department, teachers’ union, community organizations, and researchers. In addition to the statewide learning forum, AISR engaged local education stakeholders – including youth and parent leaders – in focus group conversations and surveys around transformative governance reform.
 
AISR's summary paper, Building a Governance Ecosystem, outlines key themes, challenges, and preliminary recommendations that emerged from the Forum around issues of education governance. This is the first in a series to share insights from the Forum.

Related interviews:

Community-Based Educational Governance in the Central Falls School District
Anna Cano Morales and Victor Capellan, leaders from the Central Falls School District, discussing their experience with community-based governance. 
 
Education as a Constitutional Right: A Rhode Island State Perspective
Tim Duffy, executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, and Tim Ryan, executive director of the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association share their perspectives on education as a constitutional right. 
 
Community Representation in Education Governance in Chicago 
Beatriz Ponce de Leon, executive director of Generation All in Chicago, talks about why community involvement in governance is important and what it looks like on the ground in Chicago.