Nationally, Providence is well regarded for our vigorous youth advocacy and organization efforts. Recently, seven such organizations came together to form the Providence Youth Caucus, a student-led coalition that aims to gather Providence’s young people to work together for citywide education changes. The organizations involved are Hope High Optimized, New Urban Arts, Providence Student Union, Rhode Island Urban Debate League, Young Voices, Youth in Action and YouthBuild Providence. The Providence Youth Caucus’ work emerged from an education platform generated by students during the Youth Mayor Forum that took place during the 2014 mayoral campaign. Their goals include increasing the use of personalized learning and a restorative approach to conflict resolution. The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is funding the launch of the Providence Youth Caucus.
Attention educators! The second annual Teaching Studio Educators’ Institute will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence on Saturday, March 14. Organized by the Teaching Studio, a teacher-led professional development center based at The Learning Community in Central Falls, the conference will feature national experts Sharon Taberski, Vicki Vinton and Cornelius Minor along with workshops led by practicing classroom teachers and administrators. The Educators’ Institute is supported by the Rhode Island Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Area policy makers and education leaders are invited to join the Institute attendees for a special lunch plenary session. Registration is first come, first served and the fee is $125 for the full day. For full details about the dozens of workshop options and to register, visit their website.
The Rochambeau branch of the Providence Community Library has launched a Girls Who Code club, open to girls in grades six through twelve who want to learn computer and coding skills. Girls Who Code is a national organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology and engineering by equipping girls with skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields. The Rochambeau Library’s Girls Who Code club is lead by Gryte Satas, a computer science doctoral student at Brown University. It meets on Thursday evenings from 6-8:00pm. Membership to the club requires prior registration, so if you’re interested, contact the library at 272-3780.