Forum on Expanded Learning — New PPSD Curricula

TUESDAY, JUNE 22nd
AfterZone Expanded Learning:
Links to English Language Arts & Social Studies

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Providence Public Schools
School Board Meeting Rooms
797 Westminster Street, 3rd Floor

All AfterZone and community program providers are invited to take part in this special presentation and discussion with:

Sheryl Rabbitt
English Language Arts Curriculum Supervisor
Providence Public Schools

Kimberly Luca
Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor
Providence Public Schools

Each will provide an overview of the Providence Public Schools’ process of writing and preparing the core curriculum in English language arts and social studies, respectively, focusing on the middle school curriculum.  They will also share related connections for student learning in out-of-school-time programs.

Patrick Duhon
Director of Expanded Learning
New Day for Learning Initiative
Providence Public Schools  / Providence After School Alliance

Patrick will give an overview of the developing expanded learning strategy for middle schools, discussing opportunities for community-based experiential learning programs to provide standards-aligned programming after school – and potentially during the school day.  

Additionally, he will discuss potential professional development opportunities for community-based educators to weave experiential learning components into their program.  Also, he will give details about a corresponding questionnaire for community-based science educators, as detailed below.

Refreshments will be provided at the event.  For parking options, click here.

So that we may plan according, providers who are planning to attend this session are asked to RSVP to patrick.duhon@ppsd.org or 401-456-9477.


As mentioned above, to gauge the focus and capacity of community-based educators to provide standards-aligned programming for expanded learning for youth, the New Day for Learning effort in Providence is creating on-line questionnaires for providers to share:

  • how their individual middle school programs are aligned with academic standards in English language arts, math, science, and social studies;
  • information about field trips and/or classroom workshops they can provide for middle school youth.

The responses to the questionnaire will also be used to gauge interest and capacity for providers to take part in a first round of professional development and coaching around integrating expanded learning elements more deeply into out-of-school time programs and practice.  A targeted group of providers will be invited to take part in the first round of this process. 

If you are unable to attend this session but are interested in learning more about the questionnaire, it will be posted on this site over the coming weeks.  You can also contact Patrick Duhon at patrick.duhon@ppsd.org or 401-456-9477.

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