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Thinking Math & the Common Core

Strategies for Mathematics Instruction Aligned to Common Core Standards


RI Pension Settlement Proposal

For information on the proposed pension settlement, please see the following links:



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Registration Form

The Rhode Island Federation of Teachers & Health Professionals is pleased to announce a set of two-hour PD modules, based on our well-known Educational Research & Dissemination (ER&D) courses, as well as the latest research in ELA instruction and the expectations of the Common Core State Standards and RI’s new evaluation systems, that will be offered from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on various dates and locations in 2014 (see listing below).  These sessions cut across grade and content areas and will help you meet the standards outlined in your evaluation system AND help you address your students’ instructional needs related to the Common Core.  Sessions are bound to fill up fast so register today by completing the registration form, checking the session(s) you wish to attend, and mailing it to the RIFTHP office, 356 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908, ATTN:  Carol Santangini.  You may also hold your space by e-mailing the completed form to Carol Santangini at riftcs@aol.com and then mailing a copy of the form and your check to the office.  The registration fee for these sessions is $25 per session (or $15 per session if registering for three or more sessions).

Sign the Petition!

Alex and Ani: Cease advertising with radio station WPRO as long as habitual misogynist John DePetro remains on the air.

On September 27, 2013, WPRO talk radio host John DePetro referred to a number of women demonstrating outside a political event as “W-H-O-R-E-S” (as well as other derogatory terms, including “cockroaches” and “hags”) on the air.  This is not the first time DePetro has made hateful statements against women in a public forum—notably he was dismissed from radio station WRKO in 2006 for calling Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Grace Ross a “fat lesbian” on his show. He has promoted a “blame the victim” ideology in at least one instance involving the brutal rape and murder of a Massachusetts woman. And earlier this year, he was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker.

Please click here to read and sign the petition, and share it with your family friends.

Rhode Island Visiting Nurse Selected as RI Nurse of the Year

Rhode Island Visiting Nurse Selected as R.I. Nurse of the Year
By National Association for Home Care and Hospice

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Warwick, R.I.-based visiting nurse Sue Hjerpe has been selected as Rhode Island Nurse of the Year and is a top-10 finalist for National Nurse of the Year by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. Hjerpe, a member of the Federation of Visiting Nurses, Local 5090, RIFTHP, AFT, was honored at NAHC’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 31. Hjerpe, a native and resident of Cranston, is a graduate of the RIC College of Nursing.

Let Teachers Teach

On May 20, 2013, teachers and support personnel from across RI came together to voice their concerns regarding the direction Commissioner Gist is leading education policy and procedures in their State.

RI Teachers Issue Stinging Indictment of Commissioner Gist

85% of Teachers Believe Her Contract Should Not Be Renewed

Providence, R.I. - An independent survey of Rhode Island’s public school classroom teachers today offered a stinging indictment of the leadership of Deborah Gist as the state’s Education Commissioner. The survey, conducted by Fleming and Associates from April 22 to April 24, consisted of a telephone survey of 402 randomly selected Rhode Island public school teachers. The entire survey is attached.

Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals President Frank Flynn stated, “For too long Commissioner Gist has spoken of her support among classroom teachers. We decided to put that notion to an independent test. This survey found that she is not supported by classroom teachers. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that her leadership is almost universally rejected.”

The survey highlights speak for themselves:

  • 82% of RI’s classroom teachers feel less respected today than they did when Commissioner Gist started a few years ago.
  • Commissioner Gist’s highly touted Race To The Top initiative has been nothing short of a disaster for RI education. Classroom teachers, in overwhelming numbers, felt it was somewhat ineffective 22%) or a waste of money (60%).
  • Teacher morale is abysmal under Commissioner Gist. Classroom teachers, at the rate of 68%, thought morale was poor, and 22% just fair. A remarkable 88% of teachers feel morale is unacceptable in RI schools today.
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