The Learning Community in the news

Op-Ed: Our Turn: Sarah Friedman and Meg O’Leary: A model that helps Latinos thrive

Providence Journal Editorial: Some Schools Lead the way

News: Out of the shadows, R.I.’s ‘Dreamers’ now again face a twilight of uncertainty

News: Providence Journal: R.I. schools take steps to ease fears in face of deportation threats

News: Providence Journal: Central Falls schools fear impact of immigration changes under Trump

Editorial: Editorial The fears of RI’s Minority Children

Press Release: Blackstone Academy and Learning Community Charters Oppose DeVos

Op-Ed: OUR TURN – Students fearful of a Trump presidency

News: Providence Journal: At State House, charter schools assail change in funding formula

News: Providence Journal: Charter schools lose under changed funding formula

News: Rhode Island Monthly: Students in Central Falls Win Grant for Protected Bike Lane

News: Learning Community 1 of 80 school nationally to receive innovation grant from Verizon

Data: Low-Income Students Outperform State Average for ALL Students in All Subjects (pdf)

Providence Journal on Teaching Studio: Charter school shares its winning formula (pdf)

Family Engagement:  Op-ed by Kindergarten parent in Pawtucket Times (pdf)

How We Do It:  Take an Interactive Peek into our Classrooms!


Pawtucket Times Op-Ed:  TLC: The Learning Community’s Greatest Asset

Providence Journal:  A teaching moment about the life of chicks

Providence Journal: Learning Community PE Program cited for creativity

AAHPERD: Let’s Move in School Events Across the Country

Providence Journal: At one charter school, the lesson plan gets a makeover

Providence Journal: Learning Community Runs on Listening

Providence Journal: Learning Community is a Team Effort


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Providence Journal:  Providence Elementary Schools apply for charter status with partners

Education Nation: 1 of 10 National Case Studies

Education Nation Summit: Sarah Friedman on Panel with Chelsea Clinton

Rhode Island Monthly: Students in Central Falls Win Grant for Protected Bike Lane

NBC Nightly News and Rock Center Feature Central Falls Partnership

NBC News Chelsea Clinton: Schools in bankrupt city work to prove poverty is no barrier to success

New York Times:  The Central Falls Success

Washington Post:  Three Quick Reads

Providence Journal:  Central Falls schools receive grant from Gates Foundation (pdf)

Learning Community Featured in Education Week (pdf)

Providence Journal: Partnership reaps rewards in Central Falls (pdf)

Voices in Urban Education Journal: A Pioneering Collaboration to Improve Reading in Central Falls

Kids Count TV: Central Falls Public Schools and The Learning Community Partner to Improve Reading


Slideshow: Hopes and Dreams from Our Third Grade
Slideshow: Why is The Learning Community Important to You?
Writing: Second grade non-fiction feature articles
Video:  What we Learn in PE
Photos: Strong Classroom Management Supports Every Student
Artwork: Kindergarten Self-Portraits Explore Color of Our Skin
What does immigration mean?


“I visited The Learning Community, an impressive K-8 school in Central Falls, RI while attending the Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum. Friends, especially educator friends, should check them out on-line but visiting is way more exciting!”
-Rick Harwood, Principal, Global Connections High School, Seattle, WA

“I think what you all are doing is remarkable and it is clear to me that The Learning Community really is a community! I couldn’t race back to my school fast enough to tell everyone what I saw and share all of the ideas that I took back with me.”
-Jackie Cambio, ESL teacher, Gladstone Elementary, Cranston, RI

“When I teach my university students about how a classroom and a school could function, under the best of conditions, created by teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and the community together, I have this kind of school in mind. The Learning Community makes it real.”
-Polly Ulichny, Director, Elementary MAT Program, Brown University

“The Learning Community is the right name for your school. There is such a bright energy and deep commitment to growing thoughtful, passionate and compassionate life learners.”
-Ilana Friedman, 2nd grade teacher, Brooklyn, NY

“At The Learning Community I noticed the language students used in small group and whole group discussions. They were able to hold their own group discussions and to describe their thinking. I want to know more about the strong classroom routines that help create such great classrooms like the ones I saw today.”
-Maurin Lawrence, Teacher, Corfu, NY

“I noticed the sense of community that each classroom at The Learning Community had. I noticed the enthusiasm for writing and that the students viewed themselves as writers. The teachers were all explicit with their teaching and knew exactly where their students were in the process. How do you create such a collaborative environment for teachers as learners? It is clear they all put forth a great deal of effort and share with each other.”
-Jora Kirby, Tufts University