We are The Learning Community
We believe that literacy empowers each individual to have a voice, assume community responsibility and take social action. We grow teacher leaders, student leaders and community leaders.
We are a nationally recognized urban, public school serving 574 children, who enroll via a public lottery in K through 8th grade from Central Falls, Providence, and Pawtucket. We are a professional community that is focused on growing the whole child including speaking, listening and debate skills.
Our results are extraordinary
- While we are not test focused, on the 2018 RICAS test, in both ELA and math, The Learning Community’s low-income students, Black students, Latino students, students of color, and English language learners earned higher average scale scores than their demographic peers in the state of Rhode Island overall, in suburban Rhode Island districts, and in the state of Massachusetts overall. In fact, in a ranking of all RICAS-tested Rhode Island districts, each of these Learning Community subgroups is at or above the 71st percentile in ELA and math when compared to their demographic peers (Read More).
- In the elementary grades (Grades 3 – 5), The Learning Community’s students reached proficiency on RICAS at a higher rate than Rhode Island overall in both math (43% LC, 30% RI) and ELA (49% LC, 39% RI). The Learning Community’s elementary grades students reached proficiency at a higher rate than 70% of all Rhode Island elementary schools in math and 62% of all Rhode Island elementary schools in ELA, including 100% of urban schools and 91% of urban ring schools in math and 98% of urban schools and 70% of urban ring schools in ELA.
- In the middle grades (Grades 6 – 8), The Learning Community’s students reached proficiency on RICAS at nearly the same rate as Rhode Island overall in math (22% LC, 25% RI) and at the same rate as Rhode Island overall in ELA (29%). The Learning Community’s middle grades students reached proficiency at a higher rate than 49% of all Rhode Island middle schools in math and 51% of all Rhode Island middle schools in ELA, including 100% of urban schools in both math and ELA and 62% of urban ring schools in math and 69% of urban ring schools in ELA.
- In addition to dramatically outperforming Rhode Island’s urban districts as a whole, our 4th grade students had the top science NECAP proficiency rate among all 45 urban elementary schools! (Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket public and charter schools) Our 4th grade students also had a higher science NECAP proficiency rate than 40 of 54 urban ring elementary schools.
- On the SurveyWorks family survey—which incorporates Panorama Education’s comparative data set of more than 430 districts and 5,900 schools, across diverse geographic areas, school types, and achievement levels—The Learning Community is near the 99th percentile for minimizing barriers to family engagement; perceptions of the overall social and learning environment; and perceptions of children’s effort, motivation, and response to feedback (Read More).
We are a Teaching studio
Embedded in The Learning Community, an intentional and targeted effort to share what works at this urban charter school with other public schools. Through working with us, our client schools are seeing actual results: The percentage of students reading at or above grade level in Woonsocket increased from 32% in 2013-14 to 51% in 2016-17 – a jump of 19 percentage points in three years. Our bold plan is to scale up support to make the successful practices of The Learning Community accessible to every school in Rhode Island.
We have launched our own ESL Teacher Certification program, one of only a handful nationally that is actually offered by an urban elementary school.
We know of and plan around the obstacles that public school teachers face. Our work takes into account the unique nature of Rhode Island’s educational landscape, where every district subscribes to a different curriculum, where teachers are increasingly teaching students who speak a second language at home and where poverty is real. This is one reason our clients realize actual outcomes in terms of student achievement, something educational consulting groups don’t promise, let alone deliver.
We are looking for partners in this venture
The right partners for The Teaching Studio are those interested in seeing the needle move on Rhode Island’s urban core student growth. We need responsive and strong support for our work. Those states that have seen real progress have key organizations behind them. Our ideal supporters will share in the vision that The Learning Community and The Teaching Studio can become a key driver for progressive education for Rhode Island. Does this vision excite you?