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School Safety: 

There were dozens of school shootings across the country during the 2017-2018 school year, making the subject of school safety a top priority for school districts far and near.  Rhode Island has a school safety committee that is working hard to keep our students safe.  Find out what they are doing to improve safety for all students; from building improvements to tactical training for teachers and staff.  We also go into a local middle school classroom where one teacher has taken it upon himself to equip his students with knowledge and tools to handle an emergency in their room.

BELL Summer Program:

Bell Award Group with MayorBell Award Group with Mayor For the second summer, the Providence School Department has teamed up with BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), a national non-profit, to help students enjoy a little summer fun while at the same time preventing some of that academic “summer slide” that concerns parents and teachers heading into summer break.

Find out how this program works, and how it has impacted one local family by not only preventing summer slide, but giving their children an academic boost!

BELL has been teaming up with school departments and youth organizations for more than 15 years to expand learning time for children living in underserved communities.  Their goal is to help these children to improve academic achievements, self-confidence, and life outcomes through summer and after-school experiences.

Scholarship - IglesiasScholarship - IglesiasCollege Scholarships:

In this segment we sit down with Neil Steinberg, President & CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, to talk college scholarships.  The cost of higher education is skyrocketing, but each year the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarship money to help Rhode Island students and their families.  Steinberg talks about the different scholarship programs offered by the foundation; including one that encourages, through its application process, local high school students to learn more about our state’s founder, Roger Williams.  One of the newest scholarships added to the Rhode Island Foundation roster is the Rhode Island PBS Foundation Scholarship.  Hear from our President and CEO about this scholarship including how it came to be, how to apply, and meet the first recipient!

Connect to Careers:

In this segment we take you inside a high school auditorium where a local non-profit is connecting students with disabilities to career options and potential employers.  This Connect2Careers event features more than 70 businesses and nearly 150 high schools students.  In a “speed dating” type setting, these students do mock interviews with organizations they have an interest in maybe working with some day.  They ask questions of the interviewer, and get practice being interviewed by a potential employer.  We spoke with organizers, students, and even some of the business representatives about the experience and how for some, it is life-changing.


Rhode Island Classroom explores the latest technology, lessons, and people who are making the grade in Rhode Island's Kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms. Produced by WSBE Rhode Island PBS, Rhode Island Classroom is a half-hour quarterly series that introduces stand-out teachers who are inspiring students, break-through courses offered in area schools, and new, exciting programs that are motivating students to succeed.

Nicole Muri SearlesNicole Muri SearlesProducer: Nicole has vast experience in television as a reporter, anchor and producer covering some of the biggest stories in New England. A native Rhode Islander, she is happiest telling local stories that make an impact. Nicole brings tremendous storytelling acumen to the programs she produces including, Community Conversations, Rhode Island Classroom and Our Town, a Rhode Island favorite.

For comments and questions, please email Nicole Muri.