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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.


Five independent stories are woven together in the first episode: a statewide mentoring initiative aimed at empowering first-year teachers; an interview with Education Commissioner Deborah Gist; EDChatRI, a Twitter site, allows teachers, administrators - even students - to discuss pertinent lessons and policies; the Calculator Club at Community Prep; a theater arts program at St. Andrew's School blurs lines between nerds, jocks, geeks, and arts.


In this episode of Rhode Island Classroom explores technology in the classroom; the RISE program, which offers scholarships and mentoring to children of incarcerated parents; and how our schools are dealing with food allergies.


This episode of Rhode Island Classroom visits with Resilient Kids, an independent, secular program brought to inner city schools to teach students skills to cope and deal with challenges through innovative and adaptive yoga and mindful practice. The second segment features a round table discussion with two college admission officers and a high school guidance counselor discussing "how to get in to college and how to pay for it." The third segment covers the new look and higher cost to acquiring a GED in Rhode Island.


This episode of Rhode Island Classroom attended the Herren Project at Chariho High School. Former NBA player and heroin addict Chris Herren talks to students about the dangers of drugs and bad decisions. Segment two proves that classrooms do not necessarily have four walls, as students mark the 70th anniversary of WWII D-Day invasion in an informative tour aboard USS Massachusetts in Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA. The third segment commemorates the end of an era at San Miguel School in Providence as founder and executive director Brother Lawrence Goyette retires after leading the school for 20 years.


This episode of Rhode Island Classroom  tails along with coordinators of TailstoTeach, a program that uses therapy dogs in classrooms in a 4-week series to help children practice non-violent conflict solution, appreciate benefits of positive behavior, encourage responsible pet ownership, and practice proven dog-bite prevention techniques. Segment two visits the one-room schoolhouse for all of six students on the small Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay. The third segment explores how one local musician is changing students' lives through song.


This episode of Rhode Island Classroom features Johnston teacher Debra Ramm, a leader in innovating technology in the classroom, and who is changing the way her students feel about school. In another segment, Rhode Island Classroom profiles the 2016 National Principal of the Year, Alan Tenreiro, who just happens to be from Rhode Island. Viewers will also get close-up look at Rhode Island’s new education commissioner, Dr. Ken Wagner, in an in-depth interview. Finally, Rhode Island Classroom visits the pros-in-training who put on the morning news each and every morning at Barrington High School.


This episode of Rhode Island Classroom explores the state of higher education with Jim Purcell, commissioner of postsecondary education. The second segment examines safety in schools. The third segment takes to the Ocean State's coastline in a program of hands-on environmental education in collaboration with Save The Bay.