The Rida Network, the cornerstone program of Breakthrough Providence’s (BTP) Students Teaching Students Institute, is a collaboration between BTP and Providence Public Schools to develop innovative strategies for increasing meaningful student engagement in RI public schools. The term “rida” comes from critical educator Jeff Duncan-Andrade’s research on effective teachers. Ridas have a critically conscious purpose for teaching, feel a strong sense of duty and responsibility to students, parents, and the community, and are committed to building strong, trusting relationships with their students.
Thanks to funding from the Rhode Island Foundation, BTP has recruited eight participating teachers from five schools across the Providence Public School District and hired two mentor teachers to support their work in this pilot year. Participating schools include:
- Jorge Alvarez High School
- Central High School
- Mt. Pleasant High School
- Nathanael Greene Middle School
- Carl G. Lauro Elementary School
The Rida Network officially launched in November with its Fall Institute, a weekend-long training on student engagement, social justice education, and teacher identity facilitated by Rida mentors and BTP staff. The Rida Network participants are currently designing and implementing student engagement plans in their classrooms, utilizing a Rida-inspired pedagogical approach and BTP’s best practices.
For more information, contact RICC VISTA Leader and Breakthrough Providence AmeriCorps*VISTA, Lindsay Paiva, at firstname.lastname@example.org.