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We are thrilled to co-host our next EduLeaders of Color RI meetup with the Latino Policy Institute.

  • Are you committed to creating innovative solutions that empower students?

  • Do you want to meet and connect with like-minded leaders and educators who are committed to redesigning systems that meet the needs of all learners?

  • Interested in joining a community of leaders and educators after work to vibe, chill, and build?

Our education ecosystem provides a space where you can do all of the above. We unite and empower leaders and educators of color by creating spaces where we can cultivate our network, build social capital, and elevate our voices. This work involves everyone. We welcome all, but specifically focus on creating a supportive space for groups of people that historically have been underserved and marginalized.

Our October meetup will be hosted at the Lincoln School in Providence. We will feature several leaders who are working to improve our communities.

Speaker line-up:

Paige Clausius-Parks

Paige Clausius-Parks is Senior Policy Analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. Paige is responsible for policy analysis, advocacy, research, and project management in areas related to education and economic well-being. Prior to joining Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Paige served as Director of Advancement and Assistant Director at Books Are Wings, Network Director at Youth in Action, Teacher/Advisor at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, and Program Coordinator at Youth Pride, Inc. Paige has a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College and a Master of Education from Harvard University.

Michaela Bland

Michaela Bland grew up in Rochester, New York. She graduated from Ithaca College with honors, where she earned her BA in Psychology, as well as double minors in Counseling and Anthropology. Following her undergraduate studies, Michaela was accepted to Roger Williams University School of Law’s Honors Program. During her time at RWU Law, Michaela was awarded a coveted Skadden Fellowship, funding a research project focusing on the disproportionate discipline suffered by children of color in schools and its long-lasting impact on their young lives. Michaela graduated from RWU Law in May 2019, with honors, and is currently working as a staff attorney (pending July 2019 Bar results) for the Rhode Island Center for Justice specializing in education law. Michaela has a passion for helping others and cultivating new and innovative ways to use the law to advocate for her clients, as well as the community at large.

Elliot Butcher

Elliott is the Resource Family Recruiter for Communities for People. He is tasked with finding safe, nurturing homes for our children in foster care.

He has devoted the majority of his working life to developing and providing services for inner city youth in underserved communities. Previously, he served as the Program Director for The Metropolitan Athletics Congress in NYC and as Director of Teen Programs for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence.

Soljane Martinez

Soljane Martinez has been an educator for 20 years, having been a classroom teacher of grades 3 through 12, a Dean of Culture & Students and principal of a dual-language school. She began Soljane Martinez Educational Consulting earlier this year, is finishing her doctoral work in the Educational Leadership Program at Johnson & Wales University and recently joined Brown University as the Education Coordinator at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. A native of New York, Soljane moved to RI after beginning her teaching career with the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, which attracts professionals from different careers to education. She attended the University of Rhode Island, receiving her B.A. in Journalism, '98, and immediately earned a spot at The Providence Journal, covering local news and writing a column geared at young adults in RI. In 2000 her budding journalism career took her back home where she joined The Wall Street Journal Sunday, writing personal finance stories for the world's most prestigious financial newspaper.

In 2008 she was selected among thousands of teachers across the country as a Freedom Writer Teacher, a powerfully engaging curriculum based on the book and film of the same name. The program trains educators to teach all students through challenging, project-driven activities focused on social justice. She was recognized by the League of Women Voters for her civics teaching and received the Susan B. Wilson Civics in Merit Award. In 2013, she and her 8th grade students were honored to host Justice Sandra Day O'Connor! In 2014, she was one of 24 teachers from around the world invited to attend the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where she spent a week with survivors and their families.

She currently lives in RI with her husband and two boys, ages 11 and 15.

The evening will also include complimentary food, wine, and beer. We look forward to seeing everyone!

In Solidarity,

EduLeaders of Color RI

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