“Let’s take pride in the Leadership Teams at North Providence High School!”

January 20, 2016 12:30 PM | Sherry Arlia Puhacz (Administrator)


For Immediate Release

North Providence High School To Be Featured on National Stage for High Performance and Progressive Practice

NPHS leaders will present at School Showcase in Orlando

Contact: Jay Midwood, jaymidwood@cssr.us, 401-828-0077

Reston, VA; January 19, 2016 North Providence High School is one of only 18 high-performing middle level and high schools selected to present at the Ignite ‘16 School Showcase as part of National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Annual Conference February 25-27, 2016 in Orlando, FL. NASSP and the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR) annually host this national showcase that convenes school leaders, teachers, and students from the nation’s top middle and high schools to discuss effective practices, programs, and strategies with colleagues from across the country.

Session Title: Student Success through Personalization and Proficiency-Based Learning.

This presentation will tell the story of a high school’s innovative personalized learning structure and senior project have enabled the school to develop a powerful school culture and enhanced achievement for all students. North Providence High School is an “urban ring” school of 1000 students that has utilized “Breaking Ranks” research and best practices to create a highly personalized, rigorous, and relevant learning environment. With an increasingly high-poverty, diverse demographic, North Providence has increased its graduation rate, college acceptance rate, and has achieved “Commended” status under the No Child Left Behind accountability system. The objectives of the session will enable participants to:

ï         Create unique structures that ensure personalization for all students

ï         Establish a proficiency-based diploma system

ï         Develop a senior project aligned to a nationally certified model 

Participants include Joseph Goho (Principal), Christen Magill (Assistant Principal), Kathleen Lisi (Senior Project Coordinator), Madonna Thompson (Teacher), Rita Cellucci (Teacher), Dr. Michael Sollitto (parent)

       Nicholas and Christina Sollitto (video interview by NPHS graduates)

Principal Joseph B. Goho, serving his 18th year at NPHS, stated that “The opportunity for North Providence to be recognized and invited as one of a select group of schools from across the country to this prestigious showcase of innovation is a reflection of the hard work of our students, teachers, administrators, parents, superintendent, central office staff, school committee members, and our entire community, all of whom form a strong partnership focusing on educational excellence for all students.”

“The Ignite ’16 School Showcase uniquely connects principals, teacher leaders, and students with exemplary colleagues across the nation to discuss effective practices,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “That connectedness is essential to school leadership in the 21st century, and we know the Showcase will expand the professional learning communities of many of the educators in attendance.”

Schools are chosen to present on the basis of their outstanding reputations for quality and innovative practices with challenging populations.  At the Showcase, they will share stories of implementing those practices, many of which are aligned with NASSP’s Breaking Ranks framework for school improvement.

“The schools presenting at this year’s Showcase are truly inspirational,” said CSSR President Joe DiMartino.  “As they share their stories of implementing the Breaking Ranks framework, participants will become energized about the possibilities.  They will bring back with them accounts of success that will provide a vision for transformation of their own schools.” 

The schools selected for the 2016 Showcase are:

Carl Wunsche Sr. High School | Spring, TX

Douglas Taylor School | Chicago, IL

East Leyden High School | Franklin Park, IL

Frank H. Peterson Academy of Technology| Jacksonville, FL

Hall-Dale Middle High School | Farmingdale, ME

Hastings Middle School | Hastings, NE

Joplin High School | Joplin, MO

Lexington High School | Lexington, NE

Maplewood Richmond Heights High School | Maplewood, MO

Mater Academy Charter Middle High School | Hialeah Gardens, FL

North Providence High School | North Providence, RI

Pottsgrove High School | Pottstown, PA

Raymond High School | Raymond, NH

Ravenswood Middle School | Ravenswood, WV

Revere High School | Revere, MA

Santa Fe Indian School | Santa Fe, NM

Science Leadership Academy | Philadelphia, PA

Timberview Middle School | Ft. Worth, TX

For more information about the Ignite ’16 Conference and the School Showcase, visit www.nasspconference.org.


The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 36 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor Society,National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.

About CSSR

Founded in 2005 by Joe DiMartino, The Center for Secondary School Redesign, Inc. (CSSR) has become a leading provider of ground breaking technical assistance to support both policy change and change leadership at the district and school level leading to a richer secondary school experience for all youth.  CSSR provides education leaders with the tools and strategies to create schools that have collaborative leadership, are professional learning communities that personalize the school culture, and have student-centered instruction, assessment, and curriculum.   CSSR has been designated by NASSP as the primary technical assistance provider of Breaking Ranks II™ and Breaking Ranks in the Middle™.  Learn more about the CSSR Student-Driven Learning Ecosystem by visiting i3.cssr.us. For more information about CSSR, located in West Warwick, RI, visit www.cssr.us or call 401-828-0077.

Congratulations from RIASP!!  

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Donald Rebello, Executive Director 

Sherry Arlia-Puhacz, Adm. Asst. 

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