What Matters Now Network



We know that educators are the most important in-school factor for student success: And quality teaching, coupled with high-quality curriculum, can be game-changing for students. But we also know that, too often, professional development to support teachers hone and improve their practice is middling at best. According to the latest SurveyWorks data from the RI Department of Education, only 33 percent of Rhode Island educators found their school’s professional development opportunities valuable. Only 34 percent found professional development relevant to the content that they teach.

The What Matters Now Network (WMNN) is a joint project between the RI Department of Education; the RI Office of Innovation; Learning Forward, a national professional learning nonproft; and districts and schools in Rhode Island. Using Improvement Science, the project works to improve the quality, relevancy, and curriculum-alignment of professional learning in Rhode Island.

Over the 2018-19 school year, RIDE and the RIOI are working with three districts, Smithfield (McCabe Elementary School and LaPerche Elementary School), The Met, and Barrington (Barrington Middle School and Barrington High School) to test out and improve on a Looking at Student Work (LASW) Protocol to best support students’ continued learning and growth.



Learning Forward

Rhode Island Department of Education

Smithfield Public Schools

The Met School

Barrington Public Schools (pilot phase)

Learnings & Getting Involved

Interested in learning more about the What Matters Now Network? Interested in joining the next cohort of schools?
Email Daniela Fairchild or Dan Ochs, who are co-leading the project.