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Innovation in Education
Rocky Hill School


Rocky Hill School approaches education with an eye on engaging students in dynamic and innovative learning. Under the direction of Head of School Diane Rich and Head of Upper School Mike Gwaltney, the school launched a new curriculum designed to develop eight student competencies: navigation, critical thinking, citizenship, communication, innovation, self-awareness, ethics, and global-mindedness.

Last year, Charlie Laurent’s fourth graders completed a project-based learning experience centered around knowing and preserving Rhode Island history. In recognition of their work, Charlie was one of ten teachers nationwide selected for the Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Award Grand Prize, which recognizes educators who are using the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking among their students.

Through real-world projects and the Center for Innovation, students in preschool through Grade 12 at Rocky Hill School collaborate with entrepreneurs, innovators, artists and changemakers, which fosters deep learning and develops our eight student competencies.
From left: Charlie Laurent, Diane Rich and Michael Gwaltney.

530 Ives Rd., East Greenwich, 401-884-9070, rockyhill.org