Award Year: 2020

Narragansett Elementary School

55 Mumford Road
Narragansett, RI, 02882-3211

(401) 792-9420

Ms. Lisa Wilson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Narragansett School District

School Website


The mission is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to meet the challenges of local, national, and global citizenship.

Student Demographics
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 7%
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The most instrumental practice that we have done at Narragansett Elementary School is provide time during the school year for job-embedded professional development. In addition to personal planning time and weekly common planning time, we have earmarked funds for additional paid professional development opportunities. One example of this is weekly 45-minute Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) by grade levels, lead by a Program Leader, grade level peer who facilitates the work using protocols. Another example is a monthly one-hour Professional Development session built into the teaching contract for before school professional development, often led by instructional coaches or district curriculum coaches addressing literacy, math, or technology.

We also invite teachers to participate in Summer Curriculum Academy sessions. The academy allows teachers to work on curriculum-related projects that will complement and enhance the coming school year. At times we involve teachers to engage in review of student data and assessment practices to make both informed instructional decisions, and program decisions with district coaches, curriculum directors, administration, and product vendors for professional development, to determine new curriculum material or practices, and plan for grade level instruction to ensure consistency. The teachers are valued as experts in the field and an integral part of the decision-making process for curriculum choices and advancement, and we believe that embedded professional development is what makes our school shine.