About Us

The RIDE Resource Center (RRC), a collaboration between the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), DataSpark and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR), was founded in March 2021 to assist schools and districts in the data flow process. This work is funded through a US Department of Education (USDOE) Statewide Longitudinal Grant (SLDS) grant, awarded to the Rhode Island Department of Education. Through the combination of resources, virtual 1:1 appointments and continuous communications with schools and districts, the RRC's goal is to improve data quality, data literacy and collaboration between districts.

As an agency, RIDE’s core mission is to create an educational landscape that supports student learning. To achieve this mission, RIDE creates the conditions for LEAs to build and implement a world-class pre-K to 12 educational system that is rooted in rigorous standards, aligned curriculum and instruction, experiential learning opportunities, and ongoing assessment. RIDE bases its policy and programming decisions on the belief that all students can learn and develop as well-rounded individuals. To do this, RIDE sets high expectations for comprehensive social and emotional learning, the promotion of multilingualism, and the creation of pathways for students to identify and pursue strengths and interests. RIDE then partners with LEAs and schools to ensure they are well-equipped to meet these expectations, with the end goal of improving student learning.

DataSpark was founded to connect data and people, with the goal to inform, empower and inspire innovative decision-making. For over 25 years, DataSpark has been assisting policymakers in state and local governments, community leaders in nonprofits, and academic researchers with their analytical needs. DataSpark maintains and operates Rhode Island's state longitudinal data system, the RI DataHUB, which integrates and links data from multiple state agencies, local governments, and independent non-profits. DataSpark is particularly interested in applying its expertise in system development, analysis, and visualization to guide public policy and community action in ways that promote the economic and social well-being of all Rhode Islanders.

The Annenberg Institute is dedicated to understanding the causes and consequences of educational inequality and to reduce this inequality through innovative, multidimensional, and research-informed approaches. By bringing together diverse thinkers to tackle difficult problems, the Institute advances the broader field: partnering with educators and policy-makers for local impact, building actionable knowledge through systematic research, and encouraging robust civic discourse. In Providence and throughout Rhode Island, we work closely with stakeholders to improve the quality of schools and the experiences of students while producing nationally relevant research. Around the country, we have established a variety of additional ongoing relationships with school districts and other entities that enable us to pilot, expand and modify thoughtfully targeted research studies.

Meet Our Staff

Dana Brandt, Acting Data Governance Manager, Data Scientist

Hannah Carter, Research Project Manager

Santiago Guerrero, RIDE Strategic Data Fellow

Ariel Neumann, Acting Director of Data Analytics, Data Scientist

Reina Kirkendall, Data Fellow