Monday, March 31, 2003

Witty Fools and Foolish Wits



As a special Fundraiser for the Friends of the Newport Public Library, Bob Colonna will present a solo show entitled Witty Fools and Foolish Wits - Humor from Shakespeare to Rodney Dangerfield

The show is April 1st at 7:30 pm, If you don't know Bob Colonna, he is a great actor, son of comic legend Jerry Colonna, and a very funny guy. I recently raved about his performance [on March 10] as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. I haven't seen this show, but I'm sure that it's going to be good. Tickets cost $15.00 and seating is limited - so reserve your space EARLY!


To reserve, give them a call at 401-847-8720

Friday, March 28, 2003

ISRAELI FILM SERIES






Sponsored by the JCC & the Bureau of Jewish Education.





Each film is absolutely free.
A facilitator will introduce each film in the series and lead a discussion following it.

The films will be shown at the JCC of Rhode Island
401 Elmgrove Avenue Providence, RI

For more information, call (401) 861-8800.



FEATURED FILMS:


8:00pm Saturday, March 29, 2003

Under The Domim Tree

Hebrew with English Subtitles -- Director: Eli Cohen -- 96 minutes


This award-winning film is based on the autobiography of Israel's first lady of stage and screen, Gila Almagor. It depicts 15 year old Aviya, who lives in a youth village for war orphans and troubled teenagers. By day, the youngsters play and study like other teenagers; by night, memories of unspeakable losses return. They find refuge under the domim (crabapple) tree. Discussion facilitated by Leonore Sones



3:00pm Sunday, March 30, 2003

Underdogs: A (Sports) War Movie

Hebrew with English subtitles -- Director: R.Tzror and D.Tsabari --85 minutes


When the Beit She'an soccer team was on the verge of losing its status as "the best," the entire town went into mourning. The deciding game was against the reigning champion, Haifa-- Beit She'an won! More than a film about soccer, this documentary is about the war between the "haves" and the "have-nots": the small town against the big city in today's Israel. Discussion facilitated by Doron Benita



8:00pm Saturday, April 5, 2003

Cup Final

Hebrew with English subtitles -- Director: Eran Riklis-- 107 minutes


Cohen, an Israeli soccer fanatic with tickets to attend the world cup in Spain, ends up in Lebanon during the 1982 war and is taken prisoner by a PLO unit. It turns out that his captor is also a soccer fan. This shared passion helps cut though the barriers of ideology, nationalism and bloody memories, creating an unlikely alliance between the men. Discussion facilitated by Liran Raz



4:00pm Sunday, April 6, 2003

Yana's Friends

Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles --Director: Arik Kaplun -- 90 minutes


A gentle, feel-good comedy, set in Israel during the Gulf War, this is the story of Yana, a Russian immigrant. As the Scud missiles land with a thud from Baghdad, so do the Jewish refugees from Moscow. The wide-eyed new arrival Yana and her husband move into a modest apartment shared with another couple. When Yana's husband pulls a scam and disappears from their new home, she has to fend for herself in a comically uptight Israeli neighborhood. Discussion facilitated by Samuel B. Katzovicz


Providence Circus School!






Spring 2003 Session Classes

Eight Sunday afternoons

April 6 - June 1, 2003




The Providence Circus School is offering juggling and balance classes this spring in a new space --The Met High School--Media Center Theater (325 Public Street Providence RI) The ceiling is high enough to juggle five clubs and there is plenty of room to zoom around on a unicycle. Classes are for ages 10-16, and really, where else are you going to learn this kind of stuff? I sometimes teach clowning for the PCS, and it's a very good place!

For more information call Director Judith Plotz at 401-351-9211 or email her




Thursday, March 27, 2003

Are you being served?


In this time of war and crisis, you may want to make contact with your elected officials to tell them how you feel. You may also want to complain about a pothole in your street, or pat them on the back and tell them what a great job you think they are doing.

The easiest way to find your official is to use The State's Find Your Official website (and you thought it was going to be difficult!)

Simply type in the first 6 letters of your street (no numbers), pick your city, and on the next page pick your address. It will then give you links to information about all of your public officials.


Of course, it probably helps if you've registered to vote...

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Puccini's Tosca


At the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium April 4 & 5, 2003



The featured production of Opera Providence this spring is a sensational, multi-media staging of Puccini's dramatic & beloved masterpiece, produced in collaboration with the award winning  Boston Academy of Music.


Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage, their innovative interpretation will make this Tosca a delightful and unforgettable experience for both new opera fans and long time opera lovers.


Tosca is a story of overwhelming passion amidst the perils of war.  Set in Rome at the time of Napoleon’s advance on the city, the opera opens with the flight of Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner.  He seeks refuge in a church where he is protected by Cavaradossi, a local artist who is also the lover of the famous singer, Floria Tosca.  The young painter acts suspiciously while protecting his friend and Tosca thinks jealous thoughts, believing him unfaithful.  The chief of police, Baron Scarpia, plays upon her jealousy to locate the two men, who are soon captured. 

Angelotti takes his own life rather then be held prisoner and Tosca desperately begs Scarpia to spare Cavaradossi, offering her affections in exchange for his life.  After securing a note saving her lover from his death sentence, she stabs Scarpia and hurries off to be with Cavaradossi.  Tosca finds she has been tricked, however, and the artist dies at the hands of a firing squad.  Facing capture for her crime, she leaps to her death to join her lover in the afterlife. 

Puccini's melodious and melo-dramatic score of love, lust and murder plays against the panoramic politics of soon-to-be Napoleon's Rome.


The show is April 4 and 5 at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $13.50 to $85.00.


To find out more (or to purchase tickets online) visit their website or give them a call at 401-331-6060




Monday, March 24, 2003

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN WASHINGTON DC!





This article recently appeared in the Washington Post, by columnist Courtland Milloy, who is a black man who looks Middle Eastern. It's a pretty good indicator of our current state of police state/fear.


The sign above the highway leading into the nation's capital advised motorists to "Report Suspicious Activity" and gave an 800 number for the Office of Homeland Security. As a reporter, I figured this was right up my alley and set out yesterday to report on things that struck me as suspicious.

For instance, near the Jefferson Memorial, I saw a five-foot-tall metal box that was hooked up to an electrical outlet and equipped with a high-tech antenna and chrome-dome receptor. What was it?

I asked a couple of National Park Service workers and some Cherry Blossom Festival organizers whose tent was set up next to the thing if they knew. Little did I know that my inquiry would become a suspicious activity in itself.



For the rest of the article

Sunday, March 23, 2003

Ringling Bros. Revealed




WHEN: Tuesday March 25 8:00 PM on the Travel Network

(Channel 33 on Cox in RI)

OTHER SHOWINGS:
Tuesday, March 25 TRAVEL 11:00 PM  
Saturday, March 29 TRAVEL 12:00 PM  





This trip behind-the-scenes at the circus provides an intimate glimpse of what it's like to work under the Big Top.

As ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson describes it, "Everybody becomes your family. You have elephant cousins and zebra uncles!” And what a family it is: 225 members of the cast and crew and 58 animals, all of which travel along with 480 tons of equipment on the world's largest privately owned train. Performers, clowns and animal trainers spill show-biz secrets in interviews and are observed rehearsing routines and dreaming up breathtaking new ones. Access is given to all areas except Clown Alley, which the comic entertainers are seen entering and later exiting in costume. (including an extensive interview with my Clown College Room mate (and current Boss Clown of the Red Unit) Jay Stewart.

Friday, March 21, 2003

MARCH MADNESS





Despite the vagaries of War, life goes on for college basketball players! That's right, the NCAA tournament is back!

One of the best stories with regard to the tournament so far is Arizona vs. Vermont. This is Vermont's first year in the tournament since 1900. The coach of Vermont makes $70,000 a year (lowest in the NCAA Division 1), while the coach of Arizona makes $970,000 ($635,000 base salary, plus a deal with Nike) In order to go to the NCAA's, Vermont held a $10 per plate spaghetti dinner, while Arizona held a $100 a plate gourmet luncheon (which had 485 people attend!) Vermont had a 24 hour delay in getting to the arena (a blizzard in Denver). they showed up at the arena 38 minutes before game time.


It would be an even better story if Vermont had won, but alas this isn't the movies--- Arizona crushed them by over 29 points. Still, good on Vermont for making it to the Dance at all.

I'm in a pool on the WELL(for no money, thank you very much, just for bragging and the all important pokeybucks (imaginary money!) With 16 of the 63 games played, I have been right on 14 of them so far! (And I'm in second place!)


See the standings for the Well Pool

See the NCAA official scoreboard (with recaps and stats)


Read the Arizona Republic article I got the Vermont vs. Arizona information from

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Rhode Islanders Go Off to War




Well, it looks like we are going to war. It's pretty horrific. The 48 hour "Get out of Dodge" ultimatum was...well, cartoonish. It's not so much that we are going to war (We've been to war before) but it's just that we are going to war so ineptly. If we are going to bomb the heck out of Iraq, and then rebuild a democracy there JUST as ineptly, why are we bothering?



I have almost begun to buy into the idea that war might be the lesser of evils (Winston Churchill's grandson, Winston S. Churchill, made a compelling argument that World War II might not have happened if the League of Nations had stepped in stronger on Adolph Hitler's flouting of their policies-- of course that assumes that Saddam=Hitler, which is not a proven fact at all. Of course Saddam is a bad guy, but whether or not he is the Hitler of our generation is not quite yet known.



The thing that has deterred me is Bush's speech to the nation. If our war is about stamping out terrorism, then why was Bush's first admonition to Hussein "Don't bomb your oil wells" It's about the money at least as much about anything else.


As part of the war effort, many of the reserves and National Guard units are getting called up to war. A friend of mine who is a captain in the National Guard expects to be called up. "If the war is on for any length of time, I'd expect everyone will be called up," he told me about a week ago.

Find out which Units have been called up (via the Providence Journal.)

Monday, March 17, 2003

Get Drunk and Happy!




There's a Jewish tradition on Purim to get really drunk and crazy with happiness. It just so happens that this year, that day coincides with another drunk and happy holiday-- St. Pattie's. The stars are definitely aligned, so get yourself a designated driver and check out your local temple or your local Irish pub (or maybe even both!)


If I were in town, I'd be at the Purim Shpiel (Purim Songs) at Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave, Providence, RI This year it's called "Jews in Black Hats" and is a parody of various sci-fi shows. It will start at 7 pm sharp and fills up quick so please get there early to get a seat. Be prepared for hilarity!


Friday, March 14, 2003

Googling towards the Millenium




The award winning search engine Google sometimes does some pretty nifty logos in celebration of different events. Today for example, is Einstein's Birthday! Click the logo above to find out more about old Albert.


A few days ago, they had Michaelangelo's Birthday, and the logo was even better!




To view some of the other specialty Google logos, visit Google's Logo Website

Realcabrides.com




Realcabrides.com is the title of a 218-page, non-fiction book is by Providence cabdriver Edward Dalton. It's about the adventures the cabdriver/philosopher has had driving a cab for the past 11 years.


Dalton, writes a monthly column for Providence Monthly Magazine that focuses on philosophical and political issues of being a cab driver. One of his crusades is to change the Rhode Island law to require plexiglass partitions in cabs. Apparently a cabdriver is 4 times more likely to be murdered on the job than a police officer!

Said Rhode Island School of Design literature professor Mike Fink in Providence's East Side Monthly:


"... Dalton has created a little local treasure that can stand beside anything else you might be tempted by ... It's just a great read!"


realcabrides.com is available through Ed himself for $15. Usually, you'll find Ed's big yellow taxi parked in front of the Westin Hotel on Saturday and Sunday nights or you can call Isis Enterprises and speak to Ed at (401)728-1892.)

It's also available at College Hill Bookstore (for $20) or you can mail order it through Ed for $18.

Visit the website to find out more.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

The World's Greatest Mime










Universally acclaimed as the world's greatest mime, Marcel Marceau makes the only New England appearance of his final national tour at RIC on March 14 and 15. Marceau's interest in mime began in his childhood, and has spanned a career of multiple mediums for over 50 years that has simply been called "genius." The San Francisco Chronicle calls him "The Essence of Theatre, The Soul of Dance."


I saw him perform in Chile a few years ago, and he's pretty amazing, even after all these years. While some of his material is a bit dated, he's still doing what nobody does better, and doing it beautifully. Even the sappiest and most sentimental and dated parts of his show are done with grace, style, and unbelievable soul. If there are still tickets, don't miss it!


Rhode Island College, 600 Mt Pleasant Ave Providence RI
March 14 at 8 pm, March 15 at 2 pm.
Tickets: $35.00
Box Office: Call (401) 456-8144 or
Visit their website

I-195 Re-Location-- The Movie




The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has commissioned David Sardinha of Pineapple Studios to create a series of animations to help people understand what the I-195 Relocation is going to look like. You can drive up and down the highway, view the actual site and the proposed waterfront village, and generally get a video-games eye view of our Capital City.

What's missing from the animations are those one long lane traffic jams during construction!


You can view the animations as Quicktime files (for Macintosh), Windows Media Files (for Windows), or as MPG files (only suggested with a Cable Modem or DSL)

Wednesday, March 12, 2003



The Providence Urban Debate League will sponsor a Public Action Debate moderated by Mayor David Cicilline at 4:00pm on Saturday, March 15th. The debate, to be held in the Auditorium of Mt. Pleasant High School, will focus on the question of Standardized Testing in the high schools. All parents, students, and citizens are encouraged to attend. There will be a 20 minute public Q & A session.

The Public Debate will cap a full day of interscholastic policy debate at Mount Pleasant High School.

The Providence Urban Debate League (UDL) is a cooperative project of the Swearer Center for Public Service and the Institute for Elementary and Secondary Education (IESE) at Brown, the Providence Schools District, the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Open Society Institute in New York. Since the 2000-2001 pilot season, the UDL has successfully engaged young people all of the Providence Public High Schools. The long-term goal of the UDL is to enable member schools to institutionalize debate teams and foster growth in the local debate circuit so as to make debate accessible to all students.

This program is modeled after urban debate leagues across the country which foster communication skills to empower individuals while working towards improving academic skills. There are currently urban debate league programs in Seattle, San Francisco, Southern California, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City, Atlanta, Tuscaloosa, Newark, and New York City. The success of this innovative strategy to promote standards-based literacy increases debate's importance in an education system increasingly conscious of standards and literacy.


Visit the Providence Urban Debate League Website









The Jewelry District Web Site



After close to two years of being in development, the Jewelry District website is finally open to the public. The site features news about the Jewelry District (my neighborhood), a list of members (and their businesses), and forums so you can find out what's going on in the meetings. There's also information about Health & Wellness, about the upcoming traffic snarls as they move 195, and lots of other fun and useful information.

If you'd like to join the group (which is an advocacy group to help support and guide the growth of the district, you can also do it online.

The site looks pretty slick, although it takes some time to load, and not everything is working 100% yet (I added my information to the database, but for whatever reason it hasn't actually added my information to the database (although the record has been updated) But I'm sure it will fill out over time.

Check out the Website

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Words of Wisdom from A Very Unlikely Source


Goering: "Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship."

Gilbert: "There is one difference. In a democracy the people have some say in
the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars."

Goering: "Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works he same in any country."

--Nazi leader Hermann Goering, interviewed by Gustave Gilbert during the Easter recess of the Nuremberg trials, 1946 April 18, quoted in Gilbert's book Nuremberg Diary



cover --Buy the book from Amazon.com

Monday, March 10, 2003

2nd Story Theatre Presents:



I saw Death of a Salesman on Friday night, and if you haven't seen it, I suggest you run, don't walk, to your phone, dial 401-247-4200, and reserve your tickets immediately. It's that good.





It's a tragedy, but such a beautiful tragedy, and it's played so well. Bob Colonna puts in a masterful performance, (worthy of the standing ovation he got the night I saw it) but all of the cast puts in strong performances. (especially Lynne Collinson as Linda, and Joe Oullette as Biff) I'd credit Ed Shea with wringing from his cast top notch work, and stripping away a lot of the proscenium 50's artifice in the play. The show is played in the round, with almost no props or set, and it really makes the play sing. Another beautiful moment in the play is when Willy is in his dream world, and we the audience can hear all of the cast reciting pieces of their past and future scenes with him-- replaying over and over the scenes that have haunted (and will haunt) him. It's breath-taking.


My happy news about the show is that it's being extended for one extra week. Three extra shows March 27,28,29 all at 8 pm. (and $10 tickets) have been added to the normal schedule (which was to end March 23)




I can't recommend this play highly enough. Go and see it!


Visit 2nd Story Theatre online

Call them for tickets 401-247-4200

Friday, March 07, 2003

BLACK FILM EXPO AT RISD


A two-day Black Film Expo, featuring local premieres of films by African-American filmmakers, will be displayed Sunday and Monday at the Rhode Island School of Design Auditorium.

Screenings will begin with the short films Pimps Up in the Ho-Down by Rhode Island filmmaker Don Mays, and then Roderick Giles's gritty urban dramaGully.


On Sunday the films start at 2 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. discussion session with the filmmakers.
On Monday, the films will be shown at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion session at 9.


Donations are $5 for the public; $3 for students and faculty.

International Women's Day



International Women's Day (March 8) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. The holiday first started in the United States in 1909, and has since spread throughout the world!

Here in RI, International Women's Day will be held tonight and tomorrow at the Rising Sun Mills in Olneyville.

Tonight there'll be a gallery opening (themed Mother) , and tomorrow (Saturday March 8) there will be performances, workshops, a film festival, a craft table, food and drink, and a whole lot more. Performers include: Betty Finn, Lori Amey, Christine Hajjar, Spyce, Allysen Callery, Amy Budd, Daily Mouse, Marissa Nadler, dancers, Boston's best Drag Kings and more!


The festival goes from 1 pm to 12 am at the Rising Sun Mill, 166 Valley Street in Olneyville. There is plenty of offstreet parking, and the space is handicapped accessible. All proceeds from the event will benefit two charitable organizations: Daycare Justice Co-op and Women in Transition.


Get Directions to Rising Sun Mills

Find out about the history of International Women's Day

Find out about RINOW (the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization of Women)


Thursday, March 06, 2003

THE URBAN BUSH WOMEN TODAY!




The acclaimed dance company, Urban Bush Women will perform at Rhode Island College's Roberts Auditorium TONIGHT at 8 pm.

In collaboration with the National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique, The Urban Bush Women blend movement, voice and text to create Shadows Child. The humanistic message touches on themes of friendship and cultural misunderstanding as the story tells of a young girl from Mozambique who moves to Florida and the challenges and experiences she faces in a new environment. Surely to be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Tickets are $26.00.
Rhode Island College Roberts Auditorium
600 Mt Pleasant Ave Providence RI
For more information, call 401-456-8144 or visit RIC online.

Smithfield Names Town Poet


Speaking of celebrated poets, Laurence J. Sasso, Jr., former poetry editor of Rhode Islander magazine and a well respected journalist (and managing editor of Observer Publications), became the first Town Poet in Smithfield RI's 272 year history. The job, which has no pay, no benefits, and does not come with a corner office, is to honor Sasso, who lives in Smithfield.


In accepting the post, he read a new work that had been specifically written for the event.

*********************


Council Chambers

In this room of words
and wisdom and heat
this room where power
sits down with worry and debate,
in this place of decisions,
talk and argument,
laughter and solemn proclamations,
sometimes we all must stop and listen
to the silence between the sentences,
the moments when
we mere men and women
think of the brightly burning stars
that lift our heads and touch us
as our lives touch other lives


Read Other Poems by Sasso

Read the ProJo Article

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

When Poetry Becomes a Hammer


In a shockingly unusual turn of events, a public official has spoken the truth!

Rhode Island Poet Laureate Thomas Chandler had some harsh words of criticism for both George and Laura Bush.

Asked in an email interview what he thought about the recent cancellation of a celebration of poetry at the White House (due to fears of anti-war protests), Chandler is reported to have called George W. Bush "the worst president in American history." Chandler then continued: "I have been challenging friends & colleagues (including historians) to name a worse one. No one can. Millard Fillmore & Gerald Ford may have been do-nothings, but they did not actively and consistently always make the overtly wrong choice."

As for the first lady, Chandler says: "Having Laura Bush act as the administration's cultural liaison is a pathetic gesture."

He adds, "In itself, the role means nothing. Even Hitler had a cultural liaison." And, he says, "Her comment that poetry should not be political would be laughable were it not so telling about the Bush's [sic] general arrogance."

Chandler has since repudiated the Hitler remark, saying that he felt he went too far, and that he was stating his personal views, not those of Bryant College or in his role as the Poet Laureate. Personally, I don't feel he did. Hitler did have a cultural liaison, and that didn't make him the awful monster that he was. In fact some amazing art was created under Hitler (Leni Rieffenstahl's films come to mind)

The thing is, having a cultural liaison doesn't make you a good leader, unless you use him or her to enhance the life and the world of the people you are serving.. Using culture as a way of giving the masses their bread and circuses, or convincing rich people that their life has meaning is not the best use of resources and denies the possibilities. As Brecht says, "Art is not a mirror that can reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it."


Bravo to Tom Chandler for standing up to the idea of poetry as something more than a frivolous pleasantry for urban intellectuals and millionaires. Poetry (and art in general) is not just for the readers of the New Yorker It's for everyone. And it can be used as a hammer.

Read the Providence Journal Article

Read two poems by Tom Chandler


RISCA Grant Information


It's that time of year again for artists-- grant time! The next application deadline is Tuesday April 1, 2003. RISCA will be holding 2 more grant workshops over the next few days (The Providence one was yesterday). You can go to the workshop and ask questions about procedures, deadlines, and other important info you need to know (before they sign the check over to you!)
Hours for the workshops are 4-6 pm. To register for a workshop call 222-3880.

Thursday, 3/6/03-Newport
Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave.


Monday, 3/10/2003-Westerly
Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad Street

Visit the RISCA Website

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

the 5 line self portrait



You've got 5 lines to make a self-portrait. How are you going to do it? What to include? What to leave out? How will it sum you up?

This has been a classic design school project for a long time, now brought elegantly to the web by a couple of Rhode Island born artists-- architect Christopher Pizzi and media designer Mitch Goldstein. Both are originally from Rhode Island, and Mitch still lives here!
You can either think long and hard to come up with your reduction, or just don't think at all and just start drawing. It's fun once you start, and it's not hard to do some alternates if you don't like your first attempt.

As famous architect Mies van der Rohe said "Less is More."


Here's mine (currently on display at the website:)




To submit your own 5line portrait, see their submission guidelines.


To view others portraits, visit the gallery.

Monday, March 03, 2003



FEINSTEIN HIGH SCHOOL



Feinstein High School is a performance based high school in Providence, RI that celebrates and respects the talents, characteristics and strengths of each student. The school was re-constituted in 2001. They are a site-based public high school in Providence with an enrollment of 350 students.

The Feinstein School uses several educational ideas that are not very traditional.

  • No Letter Grades Students are not graded using letter marks. Instead they are graded on a continuum (1-6) based on the standards and how well they meet them. While this might seem very similar to letter grades, it's not, because at the beginning of a project a student might not (and shouldn't) already meet the standard. By the end of the project every student will have met the standard (or exceeded it) Whereas on the A,B, C system, one could get an A in the class without meeting the standard.


  • Individualized Learning Plan They don't have Grades (9-12) at Feinstein. Instead they have School One and School Two. In School One, students meet the basic standards required and develop with their counselor an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) During School Two, the ILP is implemented. Advancement is not based on "Seat time" but on attainment of standards.


  • Project-based learning Students are involved in project based learning. Instead of tests and quizzes, students work on projects that fulfill their requirements and ILP. In fact, during the last year of school, in order to graduate, Students must complete a "Senior Project." This final project is structured such that the student (a) designs a project that is a significant challenge to the student's abilities and an interest of the student, (b) finds a mentor who is a relative expert in the areas of study and (c) presents their research and product upon completion to a panel of community members.


  • Technology focus. Students are expected to be technologically competent. Each student and teacher is given a laptop computer.


  • Longer School Year. (and school days) Students are not confined to the traditional model of Sept- June and 8-3. School is a year-long process. This is partially due to the fact that the school is based on the needs of the students..


Whether or not these un- traditional methods will work better than the traditional are working remains to be seen. Their website contains some evaluation charts and goal plans. To find out more about the Feinstein School, you can visit their website or give them a call at (401)-453-8695