Volunteer Opportunity

School Culture VISTA

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The Learning Community
Central Falls, RI

The Learning Community

Published 5 months ago

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

School Culture VISTA

The Learning Community, Central Falls, RI





Founded in 2004, The Learning Community is a nationally-recognized public charter school that serves more than 579 K-8 students from Central Falls, Pawtucket and Providence, three of the four “core cities” of poverty in Rhode Island. As a result of the quality of our partnerships with families and our innovative teaching practices, our students are dramatically outperforming their peers, despite a poverty rate nearly twice the state average. 82% of our students are low-income, 94% are children of color, and 34% are English language learners. Our work has been recognized nationally by The NY Times, Washington Post, MSNBC Primetime, and Chelsea Clinton came for a visit.  


Our nation has grown to accept a link between poverty and student achievement.  However, our students have closed the most significant student achievement gap between students of color and white students in the country (Annie E. Casey Foundation). Despite a poverty rate of 82%, which is significantly higher than both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, on the 2018 RICAS standardized test: 


The Learning Community’s low-income, Latino, Black and English Language Learners had a higher proficiency rate than their demographic peer groups in Rhode Island, Boston and throughout Massachusetts in both Math and English Language Arts. 


The Learning Community seeks a savvy, detail oriented, flexible and capable problem solver with demonstrated initiative, and excellent organizational, interpersonal and analytical skills to build our capacity to teach students to be strong, supportive community members, through listening to and working alongside partners. They will organize systems, support and recruit lasting community partners, and research and design curriculum for implementation. They will gather data about important issues facing our community, gather research for students to study the issue, and locate allies to partner with.  




The School Culture VISTA will support several initiatives to improve and support multiple aspects of a healthy school climate. Students learn about social and civil responsibility in a variety of ways, including through the cultural work of our student organizations, Social Action Projects, and reserved times during Advisory to teach social and emotional competencies. This work at The Learning Community is still in its infancy and the this VISTA would be a crucial part of growing it. They would help identify existing curricula connected to the various domains of social-emotional competencies. They would then work to embed the curricula into existing curricula. Second, the School Culture VISTA would investigate and identify effective practices related to maintaining a connection with Alumni and enrolling them in initiatives designed to improve climate. Lastly, they would work to increase learner agency and student voice in the daily operations and long-term planning of our school. 



·       Strong communication

·       Demonstrated ability to build relationships

·       Ability to work with community partners

·       Experience researching and implementing ideas

·       Strong desire to learn and grow as a professional

·       Demonstrated leadership ability

·       Excellent oral, written and organizational skills

·       Flexible, curious and goal-oriented personality

·       Sense of humor


FINANCIAL AWARD: VISTAs receive a living stipend, health insurance and have a choice between a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a cash stipend upon completion of term. For more information on AmeriCorps*VISTA visit:


TRAINING: VISTAs receive 2 weeks of on-site orientation and ongoing professional development throughout the year.

SERVICE TERM: September 2020 – September 2021



Please apply online at Application deadline is July 31, 2020.


No phone calls. The Learning Community is AA/EOE.  All interviews are conducted in accessible locations. QTPOC encouraged to apply.

School Culture VISTA

The Learning Community, Central Falls, RI





Founded in 2004, The Learning Community is a nationally-recognized public charter school that serves more than 579 K-8 students from Central Falls…

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The Learning Community

21 Lincoln Avenue, Central Falls, RI 02863

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