Mark your school calendars because you won’t want to miss these ACE events!

November 13, 2014 – ACE’s Critical Issues in Education presentation Unraveling the Impact of Screen-time on Children: A conversation with Dr. Dana Osowiecki &  Dr. Sara Folta. Free & Open to the Public, No reservations needed.                                          7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  CCRI Newport Campus

January 31, 2015   ACE EdCamp:  An UNconference organized by groups of educators, specifically designed to create a participant-driven, casual, morning of collaboration on the beautiful campus of Salve Regina University..  Educators can connect with like-minded individuals, collaborate ideas, brainstorm solutions to common education problems, have discussion and receive information that can immediately be applied in the classroom.  8:00 –11:00 a.m.

March 20 & 21, 2015  The 12 th Annual March into Reading!  A Celebration of Children’s Books. Friday, authors & illustrators visit local elementary and middle schools Saturday the festivities continue at the O’Hare Center, Salve 9:30a.m – 1:00 p.m.

Check back for more information on these exciting opportunities and other ACE tips & networking notes including a call for ACE Teacher Grant proposals.


ACE Teacher Grants

We all know teachers continually think of creative ways to enhance instruction, but time and money present challenges. If you find the time, perhaps ACE can help with the money by awarding you an ACE teacher grant! ACE is accepting grant requests for up to $250.00 to support a teaching project to be implemented next fall. Submit your application on-line by June 6, 2014.
Take a look at some of the projects previously supported by ACE grants.

March into Reading 2014! Aquidneck Island’s 11th Annual Celebration of Children’s Books

Friday, March 28, 2014   Authors and Illustrators visit Aquidneck Island Schools

           Saturday, March 29, 2014   9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.        

The festivities continue at O’Hare Academic Center

Salve Regina University, Newport, RI

                                 Free & open to the public, no reservations needed

Schedule for Saturday March 29

Children’s Discovery Rooms             9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Hidden treasures of fun learning activities, arts, and crafts

  •  Travel Around the World with Books!
  •  Ocean Treasures!
  •  Hidden Treasures in the Rainforest!
  •  Unlocking the Treasure! ~ fun for middle school ages
  •  The Reading Room – A quiet place to enjoy a book

 Silly Dilly Man, Alan Katz      10:00 a.m.

Laugh along with author Alan Katz as he discusses his diverse career, which has been dedicated to making kids and their parents laugh and learn. In addition to having written 30+ books for kids, Alan is a six-time Emmy nominee for his work as a TV writer/producer (talk shows, game shows, awards shows, animated series), and he has created many notable advertising campaigns, comic books, and trading card sets. Alan promises a Silly Dilly good time for all.

Meet the Authors & Illustrators and Book Signing

Tony Abbott  12:00- 12:45   Tony has written over ninety-five books and 12 million of Tony’s books have been sold worldwide. Several of his books were named Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club selections and Junior Library Guild. Firegirl won the Golden Kite Award for Fiction presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The Postcard was honored with the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery in the juvenile category.  Tony’s newest work, The Copernicus Legacy is an epic six-volume adventure series for young audiences.

Aaron Becker  11:00 – 11:45  Aaron’s debut picture book, Journey, was named one of the New York Times’ Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013.  He illustrated a special cover for the children’s issue of the New York Times Book Review. Journey has been awarded the 2013 platinum “Best Book Award” by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, was nominated for Best Picture Book in the Goodreads Choice Awards.  Aaron’s website includes videos on “The Making of Journey” and a book trailer.

Toni Buzzeo  10:00 – 10:45  Toni has published 19 picture books thus far, with four more currently under contract.  In 2013, she won a Caldecott Honor award for her New York Times best-selling book One Cool Friend. Among other awards, Just Like My Papa, Stay Close to Mama, and Dawdle Duckling have all been Children’s Book of the Month Club selections.

Erica Perl  11:00 – 11:45  Erica’s children’s picture books and novels keep kids and adults laughing. She has received many recognitions and awards for her books including one from our very own state! Her novel, When Life Gives You O.J. was a Rhode Island State Book Award finalist. In addition to writing books, Erica works at First Book, the groundbreaking non-profit organization that has provided over 100 million brand new books to children in need. Erica is a champion for First Book Authors & Illustrators in Action! and encourages her fellow authors and illustrators to join her!

 Susan Stockdale  10:00 – 10:45  Susan writes and illustrates picture books about nature such as Stripes of All Types, Bring on the Birds, and Fabulous Fishes. Her books have won awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice, the National Science Teachers Association, and Bank Street College of Education. To see a Voice of America video that shows how Susan creates her illustrations go to her website

 Maryann Cocca Leffler  12:00 – 12:45  Maryann has authored and illustrated 50 books for young children.  She has brought one of her most popular book characters, Princess Kim, to stage in Princess Kim the Musical and won  FIRST place in the Ronald Ruble National New Play Festival at the Caryl Crane Children’s Theatre in Huron, Ohio.

Laura Backman 10:00- 10:45  Laura will be joined by the real LEMON, the main character in Laura’s book “Lemon the Duck”.  Laura, accompanied by Lemon, will read the book at 9:30 a.m.

Alan Katz, The Silly Dilly Man  11:00 – 11:45 Immediately following his presentation, Alan will meet and sign his books.

A selection of books by the featured authors & illustrators will be on sale during the festivities – courtesy of Island Books


This program is made possible by grants from Hamilton Family Foundation, Peoples Credit Union, Newport Public Education Foundation, Portsmouth Public Education Foundation, RI Partnership for Success  &  support from the  Pennfield School, Newport Daily News, Newport Hotel Group, United Way of RI, Island Books, and Viking Tours 

March into Reading 2014

Now in its 11th year, March into Reading has become a hallmark event for Aquidneck Island students, their families and their teachers!  We are excited to announce the award winning children’s book authors and illustrators attending March into Reading 2014.  Read more

Happy & Healthy Kids ~ Tips from Professionals for Teachers & Parents

ACE Critical Issues in Education Series

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.   Nov. 14, 2013  CCRI Newport, RI Campus

What are the newest challenges to raising happy and healthy kids? How can parents and teachers meet these challenges?  A panel of experts will respond to these questions with timely advice for the home and school.

Catherine Labiak – Maher, M.D.         Technology

Paul Cardoza, Ed.D                             Physical Activity

Megan Martino,  BS. CLC                    Nutrition

Laura Deihl, Ph.D.                               Social-Emotional Development

Free & open to the public.  Reservations are not required. For more information go to or contact Kitty Rok,, 401 341-3157



ACE Teacher Grants

Teachers from Gaudet Middle School, Thompson Middle School, and Hathaway Elementary School received ACE teacher grants to start projects with the opening of school.  Read more

Get ideas and be inspired by ACE teacher grant projects implemented during last school year that focused on elementary and secondary art instruction, using positive behavioral supports to teach personal responsiblity in an elementary classroom, integrating OT & PT activities in a K classroom, and teaching real life math skills to 2nd graders. Read more