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Welcome to the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative, a public, non-profit educational institution dedicated to providing special education programs and other educational services to school districts and community partners in northern Rhode Island.

Established in 1987, NRIC is committed to ensuring that students in our community received the best and most comprehensive education available.

August 2020 Agenda Open Meeting.pdf

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April 24, 2020


Dear NRIC Families,


First, we hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy.  As you probably heard yesterday, Governor Raimondo extended distance learning through June 2020, which will take us to the end of the school year. The Rhode Island Department of Education will be providing us with a school calendar for the months of May and June 2020.  Once we receive the new distance learning calendar, we will share it with all of you. The new calendar will include professional development days so staff can continue to improve our services to our students.


More than ever, it is important for teachers, students, administrators, and families to continue evolving with how we can make distance learning the best possible experience for our students. We learned a lot during the past month, and we commend the efforts of everyone in taking chances, adapting to changing circumstances, and working hard to support our students. Now that we know that distance learning is a reality until the end of the school year, it is important that we continue these efforts by finishing strong.


To help you, our NRIC families, we are scheduling virtual Coffee Hours over the next two weeks. During these virtual meetings, parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments to our Executive Director, Georgia Fortunato, Director of Administration, Lori Miller, Director of Educational Services, Brian Quigg and Director of Technology, Dean Palmer. These virtual coffee hours will be scheduled by your child’s educational program. Invitations to the virtual coffee hours will be sent through your child’s teacher.


Parent Virtual Coffee Hour Schedule

  • Developmental Foundations: Thursday April 30th at 2:00
  • Auditory Oral Foundations: Monday May 4th at 2:00
  • Social Emotional Foundations: Thursday May7th at 2:00


As always, if you have any questions or feel your child is struggling either emotionally or educationally, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher or call Brian Quigg, Director of Educational Services at 401-486-7606.




Georgia Fortunato, Executive Director

Lori Miller, Director of Administration

Brian Quigg, Director of Educational Services

Dean Palmer, Director of Technology 

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