ENRICHri’s 2021-2022 Inclusivity Initiatives Explained

As an organization ENRICHri recognizes that to be truly inclusive our members need to feel seen and valued. With over 400 families in our community we also recognize that inclusivity must include a wide range of diverse experiences – our families cover the spectrum of race, sexuality, gender, religion, family make-up, economic status, educational choice, and physical and mental capabilities. We define inclusiveness as welcoming all. We believe that we can all respect each other regardless of our backgrounds and experiences and we will not tolerate actions, behaviors, or statements that harm anyone.

In this spirit this year, our board, decided upon three inclusivity initiatives to focus on:

  • Using gender neutral language,
  • Identifying and addressing microaggressions, and
  • Welcoming and supporting neurodiversity.
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Walking in Paperwork

As our FAQs indicate (see #14), we highly recommend that all annual paperwork be sent via certified mail to create a paper trail and limit unnecessary communication with the district.  

Another way to create a paper trail is to bring your paper work in and hand it to the school department directly.  When you do that please be aware that it could, just like in a phone call, lead to undocumented conversations.  These conversations could include office staff giving you incorrect information (lies, threats have also been known to occur).  If you walk in paperwork know the law so well that you can stand up against their own lack of knowledge, lies or intimidation that may cause you to lose confidence and feel threatened. 

ENRICHri does not suggest bringing your paperwork into the school department in person, but if you choose to, bring 2 copies, get both stamped/signed/dated as received, keep 1 copy for your records.

If office staff starts telling you “we also need….”, “you need to bring it to such and such office instead, not here”, or they flat out refuse to give you a signed and dated receipt, turn around and walk out WITH your paperwork and send it certified from the post office instead.



Letter from the Desk of the President

My letter to membership this month is about the amazing members who transformed ENRICHri from a dedicated hard working skeleton crew to a robust and creative team of volunteers and leaders who in just a handful of months have created an impressive calendar full of offerings for our secular homeschooling community.

Just a few months ago in the heat of the summer, our then tiny board of only 3 members met to discuss how ENRICHri could go from offering on-line only support and advocacy for homeschoolers back into a vibrant active organization which offered in-person learning and socializing opportunities, as well as, programs and field trips in collaboration with our community once again.

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Grade Level and Temporary Homeschool

Our very own Melissa Robb, ENRICHri Member Advocate, collaborated with Providence Mom to share her homeschooling knowledge. Providence Mom has created a few blog articles regarding homeschooling that we feel are very good and informative. Check them out here.

Temporary Homeschool and Staying on Grade Level

Guide to Homeschooling in RI

Choosing Homeschool Curriculum

Homeschooling 101

Still looking for more information? Check out Melissa’s videos here.  


Considering A Jump from Distance Learning to Homeschooling?

In our current environment I have heard many families begin to question whether they should make the leap from distance learning to homeschooling for awhile. You may be thinking, “what’s the difference??? We’re learning from home now!” The fact is homeschoolers are also struggling right now as we try to adjust to this entirely new home-confined lifestyle.  Continue reading “Considering A Jump from Distance Learning to Homeschooling?”


Homeschoolers Are Struggling Too!

Distance Learning. There is so much talk in the news and in social media right now about home education. Parents are trying to keep up, kids are either loving or hating it, and teachers are doing their best. There are comments about how people are ‘new homeschoolers’ and how families have put on their ‘homeschooling hats’. Many parents are saying “I could never do this homeschool-thing full time’. Even highly effective teachers are struggling to keep their own kids on track with distance learning.   Continue reading “Homeschoolers Are Struggling Too!”


ENRICHri stance on RIDE Homeschool Information FAQs

ENRICHri strives to distribute accurate information about homeschooling in general and specifically in Rhode Island.  We do not link to, nor refer anyone to the RIDE homeschool FAQs page.  While some of the FAQs are appropriate, informative and useful there are many points that are at best misleading and in part outright false. RIDE maintains two almost identical FAQs (points page on their website as well as a PDF), our stance is focused on their current PDF).

ENRICHri has approached RIDE multiple times, over the course of our ten years, to ask that they update the misinformation to reflect Rhode Island laws accurately.  They do not refuse; they simply do not respond.  

These are the changes that ENRICHri has recently recommended to RIDE in order to be a resource that we can feel comfortable pointing potential or new homeschoolers to.

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