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Henry Barnard School’s New Principal: Jeannine Magliocco



On Aug. 25 Jeannine Magliocco will begin her first academic year as principal of Henry Barnard Laboratory School, located in the heart of the Rhode Island College campus.

“To be a good principal, you have to be highly communicative,” said Magliocco, “highly transparent, highly visible and highly collaborative. You have to be a good problem-solver and be able to engage people in the problem-solving process. Most of all, you have to be willing to learn alongside everyone else.”

For the past seven years, Magliocco has been principal of Lonsdale Elementary School in Lincoln, where she has been directly involved in district initiatives to improve student success. She was a member of the Joint Evaluation and Professional Issues Committee and served on the Collaborative Learning Outcomes Committee alongside representatives of other school districts and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). There she addressed issues regarding Race to the Top, such as the transition to Common Core State Standards. She was also a leader of curriculum-based reform in the areas of math, science and English language arts, through collaboration with The Charles A. Dana Center.

In the last two years, her leadership ability gained the attention of the Rhode Island Association of School Principals, which selected her as a finalist for Rhode Island Elementary Principal of the Year in 2013 and in 2014.

Now, as principal of Henry Barnard (HBS), Magliocco brings her leadership skills to build the same student success she achieved at Lonsdale, she said. “HBS already has a well-known and well-respected reputation in Rhode Island. I intend to continue that,” she said.

Among her goals for HBS are to establish a school improvement team, expand the opportunities for professional learning among the faculty, increase parent engagement and extend partnerships within the RIC community.

“We are already under the auspices of RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development,” she said. “I want to expand our partnerships to other RIC divisions in order to bring as much benefit as possible to HBS and to the RIC campus.”

Magliocco earned her B.A. in elementary and special education at Providence College in 1992, an M.A.T. in elementary and special education at Salve Regina University in 1997 and an M.Ed. equivalent in educational leadership at RIC in 2007 through RIC’s cohort program.

She began her career as a teacher in 1992 in the Middletown School District as a special education resource faculty member. In 1996 she became a fourth-grade teacher, achieving National Board Certification in 2004. After nine years of teaching, she served for two years, beginning in 2006, as School Accountability for Teaching and Learning fellow at RIDE. There, she led and facilitated visits to elementary, middle and high schools, and identified, along with teams of teachers and administrators, the strengths and needs of the schools and the steps needed to improve teaching and learning.

“When I’ve asked the faculty here what is their school’s greatest strength, they’ve consistently said, ‘We have the best students.’ There is a contagious excitement for learning at HBS. I’ve been told that children will run into their classroom on the first day of school and are often seen skipping down the halls. It was the same at Lonsdale. There is nothing more important to me than seeing students who are happy to learn,” said Magliocco. “HBS students go on to some of the most prestigious independent schools in the state – Moses Brown, Wheeler and Providence Country Day School.

She is equally impressed by the teaching staff at HBS. “The teachers here have outstanding reputations among the parents and the community,” she said. “They all hold master’s degrees, and a few either hold a doctorate or are working toward that. They also engage in research. They are all inspirational and highly respected.”

Since 1898 HBS has served Rhode Island College and the people of Rhode Island as a nonpublic, independent elementary school. Its mission is to provide clinical teaching experience for RIC education majors; to provide a setting for research conducted by professors, graduate students and others; to provide a laboratory of experimentation
for the trial, development and refinement of innovations based on research and/or experience; to provide a setting to create, test, pilot and evaluate new curriculum materials and strategies to facilitate learning; and to provide a site conducive to educational staff development.

The RIC campus community welcomes HBS’s new principal.