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Dr. Mary Canole (RI '97)

Consultant on Educational Leadership

Leadership Matters

At the time of the Award, Dr. Mary Canole was:

Director of Instruction/Grants
Newport Public Schools
Newport, RI

Biographical Information

Dr. Mary Canole has been director of the Office of Progressive Support and Intervention for the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education since 2005. This office supports and monitors schools and districts categorized as "In Need of Improvement" by both No Child Left Behind and the Rhode Island Law for School Accountability. Previously, Dr. Canole served as the superintendent of Newport Public Schools in Rhode Island for four years, and was successful in eliminating the district's "In Need of Improvement" status. Before becoming superintendent, she was director of instruction and grants for the Newport School District and director/principal of the Newport Area Career and Technical Center. Dr. Canole's innovations at the Center include the formation of a 30-member business advisory committee made up of career professionals who reviewed the school's program curricula, offered recommendations for improvement and provided students with mentoring, internships, shadowing opportunities and mock job interviews. Dr. Canole also developed industry-credentialed vocational programs for automotive technology and the hospitality, travel and tourism industries.

Additional Information


1975 Syracuse University, B.A.