About Us

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Who We Are

The Rhode Island Technical Assistance Project (RITAP) is a statewide resource center for technical assistance and support and professional development and training.  The resources of RITAP are organized to assist Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), state and local educational agencies, institutions of higher learning and families in the delivery of quality education and support for diverse learners including, English Language Learners, students in poverty experiencing academic challenges, students who are homeless, students with particular health protection needs and students with disabilities. 

RITAP is a collaborative effort of the Rhode Island Department of Education Office of Student Community and Academic Support (OSCAS) and Rhode Island College.

Goals at Work

Educator Excellence
Support a state level system for personnel development that addresses IDEA requirements as well as other federal programs and aligns with initiatives of the RIDE strategic plan.

Provide a statewide training and technical assistance systems focused on helping school communities meet the needs of diverse learners.

World Class Standards and Assessments
Support a system of policy, program and professional development that assists the state and LEAs in addressing emergent and critical needs identified among RI students with disabilities, based upon national and state data trends; and needs of other diverse learners, including English Language Learners, students in poverty experiencing academic challenges, students who are homeless, and students with particular health protection needs.

Equitable and Effective Investments
Collaborate with multiple agencies to enhance Medicaid utilization among RI LEAs and continue refinement of policy, protocols, practices and training regarding the Medicaid system and students with disabilities.

Our Staff

Denise Achin, M.Ed - Medicaid Coordinator

Ms. Achin holds an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Bridgewater State University and a B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her current assignment is in coordinating special education and Medicaid policy pertaining to Medicaid reimbursement in the schools. In addition, Denise specializes in interagency coordination, working with other state agencies and programs on shared initiatives. Denise can be reached at (401) 222 8997 or dachin@ritap.org.

Sue Constable, M.A. - Autism Coordinator

Susan Constable holds a B.S. from Wheelock College and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Framingham State College. She taught young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for ten years at ACCEPT Collaborative in Framingham, Massachusetts. As Coordinator, Sue continuously evaluates, revises and improves a system of professional development (including pre-service and in-service training) and provides technical assistance on evidenced based practices. Sue collaborates with her colleagues at Rhode Island College and teaches a graduate level course which is required in RIC’s Certificate of Graduate Study (C.G.S.) in Autism Education Program. Sue can be reached at (401) 222-8984 or sconstable@ritap.org.

Addie DelValle, Bilingual Assistant

Addie provides office support to both RITAP and the Rhode Island Department of Education and frequently assists parents and families in navigating the Special Education System. Addie's bilingual skills are utilized in providing support to Spanish speaking families. Addie can be reached at (401) 222-8342 or adelvalle@ritap.org.

Barrie Grossi, M.Ed - Project Coordinator

Ms. Grossi holds an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education from Rhode Island College and a B.A. in Speech and Language Science from the University of Rhode Island. Her current assignment is in personnel development, ensuring a systems and policy approach to ensuring that personnel have the knowledge and skills to work with students with disabilities. In addition, Barrie is co leader of Rhode Island’s IEP initiatives. Barrie can be reached at (401) 222 8996 or bgrossi@ritap.org.

Patricia Strauss, MA, CAGS - Data Steward

Patricia holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and a CAGS in Accounting from Bryant University. Assuring data accuracy, security and confidentiality, she provides reports at the federal, state, and local level as required. Patricia can be reached at (401) 222-5107 or Pstrauss@ritap.org.

RITAP at Rhode Island College is supported by the RI Department of Education Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports (OSCAS)