This I Believe - Rhode Island: Urban Schools

Providence, RI – Imagine a news story about the daily goings-on at a typical large, urban high school. What images come to mind? Do you picture academic success stories spinning out of a maturing student body, or does your mind run toward more dismal scenarios? As Fred Silva, notes, urban education is filled with remarkable triumphs, even miracles.

Silva has been the principal of Tolman High School in Pawtucket since 2004. Silva began his career in education at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Virginia. He held administrative positions in Gloucester County, Virginia and Coventry, Rhode Island, before becoming Principal of Lincoln High School in Rhode Island and then Tolman High.