Lincoln in the News

StyleWeek goes micro but with fashion show

By Gail Ciampa 
June 3, 2021 
Providence Journal

Sophie Glenn Lau The modern approach to college admission is perhaps best summed up in the words of a Lincoln School senior at a recent virtual college counseling event. She was asked: “What was a pleasant surprise from the college process?” Her answer: “Getting to know myself." Read more

New era of college admission: It’s about character

By Sophie Glenn Lau ’88 and Beth Ellis 
April 2, 2021 
Providence Business News

Sophie Glenn Lau The modern approach to college admission is perhaps best summed up in the words of a Lincoln School senior at a recent virtual college counseling event. She was asked: “What was a pleasant surprise from the college process?” Her answer: “Getting to know myself." Read more

Walking the Slope: A Graph UnderFoot

By Catherine E. Hibbitt 
January/February 2021 
Science Scope

Tired of your classroom’s worn-out linoleum floor? Wait! Don’t tear it up yet. Look down with an appreciative rather than critical eye. Those gritty squares form the perfect grid for a person-sized graph, big enough for students to physically walk “rise over run” to develop an understanding of slope, taking advantage of middle schoolers’ energy in a kinesthetic learning exercise. Read more

Making the case for STEAM, not STEM

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January 10, 2020 
Providence Business News

If you looked up at the sky on Oct. 19, 2019, you might have caught sight of history being made somewhere among the stars. On that day, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir – a Brown University alumna – became the first to take part in an all-female spacewalk. Their job was to fix a component on the International Space Station’s exterior, but we’d argue that their mission was actually powered by STEAM. Read more

Lau becomes first alumna named head of Lincoln School in Providence

By Journal Staff Writer
January 30, 2020 
Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE — Sophie Glenn Lau, will be the 17th head of Lincoln School beginning July 1, according to a news release. Lau is currently the head of the 440-student Senior School at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh.

“I am honored to have been selected as Lincoln’s next head of school,” said Lau, who graduated from Lincoln School in 1988. “As a student, Lincoln was where I found my voice and learned how to be a leader. As an alumna, I have watched Lincoln’s incredible trajectory with a great sense of pride and enthusiasm. I now look forward to building on that momentum as head of Lincoln School, and to championing the power of an all-girls education on a national scale.” Read more

Lincoln School names alum Lau as its new head of school

by James Bessette
January 28, 2020
Providence Business News

PROVIDENCE – A Lincoln School alum will be returning home to lead her alma mater.

The all-girls K–12 private school announced Tuesday that Sophie Glenn Lau will become its new head of school, starting July 1. Lau will take over for Suzanne Fogarty, who has led Lincoln School since 2014 and will be leaving the Providence-based school for New York to become The Chapin School’s head of school on July 1.

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Lincoln School Names Lau 17th Head of School

GoLocalProv News Team
January 28, 2020

Lincoln School in Providence has named alumna Sophie Glenn Lau as the 17th head of school.

“As a student, Lincoln was where I found my voice and learned how to be a leader. As an alumna, I have watched Lincoln’s incredible trajectory with a great sense of pride and enthusiasm. I now look forward to building on that momentum as head of Lincoln School, and to championing the power of an all-girls education on a national scale,” said Lau. Read more

Lincoln School breaks ground on sustainable Little School expansion – part of $5m Building Beginnings campaign
January 3, 2020
Green Buildings

Providence, RI Lincoln School has broken ground on a state-of-the-art Little School expansion, a 4,700 s/f facility that stands as a testament to the school’s best-in-class Little School and Early Childhood program. Little School, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, offers boys and girls six weeks to 3 years old Reggio-Emilia inspired instruction with a focus on exploration and hands-on discovery. Operating on a continual waitlist throughout the year, this expansion is a critical investment in Rhode Island’s littlest learners. This is the kickoff of the $5 million Building Beginnings campaign, dedicated to the expansion and enhancement of Lincoln’s Little and Lower Schools, brought together all corners of the community, along with our project partners studioMLA out of Brookline, Mass. and Deslandes Construction of Warwick, R.I. Read more

Lincoln School in Providence to start construction on preschool

By Linda Borg
Journal Staff Writer
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at 11:58 AM

PROVIDENCE -- Lincoln School will break ground Wednesday on a 4,700-square-foot preschool that serves boys and girls.

The Little School facility is the first phase of a $5 million campaign dedicated to hands-on learning. The pre-school project taps Deslandes Construction of Warwick and studioMLA Architects of Brookline, Mass. Read more

Lincoln School Breaks Ground on 4,700 Square-Foot Little School Facility

By GoLocalProv News Team
Friday, December 06, 2019

Lincoln School in Providence broke ground on a 4,700 square-foot Little School expansion Wednesday. 

Little School offers boys and girls six weeks to three-years-old Reggio-Emilia inspired instruction with a focus on exploration and hands-on discovery. Read more

LLB Architects earns awards for three projects by Rhode Island Monthly magazine
November 8, 2019

Pawtucket, RI LLB Architects has been awarded three 2019 Rhode Island Monthly Design Awards. The Children’s Library at the Cranston Public Library’s Central Branch won silver in the commercial interior design category. Rhode Island College’s Gaige Hall won silver in the commercial renovation/new construction category. Lincoln School’s STEAM Hub won bronze in the commercial renovation/new construction category. The projects demonstrate LLB Architects’ creative approach to renovating existing spaces to incorporate natural light, connect community and foster collaboration. Read more. 

Fourth Time's A Charm: Lincoln School Wins D2 Field Hockey Title

ABC News
November 4, 2019

DeFeo sister act pays off as Lincoln School tops Wheeler, 3-0, for Div. II crown

Providence Journal
November 3, 2019

SMITHFIELD — You can plan to stop a player. Trying to stop the bond between sisters isn’t as easy.

The Lincoln School field hockey team doesn’t try to hide its strength. Addie DeFeo is the Lynx’s leading scorer and right behind her is younger sister Georgianne.

On Sunday, the DeFeos were at their best. Georgianne scored off an assist from Addie, Addie scored on a rebound and Lincoln School dominated possession in a 3-0 win over Wheeler in the RIIL Division II championship game. Read more


Why, Not Where: Reimagining the College Admission Process

April 18, 2019

The college admission process is on trial. In the judicial system and the court of public opinion, how and why prospective students take the next step in their education is under immense scrutiny. Each year, millions of high school seniors apply to the thousands of institutions of higher education in the United States and abroad, and they are facing mounting pressure: acceptance rates at the most selective colleges are at an all-time low, student loan debt is at an all-time high, and 62% of college students report feeling “overwhelming anxiety,” up 12% from just five years earlier.

In the face of such statistics, high schoolers can become overwhelmed, parents cynical, and educators disenfranchised with the college admission process. But here at Lincoln, we choose to pay less attention to headlines scandals and more attention to the voices and choices of our students. Read more

More Than Just a Classroom: Design Award for Lincoln School’s STEAM Hub for Girls

Providence Monthly
March 13, 2019

For decades, choosing a career in a STEM field (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) was not an option for women. Despite seeing Sally Ride enter space, Marie Curie win a Nobel Prize, and Jane Goodall conduct revolutionary wildlife research, the question remains: Why is the number of women in STEM still so low?

In an effort to change these numbers, the all-girls private school on the East Side, Lincoln School, constructed a state-of-the-art addition to their campus called The Lincoln School STEAM Hub for Girls, which opened its doors in May 2018. Read more

Cracking the Gender Code: All Girls' Schools Are Key to Closing the Gap in STEM Fields

March 6, 2019

Today, our lives and our world are being affected by computing technology in unprecedented ways, and it’s difficult to imagine where technology will take us 10 years from now when the kindergartners of today will be graduating. What is simple to predict, however, is that in order to be a part of where technology is going, these students will need a very specific set of skills to take out into the world and workforce, none more so than girls.  Read more

Advancing Girls: Moving Beyond Advanced Placement

National Coalition of Girls Schools
January 10, 2019

The world is changing, and with it, education. One of the biggest decisions I’ve made in my almost five years as the Head of Lincoln School, an historic all-girls Quaker school in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island, is the choice to discontinue Advanced Placement (AP) classes two years ago.  Read more

Lincoln School's STEAM Hub for Girls Receives Award

High Profile
December 11, 2018

Pawtucket, RI – LLB Architects was recognized at the annual AIA Rhode Island Design Awards on Dec. 6 with a prestigious Honor Award for its design of Lincoln School’s STEAM Hub for Girls. Read more

Lincoln School forms strategic advisory board to counsel leadership

Providence Business News
November 16, 2018

PROVIDENCE – The all-girl Lincoln School has established a strategic advisory board to advise and counsel Head of School Suzanne Fogarty and school leadership. Read more

My Turn: Suzanne Fogarty: Believe in the power of all girls

Providence Journal
November 9, 2018

At Lincoln School, our students represent a variety of perspectives, though they all have one thing in common — respect for each others’ opinions, even if they are different from their own. In the Lincoln community, with its strong foundation of putting girls first for over 130 years, with our deep roots in Quaker values — equity being one of them — we carve out the space and the confidence for girls and young women to speak up and to speak out, to own their opinions and their stories. Simply put, even when dealing with complex or challenging issues, many of which are found in current events, here we both believe in each other and we believe each other. Read more

Providence’s Lincoln School gets a high-tech look with new wing

Providence Journal
October 25, 2018

The teaching and communal space is a prime example of thoughtful architectural design that refreshes an institution’s image.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — “Space and learning are inseparable,” declares Suzanne Fogarty, the head of Lincoln School. Speaking about the new addition to the girls school on Providence’s East Side, Fogarty notes that “the bold design is about who we are” and it’s about “seeing and being seen.” Read more

Lincoln School Names A-List Advisory Board, Includes Former White House Chief-of Staff

October 24, 2018

Lincoln School has announced the formation of a Strategic Advisory Board made up of national and international leaders, experts and innovators. From a former White House Chief of Staff Kenneth Duberstein to Reshma Saujani, the Founder of Girls Who Code, the group will provide advice and counsel to Lincoln's Head of School Suzanne Fogarty. Read more

Avoiding academic rigor mortis

Providence Business News
October 19, 2018

The world is changing, and with it, education. Today’s children are taught with Smart Boards instead of chalkboards, in virtual classrooms instead of one-room school houses. And instead of preparing students for a particular profession, educators must prepare them for jobs that don’t yet exist. Read more

Doctor’s 600-page book on cancer the subject of talk at Lincoln School | Video

Providence Journal
October 18, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — His colleagues taunted him for writing a 600-page book about cancer. “Good luck,” they said.

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee told the story to an audience of about 600 at the Lincoln School in Providence Thursday night. He was introduced by Robin Boss, the sister of the late Alexis Allen Boss, who established the endowment that brings a distinguished speaker to campus every other year. Alexis died in 1995 of a brain tumor at age 24. Read more

New Facility Expands STEAM Learning at Providence Prep School

School Construction News
October 17, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Lincoln School in Providence, an independent college preparatory school offering an all-girls educational program for grades 1st through 12th, announced the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art STEAM building.

The new facility features a brand new two-story facade, 4,000-square-feet of interdisciplinary learning space, flexible breakout areas and a rotating art gallery. Read more

Lincoln School Wins Division II Lacrosse Title

ABC News
June 3, 2018

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Division II Girls Lacrosse: Diminutive DeFeo stands tall as Lincoln School defends crown

Providence Journal
June 3, 2018

PROVIDENCE — Addie DeFeo is 5-feet, 3½-inches tall — don’t forget the half — and she’s the most imposing figure in Division II girls lacrosse.

After Sunday, it’s not hard to figure out why. Read more

Lincoln School expands campus with $5M STEAM Hub for Girls addition

Providence Business News
May 17, 2018

Lincoln School has completed a $5 million addition to its campus, which will house science, technology, engineering, art/architecture, and math programs. Called the STEAM Hub for Girls, the new addition faces Blackstone Avenue and coordinates with an older portion of the private school campus. The structure, built by Shawmut Design and Construction, features…Read more

Head of Lincoln School Named Rhode Island's "Business Women of the Year"

National Coalition of Girls' Schools
May 4, 2018

Suzanne Fogarty, Head of Lincoln School, was recently named a 2018 Providence Business News“Business Women of the Year.” The award recognizes Rhode Island’s highest achieving community-minded businesswomen from a wide swath of sectors. Out of an outstanding pool of fellow professionals, Fogarty was selected as the Industry Leader for the Nonprofit Sector. Read more

Fogarty’s leadership lends luster to Lincoln School

Providence Business News
May 25, 2018
Since September 2014, Lincoln School, the nation’s only all-girl school rooted in Quaker values, has undergone significant transformations with Head of School Suzanne Fogarty’s dynamic leadership. Read more

Suzanne Fogarty, Head of Lincoln School, Named 2018 Business Woman of the Year

Providence Business News
April 20, 2018

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Shakespeare comes to life in RI competition | video, photos

Providence Journal
February 26, 2018

Steven Rosario of the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts won the annual English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition at the Providence Athenaeum Sunday afternoon. The high school students are judged by a panel of theater professionals and educators. The winner will travel to New York City for the National Shakespeare Competition.

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Rhode Island Monthly
February 22, 2018
By Jamie Coelho

Don’t throw that newspaper into the recycling bin! Did you know it could be weaved it into a dress? For StyleWeek opening night, three incredible Lincoln School students showcased their fashion designs constructed completely from recycled materials. Senior Willa Summers, eleventh-grader Maeve McEnroe, and ninth-grader Brigitte Lynch-Johnson, all participated in the StyleWeek Seedlings Student Design Challenge. The craftsmanship and creativity of these young designers was influenced by the Lincoln School’s STEAM hub program: Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

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StyleWeek: SEEDlings Challenge

ABC-6 News
February 21, 2018

These [Lincoln School] school students will put on a full runway show having constructed pieces based out of recyclable material influenced by STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

“I think a lot of people don’t realize that when it comes to stem and steam we use all of those categories in fashion design geometry mathematics…you need all of those skills to construct samples in fashion,” said Rosanna Ortiz from Styleweek.

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StyleWeek Northeast: Fashions from 3 Lincoln School students hit the runway

The Providence Journal
February 20, 2018
By Jacqueline Tempera

During the opening night of StyleWeek Northeast three models will walk the runway in designs made completely of recycled materials by three high school students.

Their creations are adorned with pop tabs, a motherboard and microchips, and woven strips of newspapers.

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Get your cameras ready: StyleWeek Northeast returns to Providence on Wednesday

The Providence Journal
February 17, 2018
By Andy Smith

A mix of veteran designers and newcomers will show off their latest and greatest. Fashionistas, get ready!

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From High School to High Fashion

East Side Monthly
January 23, 2018
By Julie Tremaine

When StyleWeek Northeast returns to the Convention Center from February 21 to 24, there will be runway shows from designers from all over the country and from Europe. There will also be the youngest designers in the history of StyleWeek: three creative students from Lincoln School.

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Gallery of SEEDlings Student Design Competition
Myke Yeager Photography

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Lincoln School in Providence gets $1M gift from Murray Family Foundation

Providence Journal
December 7, 2017
by Linda Borg

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Lincoln School has received a $1 million gift from the Murray Family Charitable Foundation, the latest in the family’s longstanding contributions to the independent girls’ school.

“We deeply believe in Lincoln School’s mission, one that educates young women to succeed in and change the world,” said Paula McNamara, president of the Murray Family Charitable Foundation and former chair of Lincoln School’s Board of Trustees. Read more

My Turn: Suzanne Fogarty: The value of all-girls institutions

Providence Journal
October 20, 2017
by Suzanne Fogarty

As the head of Lincoln School, an all-girls Quaker school in Providence, Rhode Island, I witness the empowerment of girls every day. Lincoln students are leaders in all areas — in the classroom, on the stage, and on the playing field. The norm at Lincoln School is that girls speak up, share their opinions, debate with each other, and ask tough questions. They find their voices in an environment that puts girls first. Read more

Lincoln Featured in East Side Monthly: Education for the Future


Are East Side schools equipped to provide students with the skills that they need to excel in the 21st century?

By Lauri Lee

Think back to your school days. Do you remember the feel (and smell) of chalk? Choosing between wide-ruled and college-ruled notebooks? Scrambling around in your desk or backpack, looking for a sharp pencil or your favorite pen to take notes with? Visiting the school library and learning to use the card catalog to find books or conduct research? The joy of finally being allowed to use a calculator during math class?


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"Shawmut Design breaks ground on $5 million Science Technology, Engineering, Arts/Architecture, and Math (STEAM) addition"

June 9, 2017

Providence, RI Shawmut Design and Construction has been engaged by Lincoln School – an independent, college prep school offering an all-girls educational program for grades 1 through 12 – to build a two-story addition to house the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Architecture, and Math) Hub for Girls. The design of the building, by LLB Architects, was intended to capture the educational philosophy of the independent school for girls: where tradition meets innovation. Read more


Teams in First All-Girls Hackathon in Rhode Island to Create Solutions to Help the State’s Environment

April 20, 2017

Lincoln School and Sophia Academy will be cohosting a hackathon, Girls Hack the World, in celebration of Earth Day 2017. The event will be the first all-girls hackathon in Rhode Island, and will welcome students from Lincoln School and Sophia Academy in grades 5-10. This is the first time two schools are working together to put on an event at this scale.

A hackathon is a short-term gathering in which a group of programmers, designers, and developers collaboratively code to solve a problem or create a project. Girls Hack the World will bring together students from Lincoln School and Sophia Academy to build apps, websites, or games to create real-world solutions designed to help Rhode Island's environment.

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"New addition to Lincoln School will update building facade"


Providence Business News
February 23, 2017


PROVIDENCE – The Lincoln School this summer will break ground on a significant addition to its science wing, a two-story addition that will allow it to present a new facade facing Blackstone Boulevard. Designed by LLB Architects, of Pawtucket, the 3,040-square-foot addition will feature a dramatic glass-curtain wall facing the west and 20 vertical fins,… Read more





April 9, 2017

Lincoln School has teamed up with Sophia Academy are teaming up to host the first all-girls hackathon in Rhode Island, Girls Hack the World, on Earth Day.

Earth Day is set for April 22.

During the event, students in grades 5-10 will work together to build and code apps, websites, or computer-generated games designed to create real-world solutions to help Rhode Island’s environment.



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Broadway World, RI
April 5, 2017

Trinity Rep's sixth annual playwriting competition for New England High School students, Write Here! Write Now!, announces this year's winning playwrights: Bella Lillsebbas (10th grade, Lincoln School, Providence, RI), Anna Tarasuk (10th grade, Chariho High School, Richmond, RI), Jordana Kagan (12th grade, Framingham High School, Framingham, MA), and Laura Costello (12th grade, Rockville High School, Vernon, CT). Each award-winning student will have their ten-minute play presented by professional actors as a staged reading at Trinity Rep on May 1, 2017 at 7pm, a free event open to the public. Students also receive the chance to workshop their writing through the Tony Award-winning theater, including individual feedback sessions with playwright in residence Deborah Salem Smith.


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The Valley Breeze
March 15, 2017

LINCOLN – Despite stumbling on the word “motley,” Amelia Edelsberg of Providence, a 7th-grade student at The Lincoln School, made a comeback and clinched the 2017 State Spelling Bee with the championship word: “magnific.”

She was one of 27 students who competed last Saturday morning at Lincoln Middle School for a chance to win the competition and move onto the national stage, the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
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Providence Journal
February 5, 2017

The robots were oblivious.

Unaware of the bass-heavy music blaring from loudspeakers, the exuberant crowds cheering wildly and the frenzied teams competing madly while wearing odd uniforms, the robots simply followed commands.

In the mostly male group of competitors, one all-girls team stuck out. It was from the Lincoln School, a private school for girls in Providence, and team members wore the skirts that are part of their school uniform.

"It's fun to design it from scratch, especially now that we can see the results of all of our hard work," said Jasmine Gabor, a senior.

Gabor said she heard boys on some teams making "derogatory" remarks about the ability of a girl "to drive the robot." A moment later, Evans, from the Shea team, went up to her to talk strategy on the next round, since their teams were going to be paired against two others.

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"Hands-on science learning boosts girls' confidence"

Providence Business News
January 5, 2017

The underrepresentation of women in fields that require advanced math and science, including computer science and engineering, could have its start with their education as younger girls.


Education research has found self-confidence among many young women begins to wane in adolescence. By college, they may question their own abilities, or drop a class rather than challenge the effectiveness of the instruction.


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"R.I. Innovators: 11 Trailblazers to follow in 2017"

Providence Journal
January 3, 2017

Education in the world


PROVIDENCE - Suzanne Fogarty is all about bringing her girls into the world, whether that entails a trip to India or learning to code.

As the head of the all-girls Lincoln School in Providence, Fogarty, 48, is making sure her students have not only the skills but the mindset to be nimble in a fast-changing workplace. She is also pushing her students to experience people and places that extend well beyond their comfort zone.

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"Is the Advanced Placement Program Losing its Luster?

East Side Monthly
December, 2016
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Brown University School of Engineering
May 2, 2016
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Giving back

Sarah Dugan (right) was inspired by an engineering class she took in high school. Now she's helped to teach a high school engineering class at Brown. Jasmine Hyppolite (left) took the class last semester. Amy Simmons / Brown University




Rhode Island Public Radio
April 19, 2016






Advanced placement – or AP – courses are offered in many high schools as a way for students to take college-level classes and impress college admissions officers. Over the past decade, the number of students taking these challenging courses has nearly doubled. But one private high school in Rhode Island is saying no more to the AP. Lincoln School in Providence plans to stop offering AP courses in the fall of 2017. Lincoln Head of School Suzanne Fogarty discussed the decision with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison

Communication about moving beyond the AP

"International Women's Day in RI: Shining a light on the gender of inequalities"

The Providence Journal
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
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Lincoln School classmates work on an automation they are building to imitate a human being as part of the school's celebration of Women't History Month. (top) Students at Lincoln School work on a automation they build to look like a jellyfish. The girls are building the kinetic statues, and "tinkering," as part of the school's Women's History activities. The Providence Journal/David DelPoio




Rhode Island School of Design
December 4, 2015

Lincoln School student Hannah Glucksman prepares to present her final project. | photo by Jo Sittenfeld MFA 08 PH

“I hope that this class has encouraged students to be curious – to constantly question the built environment around them,” said Architecture grad student Rebecca McGee, MArch 16 on Wednesday. As this year’s grad student faculty leader, she welcomed friends and family to a celebration of an ongoing partnership between RISD and Lincoln School, an independent school for girls in Providence.


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The Providence Journal
January 20, 2016
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Girls at Lincoln School visit with Lauren Greenfield a documentarian who created the #likeagirl campaign.



"Acclaimed New Yorker writer honored by alma mater Lincoln School"

The Providence Journal
Friday, October 23, 2015
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Jane Kramer, a 1955 graduate of Lincoln School and longtime contributor to The New Yorker, talks to an English class at her alma mater on Friday. On the left is student Ashley Gomez. The Providence Journal/Glenn Osmundson


"New Push to Teach Students How to 'Code Like A Girl'"

National Public Radio
January 22, 2015


Girls Who Code recently expanded from high school workshops to middle school and high school clubs.


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