Field Memos


7-17-15 Field Memo
  1. Council, Board appoint Ken Wagner as next Education Commissioner
  2. U.S. Department of Education finds R.I. “meets requirements” of federal law on education of students with disabilities
7-10-15 Field Memo

  1. Governor Raimondo selects N.Y. educator as next Commissioner
  2. U.S. Department of Education renews Rhode Island flexibility under Elementary and Secondary Education Act

  • Governor Raimondo selects N.Y. educator as next Commissioner
  • U.S. Department of Education renews Rhode Island flexibility under Elementary and Secondary Education Act
  • Governor Raimondo selects N.Y. educator as next Commissioner
  • U.S. Department of Education renews Rhode Island flexibility under Elementary and Secondary Education Act
  • 7-3-15 Field Memo
    1. R.I. middle-school teachers receive Presidential Awards for mathematics, science teaching
    2. Rhode Island career-technical students win National Gold Medals at Leadership and Skills Conference


  • R.I. middle-school teachers receive Presidential Awards for mathematics, science teaching
  • Rhode Island career-technical students win National Gold Medals at Leadership and Skills Conference
  • R.I. middle-school teachers receive Presidential Awards for mathematics, science teaching
  • Rhode Island career-technical students win National Gold Medals at Leadership and Skills Conference
  • R.I. middle-school teachers receive Presidential Awards for mathematics, science teaching
  • Rhode Island career-technical students win National Gold Medals at Leadership and Skills Conference
  • R.I. middle-school teachers receive Presidential Awards for mathematics, science teaching
  • Rhode Island career-technical students win National Gold Medals at Leadership and Skills Conference
  • R.I. middle-school teachers receive Presidential Awards for mathematics, science teaching
  • Rhode Island career-technical students win National Gold Medals at Leadership and Skills Conference
  • 6-26-15 Field Memo
    1. General Assembly goes into recess without passing charter legislation; approves Fiscal Year 2016 budget
    2. Council receives final draft of 2015-2020 strategic plan
    3. Council considers revised regulations on calendar, school day 
    6-5-15 Field Memo

    1. Personal note from Commissioner Gist
    2. Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
    3. Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers



  • Personal note from Commissioner Gist
  • Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  • Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers
  • Personal note from Commissioner Gist
  • Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  • Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers
  • Personal note from Commissioner Gist
  • Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  • Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers
  • 5-22-15 Field Memo
    1. PARCC Governing Board votes to reduce testing time; RIDE to survey superintendents on new testing window
    2. Prototype 4 of strategic plan for public education released; RIDE seeks comments and feedback by June 1
    3. RIDE issues guidance on implementing the Statewide Bullying Policy
    5-1-15 Field Memo

    1. Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
    2. RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
    3. RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator

  • Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
  • RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
  • RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator
  • Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
  • RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
  • RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator
  • Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
  • RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
  • RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator
  • 4-24-15 Field Memo
    1. Design team completes Prototype 3 of next strategic plan for education, seeks feedback by May 4
    2. R.I. Pre-kindergarten Program to serve 9 communities in 2015-16
    3. Met School (Newport), Ponaganset High win Green Ribbons
    3-6-15 Field Memo
    1. PARCC assessments will help us see if we’re making progress 
    2. Two-hour delays permitted during inclement weather
    3. Governor Raimondo announces “Governor for a Day” essay contest
    11-21-14 Field Memo
    1. Rhode Islanders express their views on education, set priorities for next strategic plan 
    2. Ceremony to honor 2014 Commended  Schools scheduled for December 11
    3. Rhode Island educators participate in White House conference on technology; technology summit to be held in R.I. next year 

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