Field Memos


8-28-15 Field Memo
  1. Council approves Strategic Plan to prepare R.I. students for success; Board to consider adoption of plan in October 
  2. Working group convenes to improve educator preparation, teaching and learning in R.I.
  3. Campaign against chronic absenteeism to launch on Tuesday 
8-14-15 Field Memo
  1. PARCC Governing Board considering standard-setting, timeline for results release 
  2. Council considers final draft of 2015-2020 Strategic Plan 
  3. Governor Raimondo launches School Building Authority 
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