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10-6-17 Field Memo

Commissioner’s Weekly Field Memo
Friday, October 6, 2017



Full memo

Notes from Commissioner Wagner


  1. Creating safe space for student discussion
  2. National Dyslexia Awareness Month
  3. Celebrating Principals in October
  4. National Dropout Prevention Center shares resources for National Dropout Prevention Month
  5. LEAs required to send school prayer policies
  6. Reminder: First SurveyWorks Forum on Tuesday, October 10

From the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE)


Certification:
  1. Thank you for your support
PrepareRI:
  1. Deadline to register for the PrepareRI Summit is Friday, October 13
Request for Proposals:
  1. RIDE releases request for proposals for Individual Learning Plans systems from qualified firms
Awards & Competitions:
  1. Reminder: United States Senate Youth Program scholarship competition
  2. Reminder: October 27 deadline for U.S. Presidential Scholars, U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education
Finance:
  1. RIDE posts preliminary information on Fiscal Year 2019 education aid
Education Data:
  1. Upcoming releases: School Accountability, NECAP Science, and corrected 2016 graduation rates
  2. Reminder: October 1 enrollment snapshot, open collections update

From other state and federal agencies


  1. 2017 School Bus Rebate Program now accepting applications for funds to replace older vehicles and for retrofits
  2. Electric School Bus workshop on October 24
  3. Study Abroad Scholarships for American high school students

From other organizations

  1. Barr Foundation grants to support redesign of three Rhode Island high schools
  2. Rhode Island participates in the Common Data Project
  3. High school students – get free help applying for financial aid
  4. School One and Goat Hill host free creating writing workshops for students
  5. Reminder: Parents invited to “Social Emotional Learning in the Home” on October 18
  6. Teachers – apply for Classroom Spark Grants by October 20
  7. World premiere debut of film sharing the story of WWII Rhode Island veteran
  8. Nellie Mae Education Foundation announces two Requests for Proposals
  9. Rhode Island Eighth Grade Gandhi Essay Contest
  10. College Scorecard to help students and families make informed college decisions
  11. Online guide on college application available to students