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SurveyWorks is open - Please go to www.ride.ri.gov/SurveyWorks for more information

SurveyWorks is a school culture and climate survey that helps illustrate
what is working and what can be improved in Rhode Island schools.
Please contact your school to receive your access code.
If you have your access code, please fill out the survey online.


link to page describing the Rhode Island Teacher of the Year Fund

In the Spotlight


NEW! Public Comment for Proposed Regulations Governing Protections for Students Rights to be Free from Discriminatino on the basis of Sex, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identiy, or Gender Expression


Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 23-24.6 of the General Laws of Rhode Island, as amended, and in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 42-35 of the General Laws, the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) gives public notice of proposed rulemaking on the Proposed Regulations Governing Protections for Students Rights to be Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identify, or Gender Expression.


The proposed regulation requires school districts to adopt a policy by July 1, 2018, to ensure that transgender and gender non-conforming students are free from discrimination. The public notice of proposed rulemaking and regulation can also be viewed on the Secretary of State’s website.


All interested parties are invited to provide written or oral comments concerning the proposed regulations from January 12, 2018 until February 16, 2018:

  • by mail to: RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, c/o Angela Teixeira, 255 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903; or
  • by email to angela.teixeira@ride.ri.gov; or
  • by phone at 401-222-8435.

Featured Educator

Meet Kristin Hayes-Leite,
2018 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year

Kristin Hayes-Leite has been a social studies teacher at Narragansett High School for the past 16 years. She is also a member of the Blended Learning Catalyst Team and was recently named to Narragansett High School’s Fuse Architect pilot design team, which is charged with creating and piloting systems to increase personalization and student engagement in learning.

We asked Kristin about how she engages students in her social studies classroom in discussions on difficult topics through strategies to encourage civic discourse.

Read her response in the blog post here, or learn more about our Rhode Island Teacher of the Year on our Teacher of the Year webpage!


Creating Pathways to Opportunity:
2017 State of Education in Rhode Island

Ken Wagner, Ph.D., Commissioner

My standard for success is simple. I’ll support anything that helps teachers teach and students learn. An investment in them is an investment in our future, because a highly-skilled workforce, a growing economy, and vibrant communities are all anchored in education. But our economy has changed, and our students have changed. If we want our children to be competitive – if we want Rhode Island to be competitive – education needs to change, too.

Read the full speech...