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1-6-2017 Field Memo

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



Link to full memo

Notes from Commissioner Wagner


  1. The importance of curriculum
  2. More reflections on education in 2016
  3. 2017 Rhode Island Assistant Principal of the Year announced

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


Assessments
  1. SAT timeline for spring administration
Educators
  1. New blog post on the importance of teacher recognition
  2. Reminder: RIDE seeks educator input to inform legislative study, deadline January 13
  3. RIDE to update mathematics department chair listserv
Educator Leaders
  1. RIDE announces free leadership fellowship with School Retool
  2. RIDE seeking recommendations for Rhode Island Educator-Leader Talent Pool
Community of Practice
  1. Social and emotional learning community of practice meeting
Secondary School Regulations
  1. Guidance released on revised Secondary School Regulations
Educator Certification
  1. New regulation changes to Career and Technical Education Preliminary Certificate
  2. Newly Certified Educators Report available online
Educator Evaluations
  1. RIDE to offer webinar for new evaluators implementing the Rhode Island Model
Communications
  1. RIDE listserv service transition complete
Meetings
  1. Council Work Session on Tuesday (January 10)
Data Collection
  • Preparation for administration of SurveyWorks continues
  • Assessments data and technology timeframe
  • Student Contact data collection
  • Reminder: ISS Pre-K Module data updates clarification
  • Reminder: Teacher Attendance collection
  • Reminder: Data collection calendar
  • Reminder: Data collection webinar
  • Reminder: Several data collections are open, due in the next few months

  • From the U.S. Department of Education (USED)

    1. Secretary King issues Cabinet exit memorandum
    2. USED announces Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program, grant funding
    3. Education Innovation and Research Programs grants available from USED

    From other organizations

    1. Paul O. and Mary Boghossian Memorial Trust opens applications for student scholarships
    2. Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund offering two dating violence trainings
    3. New Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Issue Brief: Preventing Bullying in Rhode Island Schools
    4. Educator Workshop at the Henry Ford in July 2017, application deadline March 2017