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1-20-17 Field Memo

Commissioner’s Weekly Field Memo
Friday, January 20, 2017



Full memo  

Notes from Commissioner Wagner


  1. Rhode Island’s Promise (FreeCollegeRI.com) proposed to guarantee two years of free college for Rhode Island students
  2. Rhode Island partners with 6 other states toward improvement of educator evaluation

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


Teaching & Learning:
  1. The74Million covers Rhode Island’s statewide personalized learning efforts
  2. RIDE seeking brief accounts of amazing work under way in Rhode Island schools
Assessments:
  1. Reminder: SAT timeline for spring administration
Educators:
  1. RIDE seeks educators’ input on Talent Management System practices
  2. SurveyWorks teacher/support professional surveys launched on January 16
  3. Rhode Island Learning Champions opportunity open, applications sought
  4. Draft Empowerment School Guidance released for feedback
School Leaders:
  1. Shadow a Student Challenge begins February 2
English Learners:
  1. ACCESS® testing window continues, interruptions resolved
Digital Learning:
  1. Update: Register to attend an upcoming CS4RI informational meeting
  2. Report shows Rhode Island making strong progress in school Internet connectivity
Public Comment:
  1. School improvement grant (SIG 1003g) funds availability waiver, request for public comment
Finance:
  1. District Consolidated Resource Plans (CRP) amendment window open
Education Data:
  1. SurveyWorks administration underway for students, educators and support professionals
  2. Reminder: Assessments data and technology timeframe
  3. Student Contact data collection
  4. Reminder: ISS Pre-K Module data updates clarification
  5. Reminder: Teacher Attendance collection
  6. Reminder: Data collection calendar
  7. Reminder: Data collection webinar
  8. Reminder: Several data collections are open, due in the next few months

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

  1. Annual FERPA and PPRA Notification from USED

From other organizations

  1. Student-Centered Learning Podcast from The Met School in Providence
  2. Rhode Island-based World War II Foundation donating documentary films to schools
  3. 2017 Rhode Island Mapping Competition for middle and high school students
  4. Rhode Island Mayoral Academies Unveil NE Basecamp