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5-5-17 Field Memo

Commissioner’s Weekly Field Memo
Friday, May 5, 2017

Full memo  

Notes from Commissioner Wagner

Student Spotlight:
  1. Providence school wins national attendance challenge
  2. Seal of Biliteracy achievements for Cumberland seniors
  3. Rhode Island Foreign Language Association honorees announced
  4. Providence teen from TAPA semi-finalist in National Shakespeare Competition
Commissioner’s Corner:
  1. Commissioner’s State of Education address on Monday
  2. Teacher Appreciation Week starts Monday, May 8
  3. RIASP announces 2017 Rhode Island Secondary School Principal of the Year
  4. Rhode Island’s own Viola Davis featured on cover of TIME magazine
  5. Good news for Providence

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

  1. Reminder: High schools send RIDE names of elected Student Advisory Council representatives
  2. Reminder: RIDE seeking nominations for 2017-18 District Teacher of the Year
Professional Learning:
  1. PrepareRI – Biomedical Innovation and Engineering professional development opportunities
  2. CS4RI upcoming professional development and events
Educator Evaluations:
  1. Webinar posted on migrating to an updated version of EPSS for districts using EPSS
  2. Training for new evaluators using the Rhode Island Model; academy offered August 16 and 17
Special Education:
  1. Update on Special Education Parent Survey
English Learners:
  1. 2017 ACCESS for ELLs score changes
  1. Reminder: RIDE collecting feedback on ESSA State Plan Draft Recommendations
Education Data:
  1. Reminder: Data Collection Changes for School Year 2017-2018
  2. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Collection
  3. Upcoming collections and data requirements

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

  1. New flexibilities available to institutions for verifying FAFSA

From other organizations

  1. James Madison Legacy Project, application deadline extended to May 18
  2. GiveMe5 Teen Film Festival to take place on Saturday, May 20
  3. 7th Annual Quality Performance Assessment Summer Institute
  4. Dating Violence Poster Contest winners announced
  5. International Charter School celebrate Children's Book Week (May 1-5), requesting donations for book purchases
  6. New K-12 operating system, resources, and tools now available from Microsoft