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9-8-17 Field Memo

Commissioner’s Weekly Field Memo
Friday, September 8, 2017



Full memo

Notes from Commissioner Wagner


  1. Educational services for undocumented children
  2. New challenges, new opportunities, new school year
  3. Rhode Island receives USDA grant award for school, child care nutrition efforts
  4. Coordinator, English Learner (EL) Education Program position posted
  5. New post from Rhode Island Poet Laureate Tina Cane

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


Student Awards & Programs:
  1. Students encouraged to apply for United States Senate Youth Program
  2. Reminder:October 27 deadline for nomination for 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education
  3. Reminder: October 27 deadline for nominations for U.S. Presidential Scholars
Educator Recognition:
  1. All invited to a celebration of educator excellence on September 23 at WaterFire
RIDE Communications:
  1. RIDE to update Elementary Mathematics Coaches and Specialists listserv
Events & Webinars:
  1. Reminder: Webinar: New preparation program application
  2. Reminder: Register for the PrepareRI Summit
Charter Schools:
  1. Reminder: RIDE posts local impact analyses and public hearings schedule for new and expanding charter applicants
Statewide Efficiencies:
  1. Reminder: FY18 School Building Authority Capital Fund applications due September 15
Education Data:
  1. Reminder: School Year 2017-18 data calendar posted

From Rhode Island Poet Laureate Tina Cane

  1. Wonderful, Terrible, Somewhere in Between

From the U.S. Department of Education

  1. Constitution Day resources for commemoration on September 17

From other state and federal agencies

  1. 9/11 Day and the Spirit of Service
  2. School leaders invited to Lighthouse Schools Open House on September 29

From other organizations

  1. September is Education Innovation Month in Rhode Island
  2. 2017-18 CyberPatriot Competition applications now open
  3. Teen dating violence training for educators
  4. 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards launched in Rhode Island
  5. Save the Date: The Winter Standards Institute