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11-17-17 Field Memo

Commissioner’s Weekly Field Memo
Friday, November 17, 2017

Full memo

Notes from Commissioner Wagner

  1. Join us for a Student Town Hall
  2. Guidance on school closures following recent storm
  3. Share your favorites
  4. Amazing stories new monthly theme: “Nutrition”
  5. The importance of quality content

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

Feedback Requested:
  1. Feedback and input requested on Rhode Island Professional Learning Standards
  2. New proposed Rhode Island Standards for Education Leaders, feedback requested
Advanced Coursework:
  1. Advanced Placement exam fee reduction for qualifying students
Grants and Fellowships:
  1. Reminder: New fellowship: Apply to be an Ed Prep Design Fellow
  2. Reminder: District leaders, school leaders, leadership programs invited to apply for mini-grants to support development, growth of education leaders
School Facilities:
  1. 2017-18 Green Ribbon Schools award program, applications due March 16, 2018
RIDE Employment:
  1. Accountability Specialist position posted
  1. Council on Elementary and Secondary Education to meet Tuesday
Education Data:
  1. SurveyWorks update
  2. Reports due and open collections

From Rhode Island Poet Laureate Tina Cane

  1. “The Message”

From other organizations

  1. Reminder: RIASP offers workshop on closing achievement gaps and raising achievement for students
  2. Second Annual Rhode Island High School Regional Ethics Bowl, registration due November 24
  3. Reminder: RIASCD Fall Conference Saturday, December 2, 2017
  4. Free NGSS curricula and professional development
  5. Youth and families invited to take the BE FEARLESS BE KIND pledge
  6. Junior Achievement of Rhode Island Inspire program launched in November, Career Fair to be held March 2018
  7. Save the Date: RIASP 2018 Annual Summer Conference
  8. Article on improving school bus transportation