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9-7-18 Field Memo

Commissioner’s Weekly Field Memo
Friday, September 7, 2018

Full memo

Notes from Commissioner Wagner

  1. Students invited to showcase their creativity through two design competitions this fall
  2. Educator pathways and certification regulations
  3. Giving students real-world work experiences
  4. Recent amendments to state law requiring reporting of suspicion of sexual abuse of a child in an educational program

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

  1. Public hearing dates updated for two sets of regulations
  1. Save the Date: First meeting for high school Career Coordinators, September 26
  2. Reminder: Register for the PrepareRI Summit!
  1. Alternate Assessments: Professional development opportunities for teachers
  1. Improving School Attendance back to school event on September 14
IEP Process
  1. RIDE revises The IEP Process: Frequently Asked Questions document
  1. Reminder: LEAs asked to provide name, contact information on Title IX coordinators by September 15, 2018 – Action Item
Education Data
  1. New ESSA Report Card request
  2. Reminder: Open collections
  3. Reminder: Assessment and accountability timelines

From other state entities

  1. Talking Books available for schools for visually impaired, physically handicapped, or print disabled students
  2. Applications now accepted for RISCA-sponsored “Arts Talk” professional development
  3. New Tobacco-Free Enforcement Kits distributed to all Rhode Island schools
  4. Backpack Alert! Illegal tobacco product use disguised in teens’ everyday items
  5. Reminder: Rhode Island College seeks a new Dean of the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development

From other organizations

  1. Reminder: Start with Hello Week from September 24-28
  2. Save the Date: “Translanguaging: Using Home Language as a Classroom Resource” on October 20
  3. Educators: Dating Violence Training on October 26