Friday Flash Forward

Focusing on the Future - May 23rd to May 27th


Monday, May 23rd

  • A Day
  • 1:51 pm - Individual Faculty Meeting - Forum at Villa Nova - SEL Program Presentation at Hamlet - Rooms 124
Tuesday, May 24th
  • B Day
  • 8 am - 3rd Quarter Student of the Quarter Celebration - rooms 124
  • 8th grade VN - in NYC
  • 1:51 pm - CPT
Wednesday, May 25th
  • A Day
  • 8th grade VN - in NYC
  • 1:51 pm - TDT
Thursday, May 26th
  • B Day
  • 8th grade VN - in NYC
Friday, May 27th
  • A Day
  • End of PARCC




Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club & CCC are sponsoring a May Sharing Table. Please use the links below to sign up!



8th Grade Walk-Up to High School

Villa Nova

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2016 Summer PD Academy

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June 27, 2016

STEMScopes - Elementary ONLY (8:30-11:30am and 12:30-3:30pm) MUST ATTEND BOTH

21st Century Skills in Teaching Health - Elementary ONLY (8:30am-12:30pm)

ESL Strategies - Secondary ONLY (8:30am-11:30am)

ESL Strategies - Secondary ONLY (12:30-3:30pm)

June 28, 2016

EUREKA Grade 3-5 Part I (8:30-11:30am)

EUREKA Grade 3-5 Part I (12:30-3:30pm)

Eureka Grade 6-8 (8:30am-2:30pm with an hour lunch) (5 hours PD) (Must also attend June 29 session)

21st Century Skills in teaching health - Middle School ONLY (8:30am-12:30pm)

Writing Across Grade 1 - Grade 1 teachers ONLY (8:30-11:30am)

Arts & Integration - Unified Arts Teachers (8:30-11:30am)

Arts & Integration - Unified Arts Teachers (12:30-3:30pm)

June 29, 2016

EUREKA Grade 3-5 Part II (8:30-11:30am)

EUREKA Grade 3-5 Park II (12:30-3:30pm)

Eureka Grade 6-8 (8:30am -2:30pm with an hour lunch) (5 hours PD) (must also attend June 28 session)

21st Century Skills in Teaching Health - High School ONLY (8:30am-12:30pm)

June 30, 2016

STEMScopes - Middle and High Schools (8:30-11:30am and 12:30-3:30pm) MUST ATTEND BOTH

Physical Education K-12 (8:30am - 12:30pm)

Writing Across K - K ONLY (8:30-11:30am)

Writing Across Grade 2 - Grade 2 ONLY (8:30-11:30am)

ESL Strategies in Elementary Level (8:30-11:30am)

ESL Strategies in Elementary Level (12:30-3:30pm)

Information from RIDE

As you may be aware, last week the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice jointly issued "significant guidance" and examples of best practices regarding policies on ensuring a safe and nondiscriminatory environment "for all students, including transgender students." This guidance reaffirms our commitment and responsibility to ensure that we provide all students with equal access to education services in a safe and supportive environment. We will continue to support school and district personnel striving to achieve these goals while offering additional privacy options to students upon their request. Providing privacy options to students who, for whatever reason, are uncomfortable with standard restroom or locker-room arrangements makes good sense and offers a low-cost way for schools to meet the needs of all students.

The Board of Education has established a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of, among other factors, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. In support of this policy, we have been developing guidance for Rhode Island schools on gender-identity policies, which remain within the authority of local school committees. With the publication of the federal guidance, we will review our own work to see if any areas need further clarification. Our plan is to submit next month to the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education the federal guidance, along with any Rhode Island guidance we deem necessary, for review and discussion among the Council members.

Here are links to some of the key documents released last week:

General page:

Dear Colleagues letter:

Examples of policies and emerging best practices:

RIDE posts slideshow: What they're saying about funds for education of English learners

To build awareness of key education initiatives that are included in Governor Raimondo's budget - in particular, funding for the education of English learners - we have created a brief slideshow that shows what people are saying about English learners and dual-language programs. We have posted this minute-long slideshow on our Facebook page (Rhode Island Department of Education - RIDE), and we have shared it on Twitter (@RIDeptED). Please feel free to retweet, share, and otherwise express your support for funding of this key initiative:

Reminder: Teachers and all friends of education invited to open-line community conference call on Monday (May 23)

We want everyone to have a chance to give us direct, personal feedback and to share ideas about what's working in our schools, so we are initiating a series of open-line community phone calls so we can talk directly with teachers and all friends of education in Rhode Island. We have sent this message to all teachers:

Teachers have a unique perspective on education - you are the ones making it all happen. We value your insights and your feedback, and we're always looking for new ways to continue our conversations. With that goal in mind, we have set up a series of open-line community phone calls so we can speak with one another directly on a regular basis.

The first call will take place on Monday (May 23):

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Call-in number: (701) 801-1220

Meeting ID#: 862-142-448

No RSVP required. All Rhode Island friends of education are welcome to join. We will post more information about the call (including an agenda) on the Meeting Wall:

RIDE seeks input from educators on National Core Arts Standards; survey closes June 10

RIDE is seeking feedback from educators on the potential adoption of new learning standards in the arts, specifically the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS). To that end, we are conducting a survey to collect input from educators across Rhode Island that will inform members of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education.

All K-12 educators in the arts, including those who teach visual arts & design, dance, music, theater, and media arts, are encouraged to participate.

The deadline for completing the survey is close of business on Friday, June 10. Here is a link to the survey:

If you have questions about this survey, please contact Eric Park, at or 222-4685.

RIDE seeks proposals for presentations at technology conference; deadline, June 1

Amplify great stories, share best and next practices, and connect with fellow educators at the 5th annual Innovation Powered by Technology Conference, to be held onSaturday, September 15.

RIDE is seeking presentation proposals to accelerate the implementation of high-quality blended and personalized learning; best and next practices in the integration of computer science in all schools; and productive next steps for us all to take in reimagining the learning experience. This conference will deepen thinking about personalized learning, 21

st-century skills, and the digital-learning transition that will prepare our students for college, careers, and life. Educators, school leaders, policy-makers, technology coordinators, coaches, and students are all encouraged to share implementation strategies, best practices, and lessons learned at the conference. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Wednesday, June 1.

For more information on this conference, visit:

RIDE schedules summer workshops on understanding PARCC ELA/Literacy expectations

RIDE will hold summer workshops for professional development regarding understanding PARCC ELA/Literacy expectations. These workshops will focus on expanding educators' understanding of the PARCC ELA/Literacy expectations by having participants complete either a literary or informational calibration exercise using PARCC released student-work samples. Please note that this calibration exercise is a repeat of the calibration exercises we offered earlier this year (January through March) as part of our workshops on understanding PARCC ELA/Literacy.

For information on dates, time, and location, see:

It is important that you revisit this memo throughout the week. It is a living document and can be updated as needed.