RI Science Teachers Association


Watershed Studies  PD 

UPP Arts wants to help you meet the NGSS through teaching students about local watersheds!

UPP Arts is providing PD to any 3-12th grade RI Science and Art Teachers this summer.  The 1.5 day workshop will be free and provide resources and examples of ways to integrate science and art education. 

UPP Arts has been working with students and teachers in the Providence Public Schools for the past 8 years and we have a unique approach to share with you. 

Session has max of 15.  Please share this information with other science teachers and with art teachers in your schools.For more information and to register contact:  

Holly Ewald at holly@upparts.org

Dates:  July 14 and 15, 2015 This workshop will take place at Reservoir Elementary School, beginning in the library. 156 Reservoir Avenue, Providence RI, 02907

Lunch will be provided.  PD certificates will be provided from RISTA

Please attend this workshop and learn more about what can be used as study areas just outside your school doors! 

Online Discussion Group

RISTA members are invited to join a discussion group that will be reading (or re-reading) and reflecting on the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which is a free download.  The framework is the guiding document used in the creation of the NGSS.  By gaining a deeper understanding of the Framework, educators will be better able to understand the shifts that NGSS will create in science education.  This group is open to any science educators who are RISTA members.  Prompts will be given every 3-4 weeks your response will be in a secure forum area of the website that only members of the group will access.  This will be an excellent part of your Professional Growth Plan!  Please email higginsc@warwickschools.org to be included.    


NGSS UPDATE                                  

Since the standards were released in April, 2013 there are 12 states and DC that have also adopted the NGSS as their state science standards.  The RI Strategic Leadership Team meets to develop the implementation plan and communicate with RI Department of Education leaders regarding implementation.  This team consists of teachers, administrators, post-secondary faculty, and other stakeholders in RI science education.  The RISLT will also be enlisting a cadre of NGSS Liaisons from each RI school to help communicate NGSS methods, PD opportunities, and implementation plans.

All science educators are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which is a publication that the NGSS are based on. A free pdf of the Framework is available at NAP. More information about the development of the NGSS is available at www.nextgenscience.org. NSTA has developed a great selection of webinars and support materials for educators as we shift to the NGSS.  Their materials can be accessed at NSTA.


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