For the 2015-16 school year we will be including a new option for membership with RISTA. We are now offering Institutional Membership, which can be purchased by an administrator for use by faculty at their school. This membership will allow flexibility of who can attend our events and conference at the member rate. For each event, up to 5 educators can attend with an institutional membership. Administrators will receive updates and event announcements to pass along to their faculty. To purchase an institutional membership, click here.
As of July 10th, Peter McLaren has left his position at the RI Department of Education as State Science Supervisor. Peter has always been a supporter of the RI Science Teachers Association, serving on the board and bringing energy around improving and highlighting science education in Rhode Island. We wish Peter well as he moves on to his new position at the national level in Washington, D.C.
RISTA members have access to over 4000 items in the NSTA Learning Center! Access these resources by visiting http://learningcenter.nsta.org/rista and setting up an account (you do not have to be an NSTA member), return to the RISTA portal and enter the promo code "rista" in the box on the right side of the page. This resource has articles, webinars, and lesson ideas for all grade levels and topics.
Since the standards were released in April, 2013 there are 12 states and D.C. 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 enlists 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.