RISTA's Annual Conference will be held March 1st at LaSalle Academy. Registrations are now open! Click on the event link to the right for online or mail in registration.
We are pleased to offer a great selection of sessions to RI Science Educators and we look forward to a keynote from RISD's Amy Leidtke on "Investigating Minds: Empowering Children and Teachers through Design"
See the tentative schedule here (Word or pdf)
RISTA and RIMTA are co-hosting a great pd event with Texas Instruments inc. For only $25 you can choose 2 of 10 different topics related to teaching math and/or science with technology. Check out the invitation for the session descriptions and register today! Sessions are limited to 20 participants. Register by email (pay with cash/check at pd) or register online with credit/debit using Paypal.
If you sell merchandise or services that would be of interest to RI science educators, consider booking a table at our conference. Vendors will have time to speak with current science educators and administrators about innovative products. Vendors will also get recognition in program booklet. A select number of annual sponsorships are also available. See the application here.
July 1st as an annual renewal date for all members. If you paid to renew at the conference in March, your membership was extended to July 1, 2014. If you have any questions, log into your account or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when your membership expires. Please share our website with other science educators (ALL levels).
RI was the first state to adopt NGSS!
On May 23rd, the RI Board of Education unanimously approved adoption of the NGSS. Since then, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, and Vermont have also voted to adopt the NGSS. Achieve encourages all science educators to familiarize themselves with the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which is what 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.
The RI Department of Education has adopted the NGSS as a replacement to the GLEs and GSEs in K-12 science. The 3 year timeline for this adoption is currently being developed and will be available once approved.
Where do you find inspiration? As we develop this website, we would like to make it useful to science educators. Please take a moment to submit a resource that you find useful. We will use your suggestions to develop an online listing of resources. If you know of a great supplier, field trip destination, or speaker/assembly idea please include that as well. Our goal is to develop a database of resources for all topics and levels.