RI Science Teachers Association

Membership Renewals

July 1st was the annual renewal date for all members, please renew or join now if you are interested in staying informed of RISTA events and other opportunities happening in RI. If you paid to renew at the conference in March, your membership was extended to July 1, 2015. If you have any questions, log into your account or email me at higginsc@warwickschools.org to find out when your membership expires. Please share our website with other science educators (ALL levels).

Online Discussion Group Forming

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.  This is the book that the NGSS are based upon.  By getting a deeper understanding of the Framework, educators will be able to visualize the shift that NGSS should 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                                  

We are now in year ONE (of 3) of NGSS Implementation. RI will be phasing out the Science GLEs/GSEs by 2017 and the last Science NECAP administration will occur in May, 2016.  The state science assessment that replaces the NECAP will be assessing NGSS. 

There are 12 states and DC that have also adopted the NGSS.  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 Ambassadors from each school in RI to help communicate NGSS methods, PD opportunities, and implementation plans.

It is encouraged that all science educators 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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