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).

Dinner with Teacher of the Year

RIASCD invites teachers to attend dinner and discussion with David Moscarelli, RI Teacher of the Year, and provide an opportunity for our dinner guests to interact with him. David is a science teacher, the digital portfolio coordinator, and the technology integration coordinator at Ponaganset High School. Obviously multi-tasking is just one of many of his skills! He has taught science for more than twenty-two years, and is now leading the implementation of one-to-one Chromebook integration at his school. This evening, David will discuss how educators can respond to the large and ever increasing number of new ed tech tools that are available today. This will be a relaxed and interactive conversation with dinner.

Register at the RIASCD site


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.  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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