RI Science Teachers Association


Congratulations to our new executive officers and board members!  Thank you for your time and effort to provide opportunities for science educators to RI 

As of July 1st, our officers and directors will be:

President: Mr. Erin Escher

Treasurer: John Labriola

Secretary: Jay Fogleman

Past-president: Carolyn Higgins

Board of Directors: Stephen Lakeland, Elaine Magyar, Tiffany Risch, Helaine Hager, Rudolf Kraus, and Teresa Medeiros

Save The Date - NEIT April 7,2018 Annual Science Teacher Conference!

Our Featured Keynote Speakers

Okhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. 

Her research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. She is currently leading collaborative research between New York University and Stanford University to develop NGSS-aligned instructional materials in order to promote science and language learning of elementary students including English learners. She is also leading collaborative research with MIT and Vanderbilt University to integrate computational thinking and modeling in NGSS-aligned instructional materials. She was a member of the NGSS writing team and served as leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team. She was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University. She was a 2009 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), received the Distinguished Career Contribution Award from the AERA Scholars of Color in Education in 2003, and was awarded a 1993-95 National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Katherine McNeil is an associate professor of science education at Boston College. Dr. Kate McNeill's research focuses on helping students with diverse backgrounds learn scientific practices, such as explanation and argumentation. Science is not about discovering or memorizing facts; rather it is about constructing arguments and considering and debating multiple explanations for phenomena.  Argumentation and explanation have become increasingly prevalent as essential goals for science education in which students need to support claims using appropriate evidence and reasoning as well as consider and be critical of alternative explanations. Her research has included the development and use of the claim, evidence and reasoning (CER) framework to support students in these practices. In addition, she has authored several books aimed at supporting teachers using scientific argumentation in their classrooms. She has also conducted numerous workshops at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and for school districts including the Detroit Public Schools and the Boston Public Schools.

Call for Presenters:

Annual RI Science Conference- April 7th at NEIT

  • Do you have a great lesson or method that incorporates three-dimensional learning and assessment?
  • Are you using effective simulations and online models in your NGSS lessons/activities that informs instruction and assessment?

Please consider presenting your ideas and strategies to colleagues at the Annual Conference on April 7th!!  Proposals for workshops are currently being accepted by RISTA by accessing the RFP form Proposals need to be submitted by January 20th .  Sessions for workshops are one hour and can be formatted as hands-on, lecture, group discussion, etc.  Feel free to mention this opportunity to colleagues who may be interested, non-members are welcome to submit a proposal.  Apply here: RFP form

Hope to see you at NEIT on April 7th!!

Time to Renew!

If you did not already renew your RISTA membership, you have probably received an email to renew.  We have several types of memberships- pre-service, current educator, and former educator.  We welcome educators of science at all levels. If you are new to RISTA, we welcome you to join us and attend the professional development events, network with other science educators, and stay informed with our bi-monthly update.  RISTA is planning some great opportunities for the 2017-18 academic year, join today so you don't miss out!

Our Institutional Membership 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.

Free Resources

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 collection has articles, webinars, and lesson ideas for all grade levels and topics. 

NGSS Update                           

Since the standards were released in April, 2013 there are 15 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.


Upcoming events

04/07/2018 8:00 AM • New England Institute of Technology
04/07/2018 8:00 AM • New England Institute of Technology

Thank you to our generous sponsor! Be sure to check out the resources that they offer!!



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