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RIDE to hold first R.I. Teacher to Teacher conference on October 29
On October 29, RIDE will host the first "Rhode Island Teacher to Teacher Conference: Opening Doors for Innovation and Collaboration," at Lincoln Middle School, 152 Jenckes Hill Rd. This conference will be an opportunity for teachers across the state to learn about successful classroom practices from colleagues. The entire conference will be presented by Rhode Island educators and will be for Rhode Island educators to share innovative practices currently being used in our schools. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn from fellow Rhode Island educators about effective and innovative practices at a variety of grade levels and from various content areas. Guest speakers include Commissioner Wagner and 2017 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, Nikos Giannopoulos.
To register for the event, please visit http://rit2t.eventbrite.com Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch. If you have any questions or would like more information about the conference, please email Mary Keenan, at mary.keenan@ride.ri.gov .
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Professional Development

The August and September professional development days were a huge success. The Professional Development Advisory Committee has worked over the last few years to help to extend and refine professional development sessions and offerings. Each day was broken up into three blocks of time. Teachers were able to choose from a menu of sessions. The variety of offerings made it a rich learning experience for all involved. The third block of time was dedicated to Professional Learning Communities. We could not have offered such a dynamic menu without our teacher leaders and administrators:

Google Classroom- Tracey Nangle
WIATT-III- Mary Ellen Tillotson
Technology and Collaboration Tools – James Williamson
IXL- Amy Wright
Preschool Initiatives and Standards Based Reporting- Andrea Carey
Gmail and Google Calendar- Melissa Mathurin
Google Forms/Flubaroo- Lisa Cardin
BreakoutEDU- Steve Boss
CPI Training- Sue McPherson
The Power of Story- Tracy Lafreniere
Infinite Campus 6-12- Melissa Mathurin
Google Time- Steve Boss
Digital Citizenship Continuum of Study- James Fitzgerald
Extensions, Apps and Add-Ons- Deana Cook
Cues, Questions and Advanced Organizers- Dr. Betty Calise
Open Circle- Diane Jolin and Jen Daigneault
Understanding and Managing Behavior Expectations- Dr. Ellen Reinhardt
Analyzing data with Google sheets- Michael St. Jean
Teacher Assistant Roles in the Classroom- Andrea
504 Plans and the classroom-Suzanne Rathbun
Enhancing Classroom Management and Productivity with Technology- James Williamson

All teachers fill out an online PD feedback form at the close of the PD day. The feedback couldn’t have been better! The time, energy and effort of all involved is appreciated!

PARCC Results

 In the coming weeks parents will receive the results of their children’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC.) These results are for the Spring 2016 English Language Arts and mathematics state assessments in grades 3 to 10. The individualized reports will show how each student performed on the tests, and where those scores fall compared to the average scores for other students in Rhode Island and the district.

The reports will also show whether a student has met the standard in the assessed area, and will identify specific strengths and weaknesses based on the results.Individual students will receive PARCC scores for Mathematics and English-Language Arts. Scores show a student’s readiness for college and careers, using the scale belwo:

o Score of 5: Exceeded expectations
o Score of 4: Met expectations
o Score of 3: Approaching expectations
o Score of 2: Partially met expectations
o Score of 1: Did not meet expectations
North Smithfield Schools exceeded the state average at almost every level and showed significant improvement in participation. North Smithfield High School was recognized in the area of  mathematics in a press release from the RI Department of Education for improvement: "North Smithfield High School, up 29 points in achievement and 32 points in participation."
Administrators and teachers use this data to inform curriculum and instructional decisions. While we will continue to work towards improving student achievement meeting these more rigorous standards, we are pleased that NS Schools are making improvements. We certainly expect further improvements as we deepen implementation of rigorous standards.

Newest Book Club Book - The Literacy Cookbook

All teachers are welcome to participate in our newest book club book. Thus far we have 15 participants. We will be reading The Literacy Cookbook which has been described as a resource filled with classroom-tested techniques for teaching reading comprehension to even the most hard-to-reach students offering a review of approaches that are targeted for teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. If you are interested in joining, please email me at carnold@nsps.us and I will add you to the group.

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