Summer Technology Institute

We will be holding another NWSC Technology Institute. The four districts in the North West Consortium are: Smithfield, North Smithfield, Burrillville and Lincoln. The summer Teacher Technology Institute is open to all teachers, administrators or staff members from any of the four districts. The institute will consist of four professional development sessions spread across two days during the summer. Each session will focus on different technology tools and how to integrate them into your current practice. All sessions are available to participants free of charge, although seating will be limited.

The summer 2016 Teacher Technology Institute will be held on August 9th and August 10th at Lincoln Middle School. There will be a number of different sessions to choose from, many focusing on the tools within Google Apps for Education. If you are looking to improve your skills or learn something new, these will be great opportunities that are completely free!
If you are interested in presenting a session and sharing information and knowledge, please contact Clare Arnold or Adam Stanley.

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.

Roster Verification Reminder for Teachers

Phase 2 of the Roster Verification process begins today on May 25th and will run through June 3rd. During
Phase 2, contributing educators in grades 4‐8 will review and verify their rosters via EPSS. The next
step, Phase 3, will require Principals to review and provide final sign‐off. Phase 3 will run from June
6th through June 22nd.
Guidance from the state on Establishing Teacher‐Course‐Student Connections along with user guides
for principals and teachers can be found at
http://www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/EducatorEvaluation/EducatorPerformanceandSupportSystem(EPSS)
.aspx.
If you have any questions, please submit a help desk ticket at https://support.ride.ri.gov.

Breakout Edu

We are excited to have recently purchased a “Breakout Edu” kit for each school for all teachers to access. The team of NS educators that went to the Google Summit in Burlington, MA this spring were introduced to this engaging kit and excited about the many possibilities for lessons. Each kit comes with a collection of locks, hidden contraptions, timers, keys, and other “diversion hardware” that can be used to play the Breakout challenges available from the store. It is a type of scavenger hunt that involves teamwork; clues, hidden messages and problem solving that can be applied to any grade level or content area. At the end of a Breakout, players will be eager for the next! Specialty K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world or collaborative context. Breakouts can be developed by the teacher or can be accessed through the breakoutedu.com website housing free already made challenges.

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