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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to the group.
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.
RIDE will hold summer workshops for professional development regarding understanding PARCC ELA/Literacy expectations. These workshops will focus on expanding educators’ understanding of the PARCC ELA/Literacy expectations by having participants complete either a literary or informational calibration exercise using PARCC released student-work samples. Please note that this calibration exercise is a repeat of the calibration exercises we offered earlier this year (January through March) as part of our workshops on Understanding PARCC ELA/Literacy.
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.