RI Science Teachers Association


Dear RISTA Colleagues,

As we embark on 2020, I would like to share some exciting news.  The board enthusiastically welcomes new members to the Board of Directors.

Audrey Miguel

Shannon Donovan 

Cathy Long

Kathryn Eller

Mary Colannino

Seun Anderson

Current Board members taking on officer roles are:

Helaine Hager - President

Amanda Carlino - Treasurer

Jay Fogleman will continue as our Secretary

Official 2020 Board of directors can be found on the contacts webpage.

Thank you for making the fall conference a success by attending and learning together!

RISTA's 2019 Conference

October 5th 2019

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Avedisian Hall (Pharmacy Building)

University of Rhode Island

Kingston Campus

Connecting the Dimensions of the NGSS

Keynote from Ted WillardNSTA Program Director

Workshops on:   Engaging Students in Phenomena,     Planning for all 3 Dimensions, Assessment, Modeling, Classroom Discourse, and other topics.


Workshops for teachers of ALL levels, K-12+

All attendees will receive a certificate verifying 

7 hours of Professional Development


The Board of Directors would like to wish all RISTA members and new friends a successful school year!


There are current seats available on the Board of Directors and we hope you will consider nominating a colleague or yourself to join our family.  An official nomination ballot will go out soon.

We are currently seeking the following positions:

Elementary Representative K-5

Informal Science Educator K-12



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 2019-2020 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 Science Education Community (RISEC) meets regularly to plan and communicate information regarding implementation. This team consists of teachers, administrators, post-secondary faculty, and other stakeholders in RI science education.  

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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