2019 Computer Science Education Leader Award

Bryan Lucas, computer science/literacy teacher at Chariho Middle School has been named the 2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Leader.  The award recognizes an educator who demonstrates a strong commitment to computer science education in their schools, districts, and communities.  Mr. Lucas was selected through a competitive process that was open to all full-time, licensed K-12 teachers in Rhode Island who have at least 3 years of experience teaching and 1 year of computer science teaching. Mr. Lucas has been with the Chariho Regional School District since 2006 after a long and distinguished career with the United States Navy.  His local…

2019 Rhode Island Computer Science (CS) Education Leader Award

Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Computer Science Teachers Association-Rhode Island Affiliate (CSTA-RI) will recognize an outstanding educator with the 2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI  Rhode Island Computer Science (CS) Education Leader Award for contributions to CS education in the classroom, district, state, or community.  Applicant must be a full-time, licensed K-12 teacher at a public school in Rhode Island who has at least 3 years of experience teaching and 1 year of computer science teaching.   A cash award of $1,000 will be awarded to the recipient for use in the classroom. …

Rhode Island STEAM Education Leader Award

The Rhode Island STEAM Center @ Rhode Island College, in collaboration with the Office of Governor Gina Raimondo, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and Vertikal6, will recognize an outstanding educator with the 2019 Rhode Island STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + design, Mathematics) Education Leader Award for contributions to STEAM education in the classroom, district, state, or community.  Applicant must be a full-time, licensed K-12 teacher at a public school in Rhode Island who has at least 3 years of experience teaching (the 2018-2019 school year may count as one of those years).  A team of two teachers may…

Rhode Island Computer Science Education Standards

On May The Rhode Island Council on Elementary and Secondary Education endorsed the new Rhode Island Computer Science Education Standards which identify the knowledge, practices, and skills in computer science (CS) that all students should know and be able to do at each level in their education.  They inform, encourage, and drive a sustainable computer science education program by creating realistic pathways and expectations for all students. The CS Education Standards Advisory Committee represented a broad range of expertise including elementary, middle, and high school teachers, district coordinators and administrators, higher education faculty, and industry professionals.  Experts in cybersecurity and…

2017-2018 Nature Works Everywhere Grant Now Open

The Nature Conservancy will be awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges.  Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to 60 public or charter schools across the United States.   A Nature Works Everywhere project empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. Whether addressing issues surrounding access to healthy food, air quality, urban heat island effect, or stormwater collection, youth are empowered as social innovators to model solutions in their school communities through design and implementation.  Applications must be submitted online by…

Senators Call Out Phony Science Materials Sent to Teachers Nationwide

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) along with Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) , and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to highlight bogus materials sent by the Heartland Institute to more than 300,000 public school science teachers across the country.  The materials which include an 11-minute DVD and 135-page book call into question the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change.  The Heartland Institute has a record of disseminating “alternate facts” including challenging the health risks of tobacco in the 1990s.  Read more. A PDF copy of Senator Whitehouse’s letter is available here.

STEM Starts Early

STEM Starts Early: Grounding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in Early Childhood,” published by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and New America and supported by a National Science Foundation grant reports that children who engage in scientific activities at an early age (between birth and age 8) develop positive attitudes toward science, build up their STEM vocabularies and do better at problem solving, meeting challenges and acquiring new skills.  Along with their findings, researchers offer several recommendations including engaging parents, supporting teacher professional development, and increasing resources.  Full Report

National Grid Energy Saving School Fundraiser Program

National Grid’s Fundraiser Program enables schools to raise funds while teaching he community about energy efficiency and conservation.  Participation is easy and each school keeps 100% of the money collected through the fundraiser.  The program is targeted at grades K-8 but high schools and some youth organizations may also be eligible to participate.  For more information, contact Bonnie Devlin at 1-413-355-0079 or bonnie.a.devlin@lmco.com.  

2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection

The 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a survey of all public schools and school districts in the United States. The CRDC measures student access to courses, programs, instructional and other staff, and resources — as well as school climate factors, such as student discipline and bullying and harassment — that impact education equity and opportunity for students. The U.S. Department of Education will release additional data highlights on key topics later in 2016.  Read more.

New Computer Science Initiative in Rhode Island – CS4RI

Governor Raimondo announced a new initiative on March 7th to expand computer science learning for all public school students. Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) is a partnership between the Office of Innovation at Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island STEM Center, Rhode Island Department of Education, computer science providers and the business community to bring CS learning opportunities to all Rhode Island schools by Fall 2017.  Read more