Technovation RI Team Makes It to the Semifinals

Technovation Rhode Island senior division team “Code Trip” is officially a semifinalist for the Technovation World Pitch. Code Trip is mentored by East Greenwich High School Computer Science teacher Holly Eaves and is composed of three East Greenwich High School students — Katie Cretella, Morgan Prior, and Lauren Shanos. Code Trip is 1 of 19 US teams to make it to the semifinals. Code Trip’s app is titled “Easy Eats”. Easy Eats provides simple step-by-step recipe instructions that aim to increase the independence of those with intellectual disabilities. The app is cognizant of sensitivities of these individuals, which is why…

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.

Congressional App Challenge

From July 18 through November 2, 2016, students in Rhode Island are invited to design an app for mobile, tablet, or personal computers on a platform of their choice and submit them via the Congressional App Challenge website.  Established in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event open to all students who have not yet graduated high school. The competition encourages students to get involved in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students are allowed to compete individually or in teams of up to four people. In addition to submitting an app for the Congressional App…

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.

Nation’s Report Card

The U.S Department of Education released the Nation’s Report Card on April 27, 2016.  Data showed that 12th grade students’ average mathematics score in 2015 was lower than two years before and that a higher percentage of high school seniors failed to reach basic levels.  Read more.

CTE Makeover Challenge

Acting Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. recently announced the Career Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge which is offering high school students the opportunity to design their own makerspace. Ten winning schools will be awarded $200,000 to help with the realization of their ideas. The deadline to submit interest is April 1st.  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

Public Review Period for K-12 Computer Science Standards

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) invites teachers, curriculum supervisors, administrators, business leaders and the broad education and business communities to review the K-12 Computer Science (CS) Standards and offer feedback.   The CS standards include computer science learning objectives to guide/inform teachers and administrators in the design and implementation of CS activities integrated into existing curriculum and as stand-alone courses. The CSTA K-12 CS Standards were originally published in 2011 and scheduled for a routine revision in 2015-2016.  The public review period will open on February 16 and will close on March 3, 2016.  Read more