NEARI Professional Development Program

NEA Rhode Island is proud to offer professional development to members in order to support your work in the classroom/workplace. Below are the scheduled offerings for 2018/2019. All seminars in the PD Program are provided at no additional cost to our members. Refreshments are served. If registration is full to capacity and closed to new registrants, please email Mary Barden (mbarden @ to be added to a waitlist. 

September 2018

I Can Do It! Classroom Management

Saturday, September 8, 2018

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd. Cranston

This course provides teachers with basic classroom management techniques that will ensure success in the classroom. The course features the following modules:

  • Getting to know your students
  • Rules, routines and procedures
  • Reinforcements 
  • Providing Motivating and Engaging Instruction
  • Classroom Transitions, Signals and Sponges
  • Communicating with Students and Parents

Presenters: Tabitha Watjen, Crystal Monteiro, Mary Barden

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Tuesday, September 18

NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd. Cranston

  • Understanding the Evaluation Rubric for Professional Practice & Responsibilities- What does it look like for your specific discipline/content/grade? 
  • Understanding SLOs- How to write an SLO that is meaningful to your practice.

Presenter: Jody Clark

Dinner will be served.

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October 2018

Working Together to Prevent Teen Dating Violence

Monday, October 15, 2018

4:30-6:30 p.m.
NEARI HQ | 99 Bald Hill Rd. Cranston

17% of Rhode Island high school students have experienced dating violence. When it comes to students who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, the percentage drastically increases to 30%, and for students who have a disability, to 32%. Victims of teen dating violence in RI are much more likely than their peers who have not experienced dating violence to drink, use drugs, and consider or attempt suicide. They are also exceedingly more likely to have experienced sexual assault or bullying, all of which can have a negative impact on their academic achievement.

As concerned educators, parents, and community members, we must start connecting the dots; by looking at shared risk and protective factors, and by cultivating safe and healthy school climates, we can prevent multiple forms of violence at the same time. Join us for this session to develop a deeper understanding of the issue of teen dating abuse, and explore the role you can play in preventing violence among RI youth.

Presented by: Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence - Krista D’Amico, Public Education and Outreach Manager; Lucy Rios, Director of Prevention and Communications


Simplify Your Life with Google Classroom

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

4:30-6:30 p.m.
NEARI HQ | 99 Bald Hill Rd. Cranston

Has your school or district "gone Google"? If you're blending technology into your lessons and looking for a seamless way to organize your resources, assignments, and student work, this beginner workshop is for you. 

Whether you are brand new to G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education) or are comfortable with the platform, you will learn tips and tricks for managing it all through the newly updated (Fall 2018) Google Classroom.

Please note: Participants must have a school-managed Google Education account and should bring a charged Chromebook or a laptop that runs Google Chrome.

Presented by Kim Ramos



The True Colors of Starting a Workplace Mentorship

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

4:30-6:30 p.m.
NEARI HQ | 99 Bald Hill Rd. Cranston

Increase your knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a Mentor or a Mentee, the different types of Mentoring, and how to start a Formal Workplace Mentorship in your Organization! 

In this interactive Workshop, you will understand how to recognize the traits and attributes of a good Mentor and Mentee and acquire all the skills necessary to begin a Mentorship program where you work.

Presented by Sharyn Vincente and Gail Kelley


Moving Forward with Google Classroom

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

4:30-6:30 p.m.
NEARI HQ | 99 Bald Hill Rd

If you're already familiar with the basics of Google Classroom, you may be wondering, "What's next?" This intermediate workshop will provide you with a crosswalk to the brand new (Fall 2018) features of Classroom and increase your efficiency with expanded features like Topics, Feedback Comments, Quizzes, Live Polling, and more.

Please note: Participants must have a school-managed Google Education account and should bring a charged Chromebook or a laptop that runs Google Chrome.

Presented by: Kim Ramos


November 2018

Social and Emotional Learning

Monday, November 5, 2018

4:30-6:30 p.m.
NEARI HQ | 99 Bald Hill Rd.

Gain a basic understanding of social health and emotional health as well as the interaction between the two. Learn what skills your students need to succeed in the classroom now as well as strategies to teach these skills. 

In addition, learn basic de-escalation techniques to use when emotions overwhelm a student. This workshop is primarily geared for grades K-6.

Presented by: Sue Curly


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January 2019


February 2019

Art & Citizen Science for Student Leadership

Monday, February 11, 2019

4:30-6:30 p.m.
NEARI HQ | 99 Bald Hill Rd.

Learn about two RI Citizen Science projects: FrogWatch and ASRI's Butterfly Count. Through the creation of frog trading cards, teach students about biodiversity, animal defenses, habitat, life cycle, and protection. Learn frog calls, create awareness, and get information on the annual Frog Watch. Learn about butterflies and host plants through study of live and preserved specimens, Maria Sibylla Merian, life cycle "musical tacos", and starting a pollinator garden.

Presented by: Melissa Guillet



March 2019

Break on Through to the Other SLIDES!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

4:30-6:30 p.m.
NEARI HQ | 99 Bald Hill Rd. 

Sure, Google Slides can be used for presentations, but there’s so much more! Did you know you can also use Slides for creating graphics, flyers, narrated e-books, choose your own adventure stories, animations, flash cards, video galleries, and more? Join me for this hands-on workshop and “Break On Through To The Other SLIDES!”

*Attendees should bring headphones and a charged Chromebook/laptop.


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