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 2019/2020. Seminars in the PD Program are provided at no additional cost to union members (including AFT) unless otherwise noted. Price structure for non-members is as follows: 2 hours=$25, 4 hours =$50, 6 hours=$75. Refreshments provided. If registration is full to capacity and closed to new registrants, please email Mary Barden (mbarden @ neari.org) to be added to a waitlist. 

Download the full 2019-2020 schedule

Blended Learning Series

Simplify Your Life with 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. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

4:30 – 6:30 pm
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd

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 Google Classroom.

Presented by Kim Ramos, NEANK

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Moving Forward with 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.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

4:30 – 6:30pm
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 introduce you to the newest updates in Classroom and increase your efficiency with expanded features like Topics, Feedback Comments, Quizzes, Live Polling, and more.

Presented by: Kim Ramos, NEANK

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You Posted WHAT Online? (Digital Literacy & Citizenship)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

4:30-6:30 pm NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd. 

Have you ever Googled yourself? How big is your digital footprint? Your students’? Are you taking full advantage of teachable moments? This hands-on workshop will walk you through the basics of digital literacy, introduce you to Google’s Digital Citizenship and Safety Course for Educators, and give you time to explore recommended #digicit resources.

Please note: Attendees should bring headphones and a charged Chromebook/laptop. 

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Going Gaga for Infographics

Please note: Attendees should bring headphones and a charged Chromebook/laptop.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
4:30-6:30 pm
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd.

Are you looking for an engaging new way for students to “show what they know”? Infographics may be just the tool you’re looking for! These visual representations of information require students to synthesize their research by prioritizing what’s most important and translating it into an eye-catching graphic. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the basics of building infographics and give you the opportunity to explore several free online infographic tools. 

Presenter: Kim Ramos, NEANK

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Spark It Up! (Adobe Spark)

Please note: Attendees should bring headphones and a charged Chromebook/laptop.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
4:30-6:30 pm
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd.

If you’re sick of grading the same old projects over and over, year after year, it’s time to SPARK it up with Adobe Spark EDU! This creation tool allows students to design professional-looking graphics, videos, and web stories yet it’s so easy that even elementary students can use it. Plus, the EDU version lets you access all of the premium features for free. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to Adobe Spark EDU and give you time to explore the platform. 

Presenter: Kim Ramos, NEANK

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Maximize Your Drive (Add-ons, Extensions & Organization)

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

4:30-6:30 pm
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd.

Working with Google Drive can sometimes feel like you’ve stuffed everything you’ve ever owned into one closet. All of a sudden it’s packed to the ceiling, you can barely keep the door closed, and the thought of cleaning it out is overwhelming! This hands-on workshop will help you streamline your work with Chrome add-ons & extensions and teach you tips & tricks for keeping Drive organized. 

Please note: Attendees should bring headphones and a charged Chromebook/laptop.

 

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Culturally Responsive Teaching Series

Early Career Educator Series (Year 1-3)

Navigating the RI Teacher Evaluation for Early Career Educators

Saturday, September 14, 2019

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd.

Participants will engage in activities that will take them through a deep dive of each of the following RIDE Model Evaluation components: Professional Practice Rubrics, Professional Responsibilities Rubrics, SLOs, Professional Growth Goal.  Participants will leave this session with a solid understanding of how they will be evaluated, their responsibilities in the evaluation process and how to calculate their overall effectiveness rating.  

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I Can Do It! Classroom Management

Target Audience: K-12 Classroom Teachers

Saturday, October 19, 2019

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

This professional development 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, EPEA

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Educator Development Series

Overview of RI Model Teacher Evaluation & Support System for Classroom Teachers

Target Audience: Classroom teachers, all levels

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

4:45-7:45pm
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd.
Dinner Provided

Objectives: 

  • Understanding the Professional Practice & Professional Responsibilities Rubrics- 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: Jodi Clark, Portsmouth School Department

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Overview of RI Model Teacher Evaluation & Support System for Support Professionals

Target Audience: Educators being evaluated by the RIDE Evaluation for Support Professionals (Social Workers, School Nurses, Psychologists etc.)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

4:45-7:45pm
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd.
Dinner Provided

Objectives:

  • Understanding the Professional Practice & Professional Responsibilities Rubrics- 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: Jodi Clark, Portsmouth School Department

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I Can Do It! Classroom Management

Target Audience: K-12 Classroom Teachers

Saturday, October 19, 2019

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

This professional development 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, EPEA

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Engaging Teaching Methods for STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) Prevention Education

Target Audience: Middle School and High School Health/Physical Education Educators, School Nurses, Social Workers, Higher Education Faculty

Thursday, November 7, 2019

4:30-6:30 pm
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd.

This workshop will focus on providing adolescents with STI prevention education that is engaging and free of stigma. Using storytelling and a trivia game, participants will learn how to have an interactive lesson on STI Prevention. Participants will also learn how to refer students to the Rhode Island Department of Health’s RIghtTime sexual health app and leave with a full lesson plan and other educational materials that they can bring back to their schools.

Presenter: Aaron Frechette, DOH-PSA

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Building Relationships Between Teachers and Teacher Assistants

Thursday, January 9, 2020

4:30-6:30 pm
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd.

Details coming soon!

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Social Emotional Learning Series

Social Emotional Learning

Target Audience: Grades K-6
 

Tuesday, November 26

4:30-6:30 pm
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. 

Facilitated by Sue Curley, NEANK

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Youth Mental Health First Aid USA  2-Part Training

Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd.

Attendees MUST attend both sessions to earn a certificate - no exceptions. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Participants will earn a certificate, receive training materials, and will be certified as Mental Health First Aiders for three (3) years. Participants must attend both sessions to get the certificate. 

This 2-part session has a cost associated with it. 

NEARI will offset 31% of the $109 session fee. The cost for the double session is $75 per person. That fee includes certificate, training manual, training materials, 3-year mental health first aid certification. 

Payment: Checks in the amount of $75.00, made out to NEA Rhode Island, can be sent to:
NEARI
ATTN: Mary Barden
99 Bald Hill Rd.
Cranston, RI 02920

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Choose Love - A Program for Educators by Educators

Target Audience: K-12 Educators and Education Support Professionals (ESP)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

4:30-6:30 pm
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd.

The Choose Love program was developed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The free Pre-K through Grade 12 social and emotional learning curriculum is aligned with CaseLorg's core SEL competencies, aligned with Common Core Standards, and focuses on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skill, and responsible decision making. Find out about how the four character values of Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion can be woven into your lessons and programs.

Presenter: Cindy Zito, NEANK

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Interested in leading a PD Session?

We are currently requesting proposals for the 2019-2020 school year for PD sessions related to various aspects of members’ professional work. Presenters receive a $200 stipend for each 2-hour session they lead. If you are interested in leading a professional development session, please complete the following application by July 1, 2019.

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