RISTE Professional Learning

Promoting excellence in education


Personalized PD At Your Pace are six consecutive week sessions that are virtual, with classroom implementation and demonstration of competency. Series are designed to take approximately 1 hour a week (asynchronous) in additional to classroom implementation.RISTE can design a series for you! For more information and details email Nicole L'Etoile @ letoilen@ri-iste.org. In addition, RISTE trainers are available to come to your school to facilitate sessions, and provide instructional coaching.


Instruction will be delivered virtually using Zoom Virtual Conferencing and Google Classroom. Each week you will have an opportunity to participate in the 1 hour session. If you are unable make the session, no worries, you may view the session recording at a more convenient time. Your facilitators will be available through email and Google Classroom. Video tools such as Screencastify are great for station rotation, flipped classrooms, and students explaining themselves before and after a course to demonstrate learning and improvement. Students can record themselves practicing language, giving a speech, and talking through problems. These tools will help you to provide thoughtful, personal feedback by recording yourself reviewing student work. Registration Link

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Join us November 13th for Coding Through Gaming: Using MakeCode in Minecraft.

In this two hour session teachers will learn how to apply to teach coding through gaming lesson plans. Student Skills: independence, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, Social and emotional learning. Register here.

Unpack the ISTE Standards: New flexible online resources for busy educators

Digital Learning Pathways is a new set of online professional development resources developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Metiri Group. These resource bundles provide a convenient, customized, and cost-effective way for educators at any level of technology readiness to implement the ISTE Standards into the classroom. Teachers take a pre-assessment quiz to determine optimal focus areas, and then choose their own path forward, reading or watching the professional development content from one of three pathways across any device.

Microsoft for Educators

  • Students and teachers are eligible for Office 365 Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. All you need is a valid school email address. Here is the link: www.office.com/teachers
  • If you need training on using the apps, here are the two ways to get additional support: Create an account at www.education.microsoft.com – earn badges and PD hours through Microsoft as you learn about the different apps at your own pace!
  • Contact John Nguyen (john.nguyen@usmie.com), your New England Microsoft Learning Consultant, to schedule a free in person training for a group of your colleagues. You can also email questions as well.

Meet a few of the RISTE Trainers

Digging Deeper: Increasing Student Success through Collaboration, Inquiry, and Integration - Registration is Open

Registration will reopen in January for a 2nd Cohort!

15 Professional Learning Units

12 coursework (virtual and face to face)

3 demonstration (classroom implementation)

Series Description:

This six-session series will allow teams of two or more educators (made up of at least one librarian and one teacher) the training and time to work collaboratively to create an inquiry-based unit of study, supported by technology-rich learning opportunities. Sessions will be facilitated in both face to face and virtual settings, and include ample hands-on learning opportunities for teams to build their unit project.

Series Outcomes:

Participants will:

  • enhance their understanding of the inquiry process

  • develop a deeper understanding of how to plan and teach with an educational partner

  • create a new, highly-engaging inquiry unit

  • learn and apply new technology tools to enrich unit of study

  • connect with other educators and build their PLN

  • Earn 15 professional learning units

Participant Cost: $249 per educator. Teams of three or more will receive a discount.

Course Information: Includes session dates and topics. Click here to register.

Sponsored by RISTE

The Mission of the Rhode Island Society of Technology Educators is to promote excellence in education through the integration of existing and emerging technologies.

Please contact Nicole L'Etoile for more information.