RI TeacherFest

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Keynote Speakers!

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Sylvia Martinez is a maker, mom, engineer, and the co-author of the book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, called “the bible of the classroom maker movement.” Sylvia speaks to and works with schools around the world evangelizing authentic, inclusive use of technology across the curriculum. She is president of Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, creating books and professional development advocating using modern technology for learning. Sylvia is also the principal advisor to the NSF-funded FabLearn Fellows program at Stanford University. Prior to that, Sylvia ran the educational non-profit Generation YES, designed and programmed educational software and video games, and was an aerospace engineer specializing in GPS navigation and high frequency receiver systems.

Ms. Martinez will provide the keynote and offer workshops on day 1 of the conference.

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Adam Gidwitz was a teacher for eight years. Now, he writes full time, which means he writes a couple of hours a day, and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. He is the bestselling author of the children's books, A Tale Dark and Grimm and its companions; The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi; and most recently, The Inquisitor's Tale, which has been named an Editor's Choice and Notable Children's Book by The New York Times, as well as one of 2016's Best Children's Books by both the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. A product of six years of research, The Inquisitor's Tale, has been lauded by Entertainment Weekly for its "complex themes (xenophobia, zealotry, censorship etc.)," and "addictive," "gradual intricacy." The Inquisitor's Tale has been listed as a Best Book by Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Horn Book Fanfare, and Booklist. A recent recipient of both the Sydney Taylor Book Award and a Newbery Honor, The Inquisitor's Tale is absolutely one of the most celebrated children's books of 2016.

Mr. Gidwitz will provide the keynote and offer workshops on day 2 of the conference.

photo credit: Lauren Mancia

Special Guests!

Contribute to the day! Be a presenter!

The Narragansett Education Foundation (NEF), Rhode Island Library Information Network for Kids (RILINK), and School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI) invite all members of the educational community to submit a session proposal for RI TeacherFest 2017.
Please submit proposals no later than April 24, 2017 for consideration. Receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged as they are submitted. Status of proposals will be finalized no later than May 8, 2017.


  • All topics and subjects are welcome.
  • Conference fee is $80.00 for two days; $50.00 for one.
  • Presenters attend FREE.
  • Daycare will be provided.
  • Participants receive a certificate with Rhode Island Department of Education recognition!

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