PD Opportunities

Below is a list of professional development opportunities that Smithfield teachers are participating in this year. The list will be updated frequently. If you are interested in attending, please submit the electronic PD request form to your principal for final approval.

Gallagher Request for PD Approval Form 2018-2019

LaPerche Request for PD Approval Form 2018-2019

McCabe Request for PD Approval Form 2018-2019

Old County Request for PD Approval Form 2018-2019

Smithfield High School Request for PD Approval Form 2018-2019

Winsor Request for PD Approval Form 2018-2019


March 2020

March 3, March 12, March 21 - Scratch, Jr.

March 3 - 4:30 Principal Residency Network 2020-2021 Info. Session -



February 2020

February 12- 4:30 Principal Residency Network 2020-2021 Info. Session -


January 2020

January 29 - 4:30-6:30 Going Gaga for Infographics

    • Location: NEARI Headquarters

January 25 - 8:30-3:30 Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals

    • Location: All Saints STEAM Academy, Middletown, RI

January 21 - 4:30 Principal Residency Network 2020-2021 Info. Session -

January 9 - 4:30-6:30 Building Relationships Between Teachers and Paraprofessionals

    • Location: NEARI Headquarters

December 2019


November 2019

November 23 - 7:30-4:00 - 6th Annual Financial Capability Conference

    • Location: Rhode Island College

November 20 - 2:00-3:00 - (WEBINAR) REL Northeast & Islands - Measuring Students' Social and Emotional Learning

November 19 - 4:30-6:30 You Post WHAT On-Line? (Digital Literacy and Citizenship)

    • Location: NEARI Headquarters

November 16 - 8:30-12:30 Identifying and Supporting ELLS with Special Needs

    • Location: Rhode Island College - Gaige Hall

November 14 - 4:00 Rhode Island Writing Project Book Club

    • Location: Three Sisters, 1074 Hope Street, Providence, RI

November 7 - 4:30-6:30 Engaging Teaching Methods for STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) Prevention Education

    • Location: NEARI Headquarters

November 6 - 4:30 Principal Residency Network 2020-2021 Info. Session -

November 6 - 4:00-6:00 SEL Community of Practice

    • Location: Save the Bay, Providence, RI

November 2 - 8:30-3:30 Growing Up With Technology: Helping Complex Learners Navigate the Digital Landscape

    • Location: The Wolf School, East Providence, RI

Online youcubed Math Courses: Stanford Graduate School of Education

October 2019

October 25 - 8:00-2:00 Teen Dating Violence Training 2019

Pre-registration is required and will begin August 26, via email to annburke@labmf.org

    • Location: Rhode Island College

October 19 - 8:00-3:00 Rhode Island Early Childhood Conference

    • Location: Rhode Island College, Gaige Hall

October 14 - 3:00-4:00 Webinar: Strategic Competence: Teaching Children to Use a Research Based Strategy for Problem Solving

October 5 - 8:00-3:30 RISTA Next General Science Standards K-12

    • Location: University of Rhode Island, Avedisian Hall, Kingston, RI

September 2019

September 2019 - April 2020 RIMTA - Steps to Understanding Mathematics (SUM) Course



August 2019

August 26 - 3:00-4:00 Math for All Webinar: Universal Design for Learning in a Standards-Based Classroom

August 20 - 9:00-3:00 Water Environment Teacher Training Workshop

    • Location: Narragansett Bay Commission's Wastewater Treatment Plant

August 20 - 8:00-3:00 Annual School Safety Conference

    • Location: CCRI - Warwick (Hackett Theatre)

August 14-15 - 9:00-4:00 Around the Table: Building an Educators' Toolkit for Unifying the Classroom Through Art

    • Location: Providence City Arts For Youth

August 5-9 - Non-Violent Schools Summer Institute

    • Location: University of Rhode Island


July 2019

July 30-31- Rhode Island Teacher Fest 2019

    • Location: Narragansett, Rhode Island

July 29-August 2 - Go With the Flow: Water's Journey Around the World

    • Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

July 24-26 9:00-3:00 RISTE Summer Institute - Johnston

    • Location: Ferri Middle School

July 22-26 - Bootstrap: Data Science PD / email contact@bootstrapworld.org for more information.

    • Location: Golden, Colorado

July 22-26 - On the Waterfront: Local Ecosystems

    • Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

July 22-26 - URI/Code.org PD

    • Location: University of Rhode Island

July 15-19 - 9:00-5:00 RIAEA Summer Teacher Institute

    • Location: Salve Regina University

July 15-17 9:00-3:00 RISTE Summer Institute - North Kingstown

    • Location: North Kingstown High School

July 8-19 - Multisensory Instruction and Introduction to the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Literacy

    • Location: Hamilton School at Wheeler School, Providence, Rhode Island

July 8-12- Intro to Computing and Data Science / Register On-Line by May 3rd

    • Location: University of Rhode Island

July 8-12- Introduction to Oceanography and Marine Biology

    • Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA


June 2019

June - August Youth Restoration Project - Summer Certificate Training in Restorative Practices

    • Locations: Sargent Rehabilitation Center, Warwick, RI and Bay Point Inn & Conference Center (RWU Bayside Campus), Portsmouth, RI

Summer Dates TBD - Creative Computing with Scratch - 3-8 Program

Summer Dates TBD - Creative Computing with Scratch - K-2 Program

June 25 - 10:45-12:15 Math Infused 3-D Printing Tessellations and Volume Models with Tinkercad

    • Location: TBD

June 24-28 Free 2019 Teachers’ Financial Literacy Summer Institute, apply by May 10 for one of 40 Available Scholarships

    • Location: Champlain College, Burlington, VT

June 24-26 Bootstrap Algebra PD / email contact@bootstrapworld.org for more information.

June 21 - 8:30-4:30 Mindfulness Conference

    • Location: Rocky Hill School


May 2019

May 11 - 9:00-1:00 Sticks and Stones: Understanding Implicit Bias, Microaggressions & Stereotypes

    • Location: NEARI HQ, Cranston, RI


April 2019

April 3 - 4:30-6:30 8 Fabulous Formative Assessment Tools

    • Location: NEARI HQ, Cranston, RI

April 4 - 4:00-5:30 Expanding Environmental Literacy

    • Location: Roger Williams Park Zoo

April 4 - 4:00-6:00 - Spring SEL Community of Practice Meeting

    • Location: Save the Bay, Providence, RI

April 6 - 8:00-4:00 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference

    • Location: Rhode Island Convention Center

April 6 - 8:30-12:00 "Social and Emotional Development: Skills for Lifelong Success"

    • Location: Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island - Providence, RI

April 25 - 5:30-7:30 Ed Tech at RIC Expo

    • Location: Rhode Island College - Henry Barnard School

Apply by April 30 - Pathfinders Summer Institute - July 14-19

    • Location: Indiana University - Bloomington



March 2019

March 6 - 4:30-6:30 Break on Through to the Other SLIDES!

    • Location: NEARI HQ, Cranston, RI

March 9 - 8:30-2:00 Rhode Island Writing Project 2019 Annual Spring Conference

    • Location: Rhode Island College

March 12-14 - 2:00 - 9:00 pm AFT Virtual Conference

March 16 - 8:00-1:00 Prepare RI Spring Summit: Collaborating to Strengthen Pathways From Grades 6-16 - Register

    • Location: Rhode Island College

March 19 - 7:00-8:00 pm (Webinar) Certification Program in Media Literacy

March 20 - 4:00-6:30, April 27 10:00-2:00, and May 29 4:00-6:30 Teaching Curriculum Through the Arts Professional Learning Course (9 hrs. over 3 days)

    • Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church Hall, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI
    • For more information or to register, please contact Patricia Hawkridge at hawkridges3@gmail.com.

March 20 - 4:00-5:30 Expanding Environmental Literacy

    • Location: Kettle Pond Visitor's Center, Charlestown, RI

March 23 - 8:00-12:40 2019 Parenting Matters Conference

    • Location: Barrington High School

March 28 - 4:00-6:30 RIMTA Spring Meeting

    • Location: East Greenwich High School

March 28 - 5:00-8:30 Intelligent Lives Film Screening

    • Location: RIC - William C. Gaige Hall

March 30- 10:00-12:30 Five Turning Points That Changed American History

    • Location: RIC - Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

February 2019

Youth Restoration Project: Restorative Justice Practices at Sargent Center

    • Location: Sargent Rehabilitation Center, Warwick, RI - All Sessions are from 3:00-5:30 (February-March)

The Learning Community - Elementary/Early Childhood ESL Certification Program

    • Application for 2019-2020 Cohort Due March 1st

February 2 - 9:00-3:00 Code.org Training

    • Location: University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

February 19 - 3:30-4:45 Explicit Instruction Webinar

February 23 - 9:00-12:00 Learning Differences Conference - Register

    • Location: Wheeler School, Providence, RI

February 27 - 4:00-6:00 Social Emotional Learning - Community of Practice Meeting - Register

    • Location: Imperial Room, One Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI




January 2019

January 30 - 4:00-600 Hyperdocs and Playlists

    • Location: RISTE Offices, Warwick, RI


December 2018

December 1 - RIASCD Fall Conference - Responding to Hidden Disabilities to Educate the Whole Child

    • Location: Rhode Island College

December 3-4 - Your Mental Health First Aid

    • Location: Bradley Learning Exchange, East Providence, RI

December 6-7 - Paving the Road to Meaningful Mathematics for ALL Students

    • Location: Crowne Plaza, Warwick, RI


November 2018

November 5 - 4:30-6:30 Social and Emotional Learning

    • Location: NEARI HQ , 99 Bald Hill Rd. , Cranston

November 6 - 2:00-3:00 Webinar: Determining McKinney-Vento Eligibility under ESSA

November 8 - 2:00-3:15 Webinar: Paving the Way to College for Students Experiencing Homelessness

November 10 - 9:00-3:00 I Can Do It! Classroom Management

    • Location: - NEARI HQ , 99 Bald Hill Rd. , Cranston

November 15 - 2:00-3:00 Webinar: McKinney-Vento 101: Understanding the Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness

October 2018

October 2 - 5:00-8:00 Native America Screening and Discussion

    • Location: URI Fine Arts Center, Kingston, RI

October 6 - Rhode Island Teacher Assistants' Fall Conference

October 13 and 14 - 8:00-4:00 Orton Gillingham Institute

October 13 - 8:30-2:00 PrepareRI Summit

    • Location: Rhode Island College

October 17 - 4:30-6:30 Simplify Your Life with Google Classroom

    • Location: NEARI HQ , 99 Bald Hill Rd. , Cranston

October 19 - 2:00 Webinar: What you need to know about new state dyslexia screening laws

October 20 - 8:30-1:00 RIASCD Fall Conference

    • Location: Rhode Island College

October 22 - 2:00 Webinar: Dyslexia misconceptions and how to combat them

October 22 - 3:00-6:00 RI Alliance for College and Career Readiness: Promoting a Better Future for All Students

    • Location: Providence Marriott Downtown

October 23 - 4:30-6:30 The True Colors of Starting a Workplace Mentorship

    • Location: NEARI HQ , 99 Bald Hill Rd. , Cranston

October 24 - 4:30-6:30 Moving Forward with Google Classroom

    • Location: NEARI HQ , 99 Bald Hill Rd. , Cranston

October 25 - 2:00 Webinar: From the cortex to the classroom

October 26 - 8:00-2:00 Teen Dating Violence Workshop

    • Location: Rhode Island College

September 2018

September 15 - 8:00-3:30 MTSS Learning Forum

    • Location: Crowne Plaza, Warwick, RI

September 26 (sessions begin) - 3:00-5:30 Youth Restoration Project

    • Location: Sargent Rehabilitation Center, East Greenwich, RI

August 2018

August 2 - 8:30-3:30 Computer Science Fundamentals

    • Location: All Saints STEAM Academy, Middletown, RI

August 6-8 - 9:00-3:00 RISTE Google Summer Institute 2018 (Week 2)

    • Location: RISTE Training Center, Warwick, RI

August 6-10 - 8:30-4:30 Nonviolent Schools Summer Institute

    • Location: URI Multicultural Center, South Kingstown, RI

August 13-18 - 8:00-4:00 Orton Gillingham Institute Summer Training

August 13, 15, and 17 - 8:30-3:30 Creative Computing with Scratch (3-5)

    • Location: East Providence, RI

August 14 - 17 - 8:30-3:30 Creative Computing with Scratch (6-8)

    • Location: East Providence, RI

August 14, 15, 21 and 22 - 8:30-3:30 SUM Teacher/Interventionist Course

    • Location: TBD

August 23 - 8:30-3:30 Personal Finance Program Through RI Jump$tart Coalition

    • Location: Fidelity Investments, Smithfield, RI

July 2018

July 9, 11, and 14 - Creative Computing with Scratch Jr. (K-2)

    • Location: Providence, RI

July 9-20 - AP CS Principles (9-12)

    • Location: Rochester, NY

July 9-13 - Intro to Computing and Data Science (9-12)

    • Location: Kingston, RI

July 11 8:30-3:30 - CS Fundamentals K-5

    • Location: RISTE Training Center, Warwick, RI

July 15-20 - 6th Annual Summer Institute in Digital Literacy

    • Location: URI Providence Campus

July 15-20 - Bootstrap: Data Science 7-12

    • Location: Indianapolis, IN

July 22-27 - CS Discoveries (6-8)

    • Location: Phoenix, AZ

July 22-27 - AP CS Principles (9-12)

    • Location: Phoenix, AZ

July 23-25 - 9:00-3:00 RISTE Google Summer Institute 2018 (Week 1)

    • Location: RISTE Training Center, Warwick, RI

July 23-August 3 - AP CS Principles (9-12)

    • Location: Worcester, MA

July 30, August 1, and August 3 - 8:30-3:30 Creative Computing with Scratch (3-5)

    • Location: Middletown, RI

July 30, August 1, and August 3 - 8:30-3:30 Creative Computing with Scratch (6-8)

    • Location: Middletown, RI


June 2018

June 18-22 - PLTW Gateway (6-8)

    • Location: Rhode Island

June 25-27 - Bootstrap: Algebra 7-12

    • Location: Rhode Island

June 26 and 27 - PLTW Launch (K-5)

    • Location: Rhode Island