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Dec 15

9:00am

Privilege: Who Has It?

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Aug 23

3:30pm

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - Grade 6 ($75/Launch Date - 8/23, 10/24, 12/5, 1/23): On-going Registration. Each session focuses on a single unit!

To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering unit launch sessions. These sessions occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation. NOTE: Each session focuses on a single unit.

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Sep 12

3:30pm

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - Grade 1 ($75/Launch Date - 9/12, 10/12, 11/14, 1/9): On-going Registration! Each session focuses on a single unit.

To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering unit launch sessions. These sessions occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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Sep 14

3:30pm

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - K ($75/Launch Date - 9/14, 10/26, 1/8): On-going Registration! Each session focuses on a single unit.

To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering unit launch sessions. These sessions occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation. NOTE: Each session focuses on a single unit.

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Sep 18

3:30pm

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - Grade 3 ($75/Launch Date - 9/18, 11/1, 1/17/18, 3/15/18): On-going Registration! Each session focuses on a single unit.

To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering unit launch sessions. These sessions occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation. NOTE: Each session focuses on a single unit.

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Dec 18

4:30pm

CCRS Math 102(A) Standards for Mathematical Practice

Adult Education Teachers Only. Building on work done in CCRS Math 101, participants will experience problems worth puzzling through and analyze the habits of mind required to solve those problems. We will investigate four of the Practices through activities that illustrate the ways students are to engage with the subject matter of the content standards. The skills of complex problem solving, reasoning and proof, precise communication, and making connections will be practiced and discussed. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to implement CCRS in instruction. Participants must have completed Math 101 before attending Math 102(A).

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Dec 18

8:30am

Implementation of Math Workshop K-5

This 1/2 day workshop offers an overview on how to initiate, support, and sustain math workshop in the K-5 classroom. This workshop is an introduction to math workshop in the elementary classroom. Participants will learn how to support content and differentiation to meet the needs of diverse learners using the workshop model. We will address different structures, routines and rituals, and connect to state standards in the workshop model.

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Dec 18

12:30pm

Math Workshop: Next Steps for Grades K-5

This 1/2 day session workshop offers current teachers of Math Workshop in their elementary classroom (K-5) the opportunity to explore common areas of concerns during math instruction. We will explore math conferences, guided math groups, and raising the rigor of math workstations.

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Dec 19

4:30pm

CCRS Math 102(B) Standards for Mathematical Practice

Adult Education Teachers Only. Building on work of CCRS Math 102(A), participants will experience problems worth puzzling through and analyze the habits of mind required to solve those problems. We will investigate four of the Practices through activities that illustrate the ways students are to engage with the subject matter of the content standards. The skills of complex problem solving, modeling, precise communication and making connections will be practiced and discussed. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to implement CCRS in instruction. Participants will create a standards-based lesson plan or draft unit outline that integrates both the Key Instructional Shifts and the Standards for Mathematical Practice with priority content standards. Participants must have completed Math 101 and Math 102(A) before attending Math 102(B). If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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Dec 21

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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Jan 4

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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Jan 4

12:00pm

Cutting to the Core with Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Have you ever wondered why your students that use AAC are competent at requesting, but perhaps are not able to use their AAC systems to communicate other messages? Do you feel frustrated that despite large amounts of time spent programming or preparing your student’s AAC system, that they still are not competent communicators? This fast paced workshop can help you understand why and will give you strategies to implement once you go back to your classroom, home or any other setting. Together we will: define core AAC vocabulary, discuss research on why we use core AAC vocabulary, demonstrate and role play how to use core AAC vocabulary, explore AAC core resources and develop a plan to implement core AAC vocabulary with the individuals you serve.

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Jan 5

9:00am

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning provides the structure and process for students to develop skills in understanding and managing emotions, setting goals, showing empathy, maintaining positive relationships and making responsible decisions.

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Jan 5

1:00pm

Language Arts Council Meeting

CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers in the CREC region monthly opportunities to share best practices and engage in new thinking about literacy instruction. Kindergarten to grade 12 Language Arts educators including teachers, literacy coaches, literacy coordinators, directors and department heads are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings. Input from participants regarding topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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Jan 5

9:00am

TEAM Informational Meeting

CREC will be hosting an Informational Meeting regarding changes to TEAM. The RESC Alliance is committed to continuing to collaborate with local school districts to help design appropriate responses aligned with the statutory requirements for new teacher induction.

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Jan 8

9:00am

Job Coach Training

Improve your Job Coaching skills through this training. Training topics include: Role of a Job Coach; Employability skills checklist/task analysis; Assessments-school and vocational rehabilitation; Industry skills standards; Social interaction skills/job-related behaviors; Executive functional skills; Transition law; Student self-advocacy and independence; Safety standards and "Scaffolding" - vs. - "Fading Out". Participants are encouraged to bring an electronic device if possible.

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Jan 9

9:00am

CCRS Math 201: Resource Alignment Workshop

Prerequisite: Certificate of completion for CCRS Math 101 and 102Providing our students with high-quality resources and instruction aides their development of deep understanding and transferable knowledge. During our session, we will build our capacity to evaluate the degree of alignment of instructional materials to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in Mathematics. A resource currently in use in participants’ programs, as well the resource provided for a materials fee, will be used. After determining alignment of the resource, we will renovate a lesson from the resource to improve its quality. Please bring a resource currently in use in your program and a laptop with Wi-Fi capability. Materials fee: $55.00. SNOW DATE FEBRUARY 21, 2018. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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Jan 10

8:30am

Phonemic Awareness Interventions

Learn developmentally appropriate phonemic awareness interventions that build reading proficiency for students who are not meeting age appropriate benchmarks.

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Jan 10

9:00am

Early Childhood Council Meeting

Early Childhood educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre-K to grade 12 Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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Jan 11

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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Jan 11

8:00am

Curriculum Council Meeting - 1/11/18

Regular scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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Jan 12

1:00pm

Science Council Meeting

CREC region science teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about science education, and continue to proactively respond to the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards,Connecticut Core Standards, and CAPT Science. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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Jan 16

9:00am

SIM™ Teaching Self-Advocacy: Tier 2 and Tier 3 Interventions for Increasing Student Independence

These strategies help students prepare for and participate in education or transition planning conferences. Students learn to determine and list their perceived strengths, areas in which they need to improve or learn, education and transition goals, needed accommodations, and more. They then use steps of the strategy to share their lists during conferences, listen and respond to others, ask questions, and communicate their goals.

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Jan 17

8:30am

Yoga 4 Classrooms

Yoga 4 Classrooms is an evidence-based, low-cost, simple, effective and sustainable tool designed for classrooms, which facilitates students’ physical, mental, emotional and social personal growth. A classroom-appropriate mix of yoga-based motor breaks, brain boosting movements, breath exercises, visualizations, mindfulness activities, creative movement and community-building games will be shared. Teachers who implement Yoga 4 Classrooms(R) traditionally report that taking as little as 30 seconds to 5 minutes to practice these simple tools throughout the day helps their class community learn to self-regulate, leading to a more positive, peaceful, productive school day, not to mention happier, more resilient students. NO PRIOR YOGA EXPERIENCE OR YOGA MATS ARE REQUIRED! Please contact Emily Rosen at erosen@crec.org or 860-509-3610 for more information.

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Jan 17

9:00am

Welcoming Walkthrough Overview

This workshop will incorporate hands on activities and practice using the Welcoming Tool to access how inviting the school and/or after school programs are to families. Providing welcoming enviroments has been identified as a best practice to engage families and community partners, the workshop will focus on customer service, policy, and communication and implementation strategies.

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Jan 18

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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Jan 18

9:00am

Monthly ConnECT Meeting - 2017 - 2018

Regular scheduled meeting of Technology leaders from CREC districts held at our Central Office. Administrators and teachers welcome to attend as well.

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Jan 18

4:30pm

CREC January Arts Council

Learn about "Arts Grants and Marketing". Guest speakers will provide information on - grants research-where to find grant money for arts programs; the grants process-how to create an effective grant proposal; and marketing your arts performances and programs-how to fill seats and create a buzz. The Arts Council will meet at the "Hartford Stage" Educational Center at 50 Church Street in Hartford.

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Jan 19

1:00pm

Math Council Meeting

CREC’s Mathematics Council provides new thinking about mathematics instruction for K-12 math teachers, coaches, and district leaders in an open forum type setting. Monthly agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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Jan 19

8:30am

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade K

Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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Jan 23

1:00pm

CCRS ELA 101 Instructional Shifts, Text Complexity, & Vocabulary

Adult Education Teacher only. CCRS for Adult Ed. are a set of college and career readiness standards that reflect the content most relevant to preparing adult students for success in colleges, training programs, work and citizenship. Participants will investigate the standards and review the key Instructional Shifts identified in the areas of ELA. The importance of choosing texts of appropriate complexity and teaching academic vocabulary will be discussed. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to use standards when planning lessons in all content areas. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop. SNOW DAY January 30, 2018.

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Jan 23

8:30am

Moving English Language Learners (ELLs) from Oral Storytelling to Picture Book Writing- Grades K-5

The workshop will support educators who are working with or have a large ELL population at their school or in their district and are supporting students with writing. Teachers who attend this workshop may be new to writing workshop and are looking for ways to support ELL students within a writing worshop classroom. The session will give educators various ways to build oral fluency, listening comprehension, use Las Links’ writing subtest assessment scores, interactive writing methods and writing workshop approach and resources to engage student writers to oral rehearse and increase their written volume across pages in a booklet.

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Jan 23

1:00pm

Social Justice and Equity Practices in Schools to Improve Student Learning

Providing equitable and excellent education for all students is a challenge that all educators need to tackle; school administrators need to consider how their school or district applies a social justice lens. Districts must examine and revise school policies, curriculum, and practices from a social justice perspective.At this free informational session, we will discuss the professional development approach CREC has begun to incorporate. It is a data driven, specific, and intentional approach that is meant to strategically engage members of the school community in the schools transformation. CREC’s scope of professional development training offered to districts to support social justice and racial equity include: 1) Face-to-face and On-line Learning Module Platform; 2) Social Justice and Equity Audits; 3) Social Justice and Equity Curriculum Review, Revision, and Implementation; and 4) Executive Coaching for Leaders

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Jan 24

9:00am

Connecticut Competency System (CCS) Training

The Connecticut Competency System is a uniform, competency-based assessment and instructional system implemented by adult education programs and other state agencies that share a common client base. It provides a comprehensive, research based framework for a common core of competencies that youth and adults need to lead productive lives. CCS is based on the system developed by the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS). If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop. SNOW DAY JANUARY 31.

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Jan 24

8:30am

Assisting ELs in Foundational Reading Skills for Grades K-5

The workshop will support elementary general education educators who are working with or have a large ELL population at their school or district with assisting ELs with Foundational Reading Skills. Teachers who attend this workshop may be teachers looking for ways to support ELL students in reading in the regular education classroom. The session will give educators various ways to build sight word fluency, provide appropriate phonics instruction, build vocabulary strategies, strengthen reading comprehension, and provide resources to engage students in the reading process

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Jan 25

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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Jan 25

8:30am

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade 1

Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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Jan 26

8:30am

CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium - Grade 5

CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium provides a forum for teachers from all over the CREC region to share in the creativity of developing three-dimensional NGSS-aligned curricula anchored in phenomena. During the initial grade-level meeting, participants will be trained to develop story-lined curricula using the CREC NGSS Curriculum Development App. Each of the remaining consortium meeting dates will be facilitated curriculum development time. Each date will have a specific (DCI) focus. Each curricular document generated will be reviewed, assessed using the EQuIP rubric, and edited prior to posting for classroom/district use. Each participant’s school will be granted an access code to all of the grade specific curricular documents generated in the consortium. Up to 12 NGSS-aligned units will be developed for each of the grade-levels and shared. Science curricula will be integrated by the performance expectations set forth by the NGSS.

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Jan 26

8:30am

Master Coaching Institute

This 2-day institute is for experienced instructional coaches, at all grade levels and subject areas, who have either attended Instructional Coaching training, or have at least 4-5 years coaching experience. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of various coaching frameworks, theory, research, current perspectives and practices. The workshop explores the unique perspective of a “coaching mindset.” This institute will focus on building better relationships, having productive conversations, assessing student work, providing feedback, using videotape to improve instruction, becoming an agent for change, and identifying ways to promote teacher reflection to improve student learning.

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Jan 30

1:00pm

CCRS ELA 102 Instructional Shifts, Evidence, & Building Knowledge

Adult Education Teachers Only. Building on work done in ELA 101, participants will continue to investigate standards and review the key instructional shifts. We will focus on the importance of text dependent questions, citing evidence in speaking and writing, and how this helps to build students’ knowledge. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to implement CCRS in instruction in all classrooms. Participants must have completed ELA 101 before attending ELA 102. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop. SNOW DAY February 6, 2018

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Jan 30

8:30am

CREC Staff Only: Beyond Diversity

Beyond Diversity is a powerful, personally transforming, two-day seminar that helps leaders, employees, and organizations understand the impact of race on their lives, their work, and their overall growth and development. Interactive and stirring exercises strengthen participants’ critical consciousness of race and lead them to investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing achievement disparities.

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Jan 31

8:30am

Mindfulness Council - Mindfulness for Self-Exploration and Recovery

This FREE forum, open to anyone interested in integrating mindfulness and yoga into their work with youth, will provide an opportunity to share best practices, activities, expertise and valuable resources. Each session will feature a presentation on a specific topic relevant to integrating mindfulness and/or yoga, and will include time for personal practice support and self-care. Whether you work in a school, a behavioral health or medical setting, or are a parent looking to incorporate mindfulness at home, come join us as we create an open forum for learning and growth. Participant involvement and feedback is essential to the Council’s success.

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Jan 31

9:00am

CREC Minority Teacher Consortium - 1/31/2018

CREC's Minority Teacher Consortium is a learning collective which will meet throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Discussions planned include, but not limited to: Affinity Groups, High School Recruitment, and the Recruitment Fair. Other topics will be determined based on participant interests.

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Jan 31

8:30am

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade 2

Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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Feb 1

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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Feb 1

8:30am

Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills

Participants will learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities. Participants will have the opportunity to apply new skills in practice simulations and receive implementation coaching by experts. Participants will receive the books "Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers" by Louisa Moats Ph.D. and "Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills" by Beverly J. Wolf M.Ed. and Judith Birsh Ed.D. The series's curriculum is aligned with the International Dyslexia Association's Level 1 Dyslexia Specialist Standards.

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Feb 1

8:30am

CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium - Grade 11

CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium provides a forum for teachers from all over the CREC region to share in the creativity of developing three-dimensional NGSS-aligned curricula anchored in phenomena. During the initial grade-level meeting, participants will be trained to develop story-lined curricula using the CREC NGSS Curriculum Development App. Each of the remaining consortium meeting dates will be facilitated curriculum development time. Each date will have a specific (DCI) focus. Each curricular document generated will be reviewed, assessed using the EQuIP rubric, and edited prior to posting for classroom/district use. Each participant’s school will be granted an access code to all of the grade specific curricular documents generated in the consortium. Up to 12 NGSS-aligned units will be developed for each of the grade-levels and shared. Science curricula will be integrated by the performance expectations set forth by the NGSS.

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Feb 1

8:30am

Illustrative Math 6-8

This 3-day workshop will provide teachers and instructional leaders with professional development designed around the Illustrative Math 6-8 currricula and materials. The IM Instructional Academy is aimed toward teachers, instructional math coaches, or math team leaders in districts adopting, or considering, the Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math curriculum.

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Feb 2

8:30am

CREC Magnet Schools February 2, 2018 District-wide PD Day

Friday, February 2, 2018, is a district-wide professional development day for CREC Magnet Schools. Sessions will be held from 8:30 am—3:30 pm at a variety of locations throughout the district. Workshops have been created in accordance with the district’s focus on increasing excellence and achievement in all CREC Schools. Session topics have been developed to address the needs and interests of specific content areas and/or grade levels.

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Feb 5

9:00am

CCRS Math 101(A) Introduction and Key Instructional Shifts

Adult Education Teachers Only. The College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education are a set of academic standards that, when met by students, prepare adult learners for success in college, technical training program, and work. In this session, participants will become familiar with the standards and how to navigate them. We will investigate the Key Instructional Shifts mathematics instruction must make in order for students to succeed. The importance of taking the time to delve deeply into the concepts at the heart of mathematics will be illustrated. By making connections between mathematical concepts, activities will encourage ways to see mathematics as more than discrete sets of rules to be memorized. Sessions must have 10 participants registered within 5 busines days of the scheduled session date. Otherwise, the session will be cancelled. SNOW DATE February 9, 2018. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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Feb 5

8:30am

The Blueprint: LRE/Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Learning Disabilities

Participants will learn about various curriculum frameworks that can be readily used when developing challenging and appropriate instruction for students with significant disabilities.

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Feb 5

8:30am

CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium - Grade 8

CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium provides a forum for teachers from all over the CREC region to share in the creativity of developing three-dimensional NGSS-aligned curricula anchored in phenomena. During the initial grade-level meeting, participants will be trained to develop story-lined curricula using the CREC NGSS Curriculum Development App. Each of the remaining consortium meeting dates will be facilitated curriculum development time. Each date will have a specific (DCI) focus. Each curricular document generated will be reviewed, assessed using the EQuIP rubric, and edited prior to posting for classroom/district use. Each participant’s school will be granted an access code to all of the grade specific curricular documents generated in the consortium. Up to 12 NGSS-aligned units will be developed for each of the grade-levels and shared. Science curricula will be integrated by the performance expectations set forth by the NGSS.

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Feb 5

8:30am

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade 3

Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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Feb 6

8:30am

Title III Consortium

Effective Classroom / ESL Strategies For Teaching English Learners: Ways to get English Learners actively involved in your lessons.

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Feb 7

1:00pm

Library Media Specialists Council Meeting

CREC’s Library Media Specialists Council provides a unique opportunity for K-12 Library Media Specialists in the CREC region to come together to share best practices and engage in new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Quarterly meetings will encourage input from participants regarding topics and speaker selections in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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Feb 8

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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Feb 9

9:00am

CCRS Math 101(B) Key Instructional Shifts

Adult Education Teachers only. The importance of taking the time to delve deeply into the concepts at the heart of mathematics will be illustrated. By making connections between mathematical concepts, activities will encourage ways to see mathematics as more than discrete sets of rules to be memorized. The content standards calling for a balance of conceptual understanding, fluency with procedures, and application to real-world and mathematical contexts will be explored. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to use standards when planning math instruction. SNOW DAT February 12, 2018.

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Feb 9

1:00pm

Science Council Meeting

CREC region science teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about science education, and continue to proactively respond to the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards,Connecticut Core Standards, and CAPT Science. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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Feb 12

9:00am

CCRS Math 102(A) Standards for Mathematical Practice

Adult Education Teachers Only. Building on work done in CCRS Math 101, participants will experience problems worth puzzling through and analyze the habits of mind required to solve those problems. We will investigate four of the Practices through activities that illustrate the ways students are to engage with the subject matter of the content standards. The skills of complex problem solving, reasoning and proof, precise communication, and making connections will be practiced and discussed. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to implement CCRS in instruction. Participants must have completed Math 101 before attending Math 102(A). SNOW DATE February 14, 2018. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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Feb 13

8:30am

CWE Workshop

Igniting Student Engagement with Work-Based Learning Experiences

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Feb 13

4:00pm

AARC Open House Informational Session

Advanced Alternate Route to Certification Program for Special Education is an advanced program for certified teachers to earn a cross endorsement in Comprehensive Special Education (165). To qualify you must be a certified teacher in an approved area (e.g. elementary education, mathematics); have three years teaching experience (substitute experience will be considered); and have a desire to work with students with disabilities. Applications accepted November 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018.

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Feb 13

8:30am

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade 6

Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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Feb 14

9:00am

CCRS Math 102(B) Standards for Mathematical Practice

Adult Education Teachers Only. Building on work of CCRS Math 102(A), participants will experience problems worth puzzling through and analyze the habits of mind required to solve those problems. We will investigate four of the Practices through activities that illustrate the ways students are to engage with the subject matter of the content standards. The skills of complex problem solving, modeling, precise communication and making connections will be practiced and discussed. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to implement CCRS in instruction. Participants will create a standards-based lesson plan or draft unit outline that integrates both the Key Instructional Shifts and the Standards for Mathematical Practice with priority content standards. Participants must have completed Math 101 and Math 102(A) before attending Math 102(B). SNOW DATE FEBRUARY 23, 2018. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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Feb 15

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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Feb 21

10:00am

21st CCLC After School Middle and High School Programs Meeting

After school programs for Middle and High schools have unique strengths and challenges. We invite you to explore ways to maximize on these strengths and draw from the knowledge of professionals in the field to address the challenges. These optional meetings are offered for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC) and state funded After School Program professionals working with middle and high school students.

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Feb 22

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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Feb 23

1:00pm

Math Council Meeting

CREC’s Mathematics Council provides new thinking about mathematics instruction for K-12 math teachers, coaches, and district leaders in an open forum type setting. Monthly agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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Feb 26

8:30am

Trauma-Informed Schools - Early Childhood Education

The workshop will provide an overview of the components of a trauma-informed school, beginning with the fundamentals of what trauma is, and how it impacts student learning and behavior.

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Feb 27

3:30pm

CCRS ELA 101 Instructional Shifts, Text Complexity, & Vocabulary

Adult Education Teacher only. CCRS for Adult Ed. are a set of college and career readiness standards that reflect the content most relevant to preparing adult students for success in colleges, training programs, work and citizenship. Participants will investigate the standards and review the key Instructional Shifts identified in the areas of ELA. The importance of choosing texts of appropriate complexity and teaching academic vocabulary will be discussed. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to use standards when planning lessons in all content areas. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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Feb 27

8:30am

Meaningful Instruction: Using Bloom's Taxonomy for English Learners in the General Education Classroom

The workshop will support educators who are working with or have a large ELL population at their school or district with assisting ELs with meaningful instruction that utilizes higher-order thinking skills. Teachers who attend this workshop may be looking for ways to support ELL students in participating more in the regular education classroom. The session will give educators various ways to build academic discourse and provide engaging activities that motivate students in the learning process.

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Feb 28

9:00am

Social Emotional Learning through Yoga and Mindfulness

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) identifies self-awareness and self-management as two important competencies on the Social and Emotional Learning “wheel”. But how can we teach these important skills? Mindfulness - awareness of the present moment with acceptance -and yoga – mindful movement - can help students become aware of and understand their emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This can have a positive impact on behavior, stress levels, relationships and the ability to focus and concentrate.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Discuss how integrating yoga and mindfulness aligns with CASEL’s Social and Emotional Learning competencies
  • Review case studies and research supporting this work
  • Learn basic yoga and mindfulness techniques appropriate for a school/classroom environment
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    Feb 28

    9:00am

    Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) for 21st CCLC Programs

    The Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) was developed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) with 21st Century Community Learning Centers in mind! The APT provides a way for after schools staff to access the quality of their services and use data to make program improvements. Quality after schools programs produce positive outcomes in youth!

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    Feb 28

    9:00am

    CREC Minority Teacher Consortium - 2/28/2018

    CREC's Minority Teacher Consortium is a learning collective which will meet throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Discussions planned include, but not limited to: Affinity Groups, High School Recruitment, and the Recruitment Fair. Other topics will be determined based on participant interests.

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    Feb 28

    8:30am

    If You’re Reading This It’s Not Too Late: Management, Routines, and Resources that Build Independence in Reading Workshop

    The workshop will support educators who are new to Reading Workshop and those that would like additional ideas to enhance their practice, with resources and tools to improve student independence during independent reading time. The session will give educators various ways to manage their Reading Workshop for grades 3-6 who may be using Teachers College Reading and Writing Project kits in their districts or classrooms. Participants will experience ways to improve their Reading Workshop by reviewing resources and engaging in dialogue with colleagues who have reading workshops up and running in their classrooms. The workshop will cover topics such as building a classroom library, getting students to read, room set-up, building reading partnerships and clubs, writing about reading routines, and looking at if-then scenarios common in a Reading Workshop.

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    Mar 1

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Mar 1

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade 9

    Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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    Mar 2

    1:00pm

    Language Arts Council Meeting

    CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers in the CREC region monthly opportunities to share best practices and engage in new thinking about literacy instruction. Kindergarten to grade 12 Language Arts educators including teachers, literacy coaches, literacy coordinators, directors and department heads are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings. Input from participants regarding topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    Mar 5

    8:30am

    Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Restorative Practices

    This workshop will describe the rationale for Restorative Practices in schools, identify and demonstrate a continuum of restorative practices and discuss a restorative approach as an alternative to traditional discipline practices.

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    Mar 5

    8:30am

    Implementing a Math Workshop Model in a Secondary Math Classroom

    Participants will learn how math centers/stations/rotations/workshops in the 5-8 math classroom can support the Connecticut Core content and process standards, while meeting the needs of all learners. We will address different structures, routines, and rituals used to initiate and sustain this type of differentiated instruction.

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    Mar 7

    3:30pm

    CCRS ELA 102 Instructional Shifts, Evidence, & Building Knowledge

    Adult Education Teachers Only. Building on work done in ELA 101, participants will continue to investigate standards and review the key instructional shifts. We will focus on the importance of text dependent questions, citing evidence in speaking and writing, and how this helps to build students’ knowledge. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to implement CCRS in instruction in all classrooms. Participants must have completed ELA 101 before attending ELA 102. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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    Mar 7

    9:00am

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

    Early Childhood educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre-K to grade 12 Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Mar 7

    8:30am

    Unpacking the Coaching and Self Reflection Tool for Competency in Teaching English Learners

    To best serve the increasing number of English Learners in our classrooms, educators need strategies and tools to help them reflect on their practice. In this workshop, participants will learn to use the resource, "The Coaching and Self-Reflection Tool for Competency in Teaching English Learners" in professional coaching conversations, in self-reflection on BEST Practices for English Learners, and for reflection and discussion for ANY teacher of English Learners.

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    Mar 8

    1:30pm

    CCS Program Facilitator Meeting

    This meeting of Program Facilitators provides continued support in the implementation of the CCS system and overall program improvement. This includes gathering information and assessing needs of local districts regarding professional development and implementation of state and federal initiatives. The session is free to Adult Education (AE) programs who receive funds from the Bureau of Adult Education. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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    Mar 8

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Mar 8

    9:00am

    Monthly ConnECT Meeting - 2017 - 2018

    Regular scheduled meeting of Technology leaders from CREC districts held at our Central Office. Administrators and teachers welcome to attend as well.

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    Mar 8

    8:30am

    TEAM Mentor Initial Support Training (March)

    This three-day training for prospective mentors and cooperating teachers is available for individuals selected by the district to serve. The training engages participants in the TEAM module process and how to guide beginning teachers through successful completion of the five mentoring modules. In addition, participants are prepared to host a student teacher while developing effective coaching strategies.

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    Mar 9

    9:30am

    CCS Program Facilitator Meeting

    This meeting of Program Facilitators provides continued support in the implementation of the CCS system and overall program improvement. This includes gathering information and assessing needs of local districts regarding professional development and implementation of state and federal initiatives. The session is free to Adult Education (AE) programs who receive funds from the Bureau of Adult Education. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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    Mar 12

    1:00pm

    CCRS Math 202: Lesson Development Workshop

    Prerequisite: Certificate of completion for CCRS Math 100sProviding our students with high-quality resources and instruction aides their development of deep understanding and transferable knowledge. During this session, we will build our capacity to identify materials and create lessons aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in Mathematics. After determining our lesson purpose, we will work in teams to create lessons aligned to the CCRS. Please bring your copy of the standards, the over-sized overview document from the 100 level sessions, a laptop with Wi-Fi capability, and any “lesson sparks” you would like to reference (activity and lesson idea; an interesting image, graph or news piece; etc.). SNOW DAY March 14, 2018. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop

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    Mar 12

    8:30am

    Wilson Reading Training

    This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.

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    Mar 13

    9:00am

    PBIS New School Information Session

    PBIS provides an organizational approach or framework for improving the social behavior climate of the schools and supporting the impact of academic instruction on achievement and increasing proactive management.

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    Mar 14

    8:00am

    Supporting Executive Functioning Development in Early Childhood Education

    This workshop will review what we know about executive functioning skills and the impact this set of skills has on learning. Assessment tools will be presented to help teachers quickly identify specific areas of weaknesses that are impacting students in their classroom. Finally, classroom-wide strategies and individualized interventions will be discussed for supporting weaknesses in executive functioning skills and promoting the development of these abilities.

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    Mar 15

    1:00pm

    CCS Program Facilitator Meeting

    This meeting of Program Facilitators provides continued support in the implementation of the CCS system and overall program improvement. This includes gathering information and assessing needs of local districts regarding professional development and implementation of state and federal initiatives. The session is free to Adult Education (AE) programs who receive funds from the Bureau of Adult Education. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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    Mar 15

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Mar 15

    1:00pm

    Social Studies Council Meeting

    CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about social studies instruction, and proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks, Connecticut Core Standards, the SAT and Smarter Balanced Assessments. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    Mar 16

    8:30am

    CREC Coaches Council

    Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Monthly topics will be determined based on participant interests.

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    Mar 16

    8:30am

    Giving More Life to Your Reading and Writing Conferences

    The workshop will support educators who have a Reading and Writing Workshop up and running in their classrooms who want support, or wish to enhance their practice with conferring. The workshop will provide participants with resources and tools to improve their reading and writing conferences and build independence amongst their student readers and writers. The session will give educators various ways to confer and discuss what other students are doing when the teacher is leading conferences. The workshop will cover topics such as: conferring structures, types of conferences, planning for conferring, and assessing student readers and writers. Participants will role-play conference scenarios with colleagues and make conferring decisions by looking at student work.

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    Mar 16

    1:00pm

    Science Council Meeting

    CREC region science teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about science education, and continue to proactively respond to the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards,Connecticut Core Standards, and CAPT Science. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    Mar 19

    8:30am

    Executive Function Skills

    Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. The brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses. These skills are crucial for learning and development. This workshop will describe each executive function and its connection to learning.

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    Mar 22

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Mar 23

    1:00pm

    Math Council Meeting

    CREC’s Mathematics Council provides new thinking about mathematics instruction for K-12 math teachers, coaches, and district leaders in an open forum type setting. Monthly agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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    Mar 23

    8:30am

    When ELs Struggle: Basic Strategies for the General Education Teacher 2018

    This workshop will support general education educators who are working with or have a large ELL population at their school or district with assisting ELs with Basic Strategies through the lens of Second Language Acquisition. Teachers who attend this workshop may be teachers looking for ways to support ELL students in all content areas of the regular education classroom. The session will give educators various ways to build their “bag of tricks” while learning about how ELs learn and develop language.

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    Mar 27

    8:30am

    Chronic Absenteeism

    This workshop provides participants with learning opportunities in proactive strategies, early identification, and intervention to prevent drop out and promote school completion. A variety of student engagement and re-engagement strategies for attendance and adjustment issues will be examined. Techniques for meeting at-risk students’ post-secondary needs through transition planning and programming will also be covered.

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    Mar 27

    8:30am

    Building Math Rigor -Focus on Problem Solving and Reasoning

    Two critical areas our students need to develop are their ability to solve multi-step math word problems and their ability to reason about mathematics. This workshop will present several strategies, easily replicated by a classroom instructor. Participants will engage in several activities that will move their students towards improved problem solving and reasoning. See these activities today – do them tomorrow with your students!

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    Mar 28

    8:30am

    Mindfulness Council

    This FREE forum, open to anyone interested in integrating mindfulness and yoga into their work with youth, will provide an opportunity to share best practices, activities, expertise and valuable resources. Each session will feature a presentation on a specific topic relevant to integrating mindfulness and/or yoga, and will include time for personal practice support and self-care. Whether you work in a school, a behavioral health or medical setting, or are a parent looking to incorporate mindfulness at home, come join us as we create an open forum for learning and growth. Participant involvement and feedback is essential to the Council’s success.

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    Mar 29

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Mar 29

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 3/29/17

    Regular scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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    Apr 3

    3:45pm

    TEAM Facilitated Module 5 Conversation

    This is a 90 minute facilitated scenario-based discussion designed to raise awareness of ethical and professional dilemmas in education. Participants will be able to: Discuss professional obligations and the potential consequences of misconduct; Communicate the guiding principles and standards of the teaching profession; Determine a favorable course of action when involved in competing priorities and responsibilities; and Use professional judgments and behavior that follow the spirit and the letter of the law, consistent with the district’s goals, values and principles, and the Code of Professional Responsibility for Educators.

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    Apr 3

    8:30am

    Title III Consortium

    Effective Classroom / ESL Strategies For Teaching English Learners: Ways to get English Learners actively involved in your lessons.

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    Apr 4

    8:30am

    Leadership Workshop Series: New Administrators: Everything You Need to Know that Was Not Covered in Your Admin Prep Program ~~ Practical Ideas

    Participants will: 1. Hear from an experienced principal and central office administrator about the experiences they had as a new administrator and lessons learned 2. Gain knowledge of ways to work with parents, central office, staff and the public that promotes collaboration and support for student success. 3. Learn strategies to meet the needs of all students in their building 4. Discuss ways that a building administrator can use resources efficiently to meet requirements of teacher evaluation, SRBI, IDEA, 504, etc. 5. Learn how to manage their time

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    Apr 4

    1:00pm

    Library Media Specialists Council Meeting

    CREC’s Library Media Specialists Council provides a unique opportunity for K-12 Library Media Specialists in the CREC region to come together to share best practices and engage in new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Quarterly meetings will encourage input from participants regarding topics and speaker selections in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    Apr 5

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Apr 5

    8:30am

    TEAM Initial Reviewer Training

    This one day training is required for anyone serving on a district or regional review committee. Districts must select potential reviewers to attend the training to learn the criteria for a successful reflection paper. Participants are given multiple opportunities to read and review a range of papers to assist them in making informed decisions.

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    Apr 6

    8:30am

    Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems: Assessment and Highly Effective Intervention

    The presentation will focus on how children learn to read words and why some children struggle. Understanding the nature of word-level reading development and word-level reading problems will guide both assessment and intervention. Studies consistently show that the most commonly used intervention approaches provide limited benefits for weak readers. However, other studies have shown that some approaches can yield very large reading gains for such students, and these will be the focus of the presentation.

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    Apr 12

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Apr 18

    4:30pm

    CREC April Arts Council

    This event will provide an opportunity for arts professionals, educators, administrators, and local arts venues to network and socialize. Various activities are planned. Come and enjoy meeting like-minded colleagues. Great partnerships and ideas are sure to follow. The Arts Council will meet at the Hog River Brewery, 1429 Park St, Hartford, CT.

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    Apr 18

    9:00am

    Welcoming Walkthrough Overview

    This workshop will incorporate hands on activities and practice using the Welcoming Tool to access how inviting the school and/or after school programs are to families. Providing welcoming enviroments has been identified as a best practice to engage families and community partners, the workshop will focus on customer service, policy, and communication and implementation strategies.

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    Apr 19

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Apr 20

    1:00pm

    Science Council Meeting

    CREC region science teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about science education, and continue to proactively respond to the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards,Connecticut Core Standards, and CAPT Science. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    Apr 24

    8:30am

    Alternate Math Calculation Strategies for Special Education Teachers Grades 3-8

    Alternative math strategies for struggling learners.

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    Apr 25

    9:00am

    CREC Minority Teacher Consortium - 4/25/18

    CREC's Minority Teacher Consortium is a learning collective which will meet throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Discussions planned include, but not limited to: Affinity Groups, High School Recruitment, and the Recruitment Fair. Other topics will be determined based on participant interests.

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    Apr 26

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Apr 26

    8:30am

    RESC Alliance Foundational Skills for Evaluators of Teachers

    The RESC Alliance Foundational Skills for Evaluators of Teachers training is designed to concentrate on the evaluator’s capacity to observe and analyze teacher performance and practice inherent in the CT Common Core of Teaching (CCT) and to provide supportive, high quality feedback to teachers. The primary focus of this training is on written feedback that focuses on areas of strengths and areas of growth explicitly connected to the rubric and observable classroom practices/evidence. The training is designed to link written feedback to verbal feedback and coaching strategies. This supports not only the evaluator’s ability to organize written feedback but consider how this feedback creates a platform for formal conferences that are instructionally focused, dialogic, and student-centered.Training includes both formative reviews of practice along with a final demonstration of proficiency. Participants take part in one formal and one informal video-based observation during the three-day training. Participants will receive feedback about their own practice that will help to codify key skills and prepare them to connect teacher practice to student learning.

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    May 1

    8:30am

    Changing How Struggling Students Perceive Math

    Research has proven that the best instruction for a student is explicit, systematic, and cumulative. Good instruction also uses tools that show clear representations that build understanding. Come join us for an intensive K-5 math intervention for teachers to help you further develop your skills and change the way you perceive math! This workshop will model proficient problem solving, simplify mathematical concepts and present processes concretely. The workshop will move through Number Sense (including issues related to subitizing), Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Regrouping, Multiplication, Division and Fractions. All material covered will be shown in a concrete, hands-on manner. Each participant will leave the session with materials and tools to clearly illustrate the examples, models, and strategies taught in the workshop. Participants will have new skills, language patterns, and presentation methods to reach their students to move beyond counting and into higher level concepts. (Includes materials from Teach 4 Mastery: MasterPieces; MasterFractions; Blue Level Instruction Manual with 1 Year access to the Online Videos for the lessons in the Instruction Manual; Downloadable Fraction Recognition Cards and Game

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    May 1

    8:30am

    Supporting ELs in the Math Classroom

    The workshop will support general education educators who are working with or have a large ELL population at their school or district with assisting ELs with math skills. Teachers who attend this workshop may be teachers looking for ways to support ELL students in math in the regular education classroom. The session will give educators various ways to build math fluency, provide appropriate strategies for the different language proficiency levels, how to build math vocabulary, strengthen and elicit math terms and ideas, offer ideas and examples on how to provide support, and provide resources to engage students in the math classroom.

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    May 3

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    May 4

    8:30am

    CREC Coaches Council

    Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Monthly topics will be determined based on participant interests.

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    May 4

    1:00pm

    Language Arts Council Meeting

    CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers in the CREC region monthly opportunities to share best practices and engage in new thinking about literacy instruction. Kindergarten to grade 12 Language Arts educators including teachers, literacy coaches, literacy coordinators, directors and department heads are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings. Input from participants regarding topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    May 8

    8:30am

    Facilitating Futures Planning

    Futures planning is a collaborative approach that helps staff, parents, and students to develop a long range plan that will guide the IEP.

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    May 8

    9:00am

    Structured Word Inquiry: A Morphological Vocabulary Intervention for Grades 4-12

    Structured Word Inquiry is a type of vocabulary instruction that explicitly targets any features and conventions that govern “word structure". This strategy teaches students to investigate the meaning of the word, it's phonology, etymology and morphology. This strategy fits well with structured literacy instruction.

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    May 8

    8:30am

    Language and Literacy for Young Children with Autism

    Children with autism are increasingly being included in the general education setting; however, they are so often excluded from meaningful language experiences and early literacy instruction. This workshop provides a framework for increasing qualitative, natural language, and literacy learning experiences in the general education setting for children who have autism. Children with autism need natural contexts for learning and using language and literacy. Participants will examine processes for planning instruction, creating materials and engineering the early childhood classroom to be used as an effective teaching tool. Participants will learn tips for implementing and embedding evidence based strategies to providing qualitative early learning experiences for ALL children in the general education classroom.

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    May 9

    9:00am

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

    Early Childhood educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre-K to grade 12 Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    May 10

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    May 10

    7:30am

    The Zones of Regulation

    The Zones of Regulation presentation provides teachers, therapists, and parents with hands-on knowledge on the nature of self-regulation and strategies for improving self-regulation and emotional control in individuals of all ages. The presentation addresses topics such as: the brain's involvement, typical development, sensory processing, emotional regulation, and executive functioning. Audience participants will learn an explicit, stair-stepped method and tools to guide students in utilizing The Zones framework across situations and environments to regulate sensory needs, impulses, and emotional states to social demands.

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    May 10

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 5/10/18

    Regular scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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    May 10

    8:30am

    Implementing a Math Workshop Model in a Secondary Math Classroom

    Participants will learn how math centers/stations/rotations/workshops in the 5-8 math classroom can support the Connecticut Core content and process standards, while meeting the needs of all learners. We will address different structures, routines, and rituals used to initiate and sustain this type of differentiated instruction.

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    May 11

    1:00pm

    Math Council Meeting

    CREC’s Mathematics Council provides new thinking about mathematics instruction for K-12 math teachers, coaches, and district leaders in an open forum type setting. Monthly agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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    May 14

    8:30am

    The COMPASS: Basic Modules Train the Trainer (two-day workshop)

    Participants who support and supervise paraeducators in service delivery will be provided with an evidence-based curriculum designed to ensure that paraeducators gain the knowledge and skills to fulfill various instructional support roles. The COMPASS Basic Modules curriculum focuses on the roles and responsibilities paraeducators have in supporting student-centered instructional environments. Each module is based on the following characteristics: 1. Aligned with standards from the National Resource Center for Paraeducators and CT Guidelines 2. Responds to federal legislation by providing support and training to ensure that paraeducator services support effective instruction for all students and 3. Incorporates job embedded components to foster both knowledge and skill development in classroom settings. The curriculum of The COMPASS is research based in both design and instructional outcomes.

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    May 17

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    May 17

    9:00am

    Monthly ConnECT Meeting - 2017 - 2018

    Regular scheduled meeting of Technology leaders from CREC districts held at our Central Office. Administrators and teachers welcome to attend as well.

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    May 17

    1:00pm

    Social Studies Council Meeting

    CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about social studies instruction, and proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks, Connecticut Core Standards, the SAT and Smarter Balanced Assessments. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    May 18

    1:00pm

    Science Council Meeting

    CREC region science teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about science education, and continue to proactively respond to the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards,Connecticut Core Standards, and CAPT Science. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    May 23

    9:00am

    Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Social and Emotional Learning

    Social and emotional learning provides the structure and process for students to develop skills in understanding and managing emotions, setting goals, showing empathy, maintaining positive relationships and making responsible decisions.

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    May 24

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    May 31

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    May 31

    9:00am

    Balanced Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

    This 1/2 day workshop offers an overview and introduction on the different components of balanced literacy in the K-5 classroom. Participants will learn how to support content and differentiation to meet the needs of diverse learners using the balanced literacy approach. We will address the suggested components, different structures, routines and rituals, collecting data and connect to state standards.

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    Jun 1

    8:30am

    Instructional Coaching Institute

    The Instructional Coaching Institute is for current and aspiring instructional coaches at all grade levels, who are interesed in attending formal training. This 2-day workshop will provide participants with an understanding of various coaching frameworks, theory, research, and current perspectives and practices. Among the topics that will be covered over the course of the two days are working with adult learners, building networks for change, providing feedback, student-centered coaching, assessing student work, promoting teacher reflection, having better conversations, and using videotape for professional growth.

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    Jun 5

    8:30am

    Title III Consortium

    Effective Classroom / ESL Strategies For Teaching English Learners: Ways to get English Learners actively involved in your lessons.

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    Jun 6

    9:00am

    CREC Minority Teacher Consortium - 6/6/2018

    CREC's Minority Teacher Consortium is a learning collective which will meet throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Discussions planned include, but not limited to: Affinity Groups, High School Recruitment, and the Recruitment Fair. Other topics will be determined based on participant interests.

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    Jun 7

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Jun 12

    8:30am

    Implementation of Math Workshop K-5

    This 1/2 day workshop offers an overview on how to initiate, support, and sustain math workshop in the K-5 classroom. This workshop is an introduction to math workshop in the elementary classroom. Participants will learn how to support content and differentiation to meet the needs of diverse learners using the workshop model. We will address different structures, routines and rituals, and connect to state standards in the workshop model.

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    Jun 12

    12:30am

    Math Workshop: Next Steps for Grades K-5

    This 1/2 day session workshop offers current teachers of Math Workshop in their elementary classroom (K-5) the opportunity to explore common areas of concerns during math instruction. We will explore math conferences, guided math groups, and raising the rigor of math workstations.

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    Jun 14

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Jun 21

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Jun 28

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Aug 6

    8:30am

    Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Assistants Training Course

    The Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) is pleased to offer the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary and Elementary Assistants Training Course directed by AMI Primary Trainer, Gretchen Hall and AMI Elementary Director, Gerry Leonard. The course consists of class lectures, discussions and activities. Participants must also log 9 additional hours of observation in Montessori Primary and Elementary classrooms following the summer course to receive their certificate. Readings and written papers will be assigned throughout the training. Participants successfully completing the course will be awarded either the AMI Primary or AMI Elementary Assistants Course Certificate depending on the break-out track the participant chooses.

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