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Oct 11

8:00am

CREC Magnet Schools Secondary Science Instructional Leadership Cohort Learning Sessions

Science leaders from CREC Magnet Schools will meet quarterly to share practice, discuss instructional strategies, and work on problems of practice around science instruction in our schools.

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Oct 17

1:00pm

2018-19 Teacher's Choice

Teacher’s Choice is an opportunity for second year and beyond CREC teachers to identify and pursue learning experiences specifically tailored to the needs of your school and classroom. The Teacher’s Choice process reinforces CREC’s Core Values by providing time to engage in self-directed, collaborative learning in order to develop creative solutions to educational challenges to meet the needs of our students. Our hope is that as you work in partnership with your colleagues, you will see an immediate impact on your practice and your students’ learning. (Note: First year teachers and teachers new to CREC will be part of a New Teacher Cohort PLC on Teacher's Choice days. MSAP schools will work in designated teams for Teacher's Choice.)

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May 23

9:00am

Connecting the SAT to Classroom Math Practice

This full day workshop will provide teachers and instructional leaders with professional development on the redesigned features of the SAT and how to connect the SAT to classroom practice.

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May 24

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. Agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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May 31

9:00am

Orchestrating Mathematical Discourse to Enhance Student Learning

The importance of engaging students in meaningful mathematical discussion has long been identified as an essential component of students’ mathematics learning. When students share and exchange their ideas, both they and their teachers benefit. This workshop will engage participants in strategies for fostering math talk and engaging students in productive struggle. Participants of this workshop will take part in activities that will help to establish classroom environments that support mathematical discourse. Participants will explore seven effective strategies for orchestrating discourse and examine real student work samples to explore the practice of selecting and sequencing when facilating whole class discussion.

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May 31

8:30am

What Principals Need to Know About Preschool: The Principal’s Role in High Quality Early Childhood Learning Environments

This session for principals who have preschool classrooms in their buildings who want to further their understanding of:•the unique developmental stage of early childhood, birth to age eight with a focus on preschool,•the indispensable components and practices of High-Quality Early Childhood learning environments – what teaching and learning should look like in the preschool classroom,•successfully meeting the needs of all young children, including English learners (ELs) and children who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in the least restrictive environment,•B-3 to PreK and PreK to K transitions•the principal’s critical role in establishing and supporting all of the above,•the specific tools available from CT State Department of Education (CSDE) and CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) that will guide all the work listed above resulting in improved outcomes for all young children. A light breakfast will be provided.

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Jun 3

9:00am

UELP Briefing

Educators who oversee students in the UELP program must attend one safety session in order to run the program.

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Jun 4

4:00pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Test Preparation Class

CREC is now offering 2-hour test preparation classes for individuals who need to take the ETS ParaPro Assessment. As an official testing site, we are committed to providing services that will help you prepare for, and ultimately pass the test.

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Jun 4

8:30am

LifeCourse Planning Tools

Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, is a tool to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages develop a vision of a good life. Participants in this hands-on learning session will understand the importance of person-centered/futures planning, become familiar with LifeCourse tools, and how to use them to support the development of the IEP and Transition Planning.

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Jun 5

12:00pm

Exploring Open Educational Resources for Mathematics

Curious about Open Educational Resources (OER) in 6-12 mathematics curriculum? Don’t have the time or money for a two day training? This 3 hour workshop will introduce participants to this new frontier of curriculum resourcing. We will engage in an exploration of Illustrative Mathematics and Open Up Resources: accessibility, unit and lesson structure and sample learning activities. Bring your questions and concerns about this new trend in math curriculum.

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Jun 6

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 10

1:00pm

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

12:00pm

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 these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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Jun 13

12:00pm

UELP Briefing

Educators who oversee students in the UELP program must attend one safety session in order to run the program.

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Jun 18

8:30am

ASTE PD Day 2019

This one-day PD will focus on completing and improving National FFA American Degree and Proficiency Award applications. Learn from FFA staff on how to effectively complete American Degree and Proficiency Award applications. American Degree applications will be covered from 8:30-11:30 a.m.,and Proficiency Awards will be covered from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

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Jun 20

4:00pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Test Preparation Class

CREC is now offering 2-hour test preparation classes for individuals who need to take the ETS ParaPro Assessment. As an official testing site, we are committed to providing services that will help you prepare for, and ultimately pass the test.

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Jun 20

9:00am

The Connecticut RESC Alliance Symposium on Diversifying the Workforce in Education

This professional learning, networking and recruiting event is for all current and prospective educators and education leaders, as well as school and district leaders who are interested in increasing the diversity of the educator workforce. Whether you are thinking about becoming a teacher, looking to expand your professional opportunities, or seeking to diversify your pool of educators, this event is not to be missed.

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Jun 25

9:00am

Digital Citizenship: What's Your Exposure?

A proactive approach to digital citizenship is imperative; don't wait for a problem to arise. Join us for a engaging and informative day of learning, exploration and collaboration. Participants will develop an awareness of digital citizenship policy and practice, and will be provided with tools and resources to assess the current status of their district implementation strategies and consider next steps. The day will also include an examination of best practices and real life examples of digital citizenship and its impact.

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Jun 26

9:00am

School-Based Threat Assessment Institute

Keep your students and your staff safe. Rather than a logistical approach to school safety, this provides a proactive, student-centered approach. The field of threat assessment is well researched, and relies on strong theoretical foundations to provide the safety your students need to reach their highest potentials. The practices you will learn in this training cut through fear and poor decisions to give you the tools you need to effectively develop and maintain a threat assessment protocol for your institution. Content includes hands-on activities and case studies to build understanding and guided work time to create/improve a school district action plan.

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Jun 27

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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Jul 11

1:00pm

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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Jul 18

11:00am

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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Jul 19

9:00am

How to Adapt a Monthly Thematic Curriculum for Students with Significant Disabilities in an Hour or Less

This fast-paced workshop is designed for the special educator, paraeducator, speech-language pathologist, general educator, or anybody else who needs to adapt curriculum for students with significant disabilities. Throughout this session, tools, tips and strategies will be shared so that participants will be able to adapt a monthly, thematic curriculum in record time! Come learn how to work smarter, not harder, to have more time in the day - which we all need! Please bring a personal device with you. If you have an iPad and computer/Chromebook bring both as we will be working with iOS apps and websites.

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Jul 25

1:00pm

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 1

1:00pm

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 1

9:00am

Digital Citizenship: What's Your Exposure?

A proactive approach to digital citizenship is imperative; don't wait for a problem to arise. Join us for a engaging and informative day of learning, exploration and collaboration. Participants will develop an awareness of digital citizenship policy and practice, and will be provided with tools and resources to assess the current status of their district implementation strategies and consider next steps. The day will also include an examination of best practices and real life examples of digital citizenship and its impact.

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Aug 5

8:30am

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Assistants Training Course - Elementary

The Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) is pleased to offer the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Elementary Assistants Training Course directed by MTCNE staff. The course consists of class lectures, discussions and activities. Participants must also log 9 additional hours of observation in Montessori Primary and Elementary classrooms. Readings and three written papers will be assigned throughout the training. Participants successfully completing the course will be awarded an AMI Primary Assistants Course Certificate.

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Aug 5

8:30am

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Assistants Training Course - Primary

The Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) is pleased to offer the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Assistants Training Course directed by MTCNE staff. The course consists of class lectures, discussions and activities. Participants must also log 9 additional hours of observation in Montessori Primary and Elementary classrooms. Readings and three written papers will be assigned throughout the training. Participants successfully completing the course will be awarded an AMI Primary Assistants Course Certificate.

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Aug 5

8:30am

Teaching and Learning with IM 6-8 Math Curriculum

This two-day workshop will provide teachers and instructional leaders with professional development designed around the Illustrative Math 6-8 curricula and materials. Participants will engage in hands on activities that deepen their understanding of the five practices framework and illustrate the importance of norms and routines. Attendees will then learn how these practices can be applied to support teacher planning, foster student discussions, and build mathematical understandings.

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Aug 7

9:00am

Interactive Student Notebooks

Interactive Notebooks are a great way to differentiate your classroom instruction and get your students more engaged in the learning process. In this workshop participants will discuss the difficulties they face with note-taking strategies and how an Interactive Notebook could be used to help hold students more accountable for their learning.

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Aug 8

1:00pm

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 12

8:00am

21st CCLC Summer Professional Development

In continuing the use of NAA's Core Competencies for After School and Youth Development Professionals, professional development and training opportunities for staff are crucial and critical for high quality after school programs for youth. To assist 21C programs in learning grant requirements, processes and resources available to them, this summer professional development opportunity will focus on the following areas:Morning Topics: -Risk Assessments -Intervention Plans -Evidence Binder guide and template Afternoon Topics: -Assessment of Program Practices Tool (APT-O) in action -Best Practices & Resources for High Quality 21C programs

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Aug 14

9:00pm

Beginning Coaches

This full day workshop will offer Instructional Coaches an opportunity to learn how to transition from working with students to coaching adults in a school setting. It will also provide an overview of Instructional Coaching theories, coaching models and provide applicable strategies for success.

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Aug 15

1:00pm

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 16

8:30am

Wilson Reading System® Level I Certification

Wilson Reading System (WRS) Level 1 Certification is designed to prepare teachers to effectively implement the Wilson Reading System Steps 1-6 with students who are reading and spelling below grade level as well as those diagnosed with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. It consists of two components: WRS Intensive Instruction Online Course and WRS Level I Practicum. A critical factor for student success is teacher knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply those in the classroom with students. The WRS Level I Certification Program provides a course that deepens teachers’content knowledge in providing structured multi-sensory literacy instruction, while providing a supervised practicum that allows teachers to apply and practice skillful use of research-based strategies. Considerable time, effort, and study are required for the WRS Certification program and participants will have the 2019-2020 school year to complete their certification.

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Aug 19

12:00pm

Elementary Math Workshop Series: First Steps

This year long half day professional development series will provide participants with the opportunity to implement math workshop in their elementary classroom. We will address different structures, routines and rituals used to initiate and sustain a workshop classroom over the course of the school year.

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Aug 19

9:00am

Making Your Anchor Charts More Accessible, More Memorable and Easier to Use

This workshop is designed to provide classroom teachers, using the reading and writing workshop approach, with methods to help increase students’ active usage of anchor charts. The day will support creating anchor charts that help teachers thoughtfully design, create and critique these visual scaffolds. The instructor will start by discussing the components, characteristics and various types of anchor charts that can be created to ensure students’ transfer of literacy skills and strategies during independent reading and writing. Throughout the day teachers will witness chart making in action and will predict, plan, design and create meaningful anchor charts. This time will allow them to analyze and reflect on their past chart making. They will then discover methods to amp up anchor charts for reading and writing units. Finally, the instructor will introduce how teachers can increase students’ usage of anchor charts along with how these resources can be used in small group instruction and conferring to lift the level of student work.

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Aug 19

8:30am

Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom: Tools to Improve Self-Regulation, Learning and Classroom Climate

Increasing numbers of students lack the skills of self-regulation, impulse control and focus which can negatively affect their behavior, ability to learn and overall well-being. These critical skills, essential to success at home, in school and throughout life, can be learned when taught in a developmentally appropriate, engaging way. Sharing yoga and mindfulness techniques, specifically designed for the time and space crunched classroom, is a convenient, engaging and effective way to promote these skills while cultivating a positive, peaceful productive classroom climate. This workshop is appropriate for PreK-12 classroom teachers, administrators, special educators, school counselors, school social workers, occupational therapists, SLPs, physical therapists, physical education teachers, health educators, and paraprofessionals. No prior yoga experience or mats are required! Price includes card deck, a $32 value.

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Aug 20

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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Aug 20

12:00pm

Next Steps of a Math Workshop Model in a Secondary Math Classroom

This half day workshop offers current secondary teachers of Math Workshop in their 5-8 classrooms the opportunity to explore common areas of concerns during math workshop. We will explore organization, increasing the rigor of math stations, student accountability in workstations, and teacher led small group instruction.

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Aug 21

9:00am

Revisiting Beginning of the Year Structures, Rituals ad Routines: Building Reading Communities K-2

This start-of-the-year day offers you a chance to think about skills, habits and literacy-learning communities to kick-off your year with engaging curriculum. The day will begin with a discussion of the importance of immersing students in what it is to live like a reader. The instructor will provide mindful mini lessons that stretch beyond revisiting the annual laundry list of what good readers do and delve deep into setting up an engaging reading community where readers set goals, stamina and volume in reading. Also included is small group instruction, one-on-one-conferring, and building conversations around text, both in partnerships and book clubs. In the the afternoon teachers will build conversations on classroom libraries, ensuring students have access to high-interest texts and the benefits of 1) author studies 2) series books and 3) building teaching repertoire in and around genres. Lastly, the instructor will share some of her favorite new mentor texts for units of study in reading.

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Aug 22

1:00pm

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 22

9:00am

Revisiting Beginning of the Year Structures, Rituals ad Routines: Building Reading Communities 3-5

This start-of-the-year day offers you a chance to think about skills, habits and literacy learning communities to kick-off your year with engaging curriculum. The day will begin with a discussion of the importance of immersing students in what it is to live like a reader. The instructor will provide mindful mini lessons that stretch beyond revisiting the annual laundry list of what good readers do and delve deep into setting up an engaging reading community where readers set goals, stamina and volume in reading. Also included is small group instruction, one-on-one-conferring, and building conversations around text, both in partnerships and book clubs. In the afternoon teachers will build conversations on classroom libraries, ensuring students have access to high-interest texts and the benefits of 1) author studies 2) series books and 3) building teaching repertoire in and around genres. Lastly the instructor will share some of her favorite new mentor texts for units of study in reading.

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Aug 22

8:30am

Wilson Reading System® Level I Certification

Wilson Reading System (WRS) Level 1 Certification is designed to prepare teachers to effectively implement the Wilson Reading System Steps 1-6 with students who are reading and spelling below grade level as well as those diagnosed with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. It consists of two components: WRS Intensive Instruction Online Course and WRS Level I Practicum. A critical factor for student success is teacher knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply those in the classroom with students. The WRS Level I Certification Program provides a course that deepens teachers’content knowledge in providing structured multi-sensory literacy instruction, while providing a supervised practicum that allows teachers to apply and practice skillful use of research-based strategies. Considerable time, effort, and study are required for the WRS Certification program and participants will have the 2019-2020 school year to complete their certification.

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Aug 29

1:00pm

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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Sep 5

1:00pm

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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Sep 5

8:30am

Illustrative Math - Grade 6

Illustrative Mathematics is a problem-based core mathematics curriculum for grades 6–8 that develops students’ mathematical thinking skills through questioning, discussion, and real-world contexts and connections.Unit overviews help teachers structure their lessons so that the progression of the big mathematical idea in the unit is coherent. We will discuss how teachers can incorporate instructional decisions such as effective questioning, pacing, formative assessment, and differentiation. NOTE: Unit oveviews consist of 8 sessions, 2 hours each. If you choose to add-on virtual coaching, it will consist of three (3) coaching sessions.

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Sep 5

1:00pm

Illustrative Math - Grade 7

Illustrative Mathematics is a problem-based core mathematics curriculum for grades 6–8 that develops students’ mathematical thinking skills through questioning, discussion, and real-world contexts and connections.Unit overviews help teachers structure their lessons so that the progression of the big mathematical idea in the unit is coherent. We will discuss how teachers can incorporate instructional decisions such as effective questioning, pacing, formative assessment, and differentiation.NOTE: Unit oveviews consist of 8 sessions, 2 hours each. If you choose to add-on virtual coaching, it will consist of three (3) coaching sessions.

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Sep 6

8:30am

Illustrative Math - Grade 8

Illustrative Mathematics is a problem-based core mathematics curriculum for grades 6–8 that develops students’ mathematical thinking skills through questioning, discussion, and real-world contexts and connections.Unit overviews help teachers structure their lessons so that the progression of the big mathematical idea in the unit is coherent. We will discuss how teachers can incorporate instructional decisions such as effective questioning, pacing, formative assessment, and differentiation. NOTE: Unit oveviews consist of 8 sessions, 2 hours each. If you choose to add-on virtual coaching, it will consist of three (3) coaching sessions.

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Sep 10

8:30am

Teaching & Responding with IM 6–8 Math Curriculum: Year 2/3 Users

This advanced two-day onsite event brings teachers and coaches together with an Illustrated Math (IM) certified facilitator for a series of units. Participants gain firsthand experience and fluency with the IM curriculum.

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Sep 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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Sep 17

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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Sep 19

1:00pm

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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Sep 19

12:00pm

Early Childhood Council

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 these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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Sep 19

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Chemistry): Recommended for high school teachers and coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Sep 20

8:30am

CREC Coaches Council

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

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Sep 23

12:00pm

Advanced Coaching Series

This workshop is geared towards Instructional Coaches who have 3 or more years of coaching experience and are looking to advance their professional learning through four half day sessions. Through this year long series, Instructional Coaches will have the opportunity to study and apply different coaching models, address the topic of having difficult conversations with adult learners, and learn how to plan and present professional learning for teachers.

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Sep 23

9:00am

Basic Compass Module Training for Paraeducators

The COMPASS Basic Modules are designed to ensure that paraeducators gain the knowledge and skills to fulfill various instructional support roles. Each module aligns with standards from the National Resource Center for Paraeducators and the Connecticut guidelines. The curriculum content responds to federal legislation by providing support and training to ensure that paraeducator services support effective instruction for all students, and incorporates job embedded components to foster both knowledge and skill development in classroom settings.

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Sep 23

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Biology): Recommended for high school teachers and coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Sep 24

9:00am

TEAM District Facilitator Meeting - Fall, 2019

TEAM District Facilitator Meetings occur twice each school year and provide program updates. The mission of the TEAM Program is to promote excellence, equity, and high achievement for Connecticut students by engaging teachers in the purposeful exploration of professional practice through guided support and personal reflection.

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Sep 26

1:00pm

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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Sep 27

8:00am

Curriculum Council Meeting 9-27-2019

Bi-monthly scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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Oct 1

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Integrated Earth and Physical Science): Recommended for high school teachers and coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Oct 2

8:00am

ServSafe

This is one-day training in ServSafe practices; you will be tested for certification at the end of the session. You will have a broader knowledge of food handling, food safety, pest control, and sanitary practices, and upon passing the exam, you will have an industry recognized credential.

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Oct 2

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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Oct 2

8:30pm

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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Oct 3

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 bi-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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Oct 8

1:00pm

STEM Council (NEW Council for 2019-2020)

STEM educators, coaches, and coordinators in CREC districts meet to share best practices, resources and new thinking around interdisciplinary instruction in science, technology, engineering and math. Discussions may include topics ranging from implementing NGSS, Math CCSS, and ISTE standards to creating effective Makerspaces. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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Oct 9

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 8): Recommended for eigth grade teachers and middle school coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Oct 10

1:00pm

Social Studies Council Meeting

CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-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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Oct 11

1:00pm

Math Council

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. Agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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Oct 15

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 7): Recommended for seventh grade teachers and middle school coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Oct 17

8:30am

Early Childhood Council

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 these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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Oct 17

1:00am

Science Council

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. 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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Oct 17

8:30am

Title III - English Language Learners Council

Council members and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly consortium meetings to share best practices, emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students, and to proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS), assessments, and the Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards. Members will engage in new thinking about instructional practices and collaborate to proactively respond to EL needs in their district.

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Oct 18

9:00am

Connecting the SAT to Classroom Math Practice

This half day workshop will provide teachers and instructional leaders with professional development on the redesigned features of the SAT and how to connect the SAT to classroom practice. Participants will receive an overview of the redesigned SAT and review the College Board Assessment Scores and Subscores. They will also will also engage in activities that focus on the Mathematical Content Domains, sample SAT Math questions, and connecting instructional practices to the SAT.

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Oct 21

8:30pm

ISTE Teacher Certification Training - Focused on pedagogy and based on the ISTE Standards

ISTE Certification helps ambitious preK-grade12 educators rethink and redesign learning activities with technology to engage students in real-world, authentic, active learning. It is learner-focused and pedagogy-based, and gives educators the tools they need to change classroom practice and improve student outcomes, no matter what technology they are using. Training kicks off with a two day in-person experience, followed by five weeks of online course work. Participants complete approximately 30 hours of instruction and activities before assembling an e-portfolio that includes artifacts and reflections on their learning. Candidates have up to six months to compile their portfolios, which are then evaluated by the ISTE Certification review team.

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Oct 22

8:30am

NGSS and Universal Design for Learning - Making Instruction in the New Science Standards Meaningful and Achievable for Diverse Learners

The Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort in the United States to create new education standards that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. Three dimensional learning allows students to actively engage with the Practices and apply the Crosscutting Concepts to deepen their understanding of Core Ideas in order to explain phenomena and solve problems.The authors of the Next Generation Science Standards explicitly name Universal Design for Learning as a necessary tool for the creation of units that are meaningful, accessible and challenging for all students. Universal Design for Learning is a lens through which teachers can analyze curriculum goals, methods and materials to ensure that there are multiple pathways to success for all learners. This workshop will review the structure of the standards and the nature of science instruction with the NGSS.

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Oct 23

12:00pm

Elementary Math Workshop: Next Steps

This half day series of professional learning provides current elementary math workshop teachers an opportunity to learn strategies to increase the complexity and sophistication of student tasks, facilitate teacher led small groups, and increase student discourse in the Math Workshop classroom.

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Oct 23

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 6): Recommended for sixth grade teachers and middle school coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Oct 29

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 5): Recommended for fifth grade teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Nov 4

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 4): Recommended for fourth grade teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Nov 5

8:30am

School Structures to Support English Learner Writing Instruction

This full day workshop is divided into two sessions. The morning will focus on structural supports necessary to support the teaching of writing to English Learners. The intended audience for the morning is classroom teachers, EL teachers/tutors and building administrators. In the afternoon, classroom and EL teachers will learn several strategies to incorporate writing into the classroom and have the opportunity to work as a team to apply their new learning in their lesson plans.

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Nov 8

8:00am

Curriculum Council Meeting 11-8-2019

Bi-monthly scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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Nov 8

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 3): Recommended for third grade teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Nov 14

12:00pm

Early Childhood Council

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 these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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Nov 15

8:30am

CREC Coaches Council

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

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Nov 19

9:00am

Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics; Initiating Critical Conversations

Mathematics education at the high school level is part of a complex system of policies, traditions, and societal expectations. This workshop will engage all individuals with a stake in high school mathematics in the critical conversations that must take place to bring about and give support to necessary changes. Participants of this workshop will take part in activities that will help facilitate the critical conversations around the following topics in high school mathematics: Essential Concepts, Tracking, Instructional Practices, and High School Mathematics Pathways. For maximum benefit, it is recommended that districts send a team of key stakeholders. Participants will leave the workshop with the action steps necessary to initiate a conversation around changes in high school mathematics.

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Nov 21

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 2): Recommended for kindergarten teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Nov 22

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 school staff to access the quality of their services and use data to make program improvements. Quality after school programs produce positive outcomes in youth!

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Nov 25

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 1): Recommended for first grade teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Dec 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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Dec 4

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Kindergarten): Recommended for kindergarten teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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Dec 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 bi-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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Dec 12

1:00pm

Social Studies Council Meeting

CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-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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Dec 13

1:00pm

Math Council

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. Agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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Dec 19

8:30am

Title III - English Language Learners Council

Council members and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly consortium meetings to share best practices, emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students, and to proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS), assessments, and the Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards. Members will engage in new thinking about instructional practices and collaborate to proactively respond to EL needs in their district.

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Jan 7

1:00pm

STEM Council (NEW Council for 2019-2020)

STEM educators, coaches, and coordinators in CREC districts meet to share best practices, resources and new thinking around interdisciplinary instruction in science, technology, engineering and math. Discussions may include topics ranging from implementing NGSS, Math CCSS, and ISTE standards to creating effective Makerspaces. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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Jan 8

8:00am

Curriculum Council Meeting 1-8-2020

Bi-monthly scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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Jan 16

8:30am

Early Childhood Council

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 these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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Jan 17

8:30am

CREC Coaches Council

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

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Jan 17

1:00am

Science Council

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. 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 5

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 6

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 bi-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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Feb 12

8:30pm

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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Feb 13

12:00pm

Early Childhood Council

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 these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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Feb 13

1:00pm

Social Studies Council Meeting

CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-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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Feb 14

1:00pm

Math Council

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. Agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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Mar 10

1:00pm

STEM Council (NEW Council for 2019-2020)

STEM educators, coaches, and coordinators in CREC districts meet to share best practices, resources and new thinking around interdisciplinary instruction in science, technology, engineering and math. Discussions may include topics ranging from implementing NGSS, Math CCSS, and ISTE standards to creating effective Makerspaces. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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Mar 12

8:30am

Title III - English Language Learners Council

Council members and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly consortium meetings to share best practices, emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students, and to proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS), assessments, and the Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards. Members will engage in new thinking about instructional practices and collaborate to proactively respond to EL needs in their district.

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Mar 17

8:00am

Curriculum Council Meeting 3-17-2020

Bi-monthly scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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Mar 19

8:30am

Early Childhood Council

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 these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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Mar 19

1:00am

Science Council

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. 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 20

8:30am

CREC Coaches Council

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

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Mar 24

9:00am

TEAM District Facilitator Meeting - Spring, 2020

TEAM District Facilitator Meetings occur twice each school year and provide program updates. The mission of the TEAM Program is to promote excellence, equity, and high achievement for Connecticut students by engaging teachers in the purposeful exploration of professional practice through guided support and personal reflection.

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Apr 1

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.

REGISTER

Apr 1

8:30pm

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.

REGISTER

Apr 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 bi-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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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 9

1:00pm

Social Studies Council Meeting

CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-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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Apr 23

12:00pm

Early Childhood Council

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 these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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May 5

1:00pm

STEM Council (NEW Council for 2019-2020)

STEM educators, coaches, and coordinators in CREC districts meet to share best practices, resources and new thinking around interdisciplinary instruction in science, technology, engineering and math. Discussions may include topics ranging from implementing NGSS, Math CCSS, and ISTE standards to creating effective Makerspaces. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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May 6

8:30am

NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Physics): Recommended for high school teachers and coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

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 teacher rubrics and sample tasks, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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May 8

8:00am

Curriculum Council Meeting 5-8-2020

Bi-monthly scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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May 14

8:30am

Early Childhood Council

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 these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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May 14

1:00am

Science Council

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. 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 14

8:30am

Title III - English Language Learners Council

Council members and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly consortium meetings to share best practices, emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students, and to proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS), assessments, and the Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards. Members will engage in new thinking about instructional practices and collaborate to proactively respond to EL needs in their district.

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May 15

8:30am

CREC Coaches Council

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

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May 22

1:00pm

Math Council

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. Agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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