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Apr 26

8:30am

An Administrator’s Guide and Toolkit for Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards

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May 1

4:00pm

CREC Dine & Discuss: Planning Balanced Literacy for the Home Stretch... April to June!

Gather with colleagues from other schools to reflect on the year and collaboratively plan literacy lessons through the end of the year. Participants will be able to get ahead in their planning and share best practices with each other.Participants will be able to:Unpack the final units in reading and writing Review data for strategy groupsPlan for shared reading and interactive readingCreate anchor chartPlan word work using FundationsThis session is open to all K-2 teachers but is designed for teachers new to CREC who would like additional support and guidance in reading workshop and word work.

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May 1

9:00am

21C Family Engagement in After School

This half day workshop is designed to provide after school professionals with skill building opportunities in relevant topic areas. Participants will hear from professional speakers and trainers and will take part in hands on activities to reinforce learning.

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May 2

9:30am

Using the English Language Proficiency Standards in the Classroom

In October 2016, the new English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards (ELP) for Adult Education were released by American Institutes for Research (AIR). The ELP Standards for AE strongly emphasize the academic language needed by ELLs to engage with and meet the College & Career Readiness Standards in order to acquire the language knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their postsecondary and career goals. They address the need for educational equity and rigor for adult English language learners (ELLs) to ensure that all adult ELLs can obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency. This session will introduce the ELP Standards and their connection to CCRS and provide some examples of what they look like in classroom activities. 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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May 2

8:30am

Teaching and Learning in 3D: An Orientation to the Next Generation Science Standards

This three part workshop will orient the science teachers and school leaders to the changes associated with the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The vision of the NGSS is to intertwine the three dimensions of the standards (disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts and the science and engineering practices) in a way that students are engaged in science and can transfer learning and problem solving skills to the real world. This new model of science education requires modification to current practices in curriculum writing, pedagogy, and assessment practices. This three part workshop will provide an overview of these modifications and will provide some tools and strategies for implementation. Participants will receive hands-on experience exploring the key shifts in science curriculum, instruction, and assessment in order to cultivate the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards in their schools.

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May 3

12:30pm

GED Day - RLA - Afternoon Session

The purpose of the session will be to provide practical resources, good teaching practices and to share best practices. The 2 hr. minute for RLA with Susan Domanico will be provided twice, so participants can choose to attend either morning or afternoon. 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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May 3

9:30am

GED Day - RLA Morning Session

The purpose of the session will be to provide practical resources, good teaching practices and to share best practices. The 2 hr. session for RLA with Susan Domanico will be provided twice, so participants can choose to attend either morning or afternoon. 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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May 3

12:30pm

GED Day Math - Afternoon Session

The purpose of the session will be to provide practical resources, good teaching practices and to share best practices. A 2 hr. session for Math with Connie Rivera, will be offered twice, so participants can choose to attend either morning or afternoon. 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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May 3

9:30am

GED Day Math - Morning Session

The purpose of the session will be to provide practical resources, good teaching practices and to share best practices. A 2 hr. session for Math with Connie Rivera, will be offered twice, so participants can choose to attend either morning or afternoon.

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May 3

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 4

8:30am

Creating a Growth Mindset for Developing Student Learning Goals

As districts continue to move from compliance to coherence when implementing educator evaluation and support systems, approaching the development of student learning goals with a growth mindset can be a key leverage tool to improve student learning. During this three-hour training, participants will learn to: 1) Identify school-wide student learning goals that have the greatest leverage to improve student learning. 2) Communicate those goals to staff and engage them in determining their collective contributions to advance student learning. 3) Implement effective goal setting strategies that encourage collaboration and shared responsibility for positive student outcomes.

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May 5

1:00pm

Language Arts Council Meeting

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

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May 9

8:30am

Wilson Reading Training

This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.

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May 10

9:30am

IEL/Civics Meeting

In order to meet new requirements for WIOA, IEL/Civics grants included Workforce Readiness Preparation this year in addition to the requirements to prepare for citizenship. This session will allow teachers to discuss what they have done this year and to discuss plans and ideas for next year. Come prepared to share how you have integrated Workforce Readiness and preparation into your classes and what you will need for Professional Development for next year as we add Workforce training opportunities. 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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May 10

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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May 10

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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May 10

9:00am

School and District Leaders Working with Instructional Coaches: Connecting to Teaching and Learning

The purpose of this workshop is to expand school leaders' understanding of the roles and responsibilities of instructional coaches, the coaching cycle, the relationship between the instructional coach and teachers, and the challenges instructional coaches encounter. Participants will focus on how they can build effective relationships with instructional coaches in support of teacher efforts to improve student learning.

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May 12

1:00pm

NEDP Administrative Policies and Practices

Understand and be able to apply new and/or revised State Department of Education policies regarding administration of the External Diploma Program (EDP).

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May 12

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 15

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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May 15

8:30am

Leadership Workshop Series: "How To Avoid Costly Litigation at the Building Level"

This workshop focuses on a proactive approach for avoiding an impasse, reaching consensus within PPT/IEP Meeting; and resolving conflict through an informal resolution meeting or formal mediation.

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May 16

1:00pm

Information Session-Unpaid Experiential Learning Program

This is a required meeting for all new and previously approved district/schools that want to offer a Unpaid Experiential Learning Program for the 2017-18 school year.

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May 16

9:00am

Monthly ConnECT Meeting - 2016- 2017

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 18

8:00am

Curriculum Council Meeting - 5/18/2017

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

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May 18

12:30pm

Employing Engineering Practices in Middle & High School Science Classes

This workshop for middle and high school science teachers will provide an introduction to engineering’s place in the Next Generation Science Standards and how to begin incorporating it in science classrooms. The Next Generation Science Standards call for students to develop an understanding of engineering design and to engage in engineering practices when developing understandings of other science content areas. This presents opportunities to engage students in problem-solving activities in all science classes.

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May 18

8:30am

Engaging Elementary & Middle School Students through Scientific Inquiry

This workshop for elementary and middle school teachers of science will explore how Inquiry-Based Learning deepens students’ understanding of content. Part of the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards is to engage students in the science and engineering practices of Inquiry in order to develop understandings of phenomena in the real world. Thus implementing the Standards will require shifting to the BSCS 5E or other instructional models that employ Inquiry-Based Learning.

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May 18

1:30pm

Social Studies Council Meeting

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

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May 19

1:00pm

NEDP Administrative Policies and Practices

Understand and be able to apply new and/or revised State Department of Education policies regarding administration of the External Diploma Program (EDP). 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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May 19

9:00am

NEDP Administrative Policies and Practices

Understand and be able to apply new and/or revised State Department of Education policies regarding administration of the External Diploma Program (EDP).

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May 19

9:00am

Connecticut After School Partnership Network Meeting and Showcase

Opportunity for After School Programs to showcase best practice and programing

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May 19

9:00am

CREC Science Council Meeting

Science Educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre K to grade 12 science educators are encouraged to attend monthly meetings. Topics and speakers are developed by the group.

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May 19

1:00pm

Math Council Meeting

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

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May 22

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.

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May 23

3:45pm

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 business days of the scheduled session date. Otherwise, the session will be cancelled. 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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May 23

4:30pm

CAT (Connecticut Administrators Test) Review: Test Preparation for Instructional Analysis and Teacher Support

Participants will engage in preparing for the Connecticut Administrators Test modules that focus on supervision of teachers. The four questions on the IATS will be reviewed in preparation for the CAT. You must have purchased “Practice Case Studies for the Connecticut Administrator Test” by CREC’s Ellen Retelle and Sara Slogesky in order to register for this free course.

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May 24

4:00pm

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.

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May 24

3:45pm

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. Sessions must have 10 participants registered within 5 business days of the scheduled session date. Otherwise, the session will be cancelled. 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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May 24

8:30am

The Digitally Enhanced CTE Classroom

Join us for a lively introduction to the world of free technology! You will learn about the free tools available to students, parents and educators. We will discuss downloadable applications as well as web based software. Bring a new and exciting interactive element to student learning in your classroom. These technology tools are accessible from any computer, and they are all free!

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May 24

1:00pm

What's So Funny?

Participants will explore humor and the connections among listening, language, and cognition and consider the implications and challenges for students with hearing loss.

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May 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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May 25

4:30pm

CAT (Connecticut Administrators Test) Review and Preparation for School Improvement Modules

Participants will engage in preparing for the Connecticut Administrators Test modules that focus on supervision of teachers. The four questions on the School Improvement will be reviewed in preparation for the CAT. You must have purchased “Practice Case Studies for the Connecticut Administrator Test” by CREC’s Ellen Retelle and Sara Slogesky in order to register for this free course.

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May 26

9:00am

Art Council for the Capitol Region Area

Art Council for the Capitol Region Area.

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Jun 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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Jun 2

12:30pm

How Staff Shape Leadership

Come learn what type of followers you have in your organization. Using the research of Barbara Kellerman (Harvard Business Review, 2007), participants will examine the different types of followers, how an individual chooses to become one type or another, and how leadership can influence followship.

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Jun 2

8:30am

Transforming Feedback for Professional Learning

There sure is a lot of talk about Feedback these days. And it can mean many things. Come and examine what one noted researcher has concluded it means to give an adult effective feedback that enhances their professional learning. Content is based on the research of Learning Forward’s Joellen Killion, author of The Feedback Process.

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Jun 5

9:00am

Enhancing Your Profession with Technology

The Cross Division Professional Development Technology Course will feature differentiated instruction using technology. This professional development will be offering two sessions with six courses running approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. They are Excel the Basics*, Excel Intermediate*, Presenters Toolkit, Collaborators Toolkit, Audio/Visual, Google Drive, and MUNIS Dashboard. Review the course descriptions below then to go “Enroll Now” and choose one course for each time session.*The Excel the Basics course is being offered in the first session and Excel Intermediate in the second session.

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Jun 6

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.

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Jun 6

3:45pm

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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Jun 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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Jun 7

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 7

1:00pm

Creating Waves Book Club: Understanding Current Trends in Education

Participants will attend six book club sessions on the following books: Why Knowledge Matters: Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories & Multiplication Is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children.

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Jun 8

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.

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Jun 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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Jun 13

3:45pm

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).

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Jun 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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Jun 19

9:00am

Teaching & Learning with the Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) intertwine three dimensions – disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices – to engage students in science and transfer learning and problem solving skills to the real world. The NGSS vision for science education requires modification to current practices in curriculum writing, pedagogy, and assessment practices. This three-part workshop series will introduce science teachers and school leaders to these modifications and provide tools and strategies for beginning implementation at the classroom and district levels.

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Jun 22

9:00am

Three-Dimensional Lesson Planning for the Next Generation Science Standards

Classrooms implementing the Next Generation Science Standards engage students in science and engineering practices to develop understandings of core ideas with crosscutting concepts that enable them to explain phenomena and solve problems. This workshop will explore how these three dimensions of the Standards impact classrooms and how the BSCS 5E Instructional Model can support shifting instruction and assessment practices. Participants will develop an understanding of the BSCS 5E Instructional Model through hands-on experience with sample instructional strategies. Participants will receive a lesson planning template and learn to write three dimensional lesson objectives, identify lesson level phenomena, and evaluate assessment practices.

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Jun 23

9:00am

Disciplinary Literacy

The Common Core standards include disciplinary literacy standards in an effort to emphasize that in order for students to meaningfully study a discipline, students must understand how literacy is used in that discipline (Shanahan & Shanahan, 2016). Disciplinary literacy involves the use of reading, reasoning, investigating, speaking, and writing required to learn and form complex content knowledge appropriate to a particular discipline. Through this blended learning experience, participants will engage in activities to understand disciplinary literacy and it’s implications for teaching and learning. They will, then, be guided to resources that will help them better understand specific disciplinary practices and strategies to support them. Partcipants will identify strategies they can bring back to their schools and classrooms.

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Jun 26

9:00am

Gamification & Games for Learning Institute

Gamification is the use of gaming mechanics and elements in non-game situations. Examples of gaming mechanics include points, rewards, narrative, and competition (or cooperation). Gamification is commonly used in education; however, it is not always identified as such. Well-known implementations of gamification in educational settings include the point and leaderboard system represented by the House Hourglasses in the Harry Potter series and even PBIS with its ticketing system, but that’s just the start.

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Jun 27

8:30am

Summer Institute: Structured Language Series: Level One Dyslexia Specialist Certificate Four-Day Workshop

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.

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Jun 28

9:00am

Foundations of Culturally Responsive Instruction

At the heart of effective instruction is the ability of educators to connect with students and to use these connections to inform their practice. This interactive, one-day workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of culturally responsive instruction, including: building a common vocabulary, examining bias and critical self-reflection, enhancing relationships with students and families, and analyzing tools and strategies for instruction.

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Jul 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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Jul 25

8:30am

CSDE Foundational Skills for Evaluators of Teachers

The newly revised CSDE 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 two formal video-based observations during the five-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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Aug 2

9:00am

Using Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments to Inform Instruction

In addition to summative assessments in ELA and Math for grades 3-8, the Smarter Balanced Assessment System has interim assessments designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year. In this workshop, educators will learn how to navigate the new AIR Ways reporting tool to view student responses to test items, generate item-level data, and inform collaborative, data driven conversations among teachers. Participants will use the reporting platform to analyze student performance and will follow Data Wise framework for collaborative-inquiry as they practice strategies for using assessment results to improve teaching and learning in their settings.

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Aug 2

12:30pm

Using Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments to Inform Instruction

In addition to summative assessments in ELA and Math for grades 3-8, the Smarter Balanced Assessment System has interim assessments designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year. In this workshop, educators will learn how to navigate the new AIR Ways reporting tool to view student responses to test items, generate item-level data, and inform collaborative, data driven conversations among teachers. Participants will use the reporting platform to analyze student performance and will follow Data Wise framework for collaborative-inquiry as they practice strategies for using assessment results to improve teaching and learning in their settings.

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Aug 3

9:00am

Applying the Data Wise Framework for Collaborative Inquiry to State Summative Assessment Results

As Connecticut educators work to decipher student performance on the statewide summative assessments, including Smarter Balanced, CMT/CAPT Science and SAT, it is imperative that they be able to turn the data into actionable information. The Data Wise framework for collaborative inquiry, designed by educators and researchers from the Harvard School of Education, provides educators with tools and protocols for turning test results into information to drive improvement.

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Aug 3

12:30pm

Applying the Data Wise Framework for Collaborative Inquiry to State Summative Assessment Results

As Connecticut educators work to decipher student performance on the statewide summative assessments, including Smarter Balanced, CMT/CAPT Science and SAT, it is imperative that they be able to turn the data into actionable information. The Data Wise framework for collaborative inquiry, designed by educators and researchers from the Harvard School of Education, provides educators with tools and protocols for turning test results into information to drive improvement.

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Aug 3

9:00am

Implementing Standards in PowerSchool

Is your school or district considering implementing standards based grading? Walk through the process of setting up grade conversion scales and standards in PowerSchool. Learn how to export and import standards using Excel, and how to enable standards entry for teachers. We will also look at some of the codes used for standards-based report cards.

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Aug 7

8:30am

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary and Elementary 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 Trainer, 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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Aug 7

9:00am

CSDE-NGSS Curriculum Unit Development Institute

The State of Connecticut Department of Education has collaborated with the Connecticut Science Center, CREC, and LEARN to create: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Curriculum Unit Development Institute (CUDI). During the institute participants will:•experience the NGSS conceptual shifts as they investigate the architecture of the standards•engage in the curricular design process following a research-based protocol•generate a NGSS-aligned sample unit that is anchored in a phenomenon and is peer reviewed•develop learning sequences that are three dimensional and coherent.The intended audience for CUDI includes members of district or school science curriculum development teams; i.e., teachers, coaches, coordinators, and administrators. Teams of educators from a district are encouraged to attend.At the end of this 5-day institute, participants will have access to the sample units developed collaboratively in the institute for use or modification by their districts.

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Aug 8

9:00am

Blended Learning in Plain English

Learning how to incorporate technology into instruction is a critical skill for educators to have. With such a wide variety of options available today, this is often a very overwhelming task.This workshop series will focus on the infusion of technology to enhance the effectiveness of instruction and content, using easy to understand methods.NOTE: Please bring your own device (Laptop, Chromebook) / Lunch will be provided.

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Aug 10

9:00am

Creating Object Reports in PowerSchool Using VisualPST

Come and explore expanded reporting options using PowerSchool’s Object Reports. VisualPST is a visual editor for creating object reports that greatly simplifies the process of building reports. In this workshop we will look at how to layout a report and how to insert data tags in order to pull the data needed. There will be time available to work on reports for your school.

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Aug 14

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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    Aug 14

    9:00am

    Launching the Writing Workshop Bootcamp K-2

    This is a fast paced overview of the different components in writing workshop. This workshop will provide strategies and ways to start a writing workshop at the beginning of the school year. Participants can expect to explore components of writing workshop, mini lesson structures, genres and units of study, and assessment.

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    Aug 14

    9:00am

    Unconscious Bias: We Have to Talk About It

    Learn about the hidden biases that all humans carry and examine the implications for our students. Reflect on a number of strategies designed to help educators understand that as we become aware of our unconscious biases, we can better align our behavior with our intentions for justice and equity.

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    Aug 15

    9:00am

    Balanced Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

    This one 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 various components, different structures, routines and rituals, collecting data and connect to state standards.

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    Aug 15

    9:00am

    Best Practices to Promote SAT Success in the Humanities Classroom

    The College Board states that, “The redesigned SAT asks students to apply their reading, writing, language, and math knowledge and skills to answer questions in a range of contexts.” Additionally, “the goal (of the new SAT) is to inspire a close reading of these rich, meaningful, often profound texts.” This opportunity will provide teachers with an overview of the shifts in the new SAT, a review of close reading strategies and other best practices to support students in preparing for this test. Through this professional learning opportunity, teachers will work together to identify instructional strategies and develop test items that align to their content area curriculum while still addressing the skills needed to answer these redesigned test questions.

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    Aug 16

    9:00am

    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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    Aug 16

    9:00am

    Critical Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

    The texts students read and the narratives students construct have a profound impact on how they define themselves and how they understand the world around them. In this interactive, one-day workshop, participants will explore how to effectively implement critical literacy at the elementary level. Participants will engage in analyzing texts to uncover underlying messages of power, privilege, and inequity. Participants will learn how to support students to identify texts that resonate with who they are. In addition, participants will examine multiple means of responding to literature that affirm the knowledge and experiences students bring to the classroom.

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    Aug 16

    9:00am

    Getting Started with Project Based Learning

    Project-based learning puts students at the center of instruction. This teaching method asks students to work together to investigate and engage in inquiry when responding to an authentic situation or driving question. During this two-day workshop, participants will understand and be exposed to different project-based models. In addition, they will learn about and consider the key features of a project-based classroom. Participants will explore the connection between project-based learning and inquiry-based and student-centered instruction. Ultimately, they will develop a project idea to take back to their schools and classrooms.

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    Aug 16

    9:00am

    Launching the Reading Workshop Bootcamp K-2

    This is a fast paced overview of the different components in reading workshop. This workshop will provide strategies and ways to start a reading workshop at the beginning of the school year. Participants can expect to explore components of reading workshop, mini lesson structures, genres and units of study, and assessment.

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    Aug 17

    9:00am

    Importing and Exporting Data in PowerSchool

    Come and spend a morning sharpening up your data management skills. Learn about the importing and exporting functions in PowerSchool and how to use them to quickly retrieve data. We will also look at how to update large numbers of records more easily. Discover how to work with your data using Direct Database Export to gather the information you and your school needs to make informed decisions.

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    Aug 17

    9:00am

    Grade 9 NGSS Curriculum Launch

    Ninth Grade Teachers and Curriculum Coaches who have purchased access to CREC’s 9th Grade Science curriculum are encouraged to attend this one day Curriculum launch session. Participants will be introduced to the unit phenomena and story-lines. Pedagogical shifts associated with the curricular units will be a main focus of the day.

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    Aug 21

    9:00am

    K-8 Math: What Am I Supposed to Teach?

    Participants will build their understanding of the key shifts in the CCS-M by examining the coherence and progressions intended by the authors. Everyone will leave with a clearer understanding of what their students need to understand in their grade, and how that fits into the bigger picture of the K-8 continuum. Our instructional activities will be easy to replicate in your classroom right away.

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    Aug 21

    9:00am

    Launching the Writing Workshop Bootcamp (Grades 3-5)

    A fast paced overview of the writing workshop components in a (3-5) classroom. The one day event will support participants, with the nuts and bolts to get writing up and running. Participants can expect to explore components of writing workshop, mini-lesson structures, genre/units of study and assessment.

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    Aug 22

    9:00am

    Implementation of Math Workshop K-5

    This one 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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    Aug 22

    9:00am

    Launching the Reading Workshop Boot Camp (Grades 3-5)

    A fast paced overview of the different components in reading workshops (Grades 3-5). The one day event will support participants, with strategies and ways to start reading workshops at the beginning of the year. Participants can expect to explore components of reading workshops, mini-lesson structures, genre/units of study and assessment. Participants will leave with a backpack full of ways to support, build and grow a reading workshop.

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    Aug 22

    9:00am

    Preparing Your Students for Success on the Math SAT

    Student success on the Math SAT depends on the teacher’s understanding of the structure and design of the assessment. In this session, participants will become more familiar with the rationale for SAT content, as well as format and question types. A variety of teaching strategies that can be brought back to your district will be shared.

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    Aug 23

    9:00am

    Building Math Rigor Gr. 6-8

    This workshop is designed to : Develop an awareness about practices that build academic rigor and engage students; Improve students' understanding of foundational concepts and conceptual instruction; Provide experience with CCS activities/lessons using manipulatives; Create more rigorous activities/lessons

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    Aug 23

    9:00am

    Math Workshop: Next Steps

    This one-day session offers elementary (K-5) math teachers the opportunity to explore common areas of concern when using a Math Workshop model. We will explore math conferences, guided math groups, and strategies for raising the rigor of math workstations.

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    Aug 24

    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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    Aug 24

    9:00am

    Building Math Rigor Gr. 3-5

    This workshop is designed to : Develop an awareness about practices that build academic rigor and engage students; Improve students' understanding of foundational concepts and conceptual instruction; Provide experience with CCS activities/lessons using manipulatives; Create more rigorous activities/lessons

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    Aug 24

    9:00am

    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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    Sep 21

    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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    Oct 19

    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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    Nov 16

    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

    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

    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

    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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