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Jan 11

8:30am

Leadership Workshop Series: "Evaluation & Supervision of Special Education and Related Services Staff"

Evaluation and supervision are two of the most important aspects of an administrator’s job. But, how do you do that effectively? How can you support staff who are struggling? And, on the other end of the spectrum….how do you retain staff and keep them feeling professionally challenged? This session will focus on ways administrators can empower their staff and support them to improve their practice.

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Jan 20

8:30am

The Blueprint: Distinguishing Between Language Difference and Disability of English Learners

This session will help educators to support English Learners (EL) who are struggling by reviewing the legal processes for EL identification, expanding understanding of second language acquisition and culturally-responsive practices, and examining national, state, and district-level EL data and data on ELs with disabilities.

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Jan 24

4:00pm

CCSU Sixth Year/092 Orientation: CREC Cohort 2017-18

CREC Central (Institute of Teaching and Learning) is hosting an information session for CREC educators, who are interested in learning about Central Connecticut State University’s Sixth Year/092 Intermediate Certification Program. Dr. Ethan Heinen (Chair of Educational Leadership Department at CCSU) will present at the information session. The Sixth-Year Professional Certificate is a post-masters 30 credit degree program for experienced teachers seeking Connecticut 092 or Intermediate Administrator/Supervisor Certificate. The program typically takes 2 years to complete. Half of the classes will be held at CREC Central; the remaining classes would be at CCSU.

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Jan 25

12:00pm

Lunch and Learn for Adult Educators - Go-to-Meeting - Using Lincs Resources

Grab your lunch and join us on the last Wednesday of the month for Lunch and Learn for Adult Educators! These 45 minute professional development sessions provide an opportunity to listen, learn, and share strategies and ideas with colleagues on a variety of topics (learner retention, vocabulary strategies, listening and speaking, etc.) pertinent to all adult education teachers. Session topics will be announced in CREC ATDN’s monthly PD updates. An invitation to join the Go-to-Meeting meeting will be sent to registered participants one week before the scheduled session.

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Jan 26

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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Jan 26

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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Jan 27

8:00am

Sixty Million Words

Staff will discussion the theory and application behind the Book Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain by Dana Suskind.

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Feb 1

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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Feb 1

1:00pm

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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Feb 2

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

Completion of test offers the participant the opportunity to meet criteria of being considered a "highly qualified" candidate for a position as a Para educator. Participants will: 1) Be measured on reading, writing and math competencies. 2) Receive an unofficial copy of his/her test results the day of the testing (official copy will be received within 3-4 weeks post testing).

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Feb 3

9:00am

Art Council for the Capitol Region Area

Art Council for the Capitol Region Area.

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Feb 3

12:30pm

Engaging Students in Discourse and Deliberative Dialogue

Through this workshop participants will both learn and practice engaging strategies for promoting student discourse and deliberative dialogue in the classroom. The CT Core standards ask students across the content areas and grade levels to have regular practice with their peers using protocols to promote speaking and listening skills, as these skills are important for their success in school and beyond. These skills help students to speak from evidence, address their peers in structured, productive ways, and ultimately help them to form informed arguments, identify counterclaims, and come to a consensus when appropriate.

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Feb 3

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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Feb 3

8:30am

Writing Across the Content Areas: Revitalizing Research and Nonfiction Writing Practices

During this workshop we will examine and discuss engaging practices for nonfiction writing and research across the content areas. We will practice ways to make the writing and research process come to life in the classroom. You will leave with the ability to utilize strategies from the book "Energize" and the other best practices and bring them back to the classroom. Workshop cost includes a copy of the book "Energize"

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Feb 6

2:00pm

CCRS Math 102(A) Standards for Mathematical Practice

Adult Education Teachers Only. Building on work done in CCRS Math 101, participants will experience problems worth puzzling through and analyze the habits of mind required to solve those problems. We will investigate four of the Practices through activities that illustrate the ways students are to engage with the subject matter of the content standards. The skills of complex problem solving, reasoning and proof, precise communication, and making connections will be practiced and discussed. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to implement CCRS in instruction. Participants must have completed Math 101 before attending Math 102(A). SNOW DATE FEBRUARY 8, 2017.

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Feb 6

4:00pm

CREC Dine & Discuss for Preschool -Grade 1 Teachers: Make, Take, and Teach

A hands-on workshop designed to help teachers prepare materials that can be used by your students in any content area. These materials will enhance lessons by increasing the cognitive engagement of the learner. Students will be motivated to learn through play and as a natural consequence; there will be a reduction of challenging behaviors. Research states that teachers who make materials to use in their classrooms are much more likely to implement the strategies that accompany those materials. Research also states that students in the early grades are naturally curious about the world around them and there is therefore value on hands on activities that will allow students to learn through inquiry and games they enjoy.In this session we will provide you with all the materials you need, a learning log, and an instruction booklet.Come with a colleague, bring your creative muse, and enjoy dinner on us!

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Feb 6

4:00pm

Dine & Discuss for CREC Teachers: Examining Student Work in Grades 3 – 8, Reading and Writing

“Examining student work helps to surface and challenge many assumptions –assumptions about what students can and cannot do, about which students can do what, and about why students are or are not able to do something.” Data Wise, p96. In keeping with the Data Wise process teachers will learn about protocols for analyzing student work in order to:1.Identify areas of strength and challenges in the student work2.Develop a shared understanding of the knowledge and skills students need3.Develop common language about a learner-centered problem4.Craft language for a learner-centered problemTeachers are invited to bring a set of student work to examine with a team of colleagues using a protocol. Teachers will have the opportunity to practice the basic guidelines of examining student work including:?Stay focused on evidence that is present in the work.?Observe and describe before judging.?Link conclusions to evidence.?Look openly and broadly; don’t let expectations or perceptions based on behavior cloud your vision.?Look for clues about what and how students are thinking.?Speak about the student and the student’s work as if the student’s parents are in the room.?Match the purpose to the protocol.Teams of two are more teachers are encouraged to attend together and bring work such as reading notebooks, writing notebooks, writing drafts, open-ended response writing, post-it notes.

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Feb 6

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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Feb 7

9:00am

CCRS ELA 201 Resource Alignment

Checking for resource alignment ensures that instructors will not simply teach what the current curriculum focuses on, but rather provide instruction centered on what the College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) demand. Learning how to evaluate resources builds instructors capacity to align their teaching to CCR standards. The process of identifying and filling the gaps in current curricula also provides instructors with readily available resources aligned to CCR standards. During this session, participants will utilize the tools provided to evaluate resources and revise resource lessons. Please bring a resource currently in use in your program and a laptop with Wi-Fi capability. SNOW DAY FEBRUARY 13, 2017. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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Feb 7

8:30am

Title III Consortium

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

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Feb 8

9:00am

Social Emotional Learning through Yoga and Mindfulness

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

In this workshop participants will:

  • Discuss how integrating yoga and mindfulness aligns with CASEL’s Social and Emotional Learning competencies
  • Review case studies and research supporting this work
  • Learn basic yoga and mindfulness techniques appropriate for a school/classroom environment
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    Feb 8

    9:00am

    Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT)

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

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    Feb 8

    1:00pm

    Library Media Specialists Council Meeting

    Library Media Specialists in CREC districts meet quarterly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Library media specialists for grade levels K to grade 12 are encouraged to attend quarterly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Feb 9

    2:00pm

    CCRS Math 102(B) Standards for Mathematical Practice

    Adult Education Teachers Only. Building on work of CCRS Math 102(A), participants will experience problems worth puzzling through and analyze the habits of mind required to solve those problems. We will investigate four of the Practices through activities that illustrate the ways students are to engage with the subject matter of the content standards. The skills of complex problem solving, modeling, precise communication and making connections will be practiced and discussed. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to implement CCRS in instruction. Participants will create a standards-based lesson plan or draft unit outline that integrates both the Key Instructional Shifts and the Standards for Mathematical Practice with priority content standards. Participants must have completed Math 101 and Math 102(A) before attending Math 102(B). SNOW DATE FEBRUARY 16, 2017.

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    Feb 9

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Feb 9

    8:30am

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

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

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    Feb 9

    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.

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    Feb 10

    9:00am

    21st Century Community Learning Centers Network 2nd Mandatory Meeting

    Professional Development for providers of after-school programs on various topics throughout the school year including State and Federal laws, diversity, diagnostic and evaluation tools, etc.This networking meeting will focus on building and promoting a program vision, recruiting and hiring high quality staff, investing in staff development and including staff in program palnning and goals. Attendees will participate in interactive activities to connect with other professionals in the field and build ideas from program improvement.

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    Feb 10

    9:00am

    Tellin' Stories: Creating a Meaningful Relationships with Families Featuring: Allyson Criner Brown, Associate Director of Teaching Change

    For schools to provide the quality education children deserve, families, schools, and communities must be involved as purposeful partners in the education process. Teaching for Change developed the Tellin' Stories approach to engage families and staff. It uses the power of story to connect people from diverse backgrounds, to pass on valuable information and experiences, and to organize collective action.

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    Feb 13

    4:00pm

    CREC Dine & Discuss: NGSS Curriculum Implementation Workshop

    In this session, participants will be able to take a deep dive into the new NGSS units they will be implementing in the spring. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with writers and curriculum specialists, while closely planning their instruction for the new unit.

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    Feb 14

    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.

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    Feb 15

    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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    Feb 15

    5:00pm

    Hearing Loss and Cortical Visual Impairment

    This presentation will cover hearing loss and cortical visual impairment. Attendees will be able to briefly explain cortical visual impairment and its ten characteristics.Attendees will be list a few strategies that can be used when working with someone with cortical visual impairment and hearing loss.Attendees will be able to identify resources which provide information about cortical visual impairment.

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    Feb 15

    1:00pm

    Language Sampling and Analysis

    For Soundbridge Employees Only. Participants will understand the factors that go into analyzing a child's spoken language sample.

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    Feb 16

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Feb 16

    4:00pm

    AARC Open House Informational Session

    Advanced Alternate Route to Certification Program for Special Education is an advanced program for certified teachers to earn a cross endorsement in Comprehensive Special Education (165). To qualify you must be a certified teacher in an approved area (e.g. elementary education, mathematics); have three years teaching experience (substitute experience will be considered); and have a desire to work with students with disabilities. Applications accepted November 1, 2016 through April 1, 2017.

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    Feb 16

    9:00am

    21C PBL 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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    Feb 22

    12:00pm

    CCRS Math 201: Resource Alignment Workshop

    Prerequisite: Certificate of completion for CCRS Math 101 and 102Providing our students with high-quality resources and instruction aides their development of deep understanding and transferable knowledge. During our session, we will build our capacity to evaluate the degree of alignment of instructional materials to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in Mathematics. A resource currently in use in participants’ programs, as well the resource provided for a materials fee, will be used. After determining alignment of the resource, we will renovate a lesson from the resource to improve its quality. Please bring a resource currently in use in your program and a laptop with Wi-Fi capability. Materials fee: $55.00. SNOW DATE FEBRUARY 27, 2017.

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    Feb 23

    4:00pm

    CREC Dine & Discuss: Getting the Most from 1:1 in the Secondary Classroom

    How should you and your students work in an environment where every student has access to a device? What should your classroom look like? Come for dinner and share / learn about best practices when it comes to 1:1 devices (laptops, chromebooks, mobile, etc) in the classroom.

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    Feb 24

    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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    Feb 24

    9:00am

    Purposeful Play: Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the School Day

    Alison Porcelli, co-author of Purposeful Play, will discuss research driven methods for making play an engine for rigorous learning in the classroom. She will provide research driven and practical strategies to implement and demonstrate how play helps students reach standards and goals in ways that "in their seat instruction" alone can’t do.

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    Feb 27

    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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    Feb 27

    8:30am

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

    This full-day session will provide district administrators with an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards and implementation strategies to ensure sustainability. Participants will explore the standards' impact on teaching and learning, understand the aspects necessary for sustainable NGSS implementation, strategize for implementation within their districts, and discuss the facets of implementation with other district administrators. Each participant will receive a copy of the text "Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards" (NRC, 2015) to enhance and support their work in the district. A CREC-developed implementation tool-kit will scaffold the implementation process and assist in future district planning and decision-making.

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    Feb 28

    2:00pm

    Math Problem Solving for GED Preparation and Beyond

    "The purpose of this session on the topic of Problem Solving for GED preparation and beyond is to consider the role language plays in mathematics instruction; to explore and encourage the use of non-routine problems and open-ended problems in preparation classes; to identify problem solving strategies; and to model teaching practices that encourage problem solving persistence." If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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    Feb 28

    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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    Mar 1

    8:30am

    Wilson Reading Training

    This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.

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    Mar 2

    9:00am

    21C Middle/High School Meeting

    After school program professionals throughout the state who work with middle and high school programs will meet to network and share best practices.

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    Mar 3

    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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    Mar 6

    8:30am

    Student Attendance and Adjustment Issues

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

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    Mar 6

    8:30am

    Additional Project Based Learning Practices

    This workshop is intended for educators who have familiarity with or are currently implementing project based learning in their schools and classrooms. This will build upon the key understandings and knowledge from the “Getting Started with Project Based Learning” workshop. Through this professional learning experience, we will take a closer look at PBL teaching practices, classroom management, and assessment tools.

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    Mar 7

    4:00pm

    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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    Mar 8

    8:30am

    Leadership Workshop Series: "Planning and Placement Team Do's and Dont's"

    Ever been a PPT that has not gone well? Have you experienced members unprepared, families upset, or discussions for hours without closure? This informative session will highlight ways we can ensure that Planning and Placement Team meetings go smoothly even when there is disagreement. Participants will learn what proactive measures can be utilized as well as how to handle those uncomfortable moments when the school and family cannot agree.

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    Mar 8

    8:30am

    Connecticut State Department of Education-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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    Mar 8

    9:00am

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

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

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    Mar 9

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Mar 9

    8:30am

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium provides a forum for teachers from all over the CREC region to share in the creativity of developing three-dimensional NGSS-aligned curricula anchored in phenomena. During the initial grade-level meeting, participants will be trained to develop story-lined curricula using the CREC NGSS Curriculum Development App. Each of the remaining consortium meeting dates will be facilitated curriculum development time. Each date will have a specific (DCI) focus. Each curricular document generated will be reviewed, assessed using the EQuIP rubric, and edited prior to posting for classroom/district use. Each participant’s school will be granted an access code to all of the grade specific curricular documents generated in the consortium. Up to 12 NGSS-aligned units will be developed for each of the grade-levels and shared. Grades K, 1, 2, 3 science curricula will be integrated by the performance expectations set forth by the NGSS.

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    Mar 9

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 3/23/2017

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

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    Mar 9

    8:30am

    Moving from Compliance to Coherence - Advancing Student and Educator Growth through Effective Feedback

    For the past two years, the CT State Department of Education, in partnership with the RESC Alliance and CT Association of Schools, has hosted the Moving from Compliance to Coherence Conference, which has provided a forum through which educators from across the state can share their promising practices with other practitioners. This year's conference will focus on teachers and administrators who have developed or implemented systems for providing effective feedback to improve learning. Whether it be through administrator or teacher evaluation and support or teachers who use rubrics and conferences with students to provide them with feedback on how to improve their work, this conference will provide all participants with insight on how to use effective feedback to enhance student and educator growth.

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    Mar 14

    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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    Mar 14

    8:30am

    Real Strategies for the Writing Classroom

    Hear from veteran teacher, and published author, Colleen Cruz from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. She will address the struggles and roadblocks we face in writing instruction with tried-and-true strategies to implement in the classroom immediately. Participants will receive a copy of her book, “The Unstoppable Writing Teacher.”

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    Mar 15

    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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    Mar 15

    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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    Mar 16

    1:00pm

    CCS Program Facilitator Meeting

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

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    Mar 16

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Mar 16

    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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    Mar 17

    9:30am

    CCS Program Facilitator Meeting

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

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    Mar 17

    9:00am

    Art Council for the Capitol Region Area

    Art Council for the Capitol Region Area.

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    Mar 17

    8:30am

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium provides a forum for teachers from all over the CREC region to share in the creativity of developing three-dimensional NGSS-aligned curricula anchored in phenomena. During the initial grade-level meeting, participants will be trained to develop story-lined curricula using the CREC NGSS Curriculum Development App. Each of the remaining consortium meeting dates will be facilitated curriculum development time. Each date will have a specific (DCI) focus. Each curricular document generated will be reviewed, assessed using the EQuIP rubric, and edited prior to posting for classroom/district use. Each participant’s school will be granted an access code to all of the grade specific curricular documents generated in the consortium. Up to 12 NGSS-aligned units will be developed for each of the grade-levels and shared. Grade 6 curricula will follow California’s integrated course map (paste this address into your browser -http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/default/files/Appendix%20K_Revised%208.30.13.pdf and go to page 21).

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    Mar 17

    9:00am

    Raising Readers Parent Club Facilitator Training

    Participants will learn how to start and facilitate Raising Reader Parent Clubs in their communities.

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    Mar 20

    9:00am

    Math for Science and Social Studies

    Just as students draw on their literacy skills to understand science and social studies subject matter, students need numeracy skills to interpret science and social studies material. During our session you can expect to experience activities you can use with your classes. These activities will help students access non-textual information and reason from data. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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    Mar 21

    8:30am

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium provides a forum for teachers from all over the CREC region to share in the creativity of developing three-dimensional NGSS-aligned curricula anchored in phenomena. During the initial grade-level meeting, participants will be trained to develop story-lined curricula using the CREC NGSS Curriculum Development App. Each of the remaining consortium meeting dates will be facilitated curriculum development time. Each date will have a specific (DCI) focus. Each curricular document generated will be reviewed, assessed using the EQuIP rubric, and edited prior to posting for classroom/district use. Each participant’s school will be granted an access code to all of the grade specific curricular documents generated in the consortium. Up to 12 NGSS-aligned units will be developed for each of the grade-levels and shared. Grade 9 curricula will follow Science Domain Model course map found within Appendix K of NGSS. (paste this address into your browser http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/default/files/Appendix%20K_Revised%208.30.13.pdf and go to page 24).The focus for the grade 9 curriculum will be physical science.

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    Mar 22

    9:30am

    PBIS New School Information Session

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

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    Mar 22

    12:00pm

    Integrating Social Justice and Equitable Practices in Schools (Social Justice Consortium in the CREC Region)

    The CREC Region’s Social Justice and Equity Consortium is a membership only meeting. During each session, presenters will share information and research on three topics. Participants will share the best practices that are working in their classroom or school.Session I - Culturally Responsive Teaching: Participants will deepen their understanding and practices of culturally responsive teaching.Session II- Leadership: Building and Sustaining a Culturally Proficient School: Participants will learn the characteristics and actions that build and sustain culturally proficient schools.Session III - Examining and Understanding White Privilege: Participants will examine and deepen their understanding of white privilege and its impact on some educational practices.

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    Mar 23

    1:30pm

    CCS Program Facilitator Meeting

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

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    Mar 23

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Mar 23

    8:30am

    School Climate: Bully Prevention

    Learn strategies to build positive school climate. Participants will learn proactive and preventive strategies, specific tools to teach children in the event of bully behavior, and appropriate responses to incidences of verified acts of bully behavior.

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    Mar 24

    1:00pm

    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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    Mar 27

    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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    Mar 27

    8:30am

    Assessment of Reading Disabilities

    Learn to construct a comprehensive evaluation to identify areas of need in literacy for students with disabilities and develop recommendations to create appropriate instruction.

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    Mar 28

    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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    Mar 28

    8:30am

    Co-Teaching -Advanced

    Participants will engage in advanced co-teaching strategies (also known as “level 2” co-teaching) and will focus on differentiated practices, specially designed instruction, data management and behavior management. Presentation formats include: demonstration lessons, videos, practice and interactive discussion. Co-teaching pairs are strongly encouraged to attend as a team.

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    Mar 28

    8:30am

    Elementary (K-5) Instructional Coaching Institute (3 days)

    The Elementary Instructional Coaching Institute is for current and aspiring elementary instructional coaches who are interested in attending formal training.This three 3-day workshop will provide participants with an understanding of various coaching frameworks, theory, research, current perspectives and practices; all of which will be explored in a lab-school setting. Among the topics that will be covered over the course of three days are student-centered coaching, building networks for change, peer feedback, assessing student work, promoting teacher reflection, having better conversations, and using videotape for professional growth.

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    Mar 29

    12:00pm

    Lunch and Learn for Adult Educators - Go-to-Meeting

    Grab your lunch and join us on the last Wednesday of the month for Lunch and Learn for Adult Educators! These 45 minute professional development sessions provide an opportunity to listen, learn, and share strategies and ideas with colleagues on a variety of topics (learner retention, vocabulary strategies, listening and speaking, etc.) pertinent to all adult education teachers. Session topics will be announced in CREC ATDN’s monthly PD updates. An invitation to join the Go-to-Meeting meeting will be sent to registered participants one week before the scheduled session.

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    Mar 29

    8:30am

    Problem Solving 101-Teaching Kids Strategies for Problem Solving in the Real World

    How do I become a better dancer? How can our group work together better on this project? How can humans reverse global warming? Kids and adults alike routinely are faced with problems in school and life, yet most loack the skills and structures necessary for solving them. This workshop, based on Ken Wantanbe's international best-selling book provides the tools for helping students resolve problems effectively. The tools and strategies provided allow participants to broaden and organize thinking about a problem so more possible solutions become clear. Participants will receive the text "Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People" . Target audience is grade 6-12 teachers.

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    Mar 30

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Mar 30

    8:30am

    Mindfulness Council

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

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    Mar 30

    8:30am

    SRBI: Standard Treatment Protocols for Tier 2 Literacy

    Participants will: 1. Develop an understanding for the difference between Standard Treatment Protocols and problem solving approaches. 2. Examine various Standard Treatment Protocols. 3. Learn methods for developing protocols and data-based systems for Tier 2 literacy skills.

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    Mar 30

    8:30am

    The Social Justice and Equity Symposium

    During this symposium, participants will use a social justice and culturally responsive lens to examine data and the actions of expelling, suspending, and pushing out students of color from schools. The main objective of the symposium is to provide job-embedded approaches to educators who are responsible for delivering culturally responsive education and supporting socially just experiences for all students. Philosophies, policies, structures, systems, practices and the impact on students (especially students of color and students from cultural and linguistically diverse groups), and behavior support systems will be examined.

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    Mar 31

    9:00am

    Getting Data out of PowerSchool

    Using compound searches, Quick Export, and Direct Data Export (DDE), learn how to get the data you need out of PowerSchool for decision making and classroom management.

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    Mar 31

    9:00am

    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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    Mar 31

    8:30am

    Secondary (6-12) Instructional Coaching Institute(3 Days)

    This 3-day institute is for beginning/novice secondary (grades 6-12) instructional coaches or coaches who want to attend formal training on instructional coaching.

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    Apr 3

    9:00am

    Establishing a Personal Mindfulness Practice

    Do you often find yourself stressed or anxious? Do you feel at times that you are operating on “automatic pilot”? Do you sometimes have difficulty concentrating or maintaining your focus? You are not alone. Many people share these feelings in our fast-paced digital society. Studies show that mindfulness ~~ awareness of the present moment with acceptance ~~ can help reduce stress and burnout and create a deeper sense of well-being, compassion and happiness.

    Participants in this workshop will:

  • Learn what mindfulness is (and isn’t)
  • Review the basic science and research supporting it
  • Experience mindfulness-based activities that can be done anywhere
  • Explore ways to incorporate mindfulness into daily life

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    Apr 4

    8:30am

    Leadership Workshop Series: "Developing and Maintaining Co-Teaching in the School"

    Learn a variety of structures and systems for cultivating and sustaining high quality co-teaching in your school.Successful practitioners will offer strategies for developing a collaborative culture, recruiting and training co-teachers, creative scheduling options, and tips for evaluating co-teaching pairs. Co-teaching best practices and newly published research and resources will be examined.

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    Apr 4

    8:30am

    Title III Consortium

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

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    Apr 5

    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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    Apr 5

    1:00pm

    Library Media Specialists Council Meeting

    Library Media Specialists in CREC districts meet quarterly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Library media specialists for grade levels K to grade 12 are encouraged to attend quarterly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Apr 5

    4:30pm

    Open Choice Book Club: Author Event

    Come meet bestselling author, Dr. Patricia Edwards, as she converses with participants about her book, "New Ways to Engage Parents: Strategies and Tools for Teachers and Leaders, K-12." There will also be a question/answer session followed by book signing.

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    Apr 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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    Apr 6

    8:30am

    Leadership Workshop Series: "Maintaining A Quality Continuum of Services at the Building Level"

    Specially-designed instruction means adapting general education curriculum and instruction as appropriate in order to meet the unique needs of eligible students. By providing a continuum of services within a student’s home school – or as close to this school as possible – an individual student is assured access to the general education curriculum, so that he or she can meet the education standards that apply to all students.

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    Apr 6

    8:30am

    Using the EQuIP Rubric to Examine Next Generation Science Lessons and Units

    Completing this professional learning will provide science educators with the processes and procedures necessary to use the EQuIP Rubric to review science lessons and units, to provide effective feedback and suggestions for improvement to developers of these instructional materials, to identify model or exemplar lessons and units, and to inform the development of new instructional materials.

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    Apr 7

    8:30am

    Tech Savvy Strategies for Teaching Personal Finance

    The 2017 Personal Finance Conference will address the use of technology in the PF classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to hear the latest advancements in the field and will be offered hands-on technology support.

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    Apr 7

    8:30am

    SRBI Standard Treatment Protocols for Tier 2 Numeracy

    Participants will: 1. Develop an understanding for the difference between Standard Treatment Protocols and problem solving approaches. 2. Examine various Standard Treatment Protocols. 3. Learn methods for developing protocols and data-based systems for Tier 2 numeracy skills.

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    Apr 7

    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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    Apr 11

    9:00am

    How Welcoming is Your School?

    This half-day workshop will incorporate hands-on activities using a mock walk-through of a school to assess family friendliness. Participants will leave with the complete CT Welcoming Schools manual and a promotional DVD.

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    Apr 12

    8:30am

    Conducting Special Education Program Review

    As a result of this workshop, participants will develop the design to conduct a program review of their specialized programs, such as special education, alternative education, assistive technology, and related services. Participants will receive an electronic format of the Evaluator's Guide to Conducting Educational Program Reviews. This guide will provide participants with over 30 protocols for gathering and analyzing data related to special programs.

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    Apr 13

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Apr 17

    8:30am

    Changing How Struggling Students Perceive Math

    Research has proven that the best instruction for a student is explicit, systematic, and cumulative. Good instruction also uses tools that show clear representations that build understanding. Come join us for an intensive K-5 math intervention for teachers to help you further develop your skills and change the way you perceive math! This workshop will model proficient problem solving, simplify mathematical concepts and present processes concretely. The workshop will move through Number Sense (including issues related to subitizing), Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Regrouping, Multiplication, Division and Fractions. All material covered will be shown in a concrete, hands-on manner. Each participant will leave the session with materials and tools to clearly illustrate the examples, models, and strategies taught in the workshop. Participants will have new skills, language patterns, and presentation methods to reach their students to move beyond counting and into higher level concepts. (Includes materials from Teach 4 Mastery: MasterPieces ($70 retail); MasterFractions ($30 retail); Blue Level Instruction Manual with 1 Year access to the Online Videos for the lessons in the Instruction Manual ($45 retail); Downloadable Fraction Recognition Cards and Game ($2.99)

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    Apr 20

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Apr 21

    1:00pm

    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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    Apr 26

    12:00pm

    Lunch and Learn for Adult Educators - Go-to-Meeting

    Grab your lunch and join us on the last Wednesday of the month for Lunch and Learn for Adult Educators! These 45 minute professional development sessions provide an opportunity to listen, learn, and share strategies and ideas with colleagues on a variety of topics (learner retention, vocabulary strategies, listening and speaking, etc.) pertinent to all adult education teachers. Session topics will be announced in CREC ATDN’s monthly PD updates. An invitation to join the Go-to-Meeting meeting will be sent to registered participants one week before the scheduled session.

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    Apr 26

    8:30am

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

    This full-day session will provide district administrators with an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards and implementation strategies to ensure sustainability. Participants will explore the standards' impact on teaching and learning, understand the aspects necessary for sustainable NGSS implementation, strategize for implementation within their districts, and discuss the facets of implementation with other district administrators. Each participant will receive a copy of the text "Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards" (NRC, 2015) to enhance and support their work in the district. A CREC-developed implementation tool-kit will scaffold the implementation process and assist in future district planning and decision-making.

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    Apr 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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    May 1

    8:30am

    The COMPASS: Preschool

    The focus of this module is on behavioral and instructional strategies for supporting students with disabilities in the preschool classroom. Emphasis will be on proactive skills and techniques to facilitate student success.

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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 1

    8:30am

    Problem Solving 101-Teaching Kids Strategies for Problem Solving in the Real World

    How do I become a better dancer? How can our group work together better on this project? How can humans reverse global warming? Kids and adults alike routinely are faced with problems in school and life, yet most loack the skills and structures necessary for solving them. This workshop, based on Ken Wantanbe's international best-selling book provides the tools for helping students resolve problems effectively. The tools and strategies provided allow participants to broaden and organize thinking about a problem so more possible solutions become clear. Participants will receive the text "Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People" . Target audience is grade 6-12 teachers.

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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

    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

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    May 4

    8:30am

    The COMPASS Advanced Behavior: Train the Trainer

    Participants will: 1. Understand how Response To Intervention can support appropriate behavior and prevent the occurrence of challenging behaviors. 2. Learn and apply strategies to prevent challenging student behavior. 3. Learn and apply skills to manage challenging behavior and understand the acting-out behavior cycle and appropriate interventions for each phase. 4. Understand the responsibilities of team members in the prevention and management of challenging behavior. 5. Learn strategies and techniques to present the module to paraeducators in their own districts

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    May 5

    8:30am

    The COMPASS: Advanced Instruction Strategies

    The Advanced Instructional Strategies will provide learners with instructional strategies to support student learning through effective instruction.

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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 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

    Cost Effective Special Education Programs and Services

    As Boards of Education, Central Office and Building Level Administrators are faced with decreases in funding and are wrestling with increases in special education expenditures. This session will provide participants with a national and state review of special education costs and some strategies to increase revenue and keep costs down, while providing quality special education services.

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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 11

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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 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

    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 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 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 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 27

    8:30am

    Summer Institute: Structured Language Series: Level One Dyslexia Specialist Certification 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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    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 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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