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Mar 27

9:00am

Implementing Standards in PowerSchool

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Mar 27

8:30am

Assessment of Reading Disabilities

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Mar 28

9:00am

Creating Object Reports in PowerSchool Using VisualPST

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Mar 28

8:30am

Co-Teaching -Advanced

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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

4:00pm

TEAM Module 5 for Beginning CREC Teachers

Module 5 will introduce beginning CREC teachers to the Codeof Professional Responsibility for Educators, and it is designedto educate and raise awareness about the multitude of ethicaland professional dilemmas that educators face today. As youparticipate in facilitated conversations at module 5, you willhave the opportunity to:• Share multiple perspectives• Learn from other participants• Examine consequences of actions• Discuss strategies to assure more positive outcomesand to foster professional growth.Dinner will be provided. There is no cost for this workshop,and registration is required.

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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 23

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 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

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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Mar 28

1:00pm

Transitioning ESL Students to Post-Secondary Education

Many ESL students come to our programs with high school diplomas and/or college degrees from their home countries. Acknowledging and evaluating these documents may help our students to reach their goals and be successful. Creating viable and appropriate Career Pathways for these students as they continue on to post-secondary education or training programs presents many challenges, including how/where to get credentials evaluated for college admission, how to determine when they have enough English to be successful, and how we can help with visa/immigration issues. 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 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. Resources for low-literacy or pre-literate ESL students.

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. On March 29 we will focus on resources for working with the very beginners in ESL classes, including those with little or no literacy skills in English. An invitation to join the Go-to-Meeting meeting will be sent to registered participants one week before the scheduled session. So grab your lunch and maybe a colleague join us on the March 29th at 12:15.

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Mar 29

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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Mar 29

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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Mar 29

8:30am

CREC Talks: Fireside Chat About Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific disability in the area of reading. Some may also have difficulty in spelling words or writing words and others may have difficulty in pronouncing words when reading aloud. Dyslexia affects 20 percent of the population. Join us for a FREE chat with Emmy Award winning filmmaker Harvey Hubbell V, parent Flor De Hoyos, along with Lisa Fiano, CREC Education Specialist and expert in Dyslexia. Both Harvey and Flor have experienced life as or with someone who has dyslexia. We will discuss life with the disability and the tools that allow individuals with dyslexia to reach their goals. Harvey will also preview a segment from his new film, ONE BY ONE: The Teachings of Diana King.

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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

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

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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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 3

    4:00pm

    Dine & Discuss for CREC Teachers Grades PreK-Grade 2: Diving into Engage NY

    Teachers will reflect on the Engage NY curriculum thus far, and plan for the final modules.Teachers will share out successes and challenges they faced with Engage NY. Teachers will plan for the final modules.

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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

    10:00am

    Lunch and Learn Professional Development for Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents

    Keynote speaker Patricia Edwards, Ph.D., a professor at Michigan State University, is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of family engagement, multicultural literacy, and inter-generational programming. Her research and expertise will provide participants with practical strategies that will create opportunities for family and school partnerships. Her most recent book is, New Ways to Engage Parents: Strategies and Tools for Teachers and Leaders, K-12. which was published in 2016.

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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

    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 of 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 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 17

    9:00am

    CCRS Math 101(A) Introduction and Key Instructional Shifts

    Adult Education Teachers Only. The College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education are a set of academic standards that, when met by students, prepare adult learners for success in college, technical training program, and work. In this session, participants will become familiar with the standards and how to navigate them. We will investigate the Key Instructional Shifts mathematics instruction must make in order for students to succeed. The importance of taking the time to delve deeply into the concepts at the heart of mathematics will be illustrated. By making connections between mathematical concepts, activities will encourage ways to see mathematics as more than discrete sets of rules to be memorized. Sessions must have 10 participants registered within 5 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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    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 19

    9:00am

    CCRS Math 101(B) Key Instructional Shifts

    Adult Education Teachers only. The importance of taking the time to delve deeply into the concepts at the heart of mathematics will be illustrated. By making connections between mathematical concepts, activities will encourage ways to see mathematics as more than discrete sets of rules to be memorized. The content standards calling for a balance of conceptual understanding, fluency with procedures, and application to real-world and mathematical contexts will be explored. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to use standards when planning math instruction. 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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    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 20

    8:30am

    Learning Designs For District PDEC's, Data Teams and Other Learning Communities

    As districts continue to build high quality professional learning systems, understanding how to incorporate effective and engaging learning designs is an integral part of this process. Through this half day workshop, participants will: •Identify the key ideas in the Learning Designs CT Standards for Professional Learning and determine ways to implement the standard into our current practices.•Analyze adult learning theory research and identify learning designs to enhance professional learning experiences. •Design a plan that identifies the steps needed to enhance our adult learning experiences.

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    Apr 21

    9:30am

    Adult Education’s Role in Immigrant Integration

    This workshop will focus on the role adult ESOL programs can play in advancing immigrant integration (civic, linguistic, and economic) through organizational networks that collaborate on a common aim. We will share examples of activities that were implemented in five networks participating in the national Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative, (NINA) and consider local options for partnership. Programs can participate in a self-assessment of their readiness to implement such networks in their own communities. Andy Nash is the Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center in Boston (NELRC), and a Professional Development Specialist at World Education, Inc, where she facilitates a diverse set of professional development projects at the local, state, and national levels.

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    Apr 21

    9:00am

    CCRS Math 102(A) Standards for Mathematical Practice

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

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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 24

    9:00am

    CCRS Math 102(B) Standards for Mathematical Practice

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

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    Apr 24

    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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    Apr 26

    12:00pm

    Lunch and Learn for Adult Educators: Math Resources

    The last Wednesday in April will be a chance to grab your lunch and join in a conversation about web-based math resources for adult education teachers and students! This 45-minute professional development session will provide an opportunity to share math resources with colleagues and to learn about available resources. A poll to determine the category of math resources shared by Connie Rivera will be sent by April 17th and an invitation to join the Go-to-Meeting will be sent to registered participants by April 19th.

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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 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 4

    8:30am

    Teachers’ Orientation to the Next Generation Science Standards

    This workshop will introduce K-12 classroom teachers of science to changes in science education envisioned by the State’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. The standards intertwine three dimensions – 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. This will require modifications in our lesson planning, instruction, and assessment practices. Participants will learn the rationale for this reform effort, develop an understanding of the structure of the Next Generation Science Standards, and receive hands-on experience exploring key shifts in science instruction. Participants will receive suggested professional development resources, criteria for selecting unit-based phenomena, resources for writing lesson objectives, and other tools for beginning to incorporate all three dimensions into classroom practice.

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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 9

    8:30am

    Wilson Reading Training

    This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.

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    May 9

    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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    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.

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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

    1:00pm

    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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    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

    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

    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

    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).

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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

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

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    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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