Ellen Retelle, Ph.D
Director of Teaching and Learning
About Regional Councils
CREC Curriculum Council
The CREC Curriculum Council is designed for assistant superintendents, directors, curriculum coordinators, and district instructional leaders. It meets monthly and features pertinent guest speakers related to teaching and learning.
Instructional coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Meeting topics will be determined based on participant interests.
Early Childhood Council
Early childhood educators from CREC districts meet to share the latest information about federal, state, and local early childhood initiatives. CREC staff are available to assist districts or communities in the creation of their own local early childhood councils as well.
Language Arts Council
Language arts educators in CREC districts meet to share best practices and new thinking about literacy instruction. Pre-K to grade 12 language arts educators are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.
Library Media Specialist Council
Library media specialists in CREC districts meet to share best practices and new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Library media specialists in grades K - 12 are encouraged to attend. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.
Math educators teaching grades K-12 in CREC districts meet to discuss topics of interest. Math educators are encouraged to attend these meetings. Topic lists are developed by the group.
The Mindfulness Council is open to anyone interested in incorporating beneficial mindfulness and yoga practices. The group will meet several times during the year to share expertise, valuable resources, and activities that can that can be used in any setting. Whether you work in education, a behavioral health or medical setting, or are looking to incorporate mindfulness and/or in your personal or family life, come join us as we create an open forum for learning and growth.
Science educators in CREC districts meet to share best practices and new thinking about science instruction, share content, and instructional resources, and analyze the impact of the Connecticut Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards on science instruction. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.
Social Studies Council
Social studies educators in CREC districts meet to share best practices and new thinking about social studies instruction, share content and instructional resources, and analyze the impact of the Connecticut Core Standards on social studies instruction. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.
Title III Consortium
Consortium members and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly consortium meetings to share best practices, emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students, and to proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS), assessments, and the Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards. Members will engage in new thinking about instructional practices and collaborate to proactively respond to EL needs in their district.