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Co-Teaching for Administrators

Administrators need key resources to help them work smarter and not harder. This text is a collaboration between a general education administrator, a special education administrator, and a college professor; and is intended to provide you with just that: a quick and easy reference to creating and maintaining co-teaching practices in your classrooms.


Response to Intervention

Planning and Implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support

This book provides a school-wide approach, with real-world examples and practical solutions, to implementing Response to Intervention and covers the following topics: RTI primer; Tier 1-the foundation of the school; Implementation of Tiers 2 and 3; Tier 1 action planning tools; and Tiers 2 and 3 action planning tools. This guide is an effective tool and road map to assist school educators in developing RTI models for their school or district.


Teacher as Architect: Second Edition

In this newest edition of Teacher as Architect, co-published by Modern Teacher and ISTE, authors Smith, Chavez, and Seaman expand the blueprint for blended learning and curriculum design to include a more focused and seamless integration of 21st century technologies that better serves learners of the Conceptual Age. The book takes you on an engaging and enriching journey that will explore ways for you to reflect on and improve your teaching practice.


The Evaluators Guide to Conducting Educational Program Reviews

This is an easy-to-use guide designed to assist administrators and practitioners in finding the necessary tools to meet their needs in a quick and precise manner. This comprehensive workbook gives the rationale, standards, and step-by-step instructions on how and when to use various evaluation tools. It includes evaluation methods and practices with case studies, as well as the tools you will need to perform your own specialized program evaluation or to work with other evaluators.

Literacy Resources


Impacting Literacy Through Home and Community Connections

by Lynda M. Valerie, Ph.D.

From the time a child is born till he or she is eighteen, only about 11% of that time is spent in a formal educational setting. This fact makes it essential to not waste one minute of the 11% and to tap into the resources of the remaining 89%. This resource emphasizes the impact that family (including parents, grandparent, aunts, uncles, and friends who contribute in significant ways to student's educational development) and community resources can have on learning, specifically literacy, during the time outside of the classroom. Each chapter provides different suggestions and examples of successful lessons and activities for engagement in the community and at home. This book is for educators, as well as school and community organizations who are interested in impacting student literacy achievement.

Numeracy Resources


Building Math Rigor Volume One

Problems to Promote Student Thinking

These math problems can be used in the classroom as a warm-up, a "Do Now" activity, a supplement for a class assignment, a station exercise, part of an assessment, or even as homework! This collection of standards-aligned problems and solutions is for grade levels 3-8, with each is organized into three categories: Procedures and Concepts, Problem Solving, and Reasoning. Topics covered in the categories include: Number Base Ten Operation, Fractions, Measurement and Data, Algebraic Thinking, Geometry, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Expressions and Equations, and Functions.


Building Math Rigor Volume Two

Problems to Promote Student Thinking

This collection of standards-aligned problems and solutions are a great supplement to the problems in Building Math Rigor Volume One. The problems in each grade level include various formats such as True/False, Select All, and Sortingm, which each book presenting over 125 new and different problems organized into the same three categories as Volume One. All the problems are ready to be used by a classroom teacher, grade level intervention teacher, special education teacher, or curriculum writer.

School Climate Resources


Implementing an Intensive Intervention Team

A Centralized Model of Support for Serving At-Risk Students

At CREC, an intensive intervention team was developed three years ago in response to increasing demand for intervention with the most challenging students. This book provides information to assist districts in developing their own team tailored specifically to meet the needs of a unique student population. Topics explored in this text include: fluid student population, foundational understandings, students' needs, selection of team members, model overview, implementation, supervision and structuring the team, developing and maintaining community partnerships, and evaluating success.


Looking In

Author Jonathan Gillman has been the director of CREC's "Looking In" Theatre for over thirty years

Tyrone was 11 when a member of a rival gang rode up and shot his uncle, sitting beside him. Rachel was 12 when she was raped by her uncle. Dominique had an abortion at 13. Kyle was so skinny at 14, when other students bullied him for being gay, they locked him in a locker. Emily went to a concert of her favorite group, and drank so much she passed out before it began. Dan never met a drug he didn't like.
What makes them different from others in similar situations? They are still in high school. They are also part of "Looking In" Theatre. They use their experiences to create dramatic scenes about issues like these - and then go into schools to perform them and answer questions as their characters. Every year they reach thousands of people. They change lives.


PBIS Tier 1 Reference Guide

An easy-to-use resource meant to ensure that Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) teams have the necessary components in place for an effective Tier 1. The reference guide format will allow teams to quickly assess their development of the core features. Additional reference guide to support Tier 2 and Classroom Systems will be available soon.

Special Education Resources


Blueprint: Building Powerful IEPs to Increase Student Achievement

This comprehensive workbook is for aspiring or practicing special education and related services staff. Packed with easy-to-implement strategies and ideas, the workbook contains information on four relevant topics, including: defining present levels of academic achievement and functional performance; writing standards-based IEP's; creating instruction from the common core state standards for special education and related services; and collecting data and monitoring the IEP progress.


Blueprint: Building Powerful Instruction for English Learners with Disabilities Workbook

This workbook provides a map to guide professionals through the topics of defining significant disabilities; using authentic identification of a disability in students; and crafting appropriate instruction for disabled students from an individualized education program.


Blueprint: Building Powerful Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities Workbook

This workbook in the Blueprint series, outlines a variety of strategies that focus on inclusion and collaboration for students with disabilities. Readers will learn how to make decisions to support inclusive instruction, implement collaborative practices and environments, and maximize student learning potential.


Co-Teaching Basics for Special Education and Regular Education Teams

A two part, interactive, anytime webinar series for professionals looking for an overview on how to implement co-teaching in their schools. Users of this online professional development tool, will progress through the different sections of the webinar, while also completing activities and assessments along the way.
The first part of the series covers basic principles, roles in co-teaching, parity, accommodations, modifications, specially designed instruction, communication, and classroom arrangement.
The second part provides an overview on how to configure group instruction; an increase intensity of instruction, opportunities to respond, and time-on-task to promote student success.


Promoting Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom: Creativity, Connections, and Engagement

edited by Lynda M. Valerie and Ernest L. Pancsofar

A collaboration between CREC and the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) School of Education and Professional Studies (SEPS), this anthology of scholarly works covers topics on the cutting edge of the growing focus on Social and Emotional Learning in K-12 education. These articles cover topics like inclusion, reflection, heteronormativity, English learning, multimodal learning, and mindfulness. This partnership was brought to CREC as a collaborative way to promote the forthcoming CCSU Center of Excellence for Social and Emotional Learning and showcase some of the CREC region's experts in the topic. A portion of the book's proceeds go to benefit the charitable foundation run by SEPS.


The Assistive Technology Guide to Maximize Learning for Students with Autism

This book focuses on the use of assistive technology for students with autism spectrum disorder and is a valuable resource for all aspiring or practicing special education or regular education teachers, paraeducator, therapists and families. It contains information on twelve relevant topics including: overview and consideration of assistive technology; assistive technology for communication; visual supports as assistive technology; assistive technology for reading, writing and math; assistive technology for computer access; assistive technology for executive function and implementation strategies.

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