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Children's Resources


5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Ka-Boom

This book is the adventure of a boy who explores outer space in a cardboard box rocket ship in order to find a new home because he's afraid to go swimming on earth. It's an awesome lesson about the order of planets in our solar system for early readers.


Goodnight Becky

A delightful paperback picture book that teaches children, two to five years old, basic positional words, while describing the entertaining escapades that Becky has one night before going to bed. This story aligns directly the Common Core Kindergarten Geometry Standard G.K. 1.


Lost Loot: Ghostly New England Treasure Tales

Journey through New England and learn about the lost pirate riches of Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Edward Low, and other dastardly buccaneers. Consider hidden treasures in the Appalachian, Longfellow, White, and Green Mountains... and how you might find the loot. Read further to unmask the mystery, intrigue, treasure, and ghosts of northern New England!


Matt the Cat

This wonderful book, by Sarah Stevenson is about a clever cat, named Matt, that moves letters around to create new words as he makes his way through his day, teaching children, 2-5 years old, to rhyme by creating "at" words.
Matt the Cat meets Common Core Kindergarten Reading Foundational Skills Standard RF.K.2. - Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).


More Lost Loot: Ghostly New England Treasure Tales

Stories of lost and haunted treasure sites are intermingled through three states in southern New England: Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Explore supernatural history that abounds and visit ghost towns, lost Native American villages, forgotten mines, and valuable gem discoveries. Pirates were welcome, and when they visited, the legends suggest that they left their loot behind. Begin your search in Rhode Island where Captain Kidd is said to have buried coins at the northern tip of Sandy Point. (Coins from his era have been found here!) Seek pirate treasure said to be hidden in Brooklyn, Windham County, Connecticut (you'd have to look out for the headless horseman who was killed for the gold in question). Pirate treasure is said to be buried on Money Hill in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A large amount of British gold and silver was discovered in 1973 and thousands of coins have been found dating from the late 18th century. But beware; black dog guardians, wildmen, and pirate ghosts protect these treasures from ever being found. Yo Ho.


Plato Goes to School

Follow Plato's antics on his first day of school when he's introduced to his new teacher and new friends. Plato has to adapt to his new environment by learning the rules and behaving politely. This book teaches many of the Social/Emotional Early Learning and Development Standards Social/Emotional (ELDS) standards relating to behaviors.


Plato Turns Five

It is Plato's fifth birthday party, and there are many things for students to count, add, and subtract; all focusing on the number five. This book aligns to many Kindergarten Common Core Standards for math relating to adding and subtracting number five.


Plato's Big Game

The Rabbits basketball team has a big game against the Penguins, and Plato is the Rabbits' starting center. The number ten is the focus of this book, which is aligned with Common Core Standards in math. Learn how to add and subtract within ten while the Rabbits take on the Penguins.


The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable Fib

What is the Unbelievable Fib? That's the question eleven-year-old Prudence Potts discovers on a baffling card no one else in Middleton - except ABE, a new kid at school with a knack for solving riddles--seems to see. Then a mysterious man asks for ABE and Pru's help investigating mythical beings infiltrating the town, and that's just the first of many things Pru finds hard to believe.
Soon Pru and ABE discover another world beneath their quiet town, where Viking gods lurk just out of sight. And when the pair find themselves locked in a battle against a dangerously clever enemy, they must race to secure the Eye of Odin, source of all knowledge - and the key to stopping a war that could destroy both human and immortal realms.


The Snowman's Nose

This wordless book emphasizes three key skills for early childhood learners; sequencing, knowing that pictures tell a story, and understanding stories. This book can be used in the classroom or at home to develop any child's pre reading skills. This book can be used to support the Common Core Kindergarten Reading Foundational Skills Standard RL.K.3. - With prompting and support, identify character, setting, and major events in a story

Leadership Resources


Caffeinated Learning

How to Design and Conduct Rich, Robust Professional Training

Caffeinated learning describes the buzz an adult learner experiences when a knowledgeable facilitator integrates best teaching practices into their workshops or classes. With thoughtful design and skilled conducting, all employees can experience rich, robust professional learning. This user-friendly book has ideas for first time presenters, as well as seasoned pros, that will turn training sessions into interactive learning experiences that engage all participants.


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.


Practice Case Studies for the Connecticut Administrator Test

A critical resource for candidates studying school leadership who want to obtain their CT 092 intermediate certification and need to pass the Connecticut Administrator Test (CAT). All candidates must pass four tests: two school improvement case studies and two instructional analysis case studies. The four case studies in this book are designed to mirror the CAT and will help candidates prepare for the exam.


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.


The Power of Conviction

My Wrongful Conviction, 18 Years in Prison and the Freedom Earned Through Forgiveness and Faith

This is an inspirational story about the power of conviction: the wrongful conviction that sent James Tillman to prison for over 18 years, and the power of his own conviction that helped him persevere, offer a transformational forgiveness and earn a redemption that is so valued he remarkably calls his experience in prison, "a gift."
"The Power of Conviction" is for people who are facing tough times. You will understand that you're not alone, that things can be brutally bad and we can react poorly at times, but where there is love, there is always hope.
How did James Tillman endure 18 years in prison? What specific lessons can you learn about the transformational power of forgiveness, love and conviction? When faced with your own challenges in life, what will you choose?

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 studentís 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

Problems to Promote Student Thinking

Developed by math specialist Peggy Neal from CREC Expert Solutions, 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.

Paraeducator Resources


Compass: Advanced Behaviorial Strategies

Learn and practice behavior strategies for managing challenging student behavior using this workbook. Paraeducators will utilize a collaborative approach and "Response to Intervention" (RTI) model to prevent the development of new behavior problems and to prevent existing problems from worsening.


Compass: Advanced Instructional Strategies

This workbook provides research-based strategies to provide accommodations and modifications to help students achieve independent reading, writing, and studying skills. Paraeducators with be able to learn and apply critical instructional behaviors during all stages of a lesson.


Compass: Advanced Job Coaching Strategies

This advanced COMPASS module workbook on job coaching is a valuable tool for any coach or district employee in a transition role. Topics include the role of the job coach, core transition standards, task analysis, progress monitoring, and data collection.


Compass: Basic Modules Workbook

This workbook is packed with easy-to-implement strategies and ideas for aspiring or practicing paraeducators and is aligned with the National Paraeducator Standards. It gives the paraeducator tools and sample forms to have that "first" conversation with their teacher at the beginning of the year and helps maintain communication. This basic workbook covers five areas: roles and responsibilities, communication, managing behaviors, ethics and legal issues, and instructional strategies.


Compass: Connecting Instruction to the Common Core Standards

With The COMPASS Connecting Instruction to the Common Core Standards Workbook, paraeducators will learn the all-important Common Core Standards (CCS) and how they can improve students' language arts and math skills by attending to the standards.


Compass: School Climate Workbook

Creating Environments that are Safe for All

This advanced module workbook covers "School Climate: Creating Environments that are Safe for All." Paraeducators will acquire the skills to deal with bullying behaviors and learn how a paraeducator can support positive school climate.

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.


The Path to Positive Classroom Management

This book is packed with easy-to-implement strategies and ideas for maintaining a positive classroom environment and culture. The text can be used for self-study, professional learning communities and as a professional development or the college classroom. Written for the busy professional, the contents offer instructional ideas in a continuum format from simple interventions to complex ideas for creating positive communication, providing proactive strategies, using reactive strategies, implementing positive reductive techniques, and creating plans for out of control and excessive behaviors.

Special Education Resources


Advancing Co-Teaching Practices: Strategies for Success

Maximize your co-teaching resources! During tough economic times, it is essential to take full advantage of each co-teacher's skill set in order to ensure success for all students. This text will show you how to work together to improve student test scores, reduce teacher stress, enhance student participation, and make teaching fun again. Discover dozens of ideas that can be fully customized to fit the unique requirements of your classroom.


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.


Children with Hearing Loss - Developing Listening and Talking

Birth to Six

This book is a dynamic compilation of crucially important information for the facilitation of auditorally-based spoken language for today's infants and young children with hearing loss. This text is intended for graduate level training programs for professionals who work with children who have hearing loss and their families (teachers, therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists.) In addition, the book will be of great interest to undergraduate speech-language-hearing programs, early childhood education and intervention programs, and parents of children who have hearing loss. Responding to the crucial need for a comprehensive text, this book provides a framework for the skills and knowledge necessary to help parents promote listening and spoken language development.


Inclusion: the Common Core Curriculum and the High Stakes Tests

Inclusion is a philosophical belief that all students can be educated together, whatever their range of academic diversity. The key is in the accommodations and modifications that unlock content for students with disabilities. Sonya H. Kunkel, Ed. S., is a teacher, instructional coach and administrator who conducts teaching seminars nationally. This collection of strategies has been tested in the secondary classroom and has proven effective at boosting the outcomes for struggling learners. Discover dozens of ideas that can be fully customized for your classroom's unique requirements.


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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