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Aug 5

1:00pm

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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Aug 9

9:00am

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) ONLINE Montessori Orientation - Ages 3-6

Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) is offering the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) ONLINE Montessori Orientation 3-6 for persons that work in Montessori schools as Assistant Teachers and Paraprofessionals, parents of children involved in Montessori education, Montessori school administrators and/or educators who want to learn more about Montessori education for this particular age group. This Orientation provides a great overview from a Montessori perspective of the developmental growth of children ages 3-6. This AMI offering, formerly known as the “Assistant Courses”, has been relabeled to more accurately reflect the actual course offering. This Orientation Course will meet in-person and includes theory, practical applications, readings, and discussions and consists of a total of 60 hours of theory/lecture and 9 hours of observation in a Montessori environment. Students who successfully complete this course are awarded an AMI Montessori Orientation 3-6 Certificate.

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Aug 9

9:00am

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) ONLINE Montessori Orientation - Ages 6-12

Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) is offering the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) ONLINE Montessori Orientation 6-12 for persons that work in Montessori schools as Assistant Teachers and Paraprofessionals, parents of children involved in Montessori education, Montessori school administrators and/or educators who want to learn more about Montessori education for this particular age group. This Orientation provides a great overview from a Montessori perspective of the developmental growth of children ages 6-12. This AMI offering, formerly known as the “Assistant Courses”, has been relabeled to more accurately reflect the actual course offering. This Orientation Course will meet in-person and includes asynchronous work component, as well. The course includes theory, practical applications, readings, and discussions and consists of a total of 60 hours of theory/lecture and 9 hours of observation in a Montessori environment. Students who successfully complete this course are awarded an AMI Montessori Orientation 6-12 Certificate.

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Aug 10

8:30am

IM Math Pilot Curriculum Overview for Teachers 6-12

An IM Certified Facilitator will lead this virtual workshop which provides a preview of the IM Math curriculum to prepare teachers to pilot one or more units. This workshop provides a survey of the IM curriculum with a focus on the philosophy and instructional shifts and the resources available in the curriculum around student understanding and discourse, planning, assessment, and instructional routines.

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Aug 10

1:00pm

IM Math Pilot Curriculum Overview for Teachers K-5

An IM Certified Facilitator will lead this virtual workshop which provides a preview of the IM Math K-5 curriculum to prepare teachers to pilot one or more units. This workshop will introduces participants to the overall structure of problem-based instruction and how it can be implemented in a classroom using the IM K–5 Math curriculum. They see an outline of a lesson plan and are exposed to other various components of the curriculum including embedded supports, centers, and routines. After this session, teachers will be ready to explore and pilot a single unit in their classrooms.

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Aug 11

12:30pm

Google Classroom: Getting Started

This virtual session will showcase the layout and features of Google Classroom at the beginner level. We will review the learning platform from the teacher and student perspective to support effective instruction in and out of the school building.

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Aug 11

3:30pm

Google Classroom: Getting Started

This virtual session will showcase the layout and features of Google Classroom at the beginner level. We will review the learning platform from the teacher and student perspective to support effective instruction in and out of the school building.

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Aug 11

8:30am

IM 6-12 Math: Observing in a Problem-Based Classroom

An IM Certified Facilitator leads participants in using video to focus on student learning behaviors in a problem-based classroom, making connections between teacher moves and student learning behaviors, and reflecting on how to support teachers.

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Aug 11

1:00pm

IM K–2 Math: Establishing Instructional Routines

An IM Certified Facilitator will lead this K-2 module where participants will experience three key instructional routines from the IM curriculum. Participants explore the conditions that support these instructional routines and explain how instructional routines can promote equity by inviting all students to access grade-level content.

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Aug 12

1:00pm

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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Aug 12

1:00pm

IM 3-5 Math: Establishing Instructional Routines

An IM Certified Facilitator will lead this 3-5 module where participants will experience three key instructional routines from the IM curriculum. Participants explore the conditions that support these instructional routines and explain how instructional routines can promote equity by inviting all students to access grade-level content.

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Aug 12

8:30am

IM 6-12 Math: Supporting Teacher Learning for Coaches and Leaders

An IM Certified Facilitator will lead participants in exploring IM-created resources for coaches, including classroom videos, PLC agendas, collaborative planning tools. Discussion will focus on coaching moves that support teacher practice and refine implementation of IM curriculum. Participants will gain access to the coaching resources through the IM Community Hub.

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Aug 16

8:30am

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) ONLINE Montessori Orientation 0-3

Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) is offering the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Montessori Orientation 0-3 ONLINE for persons that work in Montessori schools as Assistant Teachers and Paraprofessionals, parents of children involved in Montessori education, Montessori school administrators and/or educators who want to learn more about Montessori education for this particular age group. This Orientation provides a great overview from a Montessori perspective of the developmental growth of children ages 0-3. This AMI offering, formerly known as the “Assistant Courses”, has been relabeled to more accurately reflect the actual course offering. The ONLINE Orientation Course will include synchronistic meetings and at-your-own-pace learning, including: theory, practical applications, readings, and discussions. This 60 hour course combines both online learning with viewing and discussion forums plus 9 hours of observation in a Montessori environment. Students who successfully complete this course are awarded an AMI Montessori Orientation 0-3 Certificate.

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Aug 16

8:30am

IM 6-8 Math: Curriculum Diagrams and Representation

An IM Certified Facilitator will lead participants in understanding the progression of important mathematical diagrams and representations in the curriculum, and how they help students understand concepts and algorithms.

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Aug 18

8:30am

IM 3-5 Math: Teach and Learn

What is a problem based curriculum and how do I implement it in my classroom? In this session, teachers will explore the design structure of the IM curriculum and lesson plan with a Certified IM Facilitator. They will experience a lesson, practice and rehearse content and language routines, explore various supports, understand assessment materials and begin to use student thinking as a vehicle for productive planning. After this training, teachers will be ready to begin using the IM K–5 Curriculum effectively in their classrooms. SPECIAL NOTE: 8/18 session from 8:30AM-10:30AM and 1:00PM-3:00PM are for all grades K-5. 8/19 session at 8:30AM-10:30AM is K-2 only and 1:00PM-3:00PM for for Grades 3-5 only.

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Aug 18

8:30am

IM K-2 Math: Teach and Learn

What is a problem based curriculum and how do I implement it in my classroom? In this session, teachers will explore the design structure of the IM curriculum and lesson plan with a Certified IM Facilitator. They will experience a lesson, practice and rehearse content and language routines, explore various supports, understand assessment materials and begin to use student thinking as a vehicle for productive planning. After this training, teachers will be ready to begin using the IM K–5 Curriculum effectively in their classrooms.

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Aug 18

8:30am

IM Math: Instructional Routines (6-8)

An IM Certified Facilitator will lead this 6-8 module where participants will experience three key instructional routines from the IM curriculum, and then have a chance to plan and rehearse a routine which they can use with students this year. Participants explore the conditions that support these instructional routines to be successful, leading to classrooms where students are sharing their thinking and actively comparing their ideas to their classmates’ ideas.

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Aug 19

8:30am

IM Math: Instructional Routines (9-12)

An IM Certified Facilitator will lead this 9-12 module where participants will experience three key instructional routines from the IM curriculum, and then have a chance to plan and rehearse a routine which they can use with students this year. Participants explore the conditions that support these instructional routines to be successful, leading to classrooms where students are sharing their thinking and actively comparing their ideas to their classmates’ ideas.

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Aug 23

8:30am

Teachers Academy 2021 - Year 1 Teachers

All teachers entering their first year at CREC are required to attend Teachers Academy. Online sessions will encourage meaningful, collegial conversations, inspire collaborative problem solving and innovative thinking, and result in resources for immediate classroom application. Session Schedule here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1epTg3Uu_yiYdV7HRXjbW-vZp-u9y7-HAc8EC-0rEQ-A/edit?usp=sharing

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Aug 23

8:30am

Teachers Academy 2021 - Years 2/3+

FOR CREC STAFF ONLY: All CREC teachers are welcome to attend this annual event! Sessions will encourage meaningful collegial conversations; inspire collaborative problem solving and innovative thinking; and result in resources for immediate classroom application. Year 2/3 teachers areasked to here for synchronous sessions that are outlined in the Teachers Academy catalog.

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Aug 26

9:00am

Easing Student (and adult!) Transition Back to School

Transitions can be hard. Even though educators and parents hope for a smooth start, the transition back to school this fall will be extra challenging for many. Difficulty with transitions can manifest in a number of ways including resistance, avoidance, stress/anxiety and a lack of ability to focus, concentrate and learn. These challenging behaviors are most often the result of being overwhelmed by emotions. Teaching students to recognize and deal with difficult emotions is the foundation of all social emotional learning. Incorporating age appropriate breathing techniques and mindful movement into your work with students can be tremendously helpful in reducing stress and anxiety which is critical for academic success. It can also be a gift to your students that lasts a life time. In this workshop, you will: · Understand how recognizing and managing emotions is foundational to ALL social emotional learning · Learn how to teach simple age-appropriate breathing techniques that benefit children and adults alike · Explore a variety of mindful movement activities to be done anywhere to connect mind-body in “real time” for stress reduction and well-being.

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Aug 30

12:30pm

Digital Citizenship: Shaping Responsible Learners

As the need to access and information and interact with others online increases, so does the need to prepare our students with tools that will shape them into responsible digital citizens. Our role as educators provides a prime opportunity to help students learn and grow as they take advantage of today’s technology. Join us for an engaging and informative opportunity to learn, explore, and collaborate during this virtual session that will focus on the key concepts of digital citizenship and provide a variety of creative ways to weave positive digital citizenship practices and lessons into students’ daily lives.

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Aug 30

3:30pm

Digital Citizenship: Shaping Responsible Learners

As the need to access and information and interact with others online increases, so does the need to prepare our students with tools that will shape them into responsible digital citizens. Our role as educators provides a prime opportunity to help students learn and grow as they take advantage of today’s technology. Join us for an engaging and informative opportunity to learn, explore, and collaborate during this virtual session that will focus on the key concepts of digital citizenship and provide a variety of creative ways to weave positive digital citizenship practices and lessons into students’ daily lives.

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Sep 2

12:30pm

Google Classroom: Intermediate/Advanced

This virtual session will showcase the layout and features of Google Classroom along with intermediate applications that will add depth to your students’ experience and teacher productivity. We will approach learning within the platform from the teacher and student perspective to support effective instruction in and out of the school building.

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Sep 2

3:30pm

Google Classroom: Intermediate/Advanced

This virtual session will showcase the layout and features of Google Classroom along with intermediate applications that will add depth to your students’ experience and teacher productivity. We will approach learning within the platform from the teacher and student perspective to support effective instruction in and out of the school building.

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Sep 16

1:00pm

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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Sep 21

1:00pm

Early Childhood Education Council

Early Childhood educators (Pre-K) in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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Sep 21

8:00am

ServSafe

This is one-day training in ServSafe practices; you will be tested for certification at the end of the session. You will have a broader knowledge of food handling, food safety, pest control, and sanitary practices, and upon passing the exam, you will have an industry recognized credential.

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Sep 22

1:30pm

Educator Self-Care: You Can't Take Care of Them Until You Take Care of You

Are you consumed with all of balls you need to juggle as an educator? Creating engaging lesson plans, grading projects, papers, homework, and scheduling calls with administrators, peers, students, parents, and/or caregivers so that you can clearly communicate with everyone involved in your students’ education while at the same time teaching your students all day can be very difficult. With all of this, it is understandable that educators feel overwhelmed, scattered, and sometimes lost. We are really good at considering the well-being of others, but not as good when it comes to considering our own well-being. All of this leads to teacher burn-out. Self-care is critical and involves taking responsibility for yourself to ensure you enjoy a healthy work/life balance. You must take care of you so that you are ready and able to take care of all of the other constant demands in your life including your students.

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Sep 22

12:30pm

Interactive Learning with Nearpod

Nearpod is a free/paid tool that allows for interactive synchronous and asynchronous instruction that students can access from any device. In this virtual session we will explore Nearpod and learn how to create immersive, interactive learning experiences that expand the boundaries of the brick and mortar classroom.

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Sep 22

3:30pm

Interactive Learning with Nearpod

Nearpod is a free/paid tool that allows for interactive synchronous and asynchronous instruction that students can access from any device. In this virtual session we will explore Nearpod and learn how to create immersive, interactive learning experiences that expand the boundaries of the brick and mortar classroom.

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Sep 22

8:30am

When ELs Struggle: Basic Strategies for General Education Teachers

This workshop will support general education educators who are working with or have a large ELL population at their school or district with assisting ELs with Basic Strategies through the lens of Second Language Acquisition. Teachers who attend this workshop may be teachers looking for ways to support ELL students in all content areas of the regular education classroom. The session will give educators various ways to build their “bag of tricks” while learning about how ELs learn and develop language.

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Sep 23

12:30pm

Bridge to Kindergarten Series: Formative Assessment in Early Childhood

In this session, participants will explore formative assessment, what it is and what it looks like in the early childhood classroom. Specific attention will be given to tools and techniques for gathering formative assessment data to inform instruction.

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Sep 23

9:00am

TEAM District Facilitator Meeting

TEAM District Facilitator Meetings occur twice each school year and provide program updates. The mission of the TEAM Program is to promote excellence, equity, and high achievement for Connecticut students by engaging teachers in the purposeful exploration of professional practice through guided support and personal reflection.

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Sep 23

1:00pm

NC3T Information Session

The National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T), in conjunction with CSDE, will hold a virtual information session for high schools interested in implementing a model pathways approach congruent with Perkins V. Teams must consist of four or five members: a central office leader, a building leader, a CTE teacher and a school/career counselor. An additional CTE teacher would be welcome to join. Your team must attend this session to be eligible to apply for Cohort III, which will launch in Fall 2021 and conclude Spring 2023. High schools must commit to active participation in both virtual and in-person settings.

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Sep 24

9:00am

Coaches Council

Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend bi-monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Topics will be determined based on participant interests. No cost to attend this workshop.

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Sep 24

1:00pm

Language Arts Council

CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers in the CREC region monthly opportunities to share best practices and engage in new thinking about literacy instruction. Kindergarten to grade 12 Language Arts educators including teachers, literacy coaches, literacy coordinators, directors and department heads are encouraged to attend the bi-monthly meetings. Input from participants regarding topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend this event.

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Sep 29

1:00pm

Connecting Mind, Body and Emotion for Student Success

The research is compelling—students’ academic achievement is highly dependent on cognitive, physical, and emotional well-being. CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, identifies self-awareness and self-management as two important competencies for student success. How can we teach these important skills? Mindfulness, (awareness of the present moment with kindness and curiosity) and yoga, (mindful movement) help students become aware of 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 and outside of school. In this workshop participants will: • Learn how mindfulness and yoga support all social and emotional learning programs • Experience mindfulness activities and mindful movement that can benefit teachers and student alike • Develop the skills and strategies for incorporating simple mindfulness, breathing, and movement activities with students K-12.

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Sep 29

8:30am

When ELs Struggle: More Strategies

This is the second in a non-sequential series of instructional strategies. You do not have to have attended the first session to participate in this session. This workshop will support general education educators who are working with or have a large ELL population at their school or district with assisting ELs with Basic Strategies through the lens of Second Language Acquisition. Teachers who attend this workshop may be teachers looking for ways to support ELL students in all content areas of the regular education classroom. The session will give educators various ways to build their “bag of tricks” while learning about how ELs learn and develop language.

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Sep 30

1:00pm

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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Oct 1

8:30am

A Roadmap for the AAC Journey

**ONGOING REGISTRATION - CLOSE MAY 1, 2022** Are you working with a nonspeaking child for the first time? Do you have a student using AAC inconsistently or in ineffective ways? You might be wondering where to begin, or where to go from here! In this asynchronous self-paced session, participants will begin to explore, build, and refine practical knowledge of the best practices in alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). Participants will explore relevant evidence based practice, resources, tools, and strategies to become better communication partners and facilitators of meaningful and functional communication. Participants will be given a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

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Oct 4

12:30pm

Interactive Learning with Seesaw

Seesaw is a free/paid digital design and student engagement tool that allows students to capture and share their learning via photo, audio, video, file upload, note, and links. Seesaw provides real-time connection and updates to families and works with numerous other apps. In this virtual session participants will learn and explore the features of Seesaw and how it can be integrated into their classes in and out of the school building.

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Oct 4

3:30pm

Interactive Learning with Seesaw

Seesaw is a free/paid digital design and student engagement tool that allows students to capture and share their learning via photo, audio, video, file upload, note, and links. Seesaw provides real-time connection and updates to families and works with numerous other apps. In this virtual session participants will learn and explore the features of Seesaw and how it can be integrated into their classes in and out of the school building.

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Oct 5

9:00am

Curriculum Council

These council meetings will give CREC Region Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents, and Instructional Leaders an opportunity to receive professional development, collaborate on curriculum and instructional issues related to teaching and learning, as well as share concerns, issues and resources. Participants will have the opportunity to liaison with CSDE on legislative and policy issues related to schools. No cost to attend this workshop.

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Oct 6

9:00am

English Language Learners Council (Title III)

English Language Learner district coordinators in the CREC region are invited to attend 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. No cost to attend.

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Oct 6

2:00pm

Library Media Specialists Council

CREC’s Library Media Specialists Council provides a unique opportunity for K-12 Library Media Specialists in the CREC region to come together to share best practices and engage in new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Quarterly meetings will encourage input from participants regarding topics and speaker selections in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend event.

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Oct 7

1:00pm

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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Oct 13

12:30pm

Bridge to Kindergarten Series: Integrating Formal Literacy Curriculum Throughout the Preschool Day

This workshop will explore the various ways early childhood teachers can integrate a formal literacy program (i.e. Fundations) using developmentally appropriate play scenarios to enhance children's understanding of literacy concepts. The focus will be on sharing engaging strategies for incorporating the program’s goals in developmentally appropriate ways.

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Oct 13

8:30am

Creating a Culture for Writing for English Learners

Writing can be intimidating for any student; that anxiety is heightened in English Learners. Participants in this workshop will learn how to create a safe place for writing as well as many instructional strategies for engaging English Learners in the Writing process.

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Oct 14

1:00pm

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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Oct 15

8:30am

Advanced Coaching: Refining Your Practice and Next Steps

This asynchronous virtual learning series is for Instructional Coaches with five or more years of experience in the role. Participants will have the opportunity to explore strategies to engage in difficult conversations, adult learning theory, strategies, and techniques related to coaching adults and explore the unique perspective of the coaching mindset. Participants will also be part of CREC’s Virtual Coaching Network. As a member of the Virtual Coaching Network, participants will build their capacity as a coach and make connections with other coaches virtually. They will receive individualized feedback from Education Specialist, Jessica Kazigian, and be a member of a cohort specific to their needs. Participants will be asked to use the Sibme platform (access provided by CREC) to upload coaching videos, articles/artifacts, and provide feedback to one another. This virtual series will require participants to complete a combination of coursework and virtual coaching sessions over the course of the school year. This virtual learning series is for coaches already in the role. NOTE: Release of materials - 10/15/21, 12/17, 2/18, 4/22.

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Oct 15

1:00pm

Math Council

CREC’s Mathematics Council provides new thinking about mathematics instruction for K-12 math teachers, coaches, and district leaders in an open forum type setting. Agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs. No cost to attend.

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Oct 15

8:30am

New to Instructional Coaching Learning Series

This asynchronous virtual learning series is for new Instructional Coaches, looking for the skills and techniques required to transition from teacher to teacher leader. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different coaching models, learn about coaching cycles, how to work with adults, and strategies to be successful in this new role over the course of a school year. Coaches will also be part of CREC’s Virtual Coaching Network. As a member of the Virtual Coaching Network, participants will build their capacity as a coach and make connections with other coaches virtually. They will receive individualized feedback from Education Specialist, Jessica Kazigian, and be a member of a cohort specific to their needs. Participants will be asked to use the Sibme platform (access provided by CREC) to upload coaching videos, articles/artifacts, and provide feedback to one another. This virtual series will require participants to complete a combination of coursework and virtual coaching sessions over the course of the school year. This virtual learning series is for new coaches already in the role. NOTE: Release of materials - 10/15, 12/17, 2/18, 4/22,

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Oct 19

12:30pm

Using Video to Support Student Learning

Video is a perfect way to engage learners, support continuous, customized learning, and minimize repetition.This virtual session will focus on creating short (5 minutes or less), screencast videos using Screencast-O-Matic and Screencastify. Participants will learn and develop their own screencasts to implement into their instruction.

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Oct 19

3:30pm

Using Video to Support Student Learning

Video is a perfect way to engage learners, support continuous, customized learning, and minimize repetition.This virtual session will focus on creating short (5 minutes or less), screencast videos using Screencast-O-Matic and Screencastify. Participants will learn and develop their own screencasts to implement into their instruction.

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Oct 20

8:30am

Assistive Technology for Secondary Students with SLD/Dyslexia Course

ON GOING REGISTRATION - Asynchronous - ! Assistive technology can be a powerful way to help children with reading issues, however, with so many tools available, it’s not easy to know which one will work for your student. Students with dyslexia require appropriate instructional accommodations to allow them to be successful in the general education curriculum. This asynchronous online professional learning course explores assistive technology options across a variety of platforms and will demonstrate how to determine the best option for each student. This course can be completed in up to 4 hours. Participants have 2 months to complete all of the activities in the course. Participants will be given a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Release of Materials on 10/20/2021.

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Oct 20

9:00am

Social & Emotional Learning / Mindfulness Council

This council will focus on current trends, research, and interventions related to Social and Emotional Learning. Participants will be able to network with staff from other districts, access resources, and learn the most current developments in the field. We will also engage in Mindfulness and yoga practices and will share expertise, valuable resources, and activities that can be used in any setting. No cost to attend.

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Oct 21

1:00pm

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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Oct 21

1:00pm

Social Studies Council

CREC region Social Studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about Social Studies instruction, and proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks, Connecticut Core Standards, the SAT and Smarter Balanced Assessments. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend.

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Oct 25

8:30am

Wilson Reading Training

This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.

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Oct 26

9:00am

Autism Toolbox Part 1

Participants will learn strategies to include students on the autism spectrum into general education classrooms and also how to help students with ASD navigate all environments in the school.

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Nov 8

12:30pm

Seesaw and Google Classroom

In this interactive virtual workshop participants will explore and identify how integrating Seesaw with Google Classroom can enhance student engagement for learning. Participants will explore how to use the Google Classroom roster to create Seesaw classes and share activities directly.

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Nov 8

3:30pm

Seesaw and Google Classroom

In this interactive virtual workshop participants will explore and identify how integrating Seesaw with Google Classroom can enhance student engagement for learning. Participants will explore how to use the Google Classroom roster to create Seesaw classes and share activities directly.

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Nov 9

1:00pm

Moving Matters

Students (of all ages) are sedentary for longer and longer stretches of time which can have a negative impact on academic achievement as well as overall health. In addition, stress, which is common among children and teens, makes it difficult to focus and concentrate. Being and relaxed in mind and body is a pre-requisite to learning. But how can a teacher incorporate physical breaks without sacrificing valuable instructional time? Using simple yoga stretches and breathing techniques throughout the class period or day can enhance focus and concentration, ease anxiety and create a sense of connectedness in your classroom. Participants will: • Explore the connection between learning readiness and feeling safe and comfortable in body and mind • Learn simple breathing exercises and yoga stretches that can be easily integrated throughout the day without any special equipment, space or training • Have fun and reduce stress for both students and teachers!

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Nov 16

1:00pm

Early Childhood Education Council

Early Childhood educators (Pre-K) in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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Nov 17

4:00pm

AARC Open House Informational Session

Advanced Alternate Route to Certification Program for Special Education is an advanced program for certified teachers to earn a cross endorsement in Comprehensive Special Education (165). To qualify you must be a certified teacher in an approved area (e.g. elementary education, mathematics); have three years teaching experience (substitute experience will be considered); and have a desire to work with students with disabilities. Applications accepted November 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022. AARC advantages are affordable tuition; flexible classes (summer, Saturdays); job-embedded portfolio assignments; 14-month program design for working professionals; working in a cohort with a regional mentor.

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Nov 19

9:00am

Coaches Council

Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend bi-monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Topics will be determined based on participant interests. No cost to attend this workshop.

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Nov 19

1:00pm

Language Arts Council

CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers in the CREC region monthly opportunities to share best practices and engage in new thinking about literacy instruction. Kindergarten to grade 12 Language Arts educators including teachers, literacy coaches, literacy coordinators, directors and department heads are encouraged to attend the bi-monthly meetings. Input from participants regarding topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend this event.

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Dec 2

9:00am

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Restorative Practices

This workshop will describe the rationale for Restorative Practices in schools, identify and demonstrate a continuum of restorative practices and discuss a restorative approach as an alternative to traditional discipline practices. Participants will examine strategies for aligning and integrating Restorative Practices within a multi-tiered system of support.

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Dec 8

9:00am

English Language Learners Council (Title III)

English Language Learner district coordinators in the CREC region are invited to attend 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. No cost to attend.

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Dec 8

2:00pm

Library Media Specialists Council

CREC’s Library Media Specialists Council provides a unique opportunity for K-12 Library Media Specialists in the CREC region to come together to share best practices and engage in new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Quarterly meetings will encourage input from participants regarding topics and speaker selections in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend event.

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Dec 9

12:30pm

Seesaw Activity Blast

In this interactive virtual workshop, we will explore creating a multipage, station-based, workshop-based, and choice board activity. Participants will learn how to integrate scratch off, spotlights, magnifiers, dice, and identify best practices for creating activities whether you are teaching face to face or remote. We will review how to embed screencasts, video, and audio in activities to support all learners.Note: If you're using the free version of Seesaw, not all premium activity features will be available.

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Dec 9

3:30pm

Seesaw Activity Blast

In this interactive virtual workshop, we will explore creating a multipage, station-based, workshop-based, and choice board activity. Participants will learn how to integrate scratch off, spotlights, magnifiers, dice, and identify best practices for creating activities whether you are teaching face to face or remote. We will review how to embed screencasts, video, and audio in activities to support all learners.Note: If you're using the free version of Seesaw, not all premium activity features will be available.

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Dec 9

9:00am

Social & Emotional Learning / Mindfulness Council

This council will focus on current trends, research, and interventions related to Social and Emotional Learning. Participants will be able to network with staff from other districts, access resources, and learn the most current developments in the field. We will also engage in Mindfulness and yoga practices and will share expertise, valuable resources, and activities that can be used in any setting. No cost to attend.

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Dec 9

1:00pm

Social Studies Council

CREC region Social Studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about Social Studies instruction, and proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks, Connecticut Core Standards, the SAT and Smarter Balanced Assessments. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend.

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Dec 14

9:00am

Curriculum Council

These council meetings will give CREC Region Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents, and Instructional Leaders an opportunity to receive professional development, collaborate on curriculum and instructional issues related to teaching and learning, as well as share concerns, issues and resources. Participants will have the opportunity to liaison with CSDE on legislative and policy issues related to schools. No cost to attend this workshop.

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Jan 6

12:30pm

Reimagining Choice Boards with Seesaw and Google Classroom

In this interactive virtual workshop, we will explore varying options for creating choice boards in Seesaw and Google Classroom. Participants will learn how to create choice boards in both applications by embedding links, video, and modeling activities.

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Jan 6

3:30pm

Reimagining Choice Boards with Seesaw and Google Classroom

In this interactive virtual workshop, we will explore varying options for creating choice boards in Seesaw and Google Classroom. Participants will learn how to create choice boards in both applications by embedding links, video, and modeling activities.

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Jan 12

12:30pm

Bridge to Kindergarten Series: Play-Based Storytelling

This workshop will explore the various ways early childhood teachers can foster a love of storytelling by young writers in their classrooms. The focus will be on sharing engaging strategies for incorporating the program’s goals in developmentally appropriate ways.

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Jan 13

9:00am

Aligning Social and Emotional Learning to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Social and emotional learning provides the structure and process for students to develop skills in understanding and managing emotions, setting goals, showing empathy, maintaining positive relationships and making responsible decisions. Participants will learn strategies and interventions to promote social and emotional learning based on standards. It will focus on Tier 1, 2 and 3 interventions.

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Jan 18

1:00pm

Early Childhood Education Council

Early Childhood educators (Pre-K) in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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Jan 19

9:00am

Autism Toolbox Part 2

Participants will learn strategies to help students on the autism spectrum into general education classrooms in further detail then Part 1. Attendance in Autism Toolbox Part 1 is not required to participate in this workshop. This workshop is designed for educators in grades K-6.

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Jan 21

9:00am

Coaches Council

Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend bi-monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Topics will be determined based on participant interests. No cost to attend this workshop.

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Jan 21

1:00pm

Language Arts Council

CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers in the CREC region monthly opportunities to share best practices and engage in new thinking about literacy instruction. Kindergarten to grade 12 Language Arts educators including teachers, literacy coaches, literacy coordinators, directors and department heads are encouraged to attend the bi-monthly meetings. Input from participants regarding topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend this event.

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Jan 25

8:00am

ServSafe

This is one-day training in ServSafe practices; you will be tested for certification at the end of the session. You will have a broader knowledge of food handling, food safety, pest control, and sanitary practices, and upon passing the exam, you will have an industry recognized credential.

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Feb 8

9:00am

Curriculum Council

These council meetings will give CREC Region Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents, and Instructional Leaders an opportunity to receive professional development, collaborate on curriculum and instructional issues related to teaching and learning, as well as share concerns, issues and resources. Participants will have the opportunity to liaison with CSDE on legislative and policy issues related to schools. No cost to attend this workshop.

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Feb 8

12:30pm

Redefining Family Communication

In this interactive virtual workshop, we will explore how to deepen the connection with families using the Seesaw Family App. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to use many features of the family app including the language option and effective strategies for engaging with families.

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Feb 8

3:30pm

Redefining Family Communication

In this interactive virtual workshop, we will explore how to deepen the connection with families using the Seesaw Family App. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to use many features of the family app including the language option and effective strategies for engaging with families.

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Feb 16

4:00pm

AARC Open House Informational Session

Advanced Alternate Route to Certification Program for Special Education is an advanced program for certified teachers to earn a cross endorsement in Comprehensive Special Education (165). To qualify you must be a certified teacher in an approved area (e.g. elementary education, mathematics); have three years teaching experience (substitute experience will be considered); and have a desire to work with students with disabilities. Applications accepted November 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022. AARC advantages are affordable tuition; flexible classes (summer, Saturdays); job-embedded portfolio assignments; 14-month program design for working professionals; working in a cohort with a regional mentor.

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Feb 28

1:00pm

Social & Emotional Learning / Mindfulness Council

This council will focus on current trends, research, and interventions related to Social and Emotional Learning. Participants will be able to network with staff from other districts, access resources, and learn the most current developments in the field. We will also engage in Mindfulness and yoga practices and will share expertise, valuable resources, and activities that can be used in any setting. No cost to attend.

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Mar 1

9:00am

A Whole New World: Exploring Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are the wave of the future, and the future is now! In today's world, our students are often the ones teaching us about the latest and greatest technological innovation, and it takes work to keep up. In this session, participants will learn about and experience demonstrations of the most cutting edge VR and AR platforms, services, tools, and technology. Participants will explore how VR and AR can be implemented in educational settings to provide unique learning opportunities and capitalize on student interest and motivation. Participants will also engage in thoughtful discussions about the pros and cons of this style of learning. Learn how to unlock all the potential and experience that the outside world offers, right from within the comfort of your classroom!

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Mar 2

9:00am

English Language Learners Council (Title III)

English Language Learner district coordinators in the CREC region are invited to attend 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. No cost to attend.

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Mar 4

12:30pm

Bridge to Kindergarten Series: Playful Math

This workshop will explore the various ways early childhood teachers can integrate play-based numeracy experiences throughout the day. The focus will be on sharing engaging strategies for incorporating the program’s goals in developmentally appropriate ways.

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Mar 9

2:00pm

Library Media Specialists Council

CREC’s Library Media Specialists Council provides a unique opportunity for K-12 Library Media Specialists in the CREC region to come together to share best practices and engage in new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Quarterly meetings will encourage input from participants regarding topics and speaker selections in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend event.

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Mar 10

1:00pm

Social Studies Council

CREC region Social Studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about Social Studies instruction, and proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks, Connecticut Core Standards, the SAT and Smarter Balanced Assessments. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend.

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Mar 15

1:00pm

Early Childhood Education Council

Early Childhood educators (Pre-K) in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

REGISTER

Mar 18

9:00am

Coaches Council

Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend bi-monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Topics will be determined based on participant interests. No cost to attend this workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 18

1:00pm

Language Arts Council

CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers in the CREC region monthly opportunities to share best practices and engage in new thinking about literacy instruction. Kindergarten to grade 12 Language Arts educators including teachers, literacy coaches, literacy coordinators, directors and department heads are encouraged to attend the bi-monthly meetings. Input from participants regarding topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend this event.

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Mar 21

12:30pm

Creating Escape Rooms with Seesaw

In this interactive virtual workshop, we will explore how to deepen the connection with families using the Seesaw Family App. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to use many features of the family app including the language option and effective strategies for engaging with families.

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Mar 21

3:30pm

Creating Escape Rooms with Seesaw

In this interactive virtual workshop, we will explore how to deepen the connection with families using the Seesaw Family App. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to use many features of the family app including the language option and effective strategies for engaging with families.

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Apr 5

9:00am

Curriculum Council

These council meetings will give CREC Region Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents, and Instructional Leaders an opportunity to receive professional development, collaborate on curriculum and instructional issues related to teaching and learning, as well as share concerns, issues and resources. Participants will have the opportunity to liaison with CSDE on legislative and policy issues related to schools. No cost to attend this workshop.

REGISTER

May 4

9:00am

English Language Learners Council (Title III)

English Language Learner district coordinators in the CREC region are invited to attend 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. No cost to attend.

REGISTER

May 4

1:00pm

Social & Emotional Learning / Mindfulness Council

This council will focus on current trends, research, and interventions related to Social and Emotional Learning. Participants will be able to network with staff from other districts, access resources, and learn the most current developments in the field. We will also engage in Mindfulness and yoga practices and will share expertise, valuable resources, and activities that can be used in any setting. No cost to attend.

REGISTER

May 11

2:00pm

Library Media Specialists Council

CREC’s Library Media Specialists Council provides a unique opportunity for K-12 Library Media Specialists in the CREC region to come together to share best practices and engage in new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Quarterly meetings will encourage input from participants regarding topics and speaker selections in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend event.

REGISTER

May 12

1:00pm

Social Studies Council

CREC region Social Studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about Social Studies instruction, and proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks, Connecticut Core Standards, the SAT and Smarter Balanced Assessments. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend.

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May 17

1:00pm

Early Childhood Education Council

Early Childhood educators (Pre-K) in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

REGISTER

May 20

9:00am

Coaches Council

Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend bi-monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Topics will be determined based on participant interests. No cost to attend this workshop.

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Jun 7

9:00am

Curriculum Council

These council meetings will give CREC Region Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents, and Instructional Leaders an opportunity to receive professional development, collaborate on curriculum and instructional issues related to teaching and learning, as well as share concerns, issues and resources. Participants will have the opportunity to liaison with CSDE on legislative and policy issues related to schools. No cost to attend this workshop.

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