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Mar 17

9:00am

MTCNE Alumni Webinar Series

ONGOING REGISTRATION - "The Keys to Reading: A Deep Dive Into Phonological Awareness and the Sounds of English" Webinar. Why is it that some children struggle to read and what can we do about it? For many children, the missing link to total reading is the awareness of sounds in our language. In this presentation Justin Chapian will take a close look at why phonemic awareness is so important, how it is different from phonics, and practical suggestions for instruction in the Montessori classroom. We will touch on how Montessori’s approach of writing before reading aligns with the science of reading and we will then take a deep dive into the sounds of our language and the connection between the children’s spelling and their awareness of sound. NOTE: The scheduled time and date are for registration purposes only. Once payment is received, you will receive a link to the pre-recorded webinar that will be active for one week. Accepting credit cards only.

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Apr 21

3:00pm

TEAM Module 5

Module 5 will introduce beginning teachers to the Code of Professional Responsibility for Educators and is designed to educate and raise awareness about the multitude of ethical and professional dilemmas faced by educators today. The focus of Module 5 is to raise a level of awareness about the Code of Professional Responsibilities and to discuss your professional obligations and the potential consequences of misconduct. This is a TEAM training and is unpaid.

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Jun 17

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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Jul 6

9:00am

eesmarts - Harnessing the Wind

Educators will explore the nature of wind, and the physics of wind turbines, with a focus on the energy transfer processes and the NGSS approach. Participants will learn how to engage students in wind turbine blade design using KidWind kits and activities. The engineering cycle, including criteria and constraints, as well as evaluating performance, will be discussed. Participants will also be challenged to consider how turbines could affect a local community. Participants will receive a KidWind Kit for use with their HS students, as well as specific lesson outlines.

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Jul 7

9:00am

eesmarts - Greenhouse Effect and Energy Efficiency

Educators are introduced to activities involving the basic principles of the Greenhouse Effect, heat from the sun (reflection and absorption), and energy efficiency.

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Jul 8

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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Jul 8

9:00am

eesmarts - Climate Change

Educators are introduced to activities involving Earth’s natural cycles including the carbon cycle and how Earth’s climate has changed over time. They will look at evidence from the past through the study of proxies such as foraminifera, ice core data, the Albedo Effect, and phenology. They will also consider the impact of humans on the environment, and what can be done to lessen harmful effects.

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Jul 8

9:00am

eesmarts - Energizing Science for Grade K/1

Educators are introduced to activities designed for younger students to answer the questions: How does sunlight affect the earth? What causes day and night? What causes sound? How are images created with light and varying materials? Links to some e-books will be provided.

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Jul 9

9:00am

eesmarts - The Sun and the Water Cycle

Educators are introduced to activities involving the altitude of the sun and the positioning of solar panels, creating wind in a classroom and generating electricity using wind power, and finally the water cycle.

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Jul 12

9:00am

eesmarts - Climate Change

Educators will be introduced to the natural cycles that occur on Earth and our solar system including the carbon cycle and sunspot activity, how these cycles affect populations, and how humans may affect natural cycles. Educators will examine evidence from the past through proxies such as tree rings, cherry tree blossoms, and ice core data. Topics such as the Albedo Effect; climate and ecosystems; and invasive species will be presented.

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Jul 13

9:00am

eesmarts - Energizing Science for Grade 2

Educators are introduced to activities designed to answer the questions: How do heating and cooling affect the states of matter and can plants grow without sunlight and water? Links to some e-books will be provided.

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Jul 13

9:00am

eesmarts - High School Solar I: Collecting and Using Solar Energy

Educators will explore solar energy and heat, with a focus on energy transfer processes and the NGSS approach. Participants will learn how to engage students in the engineering cycle for two solar hot water heaters - one passive and one with a heat exchanger. Participants will receive a materials kit for use with their HS students, as well as specific lesson outlines.

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Jul 14

9:00am

eesmarts - Energizing Science for Grade 4

Educators are introduced to activities demonstrating various forms of energy and how energy changes from one form to another. Topics include current electricity, renewable and nonrenewable natural resources, and heat from the sun.

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Jul 15

9:00am

eesmarts - Energizing Science for Grade 5

Educators are introduced to activities demonstrating various forms of energy and how energy changes from one form to another. Topics include the apparent brightness and movement of the sun, how the energy released from food was once energy from the sun (photosynthesis), and wasted energy.

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Jul 19

9:00am

eesmarts - Energizing Science for Grade 3

Educators are introduced to activities demonstrating various forms of energy and how energy changes from one form to another. Topics include static electricity, magnetism, and forces and motion

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Jul 19

9:00am

eesmarts - High School Solar II: Solar Photovoltaics, Sunlight to Electricity

Educators will explore solar energy and the physics behind photovoltaic (PV) cells. The focus will be on the engineering cycle for the realistic criteria and constraints for a PV cell’s generation of current. NGSS-based lesson ideas will also include building circuits and the power output of series and parallel circuits. Participants will receive a materials kit for use with their HS students, as well as specific lesson outlines.

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Jul 21

9:00am

eesmarts - Energy Transformations

Educators will be introduced to activities involving electromagnetism, generators, potential and kinetic energy, and energy transformation during photosynthesis.

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Jul 29

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 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

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

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

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.

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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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Sep 15

9:00am

New to Instructional Coaching? Starting the Year off Right

This two day professional learning series is for new Instructional Coaches who have been recently hired for their role in the upcoming school year. Identify the skills and techniques required to transition from teacher to instructional coach. 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. This two day professional development is for brand new coaches with limited experience in the role.

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