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Sep 28

9:30am

Developmentally Appropriate Use of Technology

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Sep 28

12:00pm

Digital Citizenship for Families and Children

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Sep 29

1:00pm

Developmentally Appropriate Use of Technology

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Sep 29

8:30am

When English Learners Struggle: More Strategies

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Sep 30

10:00am

Digital Citizenship for Families and Children

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Sep 20

9:00am

Engagement and Achievement in Science Education: NGSS and Universal Design for Learning (K-12)

ONGOING REGISTRATION! - The authors of NGSS explicitly name Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a necessary tool for the creation of science units that are meaningful, accessible and challenging for all students. This asynchronous course provides participants with opportunities to become familiar with shifts in NGSS instruction and UDL guidelines, as well as opportunities to identify potential barriers and make adjustments to better support all students. Completion takes about 8-10 hours, and participants have two (2) months to finish all of the activities in the course. Note: Day of workshop, instructor will send access link to materials by 9AM. If you enroll after material release date, you will receive access link within five (5) days.

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Sep 20

9:00am

Reboot to NGSS

ONGOING REGISTRATION! - In the first half of this asynchronous course, participants will be reminded of the foundational instructional and mindset shifts in science teaching and learning as they relate to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In the second half, participants will explore and apply various tools to enhance NGSS-alignment in curriculum and instruction. The course will conclude with the participants utilizing tools to apply to their own personal curriculum and instructional practice. Completion takes about 8-10 hours, and participants have 2 months to finish all of the activities in the course. Note: Day of workshop, instructor will send access link to materials by 9AM. If you enroll after material release date, you will receive access link within five (5) days.

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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 27

1:00pm

Developmentally Appropriate Use of Technology

Young children are increasingly using tablets in early education settings and with family members. This raises important questions, such as when and how these devices can be used with young children. Participants will explore how young children learn to problem solve and coordinate using screen-based devices. Participants will also explore ways to increase how the tool can meet identified educational goals for an individual child or for a group of children. This professional learning series focuses on ways that young children can use screen-based devices to exhibit their knowledge of the world round them. No cost to attend.

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Sep 27

10:00am

Digital Citizenship for Families and Children

As the need to access and information and interact online increases, so does the need to prepare our students and families with effective, strategies, and resources to support growth and safety online. Join us for an engaging and informative opportunity to learn, explore, and collaborate on the key concepts of digital citizenship. No cost to attend.

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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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Sep 30

8:00am

RESC Alliance Curriculum Council

As Connecticut’s top educational leaders continue to expand their administrator networks and to ensure a consistent understanding of CSDE and legislation expectations, the RESC Alliance will begin collaboratively hosting the RESC Alliance Curriculum Council meetings this year. Each meeting will be structured to balance the following: CSDE and legislative updates, Statewide networking and problem-solving, and Local agency updates, networking, and discussions. We look forward to supporting and collaborating with all of our curriculum leaders! No cost to attend this workshop.

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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 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 8

9:00am

Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) for 21st CCLC Programs

The Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) was developed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) with 21st Century Community Learning Centers in mind! The APT provides a way for after school staff to access the quality of their services and use data to make program improvements. Quality after school programs produce positive outcomes in youth!

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Oct 12

1:00pm

Science Council

Science educators, coaches and administrators are invited to attend quarterly, virtual council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about science education, and continue to proactively respond to the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards. No cost to attend!

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Oct 12

12:00pm

TEAM Mentor Initial Support Training

This training for prospective mentors and cooperating teachers is available for individuals selected by the district (or volunteered) to serve in one of these roles. Following sessions, there will be an additional time for follow up offered for more in-depth work on the modules or the process chosen by your districts. The training prepares participants to lead beginning teachers through the TEAM module process and a successful completion of the five mentoring modules. In addition, participants are prepared to support a student teacher while developing effective coaching strategies to assist both beginning and student teachers. Participants must attend all sessions. At the end of the training, participants qualify to work with either a new teacher or a student teacher. Pre work is required. The instructor will send information to participants prior to the session. No cost to attend this event.

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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

9:00am

Charting the LifeCourse/Person Centered Planning

Participants in this workshop will become familiar with the Charting the LifeCourse Materials and learn how to utilize them for futures planning. Workshop Schedule Hours: Session 1 - 9:00-11:00 am; Session 2 - 12:30-2:30 pm. No cost to attend.

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Oct 14

12:30pm

NGSS Instructional Practices 6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions (Secondary)

This virtual workshop provides participants with the opportunity to review the major goals of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), identify strong student-centered instructional strategies focused on one of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) for in-person and virtual environments, and make adjustments accordingly to better address student needs.

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Oct 14

8:00am

LEADERSHIP FOR EQUITY INSTITUTE

An interactive professional learning opportunity made up of six half-day sessions designed for education professionals who work with Hartford youth enrolled in their suburban school districts via the Hartford Region Open Choice program. Designed for teams of 3 to 8 from the same school to attend.• Identify racial barriers within schools at the institutional and systemic levels and strategies to address them.• A principal describes incorporating culturally responsive practices in her middle school and the outcomes five years later. Learn how their information collection and analysis of school policies, practices, structures, philosophies and systems impacted their practice.• Select a goal within your school or district and develop an action plan, working as a team to identify and address systemic challenges impacting students of color.• Learn about the role implicit bias plays in the opportunity gap for students of color, along with strategies to counteract these biases.• Unpack terms such as institutional racism, white fragility, white privilege, color blindness, redlining and the role these play in supporting a structural racism framework.• Hear Hartford parents describe their experiences with suburban schools and how staff actions (or inactions) increased either trust or mistrust, along with their suggestions. Q & A opportunity.• Work on local district efforts as a team; also network and brainstorm in small groups with other suburban school district educators; generate strategies together to address existing inequities.

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Oct 15

8:30am

ESTEEM: Engaging Students Through Equity, Education and Motivation:

This four part virtual synchronous series is designed to assist students in re-engaging with classwork expectations. ESTEEM uses the concept of short-term behavior modification and motivational interviewing to bring the student into the process for reengaging in their education. A combination of surveys and inventories will be selected to assess the student’s needs. These assessments may focus on ecological, sleep, and attendance barriers as well and reinforcer and career interest inventories. More than 5,000 CT students have not logged on a single day of class. The skyrocketing absenteeism rate since COVID-19 closed schools in March of 2020 raises concerns about the opportunity gap in education impacting achievement even further. This series is designed for teachers, administrators, social workers, counselors, paraeducators, and others that may be struggling to address chronic absenteeism. Each ESTEEM cohort will walk away with the skills to foster engagement, honor equity and increase motivation with even their most unengaged students.

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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 18

8:30am

Equity in Science Education: NGSS for All Students (Secondary)

This 2-day blended learning workshop exposes participants to current student achievement in science, how biases impact instruction, and how the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) can support removing barriers to set all students up for success. Real teaching scenarios written by teachers on the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team will be reviewed, and student-centered instructional strategies will be examined in collaborative, discussion-based groups. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a stronger understanding of their how biases impact student success, and be able to better address them within their own classrooms and schools. Note: Optional Text "NGSS For All Students."

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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

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 20

12:30pm

NGSS Instructional Practices 7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence (Secondary)

This virtual workshop provides participants with the opportunity to review the major goals of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), identify strong student-centered instructional strategies focused on one of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) for in-person and virtual environments, and make adjustments accordingly to better address student needs.

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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

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 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 22

9:00am

Hey, I Can Read That!

This synchronous virtual session that will take a deep dive into using digital tools for text accommodations and modifications. As a result of this session, participants will be able to describe adapting of readability of text, to demonstrate tools that can assist with easily adjusting readability of text for a wide-variety of learners, and will share resources for tools that can assist participants with differentiating and adapting reading for many learners. Online demos will occur in breakout rooms and a resource document will be provided. Text Modifications and Accommodations

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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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Oct 27

8:30am

Anti-Racist Educator Framework Series

Join us for this important workshop series focused on how to become an Anti-racist Educator. Throughout this series we will learn how to: · Engage in productive conversations about race · Apply an anti-racist equity lens to policy and practices· Develop a professional learning plan for culturally relevant pedagogy · Take a leadership role on equity and social justice projects in the community

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Oct 29

9:00am

New to Instructional Coaching? Starting off Right!

This one day professional learning series is for new Instructional Coaches who have been recently hired for their role this 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 one day professional development is for brand new coaches with limited experience in the role.

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Nov 2

9:00am

eesmarts - Climate Change for High School

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. Some strategies for performing activities in virtual settings as well as in class during the global pandemic will be suggested. NGSS PE’s Addressed:HS-ESS2-2HS; ESS2-4HS; ESS2-6HS; ESS3-4HS; ESS3-5HS; ESS3-6

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Nov 2

9:00am

eesmarts - Escape Room and Choose Your Own Adventure Workshop (Grades 5-8)

This workshop features two interactive experiences developed to enhance the eesmarts curriculum or as a stand-alone to support NGSS. In the Escape Room, clues must be gathered and puzzles solved using science knowledge to successfully complete the challenge. The focus of the content in this particular activity involves the transformation of energy and its impact on the environment. In the Choose Your Own Adventure participants have the opportunity to meaningfully engage in design challenges and are provided complete data sets for a variety of tested variables that are accessed through the choices they make throughout the adventure. The examples offered showcase the efficiency of wind turbine blade designs, the strength of a variety of electromagnets, and how different surfaces on earth (arctic, desert, ocean, etc.) are impacted by the Greenhouse Effect. These two formats provoke high student interest and engagement due to their game-like nature. The use of technology lends itself very well to both in-person and remote learning. NGSS PE’s Addressed: MS-PS2-3; MS-PS3-1; MS-PS3-4; MS-PS4-2; MS-LS1-6; MS-ESS3-

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Nov 3

1:00pm

TEAM Initial Reviewer Training

Successful completion of the TEAM Initial Reviewer Training will enable participants to review TEAM reflection papers and projects to determine if there is sufficient evidence to successfully meet the TEAM module criteria. The training will consist of 3 two-hour facilitated online sessions and pre-work for each session. IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION: In order to successfully complete the training, participants must complete all pre-work and session activities in the order of presentation. That means that if participants are unable to complete any of the pre-work or sessions, they will have to finish the training by registering for and attending the missed sessions and completing the pre-work at another training. Therefore, it is important that participants only register for a training where they know that they will be able to attend each of the three sessions and complete the pre-work. No cost to attend this event.

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Nov 4

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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Nov 4

12:30pm

NGSS Instructional Practices 2: Developing and Using Models (Secondary)

This virtual workshop provides participants with the opportunity to review the major goals of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), identify strong student-centered instructional strategies focused on one of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) for in-person and virtual environments, and make adjustments accordingly to better address student needs.

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Nov 5

9:00am

Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) for 21st CCLC Programs

The Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) was developed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) with 21st Century Community Learning Centers in mind! The APT provides a way for after school staff to access the quality of their services and use data to make program improvements. Quality after school programs produce positive outcomes in youth!

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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 9

12:30pm

NGSS Instructional Leadership Series (Secondary)

In this blended learning series, participants will participate in virtual, collaborative sessions and be expected to complete individual reflective assignments between sessions. This course will expose participants to research-based leadership and coaching practices to support the development of adult learners and educational change. Strategies, tools, and case studies will be examined and analyzed to specifically support educators with implementing and supervising NGSS implementation through an equity lens.

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Nov 10

8:00am

RESC Alliance Curriculum Council

As Connecticut’s top educational leaders continue to expand their administrator networks and to ensure a consistent understanding of CSDE and legislation expectations, the RESC Alliance will begin collaboratively hosting the RESC Alliance Curriculum Council meetings this year. Each meeting will be structured to balance the following: CSDE and legislative updates, Statewide networking and problem-solving, and Local agency updates, networking, and discussions. We look forward to supporting and collaborating with all of our curriculum leaders! No cost to attend this workshop.

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Nov 12

6:00pm

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Montessori Refresher Course 2021

MTCNE is hosting an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Refresher Course in Hartford, CT. The Refresher Course is intended to provide AMI Diploma holders fresh perspectives and insights into the work they practice in the classroom daily. Gretchen Hall and Gerry Leonard, MTCNE’s very own Directors of Training, will be prepared to guide attendees through a deep dive into The Art of Writing: Supporting Self-Expression. The Refresher Course is open to all, though the AMI Refresher Course Certificate will only be awarded to AMI Diploma holders who complete the course requirements. There will be two registrations: AMI Diploma Holder REGISTRATION (OPEN NOW) and GENERAL REGISTRATION (opens Oct. 15, 2021).

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Nov 12

6:00pm

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Montessori Refresher Course 2021

MTCNE is hosting an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Refresher Course in Hartford, CT. The Refresher Course is intended to provide AMI Diploma holders fresh perspectives and insights into the work they practice in the classroom daily. Gretchen Hall and Gerry Leonard, MTCNE’s very own Directors of Training, will be prepared to guide attendees through a deep dive into The Art of Writing: Supporting Self-Expression. The Refresher Course is open to all, though the AMI Refresher Course Certificate will only be awarded to AMI Diploma holders who complete the course requirements. There will be two registrations: AMI Diploma Holder REGISTRATION (OPEN NOW) and GENERAL REGISTRATION (opens Oct. 15, 2021).

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Nov 16

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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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 16

9:00am

NGSX Virtual Series: Becoming a Nex-Gen Science Teacher

NGSX is partnering with CREC to offer a virtual pathway, Becoming a Next-Gen Science Teacher (V-BNGST), for new and veteran science teachers, STEM coaches, district science leaders, and any educator interested in learning about what NGSS looks like in action. This blended learning workshop series will be facilitated using the NGSX web-based professional learning program and consists of six full day, virtual live sessions. Facilitators will creatively and strategically use multiple web-based tools to engage participants in productive discussions, and review effective instructional strategies such as driving question boards, summary tables, and productive talk moves. In addition to the virtual sessions, participants will be expected to complete 30-60 minutes of additional asynchronous learning after each session. NOTE: When you enroll for this course, you are securing your spot only for 6 sessions. Each participant will have a materials box that they will need to pick up at CREC central. The instructor will send you an email before the start of the workshop with further details about pick-up and accessing the live sessions.

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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 18

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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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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Nov 30

12:30pm

NGSS Instructional Practices 6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions (Secondary)

This virtual workshop provides participants with the opportunity to review the major goals of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), identify strong student-centered instructional strategies focused on one of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) for in-person and virtual environments, and make adjustments accordingly to better address student needs.

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Dec 1

1:00pm

TEAM Mentor Initial Support Training

This training for prospective mentors and cooperating teachers is available for individuals selected by the district (or volunteered) to serve in one of these roles. Following sessions, there will be an additional time for follow up offered for more in-depth work on the modules or the process chosen by your districts. The training prepares participants to lead beginning teachers through the TEAM module process and a successful completion of the five mentoring modules. In addition, participants are prepared to support a student teacher while developing effective coaching strategies to assist both beginning and student teachers. Participants must attend all sessions. At the end of the training, participants qualify to work with either a new teacher or a student teacher. Pre work is required. The instructor will send information to participants prior to the session. 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 7

12:30pm

NGSS Instructional Practices 7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence (Secondary)

This virtual workshop provides participants with the opportunity to review the major goals of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), identify strong student-centered instructional strategies focused on one of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) for in-person and virtual environments, and make adjustments accordingly to better address student needs.

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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

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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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 15

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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Dec 15

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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Dec 17

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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Dec 17

9:00am

Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) for 21st CCLC Programs

The Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) was developed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) with 21st Century Community Learning Centers in mind! The APT provides a way for after school staff to access the quality of their services and use data to make program improvements. Quality after school programs produce positive outcomes in youth!

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Jan 4

1:00pm

Science Council

Science educators, coaches and administrators are invited to attend quarterly, virtual council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about science education, and continue to proactively respond to the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards. No cost to attend!

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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 11

1:00pm

TEAM Mentor Initial Support Training

This training for prospective mentors and cooperating teachers is available for individuals selected by the district (or volunteered) to serve in one of these roles. Following sessions, there will be an additional time for follow up offered for more in-depth work on the modules or the process chosen by your districts. The training prepares participants to lead beginning teachers through the TEAM module process and a successful completion of the five mentoring modules. In addition, participants are prepared to support a student teacher while developing effective coaching strategies to assist both beginning and student teachers. Participants must attend all sessions. At the end of the training, participants qualify to work with either a new teacher or a student teacher. Pre work is required. The instructor will send information to participants prior to the session. No cost to attend this event.

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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 12

8:00am

RESC Alliance Curriculum Council

As Connecticut’s top educational leaders continue to expand their administrator networks and to ensure a consistent understanding of CSDE and legislation expectations, the RESC Alliance will begin collaboratively hosting the RESC Alliance Curriculum Council meetings this year. Each meeting will be structured to balance the following: CSDE and legislative updates, Statewide networking and problem-solving, and Local agency updates, networking, and discussions. We look forward to supporting and collaborating with all of our curriculum leaders! No cost to attend this workshop.

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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

9:00am

Charting the LifeCourse/Person Centered Planning

Participants in this workshop will become familiar with the Charting the LifeCourse Materials and learn how to utilize them for futures planning. Workshop Schedule Hours: Session 1 - 9:00-11:00 am; Session 2 - 12:30-2:30 pm. No cost to attend.

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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 21

9:00am

Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) for 21st CCLC Programs

The Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT) was developed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) with 21st Century Community Learning Centers in mind! The APT provides a way for after school staff to access the quality of their services and use data to make program improvements. Quality after school programs produce positive outcomes in youth!

REGISTER

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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Jan 25

12:00pm

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Cohort 2

UDL is a framework designed by CAST to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Participants will learn how UDL connects to CTE educators and how it supports all learners, especially non-traditional students and special populations.One registration is required to gain access to all three webinars. All participants must be approved by SDE and agree to attend all sessions. You will receive an email indicating that your enrollment is pending approval. You will receive another e-mail confirming your enrollment at a later date.

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Feb 1

1:00pm

TEAM Mentor Initial Support Training

This training for prospective mentors and cooperating teachers is available for individuals selected by the district (or volunteered) to serve in one of these roles. Following sessions, there will be an additional time for follow up offered for more in-depth work on the modules or the process chosen by your districts. The training prepares participants to lead beginning teachers through the TEAM module process and a successful completion of the five mentoring modules. In addition, participants are prepared to support a student teacher while developing effective coaching strategies to assist both beginning and student teachers. Participants must attend all sessions. At the end of the training, participants qualify to work with either a new teacher or a student teacher. Pre work is required. The instructor will send information to participants prior to the session. No cost to attend this event.

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Feb 2

8:30am

When English Learners Struggle: More Strategies

This workshop is the second in a non-sequential series of workshops about instructional strategies to support English Learners (ELs). Attendance in the first session is not necessary to attend this session. The content and activities will further build the capacity of general education educators to support ELs in their school or district using Sheltered Strategies through the lens of Second Language Acquisition. Teachers who attend this workshop may be looking for ways to support EL students in all content areas of the regular education classroom. The session will give educators additional ways to build their “bag of tricks” while learning about how ELs learn and develop language.

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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 25

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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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 9

1:00pm

Science Council

Science educators, coaches and administrators are invited to attend quarterly, virtual council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about science education, and continue to proactively respond to the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards. No cost to attend!

REGISTER

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.

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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.

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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.

REGISTER

Mar 23

8:00am

RESC Alliance Curriculum Council

As Connecticut’s top educational leaders continue to expand their administrator networks and to ensure a consistent understanding of CSDE and legislation expectations, the RESC Alliance will begin collaboratively hosting the RESC Alliance Curriculum Council meetings this year. Each meeting will be structured to balance the following: CSDE and legislative updates, Statewide networking and problem-solving, and Local agency updates, networking, and discussions. We look forward to supporting and collaborating with all of our curriculum leaders! No cost to attend this workshop.

REGISTER

Apr 28

9:00am

Charting the LifeCourse/Person Centered Planning

Participants in this workshop will become familiar with the Charting the LifeCourse Materials and learn how to utilize them for futures planning. Workshop Schedule Hours: Session 1 - 9:00-11:00 am; Session 2 - 12:30-2:30 pm. No cost to attend. No cost to attend.

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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

9:00am

Implementing Charting the LifeCourse

This is a follow up session to the 2 part introduction series of Charting the LifeCourse. This session will allow participants to become more well versed in the implementation of Charting the LifeCourse using real examples. Participation in the introductory sessions is a pre-requisite for this workshop. No cost to attend.

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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 11

8:00am

RESC Alliance Curriculum Council

As Connecticut’s top educational leaders continue to expand their administrator networks and to ensure a consistent understanding of CSDE and legislation expectations, the RESC Alliance will begin collaboratively hosting the RESC Alliance Curriculum Council meetings this year. Each meeting will be structured to balance the following: CSDE and legislative updates, Statewide networking and problem-solving, and Local agency updates, networking, and discussions. We look forward to supporting and collaborating with all of our curriculum leaders! No cost to attend this workshop.

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 13

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.

REGISTER

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.

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May 17

1:00pm

Science Council

Science educators, coaches and administrators are invited to attend quarterly, virtual council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about science education, and continue to proactively respond to the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards. No cost to attend!

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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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