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Aug 16

1:00pm

IM 3-5 Math: Establishing Instructional Routines

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Aug 16

8:00am

IM K-2 Math: Establishing Instructional Routines

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Aug 16

1:00pm

IM Math: Instructional Routines (9-12)

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Aug 17

8:00am

IM K–5 Math: Observing in a Problem-Based Classroom

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Ongoing

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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Aug 18

10:00am

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Test Preparation Class

CREC is now offering 2-hour test preparation classes for individuals who need to take the ETS ParaPro Assessment. As an official testing site, we are committed to providing services that will help you prepare for, and ultimately pass the test.

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Aug 18

8:00am

IM 6-12 Math: Focus on Mathematical Discourse 1

How can student discourse lay the foundation for an impactful synthesis? The purpose of this session is to use samples of student work to explore ways to plan and structure synthesizing discussions based on students sharing their ideas. Synthesis is a key part of a problem-based lesson. Teachers apply this learning with their grade-level colleagues in planning for an upcoming lesson.

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Aug 22

8:30am

Teachers Academy 2022 - Year 1 Teachers

FOR CREC STAFF ONLY: All teachers entering their first year at CREC are required to attend Teachers Academy. 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/1yKFsFF1IffZVoAvQ9VbsgPsf0m-HnRpTTfvzTKRsgvw/edit?usp=sharing

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Aug 22

8:30am

Teachers Academy 2022 - 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 are asked to register here for synchronous sessions that are outlined in the Teachers Academy catalog.

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Aug 29

8:30am

Launch 2022

FOR CREC STAFF ONLY: All CREC certified staff are welcome to attend this annual event! Sessions will encourage meaningful collegial conversations; Professional learning required for ALL CREC teachers and certified staff members and optional for paraeducators and associate instructors (at supervisor's discretion.) Launch focuses on new or revised curriculum as well as the introduction of the 2022-23 areas of focus. Sessions are assigned based on position and content area.

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Aug 30

1:00pm

Early Childhood Directors Council

Early Childhood Directors of community programs in CREC districts meet bi-monthly throughout the year. The mission of the Early Childhood Directors Council is to improve leadership and practice through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity. The Council meets from 9:30-10:30 and is followed by an optional book study from 10:30-11:00. Topics and book selections are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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Sep 8

10:00am

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Test Preparation Class

CREC is now offering 2-hour test preparation classes for individuals who need to take the ETS ParaPro Assessment. As an official testing site, we are committed to providing services that will help you prepare for, and ultimately pass the test.

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Sep 8

10:00am

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 Paraeducators serve 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 8

8:30am

Small Group Instruction for Multilingual Learners (ELs)

This workshop is geared towards new ML/EL teachers and other educators who work with Multilingual Learners (ELs) in small groups but have limited knowledge about language acquisition, including interventionists, coaches and tutors. In this session, participants will explore strategies, linguistic supports and effective ways to structure small group instruction to support language development. Participants will gain an understanding of how to determine student language needs in order to create language goals and targets and monitor language growth.

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Sep 15

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 Paraeducators serve 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 16

1:00pm

New to Instructional Coaching? Starting the Year off Right

This 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 professional development series is for brand new coaches with limited experience in the role. Identify skills needed to move from the classroom to Instructional Coach role.[Instructional Coaching][Administrators], [Instructional Coaches ], [Superintendents]

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Sep 20

1:00pm

Early Childhood Education Council

Early Childhood Educators in CREC districts meet bi-monthly during the school year. The mission of the Early Childhood Educators Council is to embrace collaboration, improve teaching and learning, and promote excellence and equity in early childhood education through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity.

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Sep 22

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 Paraeducators serve 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 22

9:00am

English Language Learners Council (Title III)

English Learner district coordinators and educators in the CREC region are invited to attend meetings to share best practices and emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students. 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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Sep 22

9:00am

Fall TEAM District Facilitator Zoom 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 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 Paraeducators serve 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 29

3:30pm

Professional Learning Community: Strategies for Multilingual Learners (ELs) Series

Join a professional learning community that will explore a variety of ways to support Multilingual Learners (ELs) and foster language development in a six sessions series! This PLC will meet virtually once a month for an hour to delve deep into a language support strategy topic. Participants will have the opportunity to implement the strategy in practice in between sessions. As part of the PLC, they will network and collaborate with each other as they reflect on and fine-tune strategy implementation. PLC Schedule: September 29- Student Talk and Interaction; October 27- Vocabulary; December 1- Translanguaging; January 12- Facilitating Comprehension; February 16- Check for Understanding; March 23- Build and Activate Background Knowledge"

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Sep 29

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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Sep 30

8:30am

Assistive Technology for Secondary Students with SLD/Dyslexia (Canvas Course)

ON GOING REGISTRATION (closes 1/8/2023) - 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 9/30/2022.

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Oct 3

8:30am

A Roadmap for the AAC Journey (Canvas Course)

**ONGOING REGISTRATION - Closes 1/8/2023** 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. Coursework must be completed by 6/2/2023.

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Oct 3

1:00pm

Bridge to Kindergarten Series: Authentic Assessment in Early Childhood

In this session, participants will explore the various ways to gather authentic assessment data in the early childhood classroom. Specific attention will be given to tools and techniques for gathering formative assessment data to inform instruction. Intended audience: Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers.

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Oct 3

8:00am

IM 6-8 Focus on Vertical Alignment: Ratio and Proportion

How might teachers leverage the coherence of IM 6–12 Math in order to enhance access to grade-level mathematics for students? The purpose of this session is to uncover and explore the development of topics, mathematical diagrams, and representations in the curriculum for ratios and proportional relationships.

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Oct 5

1:00pm

Science Council

Science educators, coaches and administrators are invited to attend 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 5

1:00pm

Social Studies Council

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 6

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 Paraeducators serve 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 6

1:00pm

Educator SEL: Preventing Teacher Burnout to Increase student SEL skills: A 3 part series

Research findings suggest that teachers trained in social-emotional wellness and interventions are more resilient and effective against the consequences of burnout symptoms. Teahcer burnout decreases positive classroom practices, postive decision making and postive classroom climate. This workshop will introduce a SEL tool for self-reflection. This tool will asses all 5 SEL Competencies. Educators will leave the session with an action plan to improve their own social emotional wellness and implement this into their classrooms for improved student social emotional wellness. This will ultimately create a better learning environment, more postive teacher-student relationships and more effective instruction leaving students with better academic performance, greater self-efficacy, and higher quality relationships both in and out of school.

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Oct 7

9:00am

Assistive Technology Consortium - Workshop 1: Topic to be determined

Assistive Technology consortium workshops are scheduled four times a year and cover a variety of topics.

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Oct 7

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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Oct 12

9:00am

Implementation: Charting the LifeCourse/Person Centered Planning

This workshop is a follow up the the Introduction: Charting the LifeCourse series. Participants will become more well versed in the implementation of Charting the LifeCourse using real examples. Participants must have participated in the introduction course to enroll.

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Oct 13

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 Paraeducators serve 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 18

1:00pm

Early Childhood Directors Council

Early Childhood Directors of community programs in CREC districts meet bi-monthly throughout the year. The mission of the Early Childhood Directors Council is to improve leadership and practice through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity. The Council meets from 9:30-10:30 and is followed by an optional book study from 10:30-11:00. Topics and book selections are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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Oct 19

8:30am

Igniting Change - CT RESC Alliance

Join the RESC Alliance on Wednesday, October 19th from 8:30-4:00 for the fall Igniting Change conference. Two nationally renowned keynote speakers, Principal Baruti Kafele and Dr. Rich Milner, will inspire participants to ignite change in their schools and districts. Breakout sessions will be offered aligned to four equity-centered pathways: Grading Reform, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Inclusive School Culture, and Equity-Centered Leadership. There will be additional time for networking. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

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Oct 19

1:00pm

Language Arts Council

CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers 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 quarterly 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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Oct 20

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 Paraeducators serve 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 20

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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Oct 20

8:00am

IM 6-12: Coaching Problem-Based Teaching and Learning

This full day workshop is designed to provide coaches with a deeper understanding of the structures and beliefs along with the core components and practicesembedded in the IM 6–12 Math curriculum. This session is ideal for coaches and math leaders who have experience working directly with teachers implementing IM 6–12 Math.

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Oct 21

9:00am

Coaching Reboot: Setting the Stage for All Year

This professional learning series is for veteran Instructional Coaches who have been in their role for 4 or more years. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different coaching models, identify successful models of coaching cycles, and fine tune strategies for working with adult learners.

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Oct 25

12:00pm

IM 3–5 Math Fall Module: Planning with a Focus on Pedagogy

How can focusing on pedagogical decisions in our planning support the focus and pacing of the lessons? In this session, teachers will plan for an upcoming section in their grade level unit. They will understand the overarching learning goals of the section to create a plan for pacing of the lessons. Teachers will also learn a replicable process for planning and adjusting components of a lesson to support students’ understanding of the mathematical ideas.

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Oct 25

8:00am

IM K–2 Math Fall Module: Planning with a Focus on Pedagogy

How can focusing on pedagogical decisions in our planning support the focus and pacing of the lessons? In this session, teachers will plan for an upcoming section in their grade level unit. They will understand the overarching learning goals of the section to create a plan for pacing of the lessons. Teachers will also learn a replicable process for planning and adjusting components of a lesson to support students’ understanding of the mathematical ideas.

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Oct 27

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 Paraeducators serve 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 27

10:00am

Empathy: The “Secret Sauce” of Social Emotional Learning

In order to teach students how to “walk in someone else’s shoes”, we first need to know what it’s like to “walk in one’s own shoes”. Empathy, the foundation of all social emotional learning, can improve classroom/school culture, increase classroom engagement, reduce bullying, and improve academic success.

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Nov 2

8:30am

A Roadmap for the AAC Journey

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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Nov 3

10:00am

The Importance of Play (Yes….even in school!)

Fred Rogers (better known as TV’s Mr. Rogers) said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children, play is serious learning.” In addition to improving language, social, physical, math, science, and thinking skills, play can lead to social emotional and intellectual growth for students of all ages.

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Nov 9

9:00am

Regional Transition Network: Transition and the New IEP

In this session, Missy Wrigley will provide all of the important NEW information you will need in order to understand transition and the new IEP. She will provide an update of the changes as well as how to write a quality IEP. This will include an update on transition assessment and progress monitoring. This session is great for anyone that is writing an IEP for Middle School, High School or post-secondary/transition.

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Nov 10

9:00am

Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills

Learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral, and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities. Participants will: Define and model strategies to teach students who have specific reading disabilities; Identify skills needed to develop basic proficiency in reading and spelling; and Learn the developmental progression of oral language skills that prepare students for reading proficiency. This workshop will begin with one, “live”, synchronous day of instruction. The rest of the coursework will be completed asynchronously by June 1. Asynchronous instruction will cover the following: federal and state definitions; the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for students with, or at risk for, SLD/Dyslexia or other reading-related learning disabilities; structured literacy lesson design and implementation; virtual structured literacy instruction; and assistive technology. Provided books include Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Moats Ph.D. and Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by Judith Birsh Ed.D. and Suzanne Carreker. Participants are responsible for picking up books needed for the course from CREC, 111 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. Books available for pick-up at CREC Central - Front Desk. No cost to attend.

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Nov 15

1:00pm

Early Childhood Education Council

Early Childhood Educators in CREC districts meet bi-monthly during the school year. The mission of the Early Childhood Educators Council is to embrace collaboration, improve teaching and learning, and promote excellence and equity in early childhood education through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity.

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Nov 16

4:00pm

AARC and AARC TVI Open House Informational Session

The AARC program is a comprehensive program geared toward general education teachers who would like a special education cross endorsement (165) added to their certification. The AARC Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TVI) program is a comprehensive program geared towards special educators who hold a current 065 or 165 certifications. Qualifications: • Current special education teaching certificate ( TVI certification program) • Must be a certified teacher in an approved area for AARC program (e.g. elementary education, mathematics) • Have three years teaching experience (substitute experience will be considered)•Have a desire to work with students with disabilities.

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Nov 17

9:00am

Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills

Learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral, and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities. Participants will: Define and model strategies to teach students who have specific reading disabilities; Identify skills needed to develop basic proficiency in reading and spelling; and Learn the developmental progression of oral language skills that prepare students for reading proficiency. This workshop will begin with one, “live”, synchronous day of instruction. The rest of the coursework will be completed asynchronously by June 1. Asynchronous instruction will cover the following: federal and state definitions; the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for students with, or at risk for, SLD/Dyslexia or other reading-related learning disabilities; structured literacy lesson design and implementation; virtual structured literacy instruction; and assistive technology. Provided books include Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Moats Ph.D. and Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by Judith Birsh Ed.D. and Suzanne Carreker. Participants are responsible for picking up books needed for the course from CREC, 111 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. Books available for pick-up at CREC Central - Front Desk. No cost to attend.

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Nov 28

8:30am

Wilson Reading Training

This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.

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Dec 1

9:00am

Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills

Learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral, and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities. Participants will: Define and model strategies to teach students who have specific reading disabilities; Identify skills needed to develop basic proficiency in reading and spelling; and Learn the developmental progression of oral language skills that prepare students for reading proficiency. This workshop will begin with one, “live”, synchronous day of instruction. The rest of the coursework will be completed asynchronously by June 1. Asynchronous instruction will cover the following: federal and state definitions; the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for students with, or at risk for, SLD/Dyslexia or other reading-related learning disabilities; structured literacy lesson design and implementation; virtual structured literacy instruction; and assistive technology. Provided books include Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Moats Ph.D. and Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by Judith Birsh Ed.D. and Suzanne Carreker. Participants are responsible for picking up books needed for the course from CREC, 111 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. Books available for pick-up at CREC Central - Front Desk. No cost to attend.

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Dec 2

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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Dec 5

1:00pm

Bridge to Kindergarten Series: Authentic Writing

This workshop will explore the various ways early childhood teachers can incorporate authentic writing throughout the preschool classroom. Specific attention will be given to helping children express their thoughts and ideas through writing. Intended audience: Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers.

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Dec 5

1:00pm

Science Council

Science educators, coaches and administrators are invited to attend 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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Dec 7

1:00pm

Social Studies Council

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 8

9:00am

English Language Learners Council (Title III)

English Learner district coordinators and educators in the CREC region are invited to attend meetings to share best practices and emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students. 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

9:00am

Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills

Learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral, and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities. Participants will: Define and model strategies to teach students who have specific reading disabilities; Identify skills needed to develop basic proficiency in reading and spelling; and Learn the developmental progression of oral language skills that prepare students for reading proficiency. This workshop will begin with one, “live”, synchronous day of instruction. The rest of the coursework will be completed asynchronously by June 1. Asynchronous instruction will cover the following: federal and state definitions; the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for students with, or at risk for, SLD/Dyslexia or other reading-related learning disabilities; structured literacy lesson design and implementation; virtual structured literacy instruction; and assistive technology. Provided books include Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Moats Ph.D. and Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by Judith Birsh Ed.D. and Suzanne Carreker. Participants are responsible for picking up books needed for the course from CREC, 111 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. Books available for pick-up at CREC Central - Front Desk. No cost to attend.

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Dec 13

1:00pm

Early Childhood Directors Council

Early Childhood Directors of community programs in CREC districts meet bi-monthly throughout the year. The mission of the Early Childhood Directors Council is to improve leadership and practice through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity. The Council meets from 9:30-10:30 and is followed by an optional book study from 10:30-11:00. Topics and book selections are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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Dec 14

1:00pm

Language Arts Council

CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers 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 quarterly 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 15

9:00am

Assistive Technology Consortium - Workshop 2: Topic to be determined

Assistive Technology consortium workshops are scheduled four times a year and cover a variety of topics.

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Dec 15

8:30am

Small Group Instruction for Multilingual Learners (ELs)

This workshop is geared towards new ML/EL teachers and other educators who work with Multilingual Learners (ELs) in small groups but have limited knowledge about language acquisition, including interventionists, coaches and tutors. In this session, participants will explore strategies, linguistic supports and effective ways to structure small group instruction to support language development. Participants will gain an understanding of how to determine student language needs in order to create language goals and targets and monitor language growth.

REGISTER

Dec 15

9:00am

Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills

Learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral, and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities. Participants will: Define and model strategies to teach students who have specific reading disabilities; Identify skills needed to develop basic proficiency in reading and spelling; and Learn the developmental progression of oral language skills that prepare students for reading proficiency. This workshop will begin with one, “live”, synchronous day of instruction. The rest of the coursework will be completed asynchronously by June 1. Asynchronous instruction will cover the following: federal and state definitions; the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for students with, or at risk for, SLD/Dyslexia or other reading-related learning disabilities; structured literacy lesson design and implementation; virtual structured literacy instruction; and assistive technology. Provided books include Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Moats Ph.D. and Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by Judith Birsh Ed.D. and Suzanne Carreker. Participants are responsible for picking up books needed for the course from CREC, 111 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. Books available for pick-up at CREC Central - Front Desk. No cost to attend.

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Dec 19

8:30am

Supporting Newcomer and Beginner Multilingual Learners (ELs)

Supporting multilingual learners with little to no English is especially challenging. Participants will explore ways that educators can effectively support these students with strategies and linguisitc supports in any educational setting.

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Jan 6

9:00am

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 9

8:30am

A Roadmap for the AAC Journey (Canvas Course)

**ONGOING REGISTRATION - Closes 5/15/2023** 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. Coursework must be completed by 6/2/2023.

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Jan 12

1:00pm

Bridge to Kindergarten Series: STEAM

This workshop will explore the various ways early childhood teachers can integrate play-based discovery and creative art experiences throughout the day. The focus will be on sharing engaging strategies for incorporating the program’s goals in developmentally appropriate ways. Intended audience: Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers.

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Jan 12

8:30am

Creating a Culture for Writing for Multilingual Learners (ELs)

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

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Jan 12

9:00am

Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills

Learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral, and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities. Participants will: Define and model strategies to teach students who have specific reading disabilities; Identify skills needed to develop basic proficiency in reading and spelling; and Learn the developmental progression of oral language skills that prepare students for reading proficiency. This workshop will begin with one, “live”, synchronous day of instruction. The rest of the coursework will be completed asynchronously by June 1. Asynchronous instruction will cover the following: federal and state definitions; the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for students with, or at risk for, SLD/Dyslexia or other reading-related learning disabilities; structured literacy lesson design and implementation; virtual structured literacy instruction; and assistive technology. Provided books include Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers by Louisa Moats Ph.D. and Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills by Judith Birsh Ed.D. and Suzanne Carreker. Participants are responsible for picking up books needed for the course from CREC, 111 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. Books available for pick-up at CREC Central - Front Desk. No cost to attend.

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Jan 17

1:00pm

Early Childhood Education Council

Early Childhood educators (Pre-K) in CREC districts meet bi-monthly during the school year. The mission of the Early Childhood Educators Council is to improve teaching and learning through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity. The Council meets from 1:00-2:00 and is followed by an optional book study from 2:00-2:30. Topics and book selections are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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Jan 17

9:00am

Transition 101 for Middle School Teams- 2 part series

High Quality Transition Planning is essential not only in high school, but in middle school as well. This 2 part series is designed for middle school special education teachers, case managers and special education teams. Pursuant to state statute, effective July 1, 2021, transition services are required for each child requiring special education beginning no later than the first individualized education program (IEP) to be in effect when such child turns 14 years of age, or younger if determined appropriate by the planning and placement team (PPT), and updated annually thereafter. Now, more than ever, it is best practice to begin transition planning as early as possible. This workshop will provide middle school teachers and teams will with a detailed scope and sequence of how to transition plan from the exit of elementary school up to the transition to high school.

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Jan 18

9:00am

Introduction: 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. You must attend both am and pm sessions. No cost to attend.

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Jan 19

8:30am

Supporting Multilingual Learners (ELs) in the General Education Classroom

This workshop will build the capacity of general education teachers to understand and support the multilingual learners (ELs) in thier classrooms. Teachers who attend this workshop may be looking for ways to support ML/EL 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 multilingual learners learn and develop language.

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Jan 26

9:00am

English Language Learners Council (Title III)

English Learner district coordinators and educators in the CREC region are invited to attend meetings to share best practices and emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students. 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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Jan 27

12:00pm

IM 3–5 Math Winter Module: Planning with a Focus on Student Thinking

How can planning based on what students know support us in instructional decision-making? In this session, teachers will explore a variety of strategies for attending to student thinking in order to support lesson planning. They will use student work to help inform decisions both before the lesson while they are planning and during the lesson while they are instructing. Teachers will reflect on how to support student thinking from all students in the classroom, and not just a select few.

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Jan 27

8:00am

IM K–2 Math Winter Module: Planning with a Focus on Student Thinking

How can planning based on what students know support us in instructional decision-making? In this session, teachers will explore a variety of strategies for attending to student thinking in order to support lesson planning. They will use student work to help inform decisions both before the lesson while they are planning and during the lesson while they are instructing. Teachers will reflect on how to support student thinking from all students in the classroom, and not just a select few.

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Feb 1

9:00am

Regional Transition Network: Postsecondary Education

In this session, you will be provided with information on options for all students that will be attending any type of post-secondary education or training. This session is meant for high school special education teachers and transition coordinators or anyone that is interested in learning about how to find the right fit for their students after high school.

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Feb 1

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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Feb 2

9:00am

Autism Toolbox

Participants and/or teams in this workshop will learn strategies to support students on the autism spectrum in all environments of the school. Teachers, paraprofessionals and related service providers will leave with a toolbox of strategies to support inclusivity in the general education classroom and special education settings that they can bring back to their classrooms the very next day.

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Feb 3

2:00pm

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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Feb 3

8:00am

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 6

1:00pm

Science Council

Science educators, coaches and administrators are invited to attend 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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Feb 15

4:00pm

AARC and AARC TVI Open House Informational Session

The AARC program is a comprehensive program geared toward general education teachers who would like a special education cross endorsement (165) added to their certification. The AARC Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TVI) program is a comprehensive program geared towards special educators who hold a current 065 or 165 certifications. Qualifications: • Current special education teaching certificate ( TVI certification program) • Must be a certified teacher in an approved area for AARC program (e.g. elementary education, mathematics) • Have three years teaching experience (substitute experience will be considered)•Have a desire to work with students with disabilities.

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Feb 15

1:00pm

Language Arts Council

CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers 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 quarterly 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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Feb 15

1:00pm

Social Studies Council

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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Feb 21

1:00pm

Early Childhood Directors Council

Early Childhood Directors of community programs in CREC districts meet bi-monthly throughout the year. The mission of the Early Childhood Directors Council is to improve leadership and practice through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity. The Council meets from 9:30-10:30 and is followed by an optional book study from 10:30-11:00. Topics and book selections are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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Feb 28

9:00am

Assistive Technology Consortium - Workshop 3: Topic to be determined

Assistive Technology consortium workshops are scheduled four times a year and cover a variety of topics.

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Feb 28

12:45pm

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 3

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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Mar 16

9:00am

English Language Learners Council (Title III)

English Learner district coordinators and educators in the CREC region are invited to attend meetings to share best practices and emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students. 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 17

12:00pm

Defining, Understanding, and Supporting Neurodiversity in the Public Schools

In today’s diverse classroom, the need to both understand and create opportunities for success for neurodiverse learners is greater than ever. Students arrive in schools with varying levels of experience, self awareness, abilities, and preferences, which are not always best supported by the neurotypical way of doing things. In this virtual workshop, participants will explore the history and present day principles of neurodiversity through a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens. Participants will identify and explore ways of delivering and differentiating instruction in mindful, culturally relevant ways that ensure each learner is given equitable opportunities to grow and advocate for their needs. Through analysis of case studies, resources, and discussion, participants will have opportunities to reflect on their own practices and discuss future implications.

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Mar 21

1:00pm

Early Childhood Education Council

Early Childhood Educators in CREC districts meet bi-monthly during the school year. The mission of the Early Childhood Educators Council is to embrace collaboration, improve teaching and learning, and promote excellence and equity in early childhood education through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity.

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Mar 22

8:30am

A Roadmap for the AAC Journey

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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Mar 28

12:00pm

IM 3–5 Math Spring Module: Planning with a Focus on Mathematical Progressions

How does understanding the progression of mathematical ideas in a unit support us in planning and teaching lessons across the unit? In this session, teachers will learn a process to help them understand the mathematical progression of ideas in an upcoming unit through the use of unit narratives and assessments. They will use these understandings to support them in planning with the mathematical goal in mind.

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Mar 28

8:00am

IM K–2 Math Spring Module: Planning with a Focus on Mathematical Progressions

How does understanding the progression of mathematical ideas in a unit support us in planning and teaching lessons across the unit? In this session, teachers will learn a process to help them understand the mathematical progression of ideas in an upcoming unit through the use of unit narratives and assessments. They will use these understandings to support them in planning with the mathematical goal in mind.

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Apr 3

1:00pm

Bridge to Kindergarten Series: Playful Math

This workshop will explore the various ways early childhood teachers can integrate play-based math experiences throughout the day. The focus will be on sharing engaging strategies for incorporating the program’s goals in developmentally appropriate ways. Intended audience: Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers.

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Apr 3

1:00pm

Science Council

Science educators, coaches and administrators are invited to attend 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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Apr 5

9:00am

Regional Transition Network: Transition Talks

This session is intended to be a networking opportunity for teachers and transition coordinators to ask questions, network and learn from one another about topics related to transition. Come to this "Transition Talk" with questions, your best practices to share, or just come and learn something new to take back to your classroom or program.

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Apr 14

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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Apr 18

1:00pm

Early Childhood Directors Council

Early Childhood Directors of community programs in CREC districts meet bi-monthly throughout the year. The mission of the Early Childhood Directors Council is to improve leadership and practice through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity. The Council meets from 9:30-10:30 and is followed by an optional book study from 10:30-11:00. Topics and book selections are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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Apr 26

9:00am

Assistive Technology Consortium - Workshop 4: Topic to be determined

Assistive Technology consortium workshops are scheduled four times a year and cover a variety of topics.

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Apr 28

9:00am

Implementation: Charting the LifeCourse/Person Centered Planning

This workshop is a follow up the the Introduction: Charting the LifeCourse series. Participants will become more well versed in the implementation of Charting the LifeCourse using real examples. Participants must have participated in the introduction course to enroll.

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May 5

9:00am

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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May 10

1:00pm

Language Arts Council

CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers 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 quarterly 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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May 10

1:00pm

Social Studies Council

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 11

9:00am

English Language Learners Council (Title III)

English Learner district coordinators and educators in the CREC region are invited to attend meetings to share best practices and emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students. 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 11

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.

REGISTER

May 15

1:00pm

Early Childhood Education Council

Early Childhood educators (Pre-K) in CREC districts meet bi-monthly during the school year. The mission of the Early Childhood Educators Council is to improve teaching and learning through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity. The Council meets from 1:00-2:00 and is followed by an optional book study from 2:00-2:30. Topics and book selections are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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Jun 2

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 5

1:00pm

Science Council

Science educators, coaches and administrators are invited to attend 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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Jun 20

1:00pm

Early Childhood Directors Council

Early Childhood Directors of community programs in CREC districts meet bi-monthly throughout the year. The mission of the Early Childhood Directors Council is to improve leadership and practice through opportunities to network with colleagues, share solutions around problems of practice, and build professional capacity. The Council meets from 9:30-10:30 and is followed by an optional book study from 10:30-11:00. Topics and book selections are developed by the group. No cost to attend.

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