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May 10

12:30pm

FREE: Improving Comprehension through Vocabulary Instruction - Tier 1 Strategies

Learn how to integrate vocabulary instruction into daily classroom lessons which will improve students reading comprehension. These strategies promote student discourse and participation, are student centered, encourage collaboration but also improve independence.

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Jul 11

1:00pm

NAEYC Early Learning Program Accreditation Study Group

This is a four part study group designed to examine and learn more about NAEYC Assessment Items (new system), Tools to Support the Process, Tips for Supporting Continuous Program Improvement

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Jul 31

10:00am

Reading And Writing Workshop with author Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts is a national literacy consultant, top-selling author, and popular keynote speaker. She taught reading and writing in Brooklyn, NY and worked as a literacy coach before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in 2005, where she worked as a Lead Staff Developer for 11 years. Kate's latest book, A Novel Approach, asks how we can teach whole class novels while still holding onto student centered practices like readers workshop. She is also the co-author of Falling in Love with Close Reading (with Christopher Lehman), DIY Literacy (with Maggie Beattie Roberts), and she co-wrote two Units of Study books on Literary Essay. Her work with students across the country has led to her belief that all kids can be insightful, academic thinkers when the work is demystified, broken down and made engaging. To this end, Kate has worked nationally and internationally to help teachers, schools, and districts develop and implement strong teaching practices and curriculum. The Mini-Institute on Powerful Reading and Writing Instruction and Practices with DIY Tools to Match is for educators, classroom teachers, school administrators, and curriculum specialists who are committed to turning classrooms into richly literate reading and writing workshops. Kate will spend her time during the 3 day mini-institute focusing on powerful reading and writing instruction along with an up-close look at DIY strategies all three days.

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Aug 1

8:30am

Wilson Reading Training

This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.

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Aug 6

8:30am

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Assistants Training Course

This course will:•Give you an introduction to Montessori education•Give you a basic understanding of children and how they learn•Introduce you to the Montessori classroom environment•Help you understand how adults support learning in the Montessori classroom•Introduce you to the role of the Assistant in a Montessori classroom•Give you practical guidelines on how to interact with children•Give you practical guidelines on how to support the Guide in the Montessori classroom

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Aug 6

8:00am

Leading in the Age of NGSS: CREC Staff Only

Gather with leadership colleagues from other schools to dive into the instructional changes that come with the shift to Next Generation Science Standards. The focus will be on the specific focus practices for the coming school year. Leaders will experience mini phenomena to see how these foundational experiences level the playing field for students for more equitable instructional opportunities, through for truly three-dimensional learning experiences. Principals will wear their student, teacher, and administrator hats throughout the session to explore the instructional practices and learning experiences related to the NGSS. This session is open to all school leaders, but will be geared for administrators and observers.

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Aug 6

9:00am

Instructional Coaching Institute

The Instructional Coaching Institute is for current and aspiring instructional coaches at all grade levels, who are interesed in attending formal training. This 2-day workshop will provide participants with an understanding of various coaching frameworks, theory, research, and current perspectives and practices. Among the topics that will be covered over the course of the two days are working with adult learners, building networks for change, providing feedback, student-centered coaching, assessing student work, promoting teacher reflection, having better conversations, and using videotape for professional growth.

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Aug 8

9:00am

NGSS Bootcamp

Gather with colleagues from other schools to dig deep into the essential instructional strategies of the Next Generation Science Standards. During this two-day session, we will see how phenomena can drive instruction for truly three-dimensional learning through an immersive experience. Teachers will put on their student hats to explore and explain scientific happenings, while wearing their teacher hats for reflective opportunities to think about their own teaching practices. Through their investigations, participants will have the opportunity to understand the foundational elements of the new science standards and the instructional shifts that accompany them. This session is designed for teachers newer to NGSS, but is appropriate for those with some experience as well.

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Aug 9

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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Aug 9

4:00pm

MTCNE and University of Hartford Open House

There is still time to register for the Montessori Bachelor's Program at the University of Hartford! Classes begin the end of August and beginning of September. Generous transfer of undergraduate credits if you may have started a previous bachelors or an associate's degree. Learn more at the Open House at MTCNE!

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Aug 10

9:00am

Implementing a Math Workshop Model in a Secondary Math Classroom

Participants will learn how math centers/stations/rotations/workshops in the 5-8 math classroom can support the Connecticut Core content and process standards, while meeting the needs of all learners. We will address different structures, routines, and rituals used to initiate and sustain this type of differentiated instruction.

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Aug 13

5:00pm

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 13

8:30am

Grade 11 Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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Aug 13

9:00am

Professional Learning for the Master Coach

This workshop is for experienced coaches, at all grade levels and subject areas, who have either attended CREC Instructional Coaching training, or have more than four years’ coaching experience. In a collaborative learning environment, participants will examine the latest research, current perspectives, and promising practices in the field of Instructional Coaching. The main topics of the day will be working with school and district leadership, having better conversations, and creating a framework for coaching.

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Aug 13

9:00am

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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    Aug 14

    9:00am

    Building Math Rigor for Grades 3-5

    This workshop is designed to : Develop an awareness about practices that build academic rigor and engage students; Improve students' understanding of foundational concepts and conceptual instruction; Provide experience with CCS activities/lessons using manipulatives; Create more rigorous activities/lessons.Participants will experience a variety of conceptual lessons and activities to build their capacity using manipulatives they already have. They will see how to make their word walls more engaging. Participants will leave with specific strategies to add to their instructional toolkit that they can use in class the next day!

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    Aug 14

    8:30am

    Grade 9 Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

    WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Aug 14

    9:00am

    Getting Your Reading Units of Study off to the Best Possible Start

    As the school year begins, many school districts and classroom teachers will begin, or continue to use, the Teachers College Reading and Project Units of Study for The Teaching of Reading as a powerful resource to support their balanced literacy curriculum. In this workshop, participants will learn the skills to use, access, and unpack the units with the recommended curricular calendars. They will discover how to fill their toolkits with tips, teaching points, and tools, to establish a yearlong plan of growing readers. The morning will be a fast paced conversation about setting the stage for Reading Workshop and building a culture on reading. Then the day will move into rallying around the basic structure of the units. Participants will discuss getting started with the units and grade level supports. Time will be spent looking at the mini-lessons, or explicit instruction, and the overarching plan of what we are aiming to teach, in order to lift the level of reader independence and learning progressions in reading for grades 3-5.

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    Aug 15

    9:00am

    Building Math Rigor for Grades 6-8

    This workshop is designed to : Develop an awareness about practices that build academic rigor and engage students; Improve students' understanding of foundational concepts and conceptual instruction; Provide experience with CCS activities/lessons using manipulatives; Create more rigorous activities/lessons.Participants will experience a variety of conceptual lessons and activities to build their capacity using manipulatives they already have. They will see how to make their word walls more engaging. Participants will leave with specific strategies to add to their instructional toolkit that they can use in class the next day!

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    Aug 15

    8:30am

    Grade 10 Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

    WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Aug 15

    8:30am

    Yoga 4 Classrooms

    Yoga 4 Classrooms is an evidence-based, low-cost, simple, effective and sustainable tool designed for classrooms, which facilitates students’ physical, mental, emotional and social personal growth. A classroom-appropriate mix of yoga-based motor breaks, brain boosting movements, breath exercises, visualizations, mindfulness activities, creative movement and community-building games will be shared. Teachers who implement Yoga 4 Classrooms(R) traditionally report that taking as little as 30 seconds to 5 minutes to practice these simple tools throughout the day helps their class community learn to self-regulate, leading to a more positive, peaceful, productive school day, not to mention happier, more resilient students. NO PRIOR YOGA EXPERIENCE OR YOGA MATS ARE REQUIRED! Please contact Emily Rosen at erosen@crec.org or 860-509-3610 for more information.

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    Aug 16

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Aug 16

    9:00am

    Grade 7 Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

    WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Aug 16

    9:00am

    Implementation of Math Workshop in the Elementary Classroom

    This one day workshop offers an overview on how to initiate, support, and sustain Math Workshop in the elementary classroom. This workshop is an introduction to Math Workshop. Participants should have no prior training of Math Workshop and are looking for practical first steps to begin implementation. Participants will learn how to support content and differentiation to meet the needs of diverse learners using the workshop model. We will address different structures, routines and rituals, and connect to state standards in the workshop model.

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    Aug 16

    9:00am

    When ELs Struggle: Basic Strategies for the General Education Teacher (Elementary)

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

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    Aug 17

    8:30am

    Grade 6 Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

    WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Aug 17

    12:30pm

    Grade 8 Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

    WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Aug 17

    9:00am

    Math Workshop: Next Steps for Grades K-5

    This one-day session offers elementary (K-5) math teachers the opportunity to explore common areas of concern when using a Math Workshop model. We will explore math conferences, guided math groups, and strategies for raising the rigor of math workstations.

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    Aug 17

    9:00am

    When ELs Struggle: Basic Strategies for the General Education Teacher (Secondary)

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

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    Aug 20

    8:30am

    Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills

    Participants will learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities. Participants will have the opportunity to apply new skills in practice simulations and receive implementation coaching by experts. Participants will receive the books "Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers" by Louisa Moats Ph.D. and "Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills" by Beverly J. Wolf M.Ed. and Judith Birsh Ed.D. The series's curriculum is aligned with the International Dyslexia Association's Level 1 Dyslexia Specialist Standards.

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    Aug 20

    8:30am

    CREC Teachers Academy 2018

    FOR CREC STAFF ONLY: Please arrive at 7:30 AM to register on-site. 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. Sessions begin promptly at 8:30 AM on Monday, August 20. Registration opens at 7:30 AM. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

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    Aug 20

    8:30am

    Support K-5 Math and Literacy Skills Using Computer Science Lessons

    Join us to learn of computer science activities that directly support classroom instruction in math and literacy. Two lessons will be provided for each grade level (K-5).

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    Aug 23

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

    CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that Para educators serving in an instruction capacity: 1) Have an associate of arts degree. 2) Have completed two years of college. 3) Have demonstrated, through an academic assessment, the knowledge and ability to assist in the instruction of reading, writing, and mathematics.

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    Aug 30

    1:30pm

    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 6

    1:30pm

    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 13

    1:30pm

    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 18

    9:00am

    CAYEN Training New Users Session

    NEW USER Session - Are you a new grantee, a new hire or changing roles in your after school program?The new user trainings will provide:

  • An introduction to the AS21 system
  • Specific instruction on how to set up your site
  • Interactive, step by step instructions on registering students, creating activities, building rosters, taking attendance and running reports.

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    Sep 20

    1:30pm

    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 20

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 9-20-2018

    Bi-monthly scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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    Sep 20

    12:00pm

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

    Early Childhood educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre-K to grade 12. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Sep 21

    8:30am

    Systems and Structures to Support English Learners in the SRBI Process

    In this session, participants will learn how to support English learners (ELs) in the Scientifically Research-Based Intervention (SRBI) process and analyze pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of the diverse population of English learners in both Tier I instruction and tiered interventions.By examining student cases, district data, and effective strategies, participants will utilize their new learning to outline best practices and decisions through the lens of second language acquisition, CELP standards, and state and federal policicies.Participants will: • understand how language development impacts success• engage in interactive learning experiences that examine factors for success for ELs, SRBI policies and procedures, and Second Language Acquisition• develop an advocacy toolkit to bring back to their districts and schools

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    Sep 24

    8:30am

    Wilson Reading Training

    This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.

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    Sep 25

    9:00am

    CAYEN Training Experienced Users Session

    Experienced User Session- Are you an AS21 pro or just need a refresher? The experienced user training will provide:

  • New System Updates
  • A time for Q & A
  • A quiet place to get started on data entry for the year

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    Sep 27

    1:30pm

    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 27

    8:30am

    RESC Alliance Foundational Skills for Evaluators of Teachers

    The RESC Alliance Foundational Skills for Evaluators of Teachers training is designed to concentrate on the evaluator’s capacity to observe and analyze teacher performance and practice inherent in the CT Common Core of Teaching (CCT) and to provide supportive, high quality feedback to teachers. The primary focus of this training is on written feedback that focuses on areas of strengths and areas of growth explicitly connected to the rubric and observable classroom practices/evidence. The training is designed to link written feedback to verbal feedback and coaching strategies. This supports not only the evaluator’s ability to organize written feedback but consider how this feedback creates a platform for formal conferences that are instructionally focused, dialogic, and student-centered.Training includes both formative reviews of practice along with a final demonstration of proficiency. Participants take part in one formal and one informal video-based observation during the three-day training. Participants will receive feedback about their own practice that will help to codify key skills and prepare them to connect teacher practice to student learning.

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    Sep 28

    8:30am

    Wilson Reading System® Level I Certification

    Wilson Reading System (WRS) Level 1 Certification is designed to prepare teachers to effectively implement the Wilson Reading System Steps 1-6 with students who are reading and spelling below grade level as well as those diagnosed with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. It consists of two components: WRS Intensive Instruction Online Course and WRS Level I Practicum. A critical factor for student success is teacher knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply those in the classroom with students. The WRS Level I Certification Program provides a course that deepens teachers’content knowledge in providing structured multi-sensory literacy instruction, while providing a supervised practicum that allows teachers to apply and practice skillful use of research-based strategies. Considerable time, effort, and study are required for the WRS Certification program and participants will have the 2018-2019 school year to complete their certification.

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    Oct 1

    3:30pm

    Grade 1 Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

    WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Oct 2

    8:30pm

    TEAM Mentor Initial Support Training (2 day training)

    This two-day 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 the two in-person sessions, there will be an additional time for follow up offered either online or in person 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. Participants must bring their own food/beverage.

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    Oct 3

    3:30pm

    Kindergarten Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

    WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Oct 3

    9:00am

    Language Arts Council Meeting

    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.

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    Oct 4

    1:30pm

    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 9

    3:30pm

    Grade 2 Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

    WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Oct 10

    3:30pm

    Grade 3 Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

    WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Oct 11

    1:30pm

    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 11

    3:30pm

    Grade 4 Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

    WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Oct 11

    1:00pm

    Social Studies Council Meeting

    CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly 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.

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    Oct 12

    1:00pm

    Math Council Meeting

    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.

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    Oct 12

    8:30am

    Mindfulness Council (October): Topic TBD

    This FREE forum, open to anyone interested in integrating mindfulness and yoga into their work with youth, will provide an opportunity to share best practices, activities, expertise and valuable resources. Each session will feature a presentation on a specific topic relevant to integrating mindfulness and/or yoga, and will include time for personal practice support and self-care. Whether you work in a school, a behavioral health or medical setting, or are a parent looking to incorporate mindfulness at home, come join us as we create an open forum for learning and growth. Participant involvement and feedback is essential to the Council’s success.

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    Oct 15

    3:30pm

    Grade 5 Launch for NGSS Curriculum Consortium

    WITH THE UPCOMING NGSS HIGH STAKES CT ASSESSMENT, PREPARE YOUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! This opportunity allows for STEM coaches and team leaders to turn key launch sessions to their staff. To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering grade specific launch series. These multi-session series occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Oct 16

    9:00am

    CAYEN Training New Users Session

    NEW USER Session - Are you a new grantee, a new hire or changing roles in your after school program?The new user trainings will provide:

  • An introduction to the AS21 system
  • Specific instruction on how to set up your site
  • Interactive, step by step instructions on registering students, creating activities, building rosters, taking attendance and running reports.

  • REGISTER

    Oct 16

    8:30am

    Title III Consortium

    Effective Classroom / ESL Strategies For Teaching English Learners: Ways to get English Learners actively involved in your lessons.

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    Oct 18

    1:30pm

    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 18

    8:30am

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

    Early Childhood educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre-K to grade 12. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Oct 19

    1:00pm

    Science Council Meeting

    CREC region science teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly 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,Connecticut Core Standards, and CAPT Science. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    Oct 23

    9:00am

    CAYEN Training Experienced Users Session

    Experienced User Session- Are you an AS21 pro or just need a refresher? The experienced user training will provide:

  • New System Updates
  • A time for Q & A
  • A quiet place to get started on data entry for the year

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    Oct 24

    8:30am

    Rethinking How We Measure Student Growth - 2nd Annual RESC Alliance Thinkshop -

    Do you struggle to find measures of student growth that reflect important goals for learning? Those things that matter most for long-term student success are the most difficult to measure, report, and evaluate. Join with colleagues from throughout the state to examinedifferent perspectives about assessing student learning.This full-day Thinkshop is designed to encourage new ways of thinking about assessment and measurement in your classroom, school, or district. KEYNOTE Speakers: Karin Hess, Competency-Based Assessment and Ken O'Connor, Standards-Based Grading

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    Oct 25

    1:30pm

    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 25

    8:00am

    CREC's 3rd Annual Family, School, & Community Engagement Conference - "Sparking Powerful Partnerships for Student Success"

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  • Partnerships that are built between families, schools and the community are the foundation for student success. Powerful partnerships are also the footings for high impact family engagement practice. Join like-minded professionals to learn, share & spark innovation for action.

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    Oct 26

    8:30am

    CREC 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.

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    Oct 29

    8:30am

    Wilson Reading Training

    This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.

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    Nov 1

    1:30pm

    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 1

    8:30am

    Supporting ELs in the Math Classroom

    The workshop will support general education educators who are working with or have a large ELL population at their school or district with assisting ELs with math skills. Teachers who attend this workshop may be teachers looking for ways to support ELL students in math in the regular education classroom. The session will give educators various ways to build math fluency, provide appropriate strategies for the different language proficiency levels, how to build math vocabulary, strengthen and elicit math terms and ideas, offer ideas and examples on how to provide support, and provide resources to engage students in the math classroom.

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    Nov 8

    1:30pm

    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 14

    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 schools staff to access the quality of their services and use data to make program improvements. Quality after schools programs produce positive outcomes in youth!

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    Nov 15

    1:30pm

    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 15

    12:00pm

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

    Early Childhood educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre-K to grade 12. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Nov 19

    9:00am

    CAYEN Training New Users Session

    NEW USER Session - Are you a new grantee, a new hire or changing roles in your after school program?The new user trainings will provide:

  • An introduction to the AS21 system
  • Specific instruction on how to set up your site
  • Interactive, step by step instructions on registering students, creating activities, building rosters, taking attendance and running reports.

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    Nov 29

    1:30pm

    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 5

    9:00am

    Language Arts Council Meeting

    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.

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    Dec 6

    1:30pm

    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 6

    9:00am

    Raising Readers Parent Club Facilitator Training

    The Raising Readers Parent Club (RRPC) facilitator training is perfect for anyone working with parents of young children (birth to grade 3). Participants will be trained to lead clubs that encourage literacy and learning activities in the home.

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    Dec 7

    8:30pm

    4th Annual CREC/CCSU Mindfulness Conference -

    CREC and CCSU are co-hosting their 4th Annual Mindfulness Conference on December 7, 2018 on the CCSU campus. The conference will focus on mindfulness, yoga, and self-care practices that support social and emotional learning for students PreK – higher education. This year's conference keynote speakers are Ali Smith, Atman Smith and Andres Gonzales, founding members of Holistic Life Foundation. HLF is Baltimore-based non-profit committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in under-served communities. The work of the Holistic Life Foundation has been featured in O (Oprah) Magazine, Mindful magazine, The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, Yoga Journal, and on NBC Nightly News, CBS Morning News, PBS, and The Doctors, as well as a social media article on Upworthy and .Mic that went viral, about “turning detention into meditation”. HLF teaches their own unique blend of many styles of yoga, mindfulness, and other self-healing practices and serve over 10,000 youth per week in Baltimore City Public Schools alone.

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    Dec 11

    8:30am

    Title III Consortium

    Effective Classroom / ESL Strategies For Teaching English Learners: Ways to get English Learners actively involved in your lessons.

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    Dec 13

    1:30pm

    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 13

    1:00pm

    Social Studies Council Meeting

    CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly 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.

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    Dec 14

    1:00pm

    Math Council Meeting

    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.

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    Dec 20

    1:30pm

    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.

    REGISTER

    Dec 27

    1:30pm

    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.

    REGISTER

    Jan 10

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 1-10-2019

    Bi-monthly scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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    Jan 10

    8:30am

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

    Early Childhood educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre-K to grade 12. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Jan 10

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium H.S. Forensic Science Unit Writing

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium provides a forum for teachers throughout Connecticut to share in the creativity of developing three-dimensional NGSS-aligned curricula anchored in phenomena. During the initial course specific meeting, participants will be trained to develop story-lined curricula. The remaining consortium meeting dates will be facilitated curriculum and lesson development time. Any curricular documents generated will be reviewed, assessed using the EQuIP rubric, and edited prior to posting for classroom/district use. This forensics course has a chemistry focus and is an alternative to the NGSS Chemistry course offered for Track 1 in CREC’s NGSS Curriculum Consortium. The participant’s district will be granted an access code to all of the grade specific curricular documents generated in the consortium. Up to 10 NGSS-aligned units will be developed for each of the grade-levels and shared. Science curricula will be integrated by the performance expectations set forth by the NGSS. PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND ALL DAYS OF THEIR CONSORTIUM SERIES.

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    Jan 10

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium H.S. Physics Unit Writing

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium provides a forum for teachers throughout Connecticut to share in the creativity of developing three-dimensional NGSS-aligned curricula anchored in phenomena. During the initial course specific meeting, participants will be trained to develop story-lined curricula. The remaining consortium meeting dates will be facilitated curriculum and lesson development time. Any curricular documents generated will be reviewed, assessed using the EQuIP rubric, and edited prior to posting for classroom/district use. The participant’s district will be granted an access code to all of the grade specific curricular documents generated in the consortium. Up to 10 NGSS-aligned units will be developed for each of the grade-levels and shared. Science curricula will be integrated by the performance expectations set forth by the NGSS. PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND ALL DAYS OF THEIR CONSORTIUM SERIES.

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    Jan 11

    8:30am

    CREC 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.

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    Jan 18

    1:00pm

    Science Council Meeting

    CREC region science teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly 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,Connecticut Core Standards, and CAPT Science. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    Jan 28

    8:30am

    Mindfulness Council (January): Topic TBD

    This FREE forum, open to anyone interested in integrating mindfulness and yoga into their work with youth, will provide an opportunity to share best practices, activities, expertise and valuable resources. Each session will feature a presentation on a specific topic relevant to integrating mindfulness and/or yoga, and will include time for personal practice support and self-care. Whether you work in a school, a behavioral health or medical setting, or are a parent looking to incorporate mindfulness at home, come join us as we create an open forum for learning and growth. Participant involvement and feedback is essential to the Council’s success.

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    Feb 5

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Development - Grade 4

    Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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    Feb 6

    9:00am

    Language Arts Council Meeting

    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.

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    Feb 8

    1:00pm

    Math Council Meeting

    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.

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    Feb 11

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Development - Grade 5

    Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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    Feb 14

    12:00pm

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

    Early Childhood educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre-K to grade 12. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

    REGISTER

    Feb 14

    1:00pm

    Social Studies Council Meeting

    CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly 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.

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    Feb 25

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Development - Grade 7

    Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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    Feb 26

    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 schools staff to access the quality of their services and use data to make program improvements. Quality after schools programs produce positive outcomes in youth!

    REGISTER

    Mar 1

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Development - Grade 8

    Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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    Mar 11

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Development - Grade 10

    Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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    Mar 12

    8:30am

    Title III Consortium

    Effective Classroom / ESL Strategies For Teaching English Learners: Ways to get English Learners actively involved in your lessons.

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    Mar 13

    8:30pm

    TEAM Mentor Initial Support Training (2 day training)

    This two-day 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 the two in-person sessions, there will be an additional time for follow up offered either online or in person 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. Participants must bring their own food/beverage.

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    Mar 15

    8:30am

    CREC 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.

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    Mar 15

    1:00pm

    Science Council Meeting

    CREC region science teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly 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,Connecticut Core Standards, and CAPT Science. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

    REGISTER

    Mar 18

    8:30am

    Mindfulness Council (March): Topic TBD

    This FREE forum, open to anyone interested in integrating mindfulness and yoga into their work with youth, will provide an opportunity to share best practices, activities, expertise and valuable resources. Each session will feature a presentation on a specific topic relevant to integrating mindfulness and/or yoga, and will include time for personal practice support and self-care. Whether you work in a school, a behavioral health or medical setting, or are a parent looking to incorporate mindfulness at home, come join us as we create an open forum for learning and growth. Participant involvement and feedback is essential to the Council’s success.

    REGISTER

    Mar 21

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 3-21-2019

    Bi-monthly scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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    Mar 21

    8:30am

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

    Early Childhood educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre-K to grade 12. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

    REGISTER

    Mar 25

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Development - Grade 11

    Assessment of the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards is a critical component of implementation. As a part of the consortium's work, we will be offering assessment development sessions. These sessions will help districts develop a process of assessment to measure student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. While the current units contain activities and summative work related to anchor phenomenon, data collection relative to each performance expectation is not present. This cohort of participants will develop an assessment process, including formative and summative components, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. Participation in these development sessions is $300 per person; THE SAME PERSON MUST ATTEND BOTH DATES.

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    Apr 3

    9:00am

    Language Arts Council Meeting

    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.

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    Apr 5

    8:30am

    The Coaching and Self Reflection Tool for Competency in Teaching English Learners

    To best serve the increasing number of English Learners in our classrooms, educators need strategies and tools to help them reflect on their practice. In this workshop, participants will learn to use the resource, "The Coaching and Self-Reflection Tool for Competency in Teaching English Learners" in professional coaching conversations, in self-reflection on BEST Practices for English Learners, and for reflection and discussion for ANY teacher of English Learners.

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    Apr 18

    1:00pm

    Social Studies Council Meeting

    CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly 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.

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    Apr 25

    12:00pm

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

    Early Childhood educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre-K to grade 12. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

    REGISTER

    May 3

    1:00pm

    Math Council Meeting

    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.

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    May 3

    1:00pm

    Science Council Meeting

    CREC region science teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly 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,Connecticut Core Standards, and CAPT Science. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    May 9

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 5-9-2019

    Bi-monthly scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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    May 14

    8:30am

    Title III Consortium

    Effective Classroom / ESL Strategies For Teaching English Learners: Ways to get English Learners actively involved in your lessons.

    REGISTER

    May 16

    8:30am

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

    Early Childhood educators in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Pre-K to grade 12. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    May 17

    8:30am

    CREC 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.

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