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Oct 21

8:30am

Early Childhood Special Education Referral Process and Comprehensive Evaluations

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Oct 23

8:30am

Integrating Mindfulness Into Education

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Sep 26

8:30am

TEAM Initial Support Teacher Training- CREC Schools and Programs ONLY

This two-day training is for prospective mentors and cooperating teachers. The training engages participants in the TEAM module process and how to guide beginning teachers through successful completion of the five mentoring modules. In addition, participants are prepared to host a student teacher while developing effective coaching strategies. Food and beverages will not be served at this training. Approval by building principal and Provisional or Professional Educator Certificate.

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Oct 22

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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    Oct 22

    8:30am

    When ELs Struggle: More Strategies

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

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    Oct 23

    8:30am

    CREC's 4th Annual Family, School, & Community Engagement Conference - When ALL Means ALL: The call for full, equal and equitable partnerships between families, schools and communities

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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 23

    8:30am

    NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 6): Recommended for sixth grade teachers and middle school coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

    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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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    Oct 23

    1:05pm

    2019-20 Teacher's Choice

    Teacher’s Choice is an opportunity for second year and beyond CREC teachers to identify and pursue learning experiences specifically tailored to the needs of your school and classroom. The Teacher’s Choice process reinforces CREC’s Core Values by providing time to engage in self-directed, collaborative learning in order to develop creative solutions to educational challenges to meet the needs of our students. Our hope is that as you work in partnership with your colleagues, you will see an immediate impact on your practice and your students’ learning. (Note: First year teachers and teachers new to CREC will be part of a New Teacher Cohort PLC on Teacher's Choice days. ASI and CLHS will work in designated teams for Teacher's Choice.)

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    Oct 24

    1:00pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Oct 24

    12:00pm

    Health Science Education Fall Workshop

    This workshop is designed to support all Health Science classroom teachers, community college professors,and curriculum specialists as they work to ensure student success in college, career, and life.

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    Oct 25

    1:00am

    CT Early Learning Development Standards (ELDS) Intro

    This session will focus on using the CT ELDS as the foundation of a cycle of intentional teaching. This session will explore the beginning use of the CT ELDS to support all children’s learning and development. This training builds on Core Knowledge and Competency Level 1 (Promoting Child Development and Learning).

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    Oct 25

    8:30am

    i-Ready Connecting Data to Instruction Institute (Presented by: Curriculum Associates)

    This three half-day workshop institute will benefit districts that are starting or currently using i-Ready Diagnostics. The purpose of this learning is to help teachers and district leaders maintain the practice of reviewing data after each Diagnostic to help differentiate instruction throughout the year. Day 1 (9/12/19): This session is for administators/district leaders and teachers. First, district leaders will take part in the Data-Driven Leadership Best Practices course that helps leaders establish effective implementation strategies and foundations that unlock i-Ready’s potential to drive student growth. Leaders will engage in hands-on exploration of the most important reports and features while also learning about tested strategies to launch a successful school-level i-Ready implementation. Next, teachers will take part in the Getting Good Data with i-Ready course. This course is the integral first step for educators to begin implementing i-Ready and building a classroom data culture with their students. Day 2 (10/25/19): This session, Using Data to Plan Instruction, prepares educators to use effective data practices as they analyze their own students’ data from the first Diagnostic. Using a process for data analysis, participants uncover new insights and information about student performance to inform instructional decisions. Educators also begin to plan instruction that addresses gaps and needs to reach differentiated growth measures. Day 3 (1/29/20): The final session will be a tailored support around supporting the fidelity of i-Ready. The Professional Development Specialist will identify data trends and consult with educators to recommend topics to get everyone on the path to i-Ready success. This session will ensure that momentum from Using Data to Plan Instruction extends to the second Diagonistic and beyond. Some potentional tailored support topics are: Teacher-Led Instruction, Data Analysis, Standards Mastery or Student Growth.

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    Oct 28

    9:30am

    Parent Teacher Home Visits (PTHV) Overview - Families and Educators on the Same Team for Student Success

    The research is clear—families are essential to student success. The PTHVprogram connects the expertise of the family about their children withthe classroom expertise of the teacher. This model has been proven toincrease student attendance and achievement, and decrease suspensionand expulsion rates. Most importantly, PTHV serves to build mutuallyrespectful relationships between families and school staff.Who should attend?A team representing teacher/s, school administrators, early educationprogram providers and/or support staff who plan to implement theprogram. *Important Note: The classroom teacher makes the visit.*

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    Oct 29

    8:30am

    NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 5): Recommended for fifth grade teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

    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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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    Oct 30

    10:00am

    Welcoming Walkthrough Overview

    This workshop will incorporate hands on activities and practice using the Welcoming Tool to access how inviting the school and/or after school programs are to families. Providing welcoming enviroments has been identified as a best practice to engage families and community partners, the workshop will focus on customer service, policy, and communication and implementation strategies.

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    Oct 30

    9:00am

    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Booster Session - Tier I

    Topics covered in this booster session are: Establishing universal behavior support systems; Building stakeholder buy–in; Data systems for decision-making; Preparation for implementation of Tier I systems; Ongoing monitoring of fidelity and progress; Implementing sustainable Tier I system.

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    Oct 31

    1:00pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Oct 31

    8:30am

    Writing Standards Based IEPS in Preschool

    This full-day workshop will include three of four modules from the BLUEPRINT for Early Childhood Special Education & Related Services Professionals.These modules are designed to facilitate participants’ learning and implementation of: •The use of relevant evaluation and progress monitoring data in conjunction with CT’s Early Learning Standards (ELDS) to write measurable, attainable standards based individual education program (IEP) goals. •The creation of a well aligned IEP from crafting appropriate Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance that are aligned to Standards Based IEP Goals with effective means of Progress Monitoring measures, to accurate determination of Service Delivery type, amount and frequency. •A decision-making framework for choosing relevant progress monitoring tools and methods that can be aligned to CT’s Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (DOTS). •A decision-making framework for choosing evidence-based or designing effective methodology for specially designed instruction. •The development of IEP Matrices and Specially Designed Instruction Plans for integrated and collaborative service delivery in the least restrictive setting.

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    Nov 1

    9:00am

    CT Friday Cafe - Community and Family Engagement

    Friday Cafe is a morning discussion and networking series for people who work at the intersection of families and learning. Our monthly gatherings feature a short talk, fresh coffee and thought-provoking conversation.Our members go by many different names. Some work in schools, some in communities. Are you a parent liaison, partnership, coordinator, home-school facilitator, family resource specialist, parent center director, or just have an interest in family engagement? This network is for you.

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    Nov 1

    8:30am

    The Role of the Paraprofessional in High-Quality Early Childhood Setting That Serves Children with IEPs

    This full-day workshop will include three of five modules from the Preschool COMPASS for Early Childhood Paraeducators and their teacher partners who work in preschools who want to learn about: •The different roles and responsibilities of the Teacher/Paraprofessional as part of a teaching tea in the preschool environment. •Effective communication between adults and adult to child. •Positive behavior supports and instructional strategies for working with diverse children. •Legal and ethical issues. Teachers are strongly encouraged to attend WITH their Paraprofessional!

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    Nov 4

    9:00am

    CT Early Learning Development Standards (ELDS) Intermediate Training

    This session will focus on using the CT ELDS as the foundation of a cycle of intentional teaching. Participants will consider approaches to developing quality planned programs, including engaging environments and rich learning experiences. This session will also explore the beginning use of the CT ELDS to support all children’s learning and development, using differentiation to meet the needs of diverse learners and children who are dual language learners.This training builds on Core Knowledge and Competency Level 1 and addresses Competency Level 2 in the following areas:

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    Nov 4

    8:30am

    NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 4): Recommended for fourth grade teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

    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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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    Nov 6

    4:00pm

    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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    Nov 6

    8:30am

    School Structures to Support English Learner Writing Instruction

    This full day workshop is divided into two sessions. The morning will focus on structural supports necessary to support the teaching of writing to English Learners. The intended audience for the morning is classroom teachers, EL teachers/tutors and building administrators. In the afternoon, classroom and EL teachers will learn several strategies to incorporate writing into the classroom and have the opportunity to work as a team to apply their new learning in their lesson plans.

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    Nov 7

    4:00pm

    AARC Open House Informational Session

    Advanced Alternate Route to Certification Program for Special Education is an advanced program for certified teachers to earn a cross endorsement in Comprehensive Special Education (165). To qualify you must be a certified teacher in an approved area (e.g. elementary education, mathematics); have three years teaching experience (substitute experience will be considered); and have a desire to work with students with disabilities. Applications accepted November 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020.

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    Nov 7

    8:30am

    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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    Nov 7

    8:30am

    Assessing English Learners at the Secondary Level

    In this session, participants will learn how to equitably assess and grade English learners (ELs) in the secondary classroom based on research-based criteria. By examining assessments with the guidelines of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the stages of English language acquisition, and equal access in mind, participants will evaluate the ways in which they have previously developed and delivered assessments and consider new access points. Participants are encouraged to come in teams (e.g., secondary classroom teacher, coach/department chair, ESL teacher, administrator).

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    Nov 7

    4:00pm

    TEAM Module 5: Facilitated discussion for CREC Magnet Schools

    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.

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    Nov 8

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting 11-8-2019

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

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    Nov 8

    9:00am

    Keepers of Alexandria

    The Keepers of Alexandria is a program created by Dr. John A. Wyatt, classics professor at the Universityof Chicago and Beloit College, and was originally developed as after-school enrichment for at-risk students in grades 3 through 8. The current program consists of stories and lessons, which are presentedthrough history, philosophy, and Latin, all based in the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt.

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    Nov 8

    8:30am

    Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Restorative Practices

    This workshop will describe the rationale for Restorative Practices in schools, identify and demonstrate a continuum of restorative practices and discuss a restorative approach as an alternative to traditional discipline practices.

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    Nov 8

    8:30am

    NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 3): Recommended for third grade teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

    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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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    Nov 13

    8:30am

    TEAM Initial Reviewer Training

    This one day training is required for anyone serving on a district or regional review committee. Districts must select potential reviewers to attend the training to learn the criteria for a successful reflection paper. Participants are given multiple opportunities to read and review a range of papers to assist them in making informed decisions.

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    Nov 13

    4:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at CREC - Occupational Therapy - Session 1

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Nov 14

    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

    12:30pm

    Administrative Assistant Enrichment Training

    In the workplace, professional communication skills are everything. The purpose of communication is to get your message across clearly to others, regardless of the situation. This workshop will focus on understanding the ways we communicate, including phone and email, in order to properly service our customers.

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    Nov 14

    12:00pm

    Early Childhood Council

    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 14

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at EdAdvance- Occupational Therapy - Session 1

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Nov 15

    10:00am

    21st CCLC Middle and High School Meeting

    The Connecticut State Department of Education and the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) are excited to announce the dates for the 2019-2020 21st Century Community Learning Center Middle and High School Meetings. 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grantees who serve students in the middle and high school grades are provided with opportunities to attend three Middle and High School Meetings each year. These meetings have been created specifically for after school professionals to help them meet the identified needs of middle and high school students and families.Participants will network with peers to share practices and resources from the field. National, state and local resources to support the implementation of practices will also be provided. Eligible grantees are encouraged but not required to send appropriate staff to represent programs and disseminate information back to their programs.

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    Nov 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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    Nov 19

    8:00am

    Annual CTE Conference: Today's Skills, Tomorrow's Careers

    The annual Connecticut CTE Conference will focus on new initiatives as well as updates to all CTE areas.

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    Nov 19

    9:00am

    Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics; Initiating Critical Conversations

    Mathematics education at the high school level is part of a complex system of policies, traditions, and societal expectations. This workshop will engage all individuals with a stake in high school mathematics in the critical conversations that must take place to bring about and give support to necessary changes. Participants of this workshop will take part in activities that will help facilitate the critical conversations around the following topics in high school mathematics: Essential Concepts, Tracking, Instructional Practices, and High School Mathematics Pathways. For maximum benefit, it is recommended that districts send a team of key stakeholders. Participants will leave the workshop with the action steps necessary to initiate a conversation around changes in high school mathematics.

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    Nov 20

    1:00pm

    CT DOTS Intro Part 1 and Part 2

    The Connecticut Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS) is a framework to guide early care and education providers in a process of monitoring children’s progress on the skills, abilities, and behaviors in the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS). This introduction to CT DOTS will provide an overview of the tool during the two half-day trainings. The first training addresses how the CT DOTS documents are organized and the process of collecting evidence of children’s learning and development using three strategies: naturalistic observations, planned experiences and family input. Participants will engage in practice with the tool in their own setting between trainings. The second training involves reflection on how to collect relevant and meaningful data and the summarizing of evidence collected over time. This training addresses Core Knowledge and Competency Framework Domain Four - Observing, Documenting and Assessing with a specific focus on the following categories: •Early Childhood Screening and Assessment •Observation and Documentation to Inform Planned Program •Engaging Families

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    Nov 20

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at EASTCONN - Occupational Therapy - Session 1

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Nov 21

    1:00pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Nov 21

    8:30am

    NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 2): Recommended for kindergarten teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

    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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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    Nov 21

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at ACES - Occupational Therapy - Session 1

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Nov 22

    9:00am

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

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

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    Nov 25

    8:30am

    NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Grade 1): Recommended for first grade teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

    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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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    Nov 25

    8:30am

    Regional PBIS School Team Coaches Network

    Three meetings (fall, winter, spring) from 8:30 to 11 a.m.. Open to team coaches from any PBIS schools in the CREC region. Provides an opportunity to learn about the latest research, problem-solve implementation challenges, and share ideas with coaches from other schools.

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    Nov 26

    8:30am

    Incorporating Games and Game Mechanics without Losing Rigor

    People like to play. Incorporating game mechanics into your class can improve student engagement and deepen student understanding. Participants in this workshop will learn the basics of game mechanics and specific strategies to incorporate games and gamification into your classroom.

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    Dec 2

    9:00am

    Teaching Literacy to Students with Significant Disabilities: A Workshop Series

    This 3-day workshop series will target special education teams to help them improve their literacy interventions for students with disabilities. Target audience is special education.

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    Dec 2

    8:30am

    Wilson Reading Training

    This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.

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    Dec 3

    4:00pm

    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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    Dec 3

    9:00am

    Social and Emotional Learning Council

    This council will focus on current trends, research and interventions related to Social and Emotional Learning. Members will be able to network with staff from other districts, have access to resources, and learn the most current developments in the area.

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    Dec 3

    8:00am

    Building Tier II/III Supports for Chronic Absenteeism

    From the researchers at Safe and Civil Schools and the publisher of the Tough Kid Series, nationally recognized expert, Jessica Sprick, will be presenting on best practices for building tier II/III supports for chronic absenteeism. Jessica’s practical experience in the classroom and as an administrator drives her passion to help school personnel develop and implement effective behavioral and academic approaches. She is a co-author of Functional Behavior Assessment of Absenteeism & Truancy (FBAAT) and Absenteeism and Truancy: Interventions and Universal Procedures.

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    Dec 4

    1:00pm

    Library Media Specialists Council Meeting

    CREC’s Library Media Specialists Council provides a unique opportunity for K-12 Library Media Specialists in the CREC region to come together to share best practices and engage in new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Quarterly meetings will encourage input from participants regarding topics and speaker selections in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    Dec 4

    8:30am

    NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Kindergarten): Recommended for kindergarten teachers and elementary coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

    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 for each grade level focused on developing formative assessments, summative assessments and student rubrics specific to the CREC consortium unit bundles to measure and monitor student progress towards the NGSS performance expectations. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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    Dec 4

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at LEARN - Occupational Therapy - Session 1

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Dec 5

    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

    1:00pm

    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 5

    4:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at CES - Occupational Therapy - Session 1

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Dec 6

    10:00am

    PTHV (Parent Teacher Home Visit) Training: Families and Educators on the Same Team for Student Success

    The research is clear—families are essential to student success. The Parent Teacher Home Visit Program (PTHV) connects the expertise of the family about their children with the classroom expertise of the teacher. This model has been proven to increase student attendance and achievement, and decrease suspension and expulsion rates. Most importantly, PTHV serves to build mutually respectful relationships between families and school staff. The PTHV Program is recognized as a highly effective family engagement practice for early education and for schools in CT.Who should attend?A team representing teacher/s, school administrators, early education program providers and/or support staff who plan to implement the program. *Important Note: The classroom teacher makes the visit.*

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    Dec 10

    8:30am

    An Autism Behavior Toolkit for Teachers: Tips and Tricks that Work When Educating Elementary Students on the Autism Spectrum

    In this half-day workshop, participants will learn strategies that they can incorporate into their classrooms immediately to support the academic and behavioral needs of students with ASD. The workshop is designed for general education and special education teachers that have students in their classrooms with ASD. We will cover strategies to support transitions, common behavior issues, sensory needs of students with ASD and much more. Participants will learn: sensory strategies to prevent common behaviors presented by students with ASD; strategies to support transitions in and out of the classroom for students with ASD; and proactive strategies to prevent challenging behaviors before they occur.

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    Dec 12

    1:00pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Dec 12

    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 13

    9:00am

    CT Friday Cafe - Community and Family Engagement

    Friday Cafe is a morning discussion and networking series for people who work at the intersection of families and learning. Our monthly gatherings feature a short talk, fresh coffee and thought-provoking conversation.Our members go by many different names. Some work in schools, some in communities. Are you a parent liaison, partnership, coordinator, home-school facilitator, family resource specialist, parent center director, or just have an interest in family engagement? This network is for you.

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    Dec 13

    1:00pm

    Math Council

    CREC’s Mathematics Council provides new thinking about mathematics instruction for K-12 math teachers, coaches, and district leaders in an open forum type setting. Agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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    Dec 19

    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 19

    8:30am

    English Language Learners Council (Title III)

    Council members and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly consortium meetings to share best practices, emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students, and to proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS), assessments, and the Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards. Members will engage in new thinking about instructional practices and collaborate to proactively respond to EL needs in their district.

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    Jan 7

    1:00pm

    STEM Council (NEW Council for 2019-2020)

    STEM educators, coaches, and coordinators in CREC districts meet to share best practices, resources and new thinking around interdisciplinary instruction in science, technology, engineering and math. Discussions may include topics ranging from implementing NGSS, Math CCSS, and ISTE standards to creating effective Makerspaces. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Jan 8

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting 1-8-2020

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

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    Jan 8

    4:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at CREC - Occupational Therapy - Session 2

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Jan 9

    1:00pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Jan 9

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at EdAdvance- Occupational Therapy - Session 2

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Jan 15

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at EASTCONN - Occupational Therapy - Session 2

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Jan 16

    1:00pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Jan 16

    8:30am

    Early Childhood Council

    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 16

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at CES - Occupational Therapy - Session 2

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Jan 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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    Jan 17

    12:30pm

    Instructional Coaching Institute

    This workshop is geared towards Instructional Coaches who are in their first 2 years of coaching. The Coaching Institute will provide Instructional Coaches the opportunity to enhance their understanding of Coaching Cycles, provide strategies for relationship building, and learn the foundational skills for success as an Instructional Coach.

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    Jan 17

    1:00am

    Science Council

    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. 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 22

    8:30am

    Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom: Tools to Improve Self-Regulation, Learning and Classroom Climate

    Increasing numbers of students lack the skills of self-regulation, impulse control and focus which can negatively affect their behavior, ability to learn and overall well-being. These critical skills, essential to success at home, in school and throughout life, can be learned when taught in a developmentally appropriate, engaging way. Sharing yoga and mindfulness techniques, specifically designed for the time and space crunched classroom, is a convenient, engaging and effective way to promote these skills while cultivating a positive, peaceful productive classroom climate. This workshop is appropriate for PreK-12 classroom teachers, administrators, special educators, school counselors, school social workers, occupational therapists, SLPs, physical therapists, physical education teachers, health educators, and paraprofessionals. No prior yoga experience or mats are required! Price includes card deck, a $32 value.

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    Jan 22

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at LEARN - Occupational Therapy - Session 2

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Jan 23

    1:00pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Jan 23

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at ACES - Occupational Therapy - Session 2

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Jan 24

    10:00am

    21st CCLC Middle and High School Meeting

    The Connecticut State Department of Education and the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) are excited to announce the dates for the 2019-2020 21st Century Community Learning Center Middle and High School Meetings. 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grantees who serve students in the middle and high school grades are provided with opportunities to attend three Middle and High School Meetings each year. These meetings have been created specifically for after school professionals to help them meet the identified needs of middle and high school students and families.Participants will network with peers to share practices and resources from the field. National, state and local resources to support the implementation of practices will also be provided. Eligible grantees are encouraged but not required to send appropriate staff to represent programs and disseminate information back to their programs.

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    Jan 24

    8:30am

    Assistive Technology and Systematic Reading Instruction Overview: Incorporating Assistive Technology into Systematic, Explicit Instruction in Reading

    Systematic reading instruction explicitly teaches basic reading skills in a way that is beneficial for all students. This type of instruction has been found to be especially beneficial for students who have difficulty learning sound/symbol association, decoding skills, reading accuracy and automaticity. Assistive technology allows students with more significant needs to participate in this type of instruction with greater independence and success.

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    Jan 25

    12:30pm

    Language Workshop: Fostering a Culture of Writing in the Montessori Classroom

    Primary: Classifying the World through Language. Elementary: Writing Across the Curriculum. Optional social hour to follow.

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    Jan 28

    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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    Jan 30

    1:00pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Jan 31

    9:00am

    CT Friday Cafe - Community and Family Engagement

    Friday Cafe is a morning discussion and networking series for people who work at the intersection of families and learning. Our monthly gatherings feature a short talk, fresh coffee and thought-provoking conversation.Our members go by many different names. Some work in schools, some in communities. Are you a parent liaison, partnership, coordinator, home-school facilitator, family resource specialist, parent center director, or just have an interest in family engagement? This network is for you.

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    Jan 31

    8:30am

    Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Restorative Practices

    This workshop will describe the rationale for Restorative Practices in schools, identify and demonstrate a continuum of restorative practices and discuss a restorative approach as an alternative to traditional discipline practices.

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    Jan 31

    8:30am

    Teaching Oral Language Development and Foundational Skills to English Learners

    Participants in this professional learning experience will learn about the stages of second language acquisition and language proficiency levels in order to build capacity to make better instructional decisions about English learners (ELs) in their classrooms in oral language development and reading. Through interactive experiences, participants will see the importance of oral language development to build comprehension as reading proficiency and overall English proficiency develops in ELs.

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    Feb 3

    8:30am

    “No, you can’t use Google Translate”: Teaching World Language in the 1:1 Classroom

    Teaching World Language to ‘Digital Natives’ brings many challenges, Google Translate is just one of them. With the whole world at their fingertips, who can we guide students in their journey to master another language. Participants in this half-day session will learn strategies to make effective use of chromebooks/laptops in the 1:1 classroom to teach WL in a student-centered manner.

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    Feb 4

    9:00am

    Social and Emotional Learning Council

    This council will focus on current trends, research and interventions related to Social and Emotional Learning. Members will be able to network with staff from other districts, have access to resources, and learn the most current developments in the area.

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    Feb 5

    1:00pm

    Library Media Specialists Council Meeting

    CREC’s Library Media Specialists Council provides a unique opportunity for K-12 Library Media Specialists in the CREC region to come together to share best practices and engage in new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Quarterly meetings will encourage input from participants regarding topics and speaker selections in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    Feb 5

    8:30am

    Supporting English Learners through 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 policies. Participants will increase their capacity to use data effectively, advocate for needs of specific ELs, and develop appropriate goals and a plan for supports and accommodations for ELs. Audience: Classroom teachers, instructional coaches, interventionists, TESOL/bilingual teachers, SRBI coordinators and team members, and administrators. Participants are encouraged to come in teams (e.g., secondary classroom teacher, coach/department chair, ESL teacher, and administrator).

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    Feb 5

    8:30am

    The Blueprint: LRE/Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Learning Disabilities

    Participants will learn about various curriculum frameworks that can be readily used when developing challenging and appropriate instruction for students with significant disabilities.

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    Feb 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 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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    Feb 6

    1:00pm

    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 12

    8:30am

    Mindfulness Council

    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 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 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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    Feb 13

    4:00pm

    AARC Open House Informational Session

    Advanced Alternate Route to Certification Program for Special Education is an advanced program for certified teachers to earn a cross endorsement in Comprehensive Special Education (165). To qualify you must be a certified teacher in an approved area (e.g. elementary education, mathematics); have three years teaching experience (substitute experience will be considered); and have a desire to work with students with disabilities. Applications accepted November 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020.

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    Feb 13

    12:00pm

    Early Childhood Council

    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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    Feb 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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    Feb 14

    1:00pm

    Math Council

    CREC’s Mathematics Council provides new thinking about mathematics instruction for K-12 math teachers, coaches, and district leaders in an open forum type setting. Agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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    Feb 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 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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    Feb 20

    12:00pm

    Augmentative & Alternative Communication Council #2

    Service Providers will share information to assist students with Augmentative & Alternate Communication needs. Members will be able to network with staff from other districts.Topic lists are developed by the group.

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    Feb 21

    8:30am

    Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia - Elementary

    Students with dyslexia require appropriate instructional accommodations that allow them to access and be successful in instruction in the general education curriculum. This workshop explores assistive technology options across a variety of platforms. Access link and instructions will be provided to registrants prior to the session.

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    Feb 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 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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    Mar 2

    9:00am

    SIM™ Teaching Self-Advocacy: Tier 2 and Tier 3 Interventions for Increasing Student Independence

    These strategies help students prepare for and participate in education or transition planning conferences. Students learn to determine and list their perceived strengths, areas in which they need to improve or learn, education and transition goals, needed accommodations, and more. They then use steps of the strategy to share their lists during conferences, listen and respond to others, ask questions, and communicate their goals.

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    Mar 5

    1:00pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Mar 5

    8:30am

    Early Childhood Special Education Referrals and Comprehensive Evaluations

    Comprehensive and meaningful assessment in early childhood requires training and specialized experience in understanding family dynamics, culture, and child development. Also required is knowledge of assessment tools, techniques, and early childhood curricula to prevent detrimental decisions that results from misinterpretation of assessment data.

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    Mar 6

    8:30am

    Assistive Technology and Systematic Reading Instruction - Application: Creating Lessons for Incorporating Assistive Technology into Systematic Reading Instruction

    Systematic reading instruction explicitly teaches basic reading skills in a way that is beneficial for all students. Assistive technology allows students with more significant needs to participate in this type of instruction with greater independence and success. Systematic reading instruction has a structured, predictable lesson plan with specific procedures for teaching new concepts, sounds and syllable types. This workshop allows participants to create lessons and embed assitive technology tools into the lesson procedures and activities.

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    Mar 7

    12:30pm

    Understanding Children's Behavior

    We will take a look at the developmental needs of the children in your class environment while addressing behaviors that may require implementing strategies not necessarily found in your album.Optional social hour to follow.

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    Mar 10

    1:00pm

    STEM Council (NEW Council for 2019-2020)

    STEM educators, coaches, and coordinators in CREC districts meet to share best practices, resources and new thinking around interdisciplinary instruction in science, technology, engineering and math. Discussions may include topics ranging from implementing NGSS, Math CCSS, and ISTE standards to creating effective Makerspaces. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Mar 11

    8:30am

    TEAM Initial Reviewer Training

    This one day training is required for anyone serving on a district or regional review committee. Districts must select potential reviewers to attend the training to learn the criteria for a successful reflection paper. Participants are given multiple opportunities to read and review a range of papers to assist them in making informed decisions.

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    Mar 12

    8:30am

    English Language Learners Council (Title III)

    Council members and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly consortium meetings to share best practices, emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students, and to proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS), assessments, and the Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards. Members will engage in new thinking about instructional practices and collaborate to proactively respond to EL needs in their district.

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    Mar 17

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting 3-17-2020

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

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    Mar 19

    8:30am

    Early Childhood Council

    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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    Mar 19

    1:00am

    Science Council

    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. 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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    Mar 19

    8:30am

    When ELs Struggle: Basic Strategies for General Education Teachers

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

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    Mar 20

    9:00am

    21st CCLC - 2nd Networking Meeting

    Professional Development for providers of after-school programs on various topics throughout the school year including State and Federal Laws, diverstiy, diagnostic and evaluation tools, etc.Note: Grantees are required to send at least two professional staff to Networking Meetings to represent programs and disseminate information back to staff at their programs.

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    Mar 20

    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 20

    8:00am

    The Choices Approach: Teaching about Contested Historical Turning Points

    In this workshop, participants will be introduced to Choices award winning resources and approach to teaching about contested issues. Teachers will be immersed in the Choices Units: The Civil War and the Meaning of Liberty (new in 2019) and Immigration and the US Policy Debate (updated in Fall of 2018). Both resources bring new and diverse voices and perspectives to the classroom. Both curriculums are provided and teachers will discuss ways to adapt these programs for their classroom.

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    Mar 24

    9:00am

    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Booster Session - Tier I

    Topics covered in this booster session are: Establishing universal behavior support systems; Building stakeholder buy–in; Data systems for decision-making; Preparation for implementation of Tier I systems; Ongoing monitoring of fidelity and progress; Implementing sustainable Tier I system.

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    Mar 24

    8:30am

    School Structures to Support English Learner Writing Instruction

    This full day workshop is divided into two sessions. The morning will focus on structural supports necessary to support the teaching of writing to English Learners. The intended audience for the morning is classroom teachers, EL teachers/tutors and building administrators. In the afternoon, classroom and EL teachers will learn several strategies to incorporate writing into the classroom and have the opportunity to work as a team to apply their new learning in their lesson plans.

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    Mar 26

    8:30am

    All Students Are Motivated

    All human behavior is motivated. Sometimes, however, what students are motivated to do, and what the teacher wants them to do are not in harmony. Participants in this workshop will learn some myths of motivation which are omnipresent in schools today and concrete strategies to use in order to differentiate motivational techniques for their students.

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    Mar 31

    8:30am

    Addressing Young Children’s Behavioral and Social-Emotional Needs Through a Multi-Tiered System of Support

    This one day workshop will provide participants with a framework for establishing a multi-tiered system of supports for social-emotional growth and early intervention for behavioral concerns within a larger overarching, developmentally appropriate system of prevention of challenging behaviors. This framework is easily implemented within curriculum and instruction that is aligned to Connecticut’s Early Learning Development Standards (ELDS) and can be monitored through use of Connecticut’s Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (DOTS).

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    Apr 1

    1:00pm

    Library Media Specialists Council Meeting

    CREC’s Library Media Specialists Council provides a unique opportunity for K-12 Library Media Specialists in the CREC region to come together to share best practices and engage in new thinking about digital literacy for the 21st century. Quarterly meetings will encourage input from participants regarding topics and speaker selections in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

    REGISTER

    Apr 1

    8:30am

    Mindfulness Council

    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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    Apr 2

    1:00pm

    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 2

    9:00am

    TEAM District Facilitator Meeting - Spring, 2020

    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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    Apr 3

    10:00am

    21st CCLC Middle and High School Meeting

    The Connecticut State Department of Education and the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) are excited to announce the dates for the 2019-2020 21st Century Community Learning Center Middle and High School Meetings. 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grantees who serve students in the middle and high school grades are provided with opportunities to attend three Middle and High School Meetings each year. These meetings have been created specifically for after school professionals to help them meet the identified needs of middle and high school students and families.Participants will network with peers to share practices and resources from the field. National, state and local resources to support the implementation of practices will also be provided. Eligible grantees are encouraged but not required to send appropriate staff to represent programs and disseminate information back to their programs.

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    Apr 3

    9:00am

    CT Friday Cafe - Community and Family Engagement

    Friday Cafe is a morning discussion and networking series for people who work at the intersection of families and learning. Our monthly gatherings feature a short talk, fresh coffee and thought-provoking conversation.Our members go by many different names. Some work in schools, some in communities. Are you a parent liaison, partnership, coordinator, home-school facilitator, family resource specialist, parent center director, or just have an interest in family engagement? This network is for you.

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    Apr 6

    8:30am

    Recent Advances in Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems: Assessment and Highly Effective Intervention

    The presentation will focus on how children learn to read words and why some children struggle. Understanding the nature of word-level reading development and word-level reading problems will guide both assessment and intervention. Studies consistently show that the most commonly used intervention approaches provide limited benefits for weak readers. However, other studies have shown that some approaches can yield very large reading gains for such students, and these will be the focus of the presentation.

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    Apr 7

    8:30am

    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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    Apr 8

    8:30am

    When ELs Struggle: More Strategies

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

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    Apr 8

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at CREC - Occupational Therapy - Session 3

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Apr 9

    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 9

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at EdAdvance- Occupational Therapy - Session 3

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Apr 22

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at EASTCONN - Occupational Therapy - Session 3

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Apr 23

    12:00pm

    Early Childhood Council

    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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    Apr 23

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at CES - Occupational Therapy - Session 3

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Apr 24

    8:30am

    Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia - Secondary

    Secondary students with dyslexia require appropriate instructional accommodations that allow them to access and be successful in instruction in the general education curriculum. This workshop explores assistive technology options across a variety of platforms. Access link and instructions will be provided to registrants prior to the session.

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    Apr 27

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium H.S. Forensic Science Unit Writing (Spring 2020)

    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 NGSS rubrics and tools, 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. 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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    Apr 28

    9:00am

    Augmentative & Alternative Communication Council #3

    Service Providers will share information to assist students with Augmentative & Alternate Communication needs. Members will be able to network with staff from other districts.Topic lists are developed by the group.

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    Apr 29

    8:30am

    Charting the LifecCourse/Person Centered Planning

    Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, is a tool to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life. Participants in this hands-on learning session will understand the importance of person-centered/futures planning, become familiar with the LifeCourse tools, and how to use them to support the development of the IEP and Transition Planning.

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    Apr 29

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at LEARN - Occupational Therapy - Session 3

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    Apr 30

    2:00pm

    CSDE Communities of Practice at ACES - Occupational Therapy - Session 3

    This community of Practice will bring together Connecticut School occupational therapy practitioners to focus on Best Practices in a Workload Approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection, participants will intentionally learn, pool knowledge, and share resources to better our practice.

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    May 1

    8:30am

    Executive Function Skills

    Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. The brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses. These skills are crucial for learning and development. This workshop will describe each executive function and its connection to learning.

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    May 4

    8:30am

    Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom: Tools to Improve Self-Regulation, Learning and Classroom Climate

    Increasing numbers of students lack the skills of self-regulation, impulse control and focus which can negatively affect their behavior, ability to learn and overall well-being. These critical skills, essential to success at home, in school and throughout life, can be learned when taught in a developmentally appropriate, engaging way. Sharing yoga and mindfulness techniques, specifically designed for the time and space crunched classroom, is a convenient, engaging and effective way to promote these skills while cultivating a positive, peaceful productive classroom climate. This workshop is appropriate for PreK-12 classroom teachers, administrators, special educators, school counselors, school social workers, occupational therapists, SLPs, physical therapists, physical education teachers, health educators, and paraprofessionals. No prior yoga experience or mats are required! Price includes card deck, a $32 value.

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    May 5

    1:00pm

    STEM Council (NEW Council for 2019-2020)

    STEM educators, coaches, and coordinators in CREC districts meet to share best practices, resources and new thinking around interdisciplinary instruction in science, technology, engineering and math. Discussions may include topics ranging from implementing NGSS, Math CCSS, and ISTE standards to creating effective Makerspaces. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    May 6

    8:30am

    NGSS Unit Bundle Assessment Development Series (Physics): Recommended for high school teachers and coaches using the CREC NGSS curriculum.

    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 teacher rubrics and sample tasks, to assess student achievement in relation to the three dimensions of the NGSS. NOTE: This workshop series is ONLY available to districts using CREC’s NGSS unit bundles, and the same person must attend both days.

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    May 7

    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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    May 8

    9:00am

    21st CCLC - Networking/Showcase Meeting

    Professional Development for providers of after-school programs on various topics throughout the school year including State and Federal Laws, diverstiy, diagnostic and evaluation tools, etc.Note: Grantees are required to send at least two professional staff to Networking Meetings to represent programs and disseminate information back to staff at their programs.

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    May 8

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting 5-8-2020

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

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    May 13

    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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    May 14

    8:30am

    Early Childhood Council

    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 14

    8:30am

    English Language Learners Council (Title III)

    Council members and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly consortium meetings to share best practices, emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students, and to proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS), assessments, and the Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards. Members will engage in new thinking about instructional practices and collaborate to proactively respond to EL needs in their district.

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    May 14

    1:00am

    Science Council

    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. 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 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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    May 20

    8:30am

    Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Restorative Practices

    This workshop will describe the rationale for Restorative Practices in schools, identify and demonstrate a continuum of restorative practices and discuss a restorative approach as an alternative to traditional discipline practices.

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    May 22

    1:00pm

    Math Council

    CREC’s Mathematics Council provides new thinking about mathematics instruction for K-12 math teachers, coaches, and district leaders in an open forum type setting. Agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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    Jun 2

    8:30am

    TEAM Mentor Initial Support Training (2-Day training)

    This 2-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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