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Oct 11

8:00am

CREC Magnet Schools Secondary Science Instructional Leadership Cohort Learning Sessions

Science leaders from CREC Magnet Schools will meet quarterly to share practice, discuss instructional strategies, and work on problems of practice around science instruction in our schools.

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Oct 17

1:00pm

2018-19 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. MSAP schools will work in designated teams for Teacher's Choice.)

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Feb 19

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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Feb 20

12:30pm

CT DOTS Introduction: Documentation and Observation for Teaching System

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 two half-day training's. 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 training's. 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. Please be advised this training is comprised of two sessions.

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Feb 21

12:00pm

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 22

12:30pm

CT DOTS Introduction: Documentation and Observation for Teaching System

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 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. Please be advised this training is comprised of two sessions.

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Feb 22

9:00am

Social and Emotional Learning Council

This new 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 22

9:00am

Ways to Productively Address Hurtful, Biased Comments or Actions in School

As teachers, school administrators, parents, grandparents, guardians, whatever role we play in a child’s life, we need to teach our children what to do/say when a disrespectful incident takes place related to another person’s race, ethnicity, religion, ability or another ism. That’s not always easy to do, especially with young children. Not easy, but possible. Participants will learn ways to speak with elementary school-aged children about discriminatory comments and behavior and help them know what to do or say, if and when that is appropriate. The presenter also will provide scenarios for teachers/parents to practice modeling for children ways to be an ally and ways to speak up against prejudiced comments and discriminatory acts.

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Feb 25

8:30am

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Development - Grade 7

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

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Feb 26

4:30pm

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, 2018 through April 1, 2019.

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Feb 28

4:00pm

TEAM Module 5 for CREC Beginning Teachers

Module 5 will introduce beginning CREC teachers to the Codeof Professional Responsibility for Educators, and it is designed to educate and raise awareness about the multitude of ethical and professional dilemmas that educators face today. As you participate in facilitated conversations at module 5, you will have the opportunity to:• Share multiple perspectives• Learn from other participants• Examine consequences of actions• Discuss strategies to assure more positive outcomesand to foster professional growth. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no cost for this workshop,and registration is required.

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Mar 1

8:30am

NGSS and Universal Design for Learning

The Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort in the United States to create new education standards that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. Three dimensional learning allows students to actively engage with the Practices and apply the Crosscutting Concepts to deepen their understanding of Core Ideas in order to explain phenomena and solve problems.The authors of the Next Generation Science Standards explicitly name Universal Design for Learning as a necessary tool for the creation of units that are meaningful, accessible and challenging for all students. Universal Design for Learning is a lens through which teachers can analyze curriculum goals, methods and materials to ensure that there are multiple pathways to success for all learners. This workshop will review the structure of the standards and the nature of science instruction with the NGSS. Participants will learn the essential elements of Universal Design for Learning and how to use the UDL Guidelines to analyze and minimize barriers in their district’s science curriculum. Participants will learn the essential elements of Universal Design for Learning and how to use the UDL Guidelines to analyze and minimize barriers in their district’s science curriculum.

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Mar 1

8:30am

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Development - Grade 8

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

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Mar 4

8:30am

SIM™ Teaching Self-Advocacy: Tier 2 and Tier 3 Intervention 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

9:00am

Using the CT Core Knowledge and Competency Framework for Professionals

This two part series on the CKCs provides common language regarding the knowledge and competencies most important for the early childhood profession in CT to know and be able to do in their role working with children and families. The sessions support a process of intentional and continuous reflection that will help participants focus on identified priorities and create an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) for personal and professional learning. This training is for individuals working directly with young children and families and program administrators who support those in direct service. Participants are asked to bring a laptop computer or iPad if available.

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Mar 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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Mar 12

9:00am

PBIS New School Information Session

PBIS provides an organizational approach or framework for improving the social behavior climate of the schools and supporting the impact of academic instruction on achievement and increasing proactive management.

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Mar 12

8:30am

Title III Consortium

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

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Mar 13

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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Mar 14

12:00pm

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 15

1:00pm

Science Council Meeting

CREC region science teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about science education, and continue to proactively respond to the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards,Connecticut Core Standards, and CAPT Science. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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Mar 18

8:30am

Mindfulness Council: Secular Mindfulness in Public Schools; The ins and outs from those who have walked thru it

If you teach or oversee a mindfulness-based program in a public school setting, it is important to understand potential conflicts with the First Amendment and the Establishment Cause as they relate to teaching mindfulness. Calmer Choice, a non-profit organization from Cape Cod presents a compelling and thoughtful narrative regarding their journey navigating through challenging waters after a concerned parent and California law firm very publicly articulated concerns with mindfulness being taught in the public schools as a First Amendment violation. They speak honestly and compassionately about their struggle, how they emerged stronger, much wiser and with overwhelming support from their community. Participants will learn about the boundaries of secular mindfulness including how to appropriately handle parent concerns that can arise at any time in any district. This workshop will provide important information for anyone who currently teaches mindfulness or is interested in doing so in the future.

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Mar 19

8:00am

Ethics One-Day Workshop

Ethics and ethical decision-making are the ultimate business advantage. The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative: High School program is changing the way that business administration teachers discuss ethical decisions with their students nationwide. In partnership with the Daniels Fund, MBA Research has developed new course guides and learning modules to support a wide variety of business administration courses. This one day workshop will offer participants a greater understanding of the Daniels Fund and the Eight Ethical Principles,strategies for utilizing (free) learning modules (LAPs) to deliver ethics education,details for accessing content via the online MBA Learning Center, activities and lesson plans to put into practice in the classroom, and access to the brand new (free) leadership course guides.

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Mar 19

9:30am

Parent Teacher Home Visit Overview Training (PTHV)

Parent Teacher Home Visit Overview Training (PTHV) - A high-impact practice that demonstrates impressive outcomes, pre-K to 12th grade, is the Parent Teacher Home Visit (PTHV) model. This nationally-recognized model is also relevant to the requests for more information about relational home visits reported in CSDE’s recent survey of superintendents.

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Mar 21

12:00pm

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 21

1:00pm

CREC MTR Consortium

CREC's Minority Teacher Consortium is a learning collective which will meet throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Discussions planned include, but not are not limited to: Affinity Groups, High School Recruitment, and the Recruitment Fair. Other topics will be determined based on participant interests.

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Mar 21

8:00am

Curriculum Council Meeting - 3-21-2019

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

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Mar 21

8:30am

Early Childhood Council Meeting

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

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Mar 22

9:00am

21st Century Community Learning Centers Networking Meeting

This Networking Meeting - Andrew Ganucheau, Director of the Louisiana Center for Afterschool Learning, will help us delve into the role of the mission statement. We will explore how the mission statement framework is more than a few succinct sentences but clearly defines the niche of your afterschool program and acts as a constant reminder to front line staff for why the programs exist, including what was envisioned when the program was established. In the afterschool world, this means ditching the traditional job interview and employing techniques to find the best staff your community has to offer.

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Mar 22

8:30am

NGSS Curriculum Consortium H.S. Physics Unit Writing

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

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Mar 26

12:30pm

Perkins V Workshop

SDE will offer information about Perkins V as it pertains to the 2019-2020 school year.

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Mar 26

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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Mar 26

9:00am

TEAM District Facilitator Meeting

TEAM District Facilitator Meetings occur twice each school year and provide program updates. The mission of the TEAM Program is to promote excellence, equity, and high achievement for Connecticut students by engaging teachers in the purposeful exploration of professional practice through guided support and personal reflection.

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Mar 27

9:00am

CT DOTS Introduction: Documentation and Observation for Teaching System

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 two half-day training's. 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 training's. 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. Please be advised this training is comprised of two sessions.

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Mar 28

12:00pm

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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Apr 2

8:30pm

When ELs Struggle: Basic Strategies for the General Education Teacher

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 3

9:00am

Language Arts Council Meeting

CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers in the CREC region monthly opportunities to share best practices and engage in new thinking about literacy instruction. Kindergarten to grade 12 Language Arts educators including teachers, literacy coaches, literacy coordinators, directors and department heads are encouraged to attend the bi-monthly meetings. Input from participants regarding topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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Apr 3

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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Apr 4

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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Apr 4

12:00pm

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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Apr 4

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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Apr 5

8:00am

School Counseling and Career Pathways: Rethinking Career and Technical Education (CTE)

This workshop will focus on the importance of expanding career guidance and advisement for students and their families under the newly authorized Perkins V. Discussion will focus on developing and promoting rigorous career pathways, leveraging CT Department of Labor resources to inform post-secondary and career selection, dual concurrent programming, work-based learning, and innovations in 21st Century pre-apprenticeships and other industry recognized credentials.

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Apr 5

8:30am

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

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

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Apr 9

8:30am

360 Degree Learning: An Engaging Approach to Addressing the Summer Slide

Learning should not cease when summer starts. In this one-day session, educators will develop an innovative plan for summer learning that is engaging and exciting - and that students actually want to do. In a collaborative learning environment, participants will explore summer success stories, and learn how to use tools and resources to create their own unique plan for summer learning.

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Apr 11

12:00pm

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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Apr 11

12:30pm

CT DOTS Introduction: Documentation and Observation for Teaching System

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 two half-day training's. 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 training's. 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. Please be advised this training is comprised of two sessions.

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Apr 16

12:30pm

CT DOTS Introduction: Documentation and Observation for Teaching System

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 two half-day training's. 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 training's. 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. Please be advised this training is comprised of two sessions.

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Apr 17

8:30am

Assistive Technology and Systematic Reading Instruction

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 and basic decoding skills. Assistive technology allows students with more significant needs to participate in this type of instruction with greater independence and success.

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Apr 18

12:00pm

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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Apr 18

1:00pm

Social Studies Council Meeting

CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend bi-monthly council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about social studies instruction, and proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks, Connecticut Core Standards, the SAT and Smarter Balanced Assessments. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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Apr 19

12:30pm

CT DOTS Introduction: Documentation and Observation for Teaching System

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 two half-day training's. 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 training's. 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. Please be advised this training is comprised of two sessions.

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Apr 25

12:00am

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that 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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Apr 25

12:00pm

Early Childhood Council Meeting

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

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Apr 27

12:30pm

MTCNE Alumni & Friends Saturday Workshops and Social Gathering

MTCNE cordially invites you to our Alumni & Friends event where we will be exploring the area of the outdoor environment at both the Primary and Elementary level, as well as socializing with colleagues!

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Apr 29

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 in high school mathematics. 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. Participants should leave this workshop with action steps that they can take back to their district to help initiate change in high school mathematics.

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Apr 30

8:30am

NGSS Curriculum Consortium H.S. Forensic Science Unit Writing

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

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Apr 30

8:30am

Social Emotional Learning through Yoga and Mindfulness

CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning identifies self-awareness and self-management as two important competencies on the Social and Emotional Learning “wheel”. But how can we teach these important skills? Mindfulness - awareness of the present moment with acceptance -and yoga – mindful movement - can help students become aware of and understand their emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This can have a positive impact on behavior, stress levels, relationships and the ability to focus and concentrate.In this workshop participants will: •Discuss how integrating yoga and mindfulness aligns with CASEL’s Social and Emotional Learning competencies •Review case studies and research supporting this work •Learn basic yoga and mindfulness techniques appropriate for a school/classroom environment

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May 1

8:30am

Building and Teaching in a Trauma Informed Classroom

About 1 in 4 children witness or experience a traumatic event before the age of four, and almost 50% of children and adolescents in the United States have experienced at least one type of childhood trauma. In this training you will learn what childhood trauma is, how trauma impacts children and adolescents, and how symptoms might manifest in the classroom. We will also discuss potential triggers that students might face in the classroom and create concrete plans that can be implemented in the classroom to create a more trauma-sensitive experience for all students.

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May 2

12:00pm

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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May 2

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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May 3

1:00pm

Science Council Meeting

CREC region science teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about science education, and continue to proactively respond to the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards,Connecticut Core Standards, and CAPT Science. In addition, input from participants regarding additional topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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May 6

8:30am

Facilitating Futures Planning

Futures planning is a collaborative approach that helps staff, parents, and students to develop a long range plan that will guide the IEP.

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May 7

8:30am

Implementation of Math Workshop in the Elementary Classroom

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

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May 7

12:00pm

Math Workshop Next Steps

This half day workshop offers current teachers of Math Workshop in their elementary classroom (K-5) the opportunity to explore common areas of concerns during math workshop. We will explore organization, increasing the rigor of math stations, collecting artifacts, and math conferences.

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May 7

8:30am

Mindfulness 101: A beginners guide to mindfulness practices

Mindfulness seems to be everywhere these days. A growing body of research indicates that mindfulness practices may positively influence physical health, psychological well-being, social skills, and ability to be more compassionate with ourselves and others. It can also help us reduce stress and burnout. Whether you are new to mindfulness or want to expand your knowledge and practice, this workshop is a wonderful opportunity to explore how these practices can help you in both your personal and professional life.

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May 8

8:30am

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Social and Emotional Learning

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.

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May 9

12:00am

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that 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 9

8:00am

Curriculum Council Meeting - 5-9-2019

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

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May 10

9:00am

Social and Emotional Learning Council

This new 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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May 13

8:30am

Illustrative Math 6-8

This 2-day workshop will provide teachers and instructional leaders with professional development designed around the Illustrative Math 6-8 curricula and materials.

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May 13

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!

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May 14

8:30am

Assessing English Learners (ELs) 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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May 14

8:30am

Title III Consortium

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

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May 16

12:00pm

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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May 16

8:30am

Early Childhood Council Meeting

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

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May 17

8:30am

Implementing a Math Workshop Model in a Secondary Math Classroom

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

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May 17

12:00pm

Next Steps of a Math Workshop Model in a Secondary Math Classroom

This half day workshop offers current secondary teachers of Math Workshop in their 5-8 classrooms the opportunity to explore common areas of concerns during math workshop. We will explore organization, increasing the rigor of math stations, student accountability in workstations, and teacher led small group instruction.

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May 21

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 22

8:30am

Instructional Coaching Institute

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

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May 23

12:00pm

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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May 23

9:00am

Connecting the SAT to Classroom Math Practice

This full day workshop will provide teachers and instructional leaders with professional development on the redesigned features of the SAT and how to connect the SAT to classroom practice.

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May 24

1:00pm

Math Council Meeting

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

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May 30

12:00am

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

CREC is now a testing site for the ETS® ParaPro Assessment. ETS developed the ParaPro Assessment as a way to satisfy the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires that 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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Jun 3

8:30am

TEAM Mentor Initial Support Training (2 day training)

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

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Jun 6

12:00pm

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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Jun 13

12:00pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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Aug 5

8:30am

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Assistants Training Course - Elementary

The Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) is pleased to offer the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Elementary Assistants Training Course directed by MTCNE staff. The course consists of class lectures, discussions and activities. Participants must also log 9 additional hours of observation in Montessori Primary and Elementary classrooms. Readings and three written papers will be assigned throughout the training. Participants successfully completing the course will be awarded an AMI Primary Assistants Course Certificate.

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Aug 5

8:30am

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Assistants Training Course - Primary

The Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) is pleased to offer the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Assistants Training Course directed by MTCNE staff. The course consists of class lectures, discussions and activities. Participants must also log 9 additional hours of observation in Montessori Primary and Elementary classrooms. Readings and three written papers will be assigned throughout the training. Participants successfully completing the course will be awarded an AMI Primary Assistants Course Certificate.

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Aug 19

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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Sep 17

9:00am

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

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

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Nov 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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