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Aug 23

9:00am

Building Math Rigor Gr. 6-8

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Aug 24

9:00am

Job Coach Training

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Aug 24

9:00am

Building Math Rigor Gr. 3-5

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Aug 23

9:00am

Math Workshop: Next Steps for Grades K-5

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

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Aug 23

3:30pm

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - Grade 6

To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering unit launch sessions. These sessions occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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Aug 24

1:30pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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Aug 24

9:00am

Implementing a Math Workshop Model in a Secondary Math Classroom

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

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Aug 29

9:00am

21st Century Community Learning Centers Bidders Conference

The bidders conference will provide information on the major componenets and criteria for:

  • The 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Out of School Time Grant Program
  • The Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Grant Program.Each session will provide information on both grant programs.

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    Sep 5

    4:30pm

    CCRS Math 101(A) Introduction and Key Instructional Shifts

    Adult Education Teachers Only. The College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Adult Education are a set of academic standards that, when met by students, prepare adult learners for success in college, technical training program, and work. In this session, participants will become familiar with the standards and how to navigate them. We will investigate the Key Instructional Shifts mathematics instruction must make in order for students to succeed. The importance of taking the time to delve deeply into the concepts at the heart of mathematics will be illustrated. By making connections between mathematical concepts, activities will encourage ways to see mathematics as more than discrete sets of rules to be memorized. Sessions must have 10 participants registered within 5 business days of the scheduled session date. Otherwise, the session will be cancelled. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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    Sep 6

    9:00am

    21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC) grantees - Monitoring Review Session

    Federal & state requirements for 21stCCLC grantees will be reviewed, including policy changes for assessing programs and monitoring sites.

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    Sep 7

    4:30pm

    CCRS Math 101(B) Key Instructional Shifts

    Adult Education Teachers only. The importance of taking the time to delve deeply into the concepts at the heart of mathematics will be illustrated. By making connections between mathematical concepts, activities will encourage ways to see mathematics as more than discrete sets of rules to be memorized. The content standards calling for a balance of conceptual understanding, fluency with procedures, and application to real-world and mathematical contexts will be explored. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how to use standards when planning math instruction. Sessions must have 10 participants registered within 5 business days of the scheduled session date. Otherwise, the session will be cancelled. If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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    Sep 7

    4:00pm

    CREC CCSU MS in Teacher Leadership: LEA-Based Cohort Model / Information Session

    The master's degree in Teacher Leadership is a 30-credit program designed to prepare educational leaders who are capable of implementing innovative instructional approaches and enhancing the effectiveness of their organizations. The program is primarily focused on capacity-building for early-career teachers. The central mission of the program is the development of skills in teacher collaboration, instructional coaching and curriculum development for diverse learners across the PK-12 spectrum.

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    Sep 12

    9:00am

    21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC) grantees - Monitoring Review Session

    Federal & state requirements for 21stCCLC grantees will be reviewed, including policy changes for assessing programs and monitoring sites.

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    Sep 12

    3:30pm

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - Grade 1

    To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering unit launch sessions. These sessions occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Sep 13

    9:00am

    Connecticut Competency System (CCS) Training

    The Connecticut Competency System is a uniform, competency-based assessment and instructional system implemented by adult education programs and other state agencies that share a common client base. It provides a comprehensive, research based framework for a common core of competencies that youth and adults need to lead productive lives. CCS is based on the system developed by the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS). If you are not currently working with an AE program, there is a charge of $50/ ½ day session or $100/full day session; billed after completion of the workshop.

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    Sep 13

    8:30am

    CAYEN Training New Users Session

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

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

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    Sep 13

    8:00am

    Getting a Grip on Gender (and Sexuality) in School

    Although state sex discrimination policy requires non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, there are few opportunities for staff to learn about what it means to be transgender. The morning workshop will focus on the basics: definitions, an exploration of the impact of gender norms and stereotypes on students, faculty and staff, and strategies for intervention K-12. The afternoon workshop will focus on best practices in school policy, programming and safe school climate practices.

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    Sep 13

    3:30pm

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - Grade 2

    To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering unit launch sessions. These sessions occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Sep 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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    Sep 14

    8:30am

    Effective Use Of The Connecticut Curriculum Maps

    This workshop is designed to help World Language teachers and curriculum developers translate Connecticut's K-12 World Languages performance standards into objectives and classroom practice, as well as understand the elements in the Trace Maps that are designed to lead students toward the attainment of ACTFL's 5 C's (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities). Participants will learn how to create 21st Century language learning opportunities beyond the classroom, that focus on the three communicative modes: Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational, that will enhance students' college- and career-readiness.

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    Sep 14

    3:30pm

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - K

    To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering unit launch sessions. These sessions occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Sep 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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    Sep 18

    3:30pm

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - Grade 3

    To aid in NGSS unit implementation of these new units and pedagogical approaches to science instruction, CREC is offering unit launch sessions. These sessions occur after school hours and provide teachers with a hands-on approach to understanding the unit phenomenon, storyline, content, and instructional practices required for successful implementation.

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    Sep 19

    8:30am

    CAYEN Training Experienced Users Session

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

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

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    Sep 21

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Sep 21

    9:00am

    Monthly ConnECT Meeting - 2017 - 2018

    Regular scheduled meeting of Technology leaders from CREC districts held at our Central Office. Administrators and teachers welcome to attend as well.

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    Sep 21

    8:30am

    Establishing Integrated, Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms that Work (PK-K)

    Early childhood classrooms are becoming increasingly more diverse. Inclusive, integrated learning environments support the right of all children, regardless of abilities, to participate actively in natural settings within their communities. According the The Early Childhood Research Institute on Inclusion (ECRII), parents of children without disabilities who attend inclusive, integrated programs report positive changes in their children’s confidence, self-esteem, and understanding of diversity. This workshop will provide a framework for implementing evidence based, practical strategies that support the unique needs of all children in an inclusive setting. Participants will examine collaborative, environmental, and instructional methods and learn how to effectively integrate them across the curriculum and school day.

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    Sep 21

    1:00pm

    Social Studies Council Meeting

    CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend 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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    Sep 22

    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. Monthly agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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    Sep 27

    9:00am

    Early Childhood Council Meeting

    CREC region early childhood education teachers and district coordinators areinvited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices, engage innew thinking about early childhood instruction, and to proactively respond tothe instructional direction provided by the Office of Early Childhood insupporting high quality preschool experiences for all children. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Sep 27

    8:30am

    Mathematics Science Partnership (MSP) Showcase

    The Math Science Partnership (MSP) Grant is designed to support partnerships among state education agencies, local school districts and institutions of higher education to improve student achievement in mathematics and science through sustained professional development programs that enhance teachers’ content knowledge and teaching practices. This showcase is intended to highlight the projects that have been funded with this grant in Connecticut.

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    Sep 27

    8:30am

    RESC Alliance Foundational Skills for Evaluators of Teachers

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

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    Sep 28

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Sep 28

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 9/28/17

    Regular scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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    Sep 29

    8:30am

    Master Coaching Institute

    This 3-day institute is for experienced instructional coaches, at all grade levels and subject areas, who have either attended Instructional Coaching training, or have at least 4-5 years coaching experience. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of various coaching frameworks, theory, research, current perspectives and practices. The workshop explores the unique perspective of a “coaching mindset.” This institute will focus on building better relationships, having productive conversations, assessing student work, providing feedback, using videotape to improve instruction, becoming an agent for change, and identifying ways to promote teacher reflection to improve student learning. New this year, participants will engage in their own personal one-on-one coaching conversations with experienced CREC coaches.

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    Oct 3

    8:30am

    TEAM Mentor Initial Support Training

    This three-day training for prospective mentors and cooperating teachers is available for individuals selected by the district to serve. 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.

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    Oct 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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    Oct 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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    Oct 6

    8:30am

    Implementing a Math Workshop Model in a Secondary Math Classroom

    More and more middle school math teachers are realizing the benefits of small group instruction. In this full-day session, math educators in grades 5-8 will explore how a workshop model and guided math strategies can support the Connecticut Core content and process standards, while meeting the needs of all learners. Participants will gain a greater understanding of centers, rotations, stations and guided math. We will examine how to structure your lessons, set up your classroom, establish routines, and create materials to support this type of differentiated instruction. .

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    Oct 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 monthly meetings. Input from participants regarding topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership.

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    Oct 10

    8:30am

    Title III Consortium

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

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    Oct 11

    8:30am

    Capstone Collaborative: Designing Powerful Learning Experiences for Middle School Students

    A Capstone project can serve as the culminating and usually integrative experience of a student’s educational experience. During this two-day workshop, participants will understand the features of powerful Capstone learning experiences, examine examples of Capstone projects, and be provided with tools to design a project that aligns with their individual school goals and curriculum. Participants will collaborate in grade level teams or bands to create a product to take back to their schools and implement.

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    Oct 11

    8:00am

    CREC's 2nd Annual Family and School Engagement Conference - Honoring and Embracing All Children, Youth, and Families: Working with Educators and Community Partners

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  • The Family and School Engagement Conference is an opportunity for those adults who work at the intersection of families and learning to gain a deeper understanding about the Dual Capacity Framework for Family-School Partnerships from the USDOE. It is targeted to schools, administrators, teachers, social workers, guidance, and family liaisons and parent educators, community agencies, after school programs, faith community and state department professionals who are connected to families.
  • Family, Schools and Community Engagement has moved from a nice thing to do to a necessity.
  • School and communities must be safe havens that welcome all youth and families, regardless of citizenship, national origin, socioeconomic statue, sexual orientation,gender, race or ethnicity so that our children will succeed in school life.

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    Oct 12

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Oct 12

    8:30am

    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 12

    8:30pm

    Guiding K-12 Learners Through Their World Language Journeys

    The World Languages discipline is much broader than just learning a second or third language. Learning a world language involves experiencing and knowing about the cultures of those who use it, in addition to knowing how to listen to, speak, read, and write the language. This workshop emphasizes the integration of culture with the teaching of language skills through centers-based learning. Participants will learn how to offer students authentic representations of culture and the opportunities to experience and learn about new ways of thinking and doing, believing, and communicating, in the target language.

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    Oct 12

    8:30pm

    The Choices Approach: Engaging Students in Inquiry and Discussion About International Issues

    This professional learning opportunity coaches teachers on how to use the Choices program to promote inquiry and student discourse in the classroom. The Choices materials incorporate the latest scholarship from Brown University and beyond to draw connections between historical events and contemporary international issues. In each unit, a central activity challenges students to consider multiple viewpoints on a contested issue. Students examine the historical, cultural, and political background of the issue to prepare a coherent presentation. Follow-up discussion demands analysis, and evaluation of conflicting values, interests, and priorities. Ultimately, students are expected to formulate persuasive arguments and express their own views. Additionally, this workshop will make connections to the Inquiry Arc, as described in the new CT Social Studies Frameworks.

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    Oct 13

    8:30am

    CREC Coaches Council

    Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Monthly topics will be determined based on participant interests.

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    Oct 13

    1:00pm

    Science Council Meeting

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

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    Oct 14

    9:00am

    CREC Math Council: Understanding the Fractions Progression in the Connecticut Core

    Come join with colleagues from the Greater Hartford region for an in-depth look at the Connecticut Core Standards for Mathematics Fraction progressions. In two Saturday morning sessions, participants will learn exactly what is expected by grade level, as well as how it all fits together across the progression. Both meetings will include time to plan lessons and create resources for immediate use in your classroom.

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    Oct 17

    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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    Oct 17

    8:30am

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium - Grade 4

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium provides a forum for teachers from all over the CREC region to share in the creativity of developing three-dimensional NGSS-aligned curricula anchored in phenomena. During the initial grade-level meeting, participants will be trained to develop story-lined curricula using the CREC NGSS Curriculum Development App. Each of the remaining consortium meeting dates will be facilitated curriculum development time. Each date will have a specific (DCI) focus. Each curricular document generated will be reviewed, assessed using the EQuIP rubric, and edited prior to posting for classroom/district use. Each participant’s school will be granted an access code to all of the grade specific curricular documents generated in the consortium. Up to 12 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.

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    Oct 18

    8:30am

    CAYEN Training Experienced Users Session

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

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

  • REGISTER

    Oct 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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    Oct 19

    9:00am

    Monthly ConnECT Meeting - 2017 - 2018

    Regular scheduled meeting of Technology leaders from CREC districts held at our Central Office. Administrators and teachers welcome to attend as well.

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    Oct 19

    8:30am

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium - Grade 7

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium provides a forum for teachers from all over the CREC region to share in the creativity of developing three-dimensional NGSS-aligned curricula anchored in phenomena. During the initial grade-level meeting, participants will be trained to develop story-lined curricula using the CREC NGSS Curriculum Development App. Each of the remaining consortium meeting dates will be facilitated curriculum development time. Each date will have a specific (DCI) focus. Each curricular document generated will be reviewed, assessed using the EQuIP rubric, and edited prior to posting for classroom/district use. Each participant’s school will be granted an access code to all of the grade specific curricular documents generated in the consortium. Up to 12 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.

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    Oct 20

    8:30am

    Structured Language Series: Level One Dyslexia Specialist Certificate Four-Day Workshop

    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.

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    Oct 20

    9:00am

    21st CCLC Networking 1st Mandatory 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.

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    Oct 20

    12:30pm

    Building Math Rigor for Elementary School Classrooms

    This workshop is designed to : Develop an awareness about practices that build academic rigor and engage students; Improve students' understanding of foundational concepts and conceptual instruction; Provide experience with CCS activities/lessons using manipulatives; Create more rigorous activities/lessons

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    Oct 20

    8:30am

    Building Math Rigor for Middle School Classrooms

    This workshop is designed to : Develop an awareness about practices that build academic rigor and engage students; Improve students' understanding of foundational concepts and conceptual instruction; Provide experience with CCS activities/lessons using manipulatives; Create more rigorous activities/lessons

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    Oct 20

    8:30am

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium - Grade 10

    CREC’s Next Generation Science Curriculum Consortium provides a forum for teachers from all over the CREC region to share in the creativity of developing three-dimensional NGSS-aligned curricula anchored in phenomena. During the initial grade-level meeting, participants will be trained to develop story-lined curricula using the CREC NGSS Curriculum Development App. Each of the remaining consortium meeting dates will be facilitated curriculum development time. Each date will have a specific (DCI) focus. Each curricular document generated will be reviewed, assessed using the EQuIP rubric, and edited prior to posting for classroom/district use. Each participant’s school will be granted an access code to all of the grade specific curricular documents generated in the consortium. Up to 12 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.

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    Oct 23

    12:00pm

    Cutting to the Core with Augmentative and Alternative Communication

    Have you ever wondered why your students that use AAC are competent at requesting, but perhaps are not able to use their AAC systems to communicate other messages? Do you feel frustrated that despite large amounts of time spent programming or preparing your student’s AAC system, that they still are not competent communicators? This fast paced workshop can help you understand why and will give you strategies to implement once you go back to your classroom, home or any other setting. Together we will: define core AAC vocabulary, discuss research on why we use core AAC vocabulary, demonstrate and role play how to use core AAC vocabulary, explore AAC core resources and develop a plan to implement core AAC vocabulary with the individuals you serve.

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    Oct 23

    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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    Oct 24

    9:00am

    Content Literacy Strategies Grades 4-12: Integrating Academic Vocabulary into Everyday Teaching

    Integrating content literacy strategies across all content areas. Participants will learn alternative ways to integrate vocabulary development into the classroom, learn strategies to improve student comprehension and practice various content literacy strategies that can be used immediately in the classroom.

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    Oct 26

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Oct 27

    8:30am

    Co-Teaching Basics

    This introductory co-teaching workshop will outline roles and responsibilities for new or untrained co-teaching pairs. Four of the eight basic co-teaching areas will be highlighted: communication, physical arrangement of the classroom, instructional presentation and planning. Presentation formats include: learn and practice, paired discussions, lecture, and engagement application activities. Co-teaching pairs are strongly encouraged to attend as a team.

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    Oct 27

    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. Monthly agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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    Oct 30

    9:00am

    SIM™ Helping Secondary Students Who Struggle with Reading: Accessing Content - Paraphrasing Strategy

    Are you working with struggling secondary students, particularly in the area of reading comprehension? Would you like to know more about research-based strategies to support the development of reading comprehension skills with both fiction and non-fiction skills? Perfect for inclusive classroom, resource rooms, and all Tiers of intervention groups. These strategies are designed to enable students to cope effectively with curricular demands and to teach them how to generalize their use of these skills in a variety of settings.

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    Oct 30

    8:30am

    Wilson Reading Training

    This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.

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    Nov 1

    9:00am

    Session Title: What’s the Big Idea?: Building Proportional Reasoning Across the Levels

    Announcing the return of deep, math content-specific sessions with a new Connecticut Adult Numeracy and Mathematics Institute (CANMI)! • Math is not about steps, tricks, and mnemonics. Big Ideas, those ideas central to learning math which link together several mathematical understandings, are the foundation of our content knowledge, teaching practice, and curriculum. Connecting our knowledge to a relatively few Big Ideas is what leads us to develop a deep understanding of mathematics. Come explore the progression of proportional reasoning. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding and ideas for your classroom.

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    Nov 1

    9:00am

    Structured Word Inquiry: A Morphological Vocabulary Intervention for Grades 4-12

    Structured Word Inquiry is a type of vocabulary instruction that explicitly targets any features and conventions that govern “word structure". This strategy teaches students to investigate the meaning of the word, it's phonology, etymology and morphology. This strategy fits well with structured literacy instruction.

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    Nov 2

    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 3

    8:30am

    Alternate Math Calculation Strategies for Special Education Teachers Grades 3-8

    Alternative math strategies for struggling learners. .

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    Nov 3

    8:30am

    CREC Coaches Council

    Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Monthly topics will be determined based on participant interests.

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    Nov 8

    1:00pm

    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 monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Nov 8

    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 9

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Nov 9

    8:30am

    CAYEN Training New Users Session

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

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

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    Nov 9

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 11/9/17

    Regular scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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    Nov 13

    8:30am

    Developing Tier 2 and Tier 3 Reading and Math Intervention Protocols

    Participants will understand the elements of an intervention and its process in order to develop Tier 2 and Tier 3 protocols. The interventions will be targeted, with a specific concept or skill that will be developed over the set amount of weeks (8-20 weeks).

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    Nov 14

    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, 2017 through April 30, 2018.

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    Nov 14

    9:00am

    SIM™ Helping Secondary Students Who Struggle with Reading: Accessing Content - Self-Questioning Strategy

    Are you working with struggling secondary students, particularly in the area of reading comprehension? Would you like to know more about research-based strategies to support the development of reading comprehension skills with both fiction and non-fiction skills? Perfect for inclusive classroom, resource rooms, and all Tiers of intervention groups. These strategies are designed to enable students to cope effectively with curricular demands and to teach them how to generalize their use of these skills in a variety of settings.

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    Nov 15

    10:00am

    21st CCLC After School Middle and High School Programs Meeting

    21st CCLC Networking After School Middle and High School programs have strengths and challenges all their own.

  • The Middle and High School Work Groups will be combined this year, and are opportunities for program staff to come together to discuss issues that arise for this specific population.
  • Program coordinators share ideas and curricula, and plan statewide activities.

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    Nov 16

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Nov 16

    9:00am

    Monthly ConnECT Meeting - 2017 - 2018

    Regular scheduled meeting of Technology leaders from CREC districts held at our Central Office. Administrators and teachers welcome to attend as well.

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    Nov 16

    9:00am

    2nd Annual Paraeducator Symposium for Leadership Development

    CREC consultants with expertise in evidence-based practices for supporting the learning environment will provide professional development and learning opportunities to paraeducators serving students with social-emotional disabilities in order to develop and maintain learner-centered, supportive learning environments. Sessions will address: 1. Developing a positive school climate that will support the learning and behavioral needs of all students and minimize incidences of bullying and other forms of mean behaviors. 2. Alternative ways of teaching math to students that are missing foundational skills in order to learn various concepts. 3. Social emotional learning a process for learning life skills, including how to deal with oneself, others and relationships, and work in an effective manner. 4. Monitoring and controlling our own behavior, emotions, or thoughts, altering them in accordance with the demands of the situation through self-regulation.

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    Nov 16

    1:00pm

    Social Studies Council Meeting

    CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend 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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    Nov 17

    9:30am

    21stCCLC Half-Day Professional Development Opportunities - Only for 21stCCLC Grantees

    This series of half-day professional development opportunities will be available to all current 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees. Each date will focus on a content-area theme to support after school learning and family and community engagement. Attendees will be guided in practices for planning and application in their programs.

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    Nov 17

    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. Monthly agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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    Nov 27

    9:30am

    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 30

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Dec 1

    8:00am

    3rd Annual CREC/CCSU Mindfulness Conference: Grassroots to Integration, Pre-K to Higher Education

    CREC and CCSU are co-hosting their 3rd Annual Conference on Mindfulness. The purpose of the conference is to share best practices, research, theories/ideas and to deepen and expand our understanding of Mindfulness in schools and universities and to utilize the information learned in our professional work with children, youth, young adults, and families.

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    Dec 1

    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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    Dec 4

    8:30am

    Strategies for Students with SLD/Dyslexia at the Secondary Level

    Students with SLD/Dyslexia at the secondary level require a multi­tiered system of support and intervention in order to reach their potential. Teachers and specialists need to provide a continuum of services to address skill deficits while ensuring access to the curriculum. This workshop will explore strategies for direct instruction, reasonable instructional accommodations, instructional tools and assistive technology.

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    Dec 5

    8:30am

    Title III Consortium

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

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    Dec 6

    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 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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    Dec 7

    8:30am

    Assistive Technology for SLD/Dyslexia

    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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    Dec 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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    Dec 18

    4:30pm

    CCRS Math 102(A) Standards for Mathematical Practice

    Adult Education Teachers Only. Building on work done in CCRS Math 101, participants will experience problems worth puzzling through and analyze the habits of mind required to solve those problems. We will investigate four of the Practices through activities that illustrate the ways students are to engage with the subject matter of the content standards. The skills of complex problem solving, reasoning and proof, precise communication, and making connections will be practiced and discussed. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to implement CCRS in instruction. Participants must have completed Math 101 before attending Math 102(A).

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    Dec 18

    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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    Dec 19

    4:30pm

    CCRS Math 102(B) Standards for Mathematical Practice

    Adult Education Teachers Only. Building on work of CCRS Math 102(A), participants will experience problems worth puzzling through and analyze the habits of mind required to solve those problems. We will investigate four of the Practices through activities that illustrate the ways students are to engage with the subject matter of the content standards. The skills of complex problem solving, modeling, precise communication and making connections will be practiced and discussed. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to implement CCRS in instruction. Participants will create a standards-based lesson plan or draft unit outline that integrates both the Key Instructional Shifts and the Standards for Mathematical Practice with priority content standards. Participants must have completed Math 101 and Math 102(A) before attending Math 102(B).

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    Dec 21

    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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    Jan 4

    1:30pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Testing

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

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    Jan 5

    9:00am

    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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    Jan 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 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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    Jan 8

    9:00am

    Job Coach Training

    Improve your Job Coaching skills through this training. Training topics include: Role of a Job Coach; Employability skills checklist/task analysis; Assessments-school and vocational rehabilitation; Industry skills standards; Social interaction skills/job-related behaviors; Executive functional skills; Transition law; Student self-advocacy and independence; Safety standards and "Scaffolding" - vs. - "Fading Out". Participants are encouraged to bring an electronic device if possible.

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    Jan 10

    8:30am

    Phonemic Awareness Interventions

    Learn developmentally appropriate phonemic awareness interventions that build reading proficiency for students who are not meeting age appropriate benchmarks.

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    Jan 10

    9:00am

    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 monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Jan 11

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 1/11/18

    Regular scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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    Jan 12

    1:00pm

    Science Council Meeting

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

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    Jan 18

    9:00am

    Monthly ConnECT Meeting - 2017 - 2018

    Regular scheduled meeting of Technology leaders from CREC districts held at our Central Office. Administrators and teachers welcome to attend as well.

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    Jan 19

    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. Monthly agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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    Jan 19

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade K

    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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    Jan 25

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade 1

    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 1

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade 2

    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 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 5

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade 3

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

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    Feb 6

    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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    Feb 7

    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 9

    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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    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, 2017 through April 30, 2018.

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    Feb 13

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade 6

    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 21

    10:00am

    21st CCLC After School Middle and High School Programs Meeting

    21st CCLC Networking After School Middle and High School programs have strengths and challenges all their own.

  • The Middle and High School Work Groups will be combined this year, and are opportunities for program staff to come together to discuss issues that arise for this specific population.
  • Program coordinators share ideas and curricula, and plan statewide activities.

  • REGISTER

    Feb 23

    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. Monthly agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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    Feb 28

    9:30am

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

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

    REGISTER

    Mar 1

    8:30am

    NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Assessment Writing - Grade 9

    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 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 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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    Mar 7

    9:00am

    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 monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

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    Mar 8

    9:00am

    Monthly ConnECT Meeting - 2017 - 2018

    Regular scheduled meeting of Technology leaders from CREC districts held at our Central Office. Administrators and teachers welcome to attend as well.

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    Mar 13

    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 15

    1:00pm

    Social Studies Council Meeting

    CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend 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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    Mar 16

    8:30am

    CREC Coaches Council

    Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Monthly topics will be determined based on participant interests.

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    Mar 16

    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 19

    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 23

    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. Monthly agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

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    Mar 27

    8:30am

    Chronic Absenteeism

    This workshop provides participants with learning opportunities in proactive strategies, early identification, and intervention to prevent drop out and promote school completion. A variety of student engagement and re-engagement strategies for attendance and adjustment issues will be examined. Techniques for meeting at-risk students’ post-secondary needs through transition planning and programming will also be covered.

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    Mar 29

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 3/29/17

    Regular scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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    Apr 3

    8:30am

    Title III Consortium

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

    REGISTER

    Apr 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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    Apr 20

    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 4

    8:30am

    Language and Literacy for Young Children with Autism

    Children with autism are increasingly being included in the general education setting, however they are often excluded from meaningful language literacy instruction. This workshop provides a framework for increasing qualitative, natural language and literacy learning experiences in the general education setting for children who have autism. Children with autism need natural contexts for learning and using language and literacy. This workshop is intended for general education teachers, special education teachers, speech language pathologists and paraprofessionals. It will provide practical strategies to promote, scaffold and teach language and literacy skills to children with autism.

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    May 4

    8:30am

    CREC Coaches Council

    Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Monthly topics will be determined based on participant interests.

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    May 4

    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 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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    May 9

    9:00am

    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 monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.

    REGISTER

    May 10

    8:00am

    Curriculum Council Meeting - 5/10/18

    Regular scheduled meeting of Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents and Instructional Leaders

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    May 11

    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. Monthly agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs.

    REGISTER

    May 17

    9:00am

    Monthly ConnECT Meeting - 2017 - 2018

    Regular scheduled meeting of Technology leaders from CREC districts held at our Central Office. Administrators and teachers welcome to attend as well.

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    May 17

    1:00pm

    Social Studies Council Meeting

    CREC region social studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend 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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    May 18

    1:00pm

    Science Council Meeting

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

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    Jun 5

    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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