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Oct 19

9:00am

Monthly ConnECT Meeting - 2017 - 2018

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Aug 23

3:30pm

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - Grade 6 ($75/Launch Date - 8/23, 10/24, 12/5, 1/23): On-going Registration. Each session focuses on a single unit!

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. NOTE: Each session focuses on a single unit.

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Sep 12

3:30pm

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - Grade 1 ($75/Launch Date - 9/12, 10/12, 11/14, 1/9): On-going Registration! Each session focuses on a single unit.

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

3:30pm

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - Grade 2 ($75/Launch Date - 9/13, 10/18, 11/30): On-going Registration! Each session focuses on a single unit.

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. NOTE: Each session focuses on a single unit.

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Sep 14

3:30pm

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - K ($75/Launch Date - 9/14, 10/26, 1/8): On-going Registration! Each session focuses on a single unit.

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. NOTE: Each session focuses on a single unit.

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Sep 18

3:30pm

NGSS Curriculum Consortium-Launch Session - Grade 3 ($75/Launch Date - 9/18, 11/1, 12/6, 1/17): On-going Registration! Each session focuses on a single unit.

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. NOTE: Each session focuses on a single unit.

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Oct 17

8:30am

Mindfulness Council - Trauma-Informed Mindfulness and Yoga

This FREE forum is open to anyone interested in integrating mindfulness and yoga into their work. It will provide opportunities to share best practices, activities, expertise and valuable resources with others. Each session will feature a different presentation on a specific topic relevant to integrating mindfulness and/or yoga, and will include time for personal practice and self-care. Whether you work in a school, in behavioral health, a medical or wellness center or if you 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

1:00pm

CCRS ELA 101 Instructional Shifts, Text Complexity, & Vocabulary

Adult Education Teacher only. CCRS for Adult Ed. are a set of college and career readiness standards that reflect the content most relevant to preparing adult students for success in colleges, training programs, work and citizenship. Participants will investigate the standards and review the key Instructional Shifts identified in the areas of ELA. The importance of choosing texts of appropriate complexity and teaching academic vocabulary will be discussed. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to use standards when planning lessons in all content areas. 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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Oct 18

5:00pm

ETS® ParaPro Assessment Test Preparation Class

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

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Oct 18

1:00pm

2017-18 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.

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Oct 18

9:00am

CAYEN Training Experienced Users Session

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

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

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    Oct 18

    9:30am

    EdSight Secure Hands-On Session

    EdSight is the CSDE’s data warehouse. The EdSight public portal (http://edsight.ct.gov) disseminates aggregate data and information to the public. The CSDE recently launched a new platform called EdSight Secure. This platform provides up to two users from each district with secure access to analysis tools, data visualizations, and student-level data for your own district. It is designed primarily for the lead data analyst(s) in your district. To help authorized EdSight Secure users gain practice in using data from EdSight Secure to inform decisions, the CSDE is offering this hands-on session. Please review the attached memorandum to ensure that you have procured access to EdSight Secure prior to the session. Participants should bring a laptop to the sessions to work with their own data during the session.

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    Oct 19

    1:00pm

    CCS Program Facilitator Meeting

    This meeting of Program Facilitators provides continued support in the implementation of the CCS system and overall program improvement. This includes gathering information and assessing needs of local districts regarding professional development and implementation of state and federal initiatives. The session is free to Adult Education (AE) programs who receive funds from the Bureau of Adult Education. 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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    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

    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

    9:30am

    CCS Program Facilitator Meeting

    This meeting of Program Facilitators provides continued support in the implementation of the CCS system and overall program improvement. This includes gathering information and assessing needs of local districts regarding professional development and implementation of state and federal initiatives. The session is free to Adult Education (AE) programs who receive funds from the Bureau of Adult Education. 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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    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 24

    9:00am

    TEAM Facilitated Online Mentor Update

    This facilitated conversation is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to engage in discussion to deepen their understanding and learn from their colleagues, while completing the on-line mentor update training. Participants will be able to: Explain the similarities and differences between the TEAM Planning Module and the Modules for Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Assessment; Recognize and use appropriate coaching questions to help beginning teachers think more deeply about their planning decisions, and the potential impact on students, prior to teaching; Compare beginning teachers’ words, actions, and products over time to help create an accurate picture of professional growth, as evidenced by the development of new learning improvements in teaching practice and outcomes for students; and Demonstrate how beginning teachers’ participation in TEAM can support their participation in the district evaluation process.

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    Oct 25

    9:30am

    Using the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELP) in the classroom

    In October 2016, the new English Language Proficiency Standards (ELP) for Adult Education were released by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). This document illustrates the connection between the College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and instruction for ESL students and addresses the urgent need for educational equity and rigor for adult English language learners (ELLs). Incorporating these standards into instruction at all levels will ensure that all adult ELLs can obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency. This session will provide an overview of the ELP Standards and their connection to CCRS and look at how to begin using them for planning lessons. 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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    Oct 25

    9:00am

    TEAM Facilitated Online Reviewer Update

    This facilitated conversation is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to engage in discussion to deepen their understanding and learn from their colleagues, while completing the on-line reviewer update training. Participants will be able to: Collect evidence, rate criteria, and compare individual results for each reflection paper with those of the chief reviewers.

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    Oct 26

    1:30pm

    CCS Program Facilitator Meeting

    This meeting of Program Facilitators provides continued support in the implementation of the CCS system and overall program improvement. This includes gathering information and assessing needs of local districts regarding professional development and implementation of state and federal initiatives. The session is free to Adult Education (AE) programs who receive funds from the Bureau of Adult Education. 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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    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 26

    12:30pm

    CREC EL Council

    CREC region EL teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about instructional strategies for English Learners, and to proactively respond to the need for making academic content comprehensible to English Learners.

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    Oct 26

    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 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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    Oct 31

    8:30am

    TEAM Initial Support Teacher 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. Food and beverages will not be served at this training. Please make arrangements to bring your own food and/or beverages or to purchase food from the CREC Cafe.

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    Nov 1

    1:30pm

    CCRS ELA 102 Instructional Shifts, Evidence, & Building Knowledge

    Adult Education Teachers Only. Building on work done in ELA 101, participants will continue to investigate standards and review the key instructional shifts. We will focus on the importance of text dependent questions, citing evidence in speaking and writing, and how this helps to build students’ knowledge. Activities will encourage a deeper understanding of how to implement CCRS in instruction in all classrooms. Participants must have completed ELA 101 before attending ELA 102. 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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    Nov 2

    1:00pm

    ESL Lead Teacher Meeting

    If you are a Program Facilitator working with ESL students or the lead teacher for ESL in your program, please join us again for an opportunity to discuss and share ideas, program practices and resources. This year we will focus on Career Pathways for ESL Students. Under WIOA legislation, instruction should be designed to help eligible individuals who are English language learners achieve competence in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language and lead to attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, transition to postsecondary education and training and/or employment. Please bring a tablet, Smart phone or laptop with you. 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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    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 6

    8:30am

    Leadership Workshop Series: At the Corner of 504, SRBI, IDEA, and Confusion

    Parcicipants will develop a deeper understanding of the requirements of IDEA, SRBI, and 504. Using real life examples, participants will have the opportunity to hear how courts have sorted out issues related to IDEA, SRBI, and 504. Participants will discuss their own challenges related to IDEA, 504 and SRBI and problem solve solutions.

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    Nov 8

    9:00am

    Applicant Tracking - New Pipeline Process for Hiring

    How to process new hire packets online.

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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 8

    9:00am

    Welcoming Walkthrough Overview

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

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    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

    9:00am

    CAYEN Training New Users Session

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

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

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    Nov 9

    4:30pm

    CREC Arts Council Workshop-Learning Through Art

    Can Art help us see the world through someone else’s eyes? In this workshop, explore Art through guided looking and related storybooks. Then, pair up to learn more about your partner and create an artwork that reflects the way that your partner sees the world. Johanna Miller, School and Teacher Programs Specialist at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, who is responsible for developing, teaching, and evaluating PreK-12 school programs and teacher professional development at the Wadsworth Atheneum, will lead the workshop.

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    Nov 9

    4:30pm

    CREC Arts Council Workshop-Learning Through Art

    Can Art help us see the world through someone else’s eyes? Secondary teachers will focus on using Art to access and teach social justice issues. Stacey Queen, Education Associate at The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, who has been involved in arts education programs in Baltimore, MD and Washington DC since 2011, will lead the workshop.

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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

    8:00am

    CCRS ELA 201 Resource Alignment

    Checking for resource alignment ensures that instructors will not simply teach what the current curriculum focuses on, but rather provide instruction centered on what the College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) demand. Learning how to evaluate resources builds instructors capacity to align their teaching to CCR standards. The process of identifying and filling the gaps in current curricula also provides instructors with readily available resources aligned to CCR standards. During this session, participants will utilize the tools provided to evaluate resources and revise resource lessons. Please bring a resource currently in use in your program and a laptop with Wi-Fi capability. SNOW DAY FEBRUARY 13, 2017. 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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    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 14

    3:45pm

    TEAM Beginning Teacher Support Session

    This session is designed to deepen understanding of the expectations of the module process. Participants will be able to: Communicate the high standards for teaching and learning established for CT Public Schools; Develop the skills of reflection and analysis about teaching; Review and discuss TEAM Timeline/Module Process; and Provide explicit examples that support new learning, impact on practice, and impact on students.

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    Nov 15

    5:00pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Test Preparation Class

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

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    Nov 15

    10:00am

    21st CCLC After School Middle and High School Programs Meeting

    .After school programs for Middle and High schools have unique strengths and challenges. We invite you to explore ways to maximize on these strengths and draw from the knowledge of professionals in the field to address the challenges. These optional meetings are offered for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC) and state funded After School Program professionals working with middle and high school students.

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    Nov 15

    9:00am

    CREC Minority Teacher Consortium - 11/15/17

    CREC's Minority Teacher Consortium is a learning collective which will meet throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Discussions planned include, but 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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    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 Opportunity - Only for 21stCCLC Grantees

    This half-day professional development opportunity will be available to all current 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees. This PD 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 20

    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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    Nov 21

    7:30am

    Welcome Breakfast for New Administrators

    Dr. Greg Florio, Executive Director, invites school and district leaders to meet with CREC’s leadership team. This meeting is for new administrators of the CREC region. Administrators will have the opportunity to give CREC leaders feedback on district and school needs as well as collaborate on issues concerning the CREC Region. CREC Expert Solutions division displays will also be showcased at the event.

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    Nov 27

    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 29

    8:30am

    Unpacking 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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    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

    Leadership Workshop Series: Ten Tips for Managing Effective Building-Based Meetings that Promote Student Success

    Participants will 1. Learn ways to maximize staff meeting time to meet their school's needs for SRBI, data teams, PPTs, etc. 2. Discuss challenges that they face in managing efficient and effective meetings in their building and problem solve answers 3. Learn and discuss application of the Ten Tips for Managing Effective Building-Based meetings 4. Understand how to develop effective meeting skills in their staff.

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    Dec 4

    12:30pm

    Leadership Workshop Series: Ten Tips for Using Change to Promote Eduational Improvement

    Participants will: 1. Know the difference between first, second and third-level change 2. Use a Change Rubric to develop a plan of action for implementing change 3. Understand how to apply 10 ideas for promoting change 4. Discuss change theory as it applies to the change that they need done in their school 5. Learn how to measure the effectiveness of the change they are implementing 6. Learn ways to enlist support for change

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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

    12:30pm

    CREC EL Council

    CREC region EL teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about instructional strategies for English Learners, and to proactively respond to the need for making academic content comprehensible to English Learners.

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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

    5:00pm

    ETS® ParaPro Assessment Test Preparation Class

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

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    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 Students with 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 13

    9:00am

    Balanced Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

    This 1/2 day workshop offers an overview and introduction on the different components of balanced literacy in the K-5 classroom. Participants will learn how to support content and differentiation to meet the needs of diverse learners using the balanced literacy approach. We will address the suggested components, different structures, routines and rituals, collecting data and connect to state standards.

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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 15

    9:00am

    Privilege: Who Has It?

    During this workshop, participants will explore the meaning, history, and political implications of privilege in the United States, and how privilege impacts students, families, teachers and leaders. Because of recent national events and the US history of slavery, we will explore privilege as it relates to race. We will also examine how privilege relates to gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, language, and national origin. Participants will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of privilege and its impact on teaching and learning.

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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 18

    8:30am

    Implementation of Math Workshop K-5

    This 1/2 day workshop offers an overview on how to initiate, support, and sustain math workshop in the K-5 classroom. This workshop is an introduction to math workshop in the elementary classroom. 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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    Dec 18

    12:30pm

    Math Workshop: Next Steps for Grades K-5

    This 1/2 day session workshop offers current teachers of Math Workshop in their elementary classroom (K-5) the opportunity to explore common areas of concerns during math instruction. We will explore math conferences, guided math groups, and raising the rigor of math workstations.

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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). 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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    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 9

    9:00am

    CCRS Math 201: Resource Alignment Workshop

    Prerequisite: Certificate of completion for CCRS Math 101 and 102Providing our students with high-quality resources and instruction aides their development of deep understanding and transferable knowledge. During our session, we will build our capacity to evaluate the degree of alignment of instructional materials to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in Mathematics. A resource currently in use in participants’ programs, as well the resource provided for a materials fee, will be used. After determining alignment of the resource, we will renovate a lesson from the resource to improve its quality. Please bring a resource currently in use in your program and a laptop with Wi-Fi capability. Materials fee: $55.00. SNOW DATE FEBRUARY 21, 2018. 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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    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 17

    8:30am

    Yoga 4 Classrooms

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

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    Jan 17

    9:30am

    21stCCLC Family Engagement in After School - Only for 21stCCLC Grantees

    This Family Engagement in After School half-day professional development opportunity will be available to all current 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees. This PD 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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    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

    8:30am

    CREC’s Arts Council

    CREC’s Arts Council will provide new thinking about fine arts curriculum,instruction, and assessment for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers, coaches,and district leaders in an open forum setting. Monthly agenda topics for the CREC Arts Council are determined by district participants to meet the group’s needs.

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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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    Jan 26

    8:30am

    Master Coaching Institute

    This 2-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.

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    Jan 31

    8:30am

    Mindfulness Council - Mindfulness Self-Exploration and Recovery

    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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    Jan 31

    9:00am

    CREC Minority Teacher Consortium - 1/31/2018

    CREC's Minority Teacher Consortium is a learning collective which will meet throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Discussions planned include, but 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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    Feb 1

    8:30am

    Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills

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

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    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

    9:00am

    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 busines days of the scheduled session date. Otherwise, the session will be cancelled. SNOW DATE February 9, 2018. 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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    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

    12:30pm

    CREC EL Council

    CREC region EL teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about instructional strategies for English Learners, and to proactively respond to the need for making academic content comprehensible to English Learners.

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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

    9:00am

    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. SNOW DAT February 12, 2018.

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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 12

    9:00am

    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). SNOW DATE February 14, 2018. 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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    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 14

    9:00am

    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). SNOW DATE FEBRUARY 23, 2018. 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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    Feb 21

    10:00am

    21st CCLC After School Middle and High School Programs Meeting

    After school programs for Middle and High schools have unique strengths and challenges. We invite you to explore ways to maximize on these strengths and draw from the knowledge of professionals in the field to address the challenges. These optional meetings are offered for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC) and state funded After School Program professionals working with middle and high school students.

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    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

    9:00am

    Social Emotional Learning through Yoga and Mindfulness

    The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) identifies self-awareness and self-management as two important competencies on the Social and Emotional Learning “wheel”. But how can we teach these important skills? Mindfulness - awareness of the present moment with acceptance -and yoga – mindful movement - can help students become aware of and understand their emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This can have a positive impact on behavior, stress levels, relationships and the ability to focus and concentrate.

    In this workshop participants will:

  • Discuss how integrating yoga and mindfulness aligns with CASEL’s Social and Emotional Learning competencies
  • Review case studies and research supporting this work
  • Learn basic yoga and mindfulness techniques appropriate for a school/classroom environment
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    Feb 28

    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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    Feb 28

    9:00am

    CREC Minority Teacher Consortium - 2/28/2018

    CREC's Minority Teacher Consortium is a learning collective which will meet throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Discussions planned include, but 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 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 12

    1:00pm

    CCRS Math 202: Lesson Development Workshop

    Prerequisite: Certificate of completion for CCRS Math 100sProviding our students with high-quality resources and instruction aides their development of deep understanding and transferable knowledge. During this session, we will build our capacity to identify materials and create lessons aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in Mathematics. After determining our lesson purpose, we will work in teams to create lessons aligned to the CCRS. Please bring your copy of the standards, the over-sized overview document from the 100 level sessions, a laptop with Wi-Fi capability, and any “lesson sparks” you would like to reference (activity and lesson idea; an interesting image, graph or news piece; etc.). SNOW DAY March 14, 2018. 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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    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

    12:30pm

    CREC EL Council

    CREC region EL teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about instructional strategies for English Learners, and to proactively respond to the need for making academic content comprehensible to English Learners.

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    Apr 3

    3:45pm

    TEAM Facilitated Module 5 Conversation

    This is a 90 minute facilitated scenario-based discussion designed to raise awareness of ethical and professional dilemmas in education. Participants will be able to: Discuss professional obligations and the potential consequences of misconduct; Communicate the guiding principles and standards of the teaching profession; Determine a favorable course of action when involved in competing priorities and responsibilities; and Use professional judgments and behavior that follow the spirit and the letter of the law, consistent with the district’s goals, values and principles, and the Code of Professional Responsibility for Educators.

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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.

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    Apr 4

    8:30am

    Leadership Workshop Series: New Administrators: Everything You Need to Know that Was Not Covered in Your Admin Prep Program ~~ Practical Ideas

    Participants will: 1. Hear from an experienced principal and central office administrator about the experiences they had as a new administrator and lessons learned 2. Gain knowledge of ways to work with parents, central office, staff and the public that promotes collaboration and support for student success. 3. Learn strategies to meet the needs of all students in their building 4. Discuss ways that a building administrator can use resources efficiently to meet requirements of teacher evaluation, SRBI, IDEA, 504, etc. 5. Learn how to manage their time

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    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 5

    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 6

    8:30am

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

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

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    Apr 18

    9:00am

    Welcoming Walkthrough Overview

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

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    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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    Apr 25

    9:00am

    CREC Minority Teacher Consortium - 4/25/18

    CREC's Minority Teacher Consortium is a learning collective which will meet throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Discussions planned include, but 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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    May 1

    8:30am

    Changing How Struggling Students Perceive Math

    Research has proven that the best instruction for a student is explicit, systematic, and cumulative. Good instruction also uses tools that show clear representations that build understanding. Come join us for an intensive K-5 math intervention for teachers to help you further develop your skills and change the way you perceive math! This workshop will model proficient problem solving, simplify mathematical concepts and present processes concretely. The workshop will move through Number Sense (including issues related to subitizing), Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Regrouping, Multiplication, Division and Fractions. All material covered will be shown in a concrete, hands-on manner. Each participant will leave the session with materials and tools to clearly illustrate the examples, models, and strategies taught in the workshop. Participants will have new skills, language patterns, and presentation methods to reach their students to move beyond counting and into higher level concepts. (Includes materials from Teach 4 Mastery: MasterPieces; MasterFractions; Blue Level Instruction Manual with 1 Year access to the Online Videos for the lessons in the Instruction Manual; Downloadable Fraction Recognition Cards and Game

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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

    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

    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 8

    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 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.

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    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.

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    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

    8:30am

    CREC’s Arts Council

    CREC’s Arts Council will provide new thinking about fine arts curriculum,instruction, and assessment for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers, coaches,and district leaders in an open forum setting. Monthly agenda topics for the CREC Arts Council are determined by district participants to meet the group’s needs.

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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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    May 31

    9:00am

    Balanced Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

    This 1/2 day workshop offers an overview and introduction on the different components of balanced literacy in the K-5 classroom. Participants will learn how to support content and differentiation to meet the needs of diverse learners using the balanced literacy approach. We will address the suggested components, different structures, routines and rituals, collecting data and connect to state standards.

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    Jun 5

    12:30pm

    CREC EL Council

    CREC region EL teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend council meetings to share best practices, engage in new thinking about instructional strategies for English Learners, and to proactively respond to the need for making academic content comprehensible to English Learners.

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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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    Jun 6

    9:00am

    CREC Minority Teacher Consortium - 6/6/2018

    CREC's Minority Teacher Consortium is a learning collective which will meet throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Discussions planned include, but 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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    Jun 12

    8:30am

    Implementation of Math Workshop K-5

    This 1/2 day workshop offers an overview on how to initiate, support, and sustain math workshop in the K-5 classroom. This workshop is an introduction to math workshop in the elementary classroom. 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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    Jun 12

    12:30am

    Math Workshop: Next Steps for Grades K-5

    This 1/2 day session workshop offers current teachers of Math Workshop in their elementary classroom (K-5) the opportunity to explore common areas of concerns during math instruction. We will explore math conferences, guided math groups, and raising the rigor of math workstations.

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