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Summer Institutes

Renew and Recharge Your Commitment to Education

CREC’s Summer Institutes are opportunities for educational professionals to deepen their understanding, knowledge, and skills on various topics that align with content areas and grade levels.

The goal of the Summer Institute is to enhance educational professionals’ capacity to enrich student learning and to improve student outcomes. CREC’s education specialists have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide participants with job-embedded, data driven, intensive, collaborative, and classroom-focused workshops. Our facilitators bring a wealth of knowledge, extensive experience, and unique insight to each session.

Participants will learn and reflect with like-minded colleagues and be able to apply what they learn directly to their professional work. Summer Institutes bring together a cross-section of educators including administrators, teachers, social workers, psychologists, IT specialists, and other educational professionals who work in public, private, and charter schools.

CREC’s Summer Institutes are held on the CREC Campus in Hartford. map

Jun 25


Supporting Executive Functioning Development in Early Childhood Education

This workshop will review what we know about executive functioning skills and the impact this set of skills has on learning. Assessment tools will be presented to help teachers quickly identify specific areas of weaknesses that are impacting students in their classroom. Finally, classroom-wide strategies and individualized interventions will be discussed for supporting weaknesses in executive functioning skills and promoting the development of these abilities.


Jul 10


Illustrative Math 6-8

This 2-day workshop will provide teachers and instructional leaders with professional development designed around the Illustrative Math 6-8 currricula and materials. The IM Instructional Academy is aimed toward teachers, instructional math coaches, or math team leaders in districts adopting, or considering, the Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math curriculum.


Jul 31


Reading And Writing Workshop with author Kate Roberts

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


Aug 6


Instructional Coaching Institute

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


Aug 10


Implementing a Math Workshop Model in a Secondary Math Classroom

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


Aug 14


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

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


Aug 20


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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