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Date - 05/11/2017

  Aligning Local School Wellness Policy with Federal Requirements
A local school wellness policy (LSWP) is a written document that guides a local educational agency’s (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn.The wellness policy requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of 2004 and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). It requires each LEA participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a wellness policy. On July 29, 2016, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) finalized regulations to create a framework and guidelines for written wellness policies established by LEAs. The final rule requires LEAs to begin developing a revised local school wellness policy during School Year 2016-2017. LEAs must fully comply with the requirements of the final rule by June 30, 2017.This training will cover the final rule’s expanded requirements to strengthen policies and increase transparency. Required LSWP elements cover the following topics: Nutrition education and promotion (including marketing), physical activity, guidelines for foods and beverages, public involvement, communication and LSWP leadership. The responsibility for developing, implementing, and evaluating a wellness policy is placed at the local level, so the unique needs of each school under the LEA’s jurisdiction can be addressed. As a result of this training, participants will be able to design a LSWP that will meet USDA Administrative Review criteria and provide the framework for the successful implementation of strategies to promote the health and wellbeing of the entire school community.
Location: CREC PROGRAMS AND DIVISIONS - OPERATIONS AND FACILITIES
Sub Title: Evaluate your district policy and determine updates required for June 30, 2017 compliance.
Course # 241-17-205-001
Status: OPEN
Type: Face to Face
05/11/2017

Date - 03/17/2021

  MTCNE Alumni Webinar Series
ONGOING REGISTRATION - "The Keys to Reading: A Deep Dive Into Phonological Awareness and the Sounds of English" Webinar. Why is it that some children struggle to read and what can we do about it? For many children, the missing link to total reading is the awareness of sounds in our language. In this presentation Justin Chapian will take a close look at why phonemic awareness is so important, how it is different from phonics, and practical suggestions for instruction in the Montessori classroom. We will touch on how Montessori’s approach of writing before reading aligns with the science of reading and we will then take a deep dive into the sounds of our language and the connection between the children’s spelling and their awareness of sound. NOTE: The scheduled time and date are for registration purposes only. Once payment is received, you will receive a link to the pre-recorded webinar that will be active for one week. Accepting credit cards only.
Location: On-Line Course
Sub Title: The Keys to Reading: A Deep Dive Into Phonological Awareness and the Sounds of English
Course # 241-21-913-289
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
03/17/2021

Date - 04/21/2021

  Distance Learning with Seesaw
In our lives today, virtual learning has become indispensable and therefore, the need to maximize online tools is critical to learning. Seesaw is a free/paid digital design and student engagement tool that allows students to capture and share their learning via photo, audio, video, file upload, note, and links. Seesaw provides real-time connection and updates to families and works with numerous other apps. In this virtual session participants will learn and explore the features of Seesaw and how it can be integrated into their classes in and out of the school building.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-275
Status: CANCELLED
Type: Online
04/21/2021
  TEAM Module 5
Module 5 will introduce beginning teachers to the Code of Professional Responsibility for Educators and is designed to educate and raise awareness about the multitude of ethical and professional dilemmas faced by educators today. The focus of Module 5 is to raise a level of awareness about the Code of Professional Responsibilities and to discuss your professional obligations and the potential consequences of misconduct. This is a TEAM training and is unpaid.
Location: On-Line Course
Sub Title: *CREC Staff Only
Course # 241-21-934-015
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
04/21/2021
  6 HR ANNUAL V ENDORSEMENT TRAINING
CREC Transportation is offering a 2 day Zoom class, for those looking to acquire their 6 hr R-360 form to renew their V endorsement on their CT license or to remain qualified by attending the annual 6 HR V Endorsement Training on the CT DMV required topics. Completing the class will result in a R-360 form for "V endorsement renewal only" and a CST-3 form for the employer/employee driver qualification file. MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS, of the 2 day zoom class, 3 hrs each day. THIS CLASS IS NOT FOR DRIVERS WHO NEED THE 10 HR TRAINING TO ACQUIRE THE V ENDORSEMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME.
Location: CREC Transportation
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-971-004
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
04/21/2021

Date - 04/22/2021

  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.
Location: CREC PROGRAMS AND DIVISIONS - Community Education
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-906-041
Status: OPEN
Type: Face to Face
04/22/2021
  Language Arts Council Meeting
CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers in the CREC region monthly opportunities to share best practices and engage in new thinking about literacy instruction. Kindergarten to grade 12 Language Arts educators including teachers, literacy coaches, literacy coordinators, directors and department heads are encouraged to attend the bi-monthly meetings. Input from participants regarding topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend this event.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-100
Status: CANCELLED
Type: Online
04/22/2021
  Mindfulness Council
The April 22 Mindfulness Council will feature Amy Saltzman, M.D., holistic physician, mindfulness coach, and author. In addition to sharing mindfulness skills that can be beneficial to everyone (mental focus, physical awareness, and emotional resilience), Dr. Saltzman will focus on the integration of mindfulness by athletes and coaches. This includes how to deal with plateaus and setbacks, creating a positive and collaborative team culture, and how to make wise, healthy, compassionate choices when faced with challenges, temptations, and risks. There is no charge for this event. 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.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-185
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
04/22/2021

Date - 04/27/2021

  Augmentative & Alternative Communication Council (AAC) Focus
Service Providers will share information to assist students with Augmentative & Alternate Communication needs. Members will be able to network with staff from other districts.Topic lists are developed by the group. No cost to attend.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-092
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
04/27/2021

Date - 04/28/2021

  Charting the LifeCourse/Person Centered Planning
Participants in this workshop will become familiar with the Charting the LifeCourse Materials and learn how to utilize them for futures planning. No cost to attend.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-138
Status: CLOSED
Type: Online
04/28/2021
  STEM Council
STEM educators, coaches, and coordinators in CREC districts meet to share best practices, resources and new thinking around interdisciplinary instruction in science, technology, engineering and math. Discussions may include topics ranging from implementing NGSS, Math CCSS, and ISTE standards to creating effective Makerspaces. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group. No cost to attend this event.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-182
Status: CANCELLED
Type: Online
04/28/2021

Date - 04/29/2021

  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.
Location: CREC PROGRAMS AND DIVISIONS - Community Education
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-906-042
Status: CLOSED
Type: Face to Face
04/29/2021
  Language Arts Council Meeting
CREC’s Language Arts Council provides Language Arts teachers in the CREC region monthly opportunities to share best practices and engage in new thinking about literacy instruction. Kindergarten to grade 12 Language Arts educators including teachers, literacy coaches, literacy coordinators, directors and department heads are encouraged to attend the bi-monthly meetings. Input from participants regarding topic selections will be encouraged in order to best meet the needs of the council membership. No cost to attend this event.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-280
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
04/29/2021
  Using Video to Support Student Learning
In our lives today, video is a perfect way to engage learners, support continuous, customized learning, and minimize repetition.This virtual session will focus on creating short (5 minutes or less), screencast videos using Screencast-O-Matic and Screencastify. Participants will learn and develop their own screencasts to implement into their instruction.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-277
Status: CANCELLED
Type: Online
04/29/2021

Date - 05/04/2021

  Equity Council
CREC's Equity Council provides educators in the CREC region quarterly opportunities to share policies, practices, and procedures to move toward an equitable system of education. The Council will review strategies that eliminate the predictability of outcomes for students who are racially, linguistically, economically diverse, who identify as LGBTQ, and who receive special education services. The group will review successful examples of districts from across the country that are identifying gaps in opportunities and intentionally dismantling the barriers that exist in their systems. No cost to attend event.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-163
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
05/04/2021
  Social Emotional Learning Council Meeting
The council will focus on current trends, research and interventions related to Social and Emotional Learning. Members will have the opportunity to network with staff from other districts, have access to resources, and learn the most current developments in the area. No cost to attend.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-061
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
05/04/2021
  ServSafe
This is one-day training in ServSafe practices; you will be tested for certification at the end of the session. You will have a broader knowledge of food handling, food safety, pest control, and sanitary practices, and upon passing the exam, you will have an industry recognized credential.
Location: CREC PROGRAMS AND DIVISIONS - Community Education
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-934-013
Status: CLOSED
Type: Face to Face
05/04/2021

Date - 05/05/2021

  Educator Self-Care: You Can't Take Care of Them Until You Take Care of You
Are you consumed with all of balls you need to juggle as an educator? Creating engaging lesson plans, grading projects, papers, homework, and scheduling calls with administrators, peers, students, parents, and/or caregivers so that you can clearly communicate with everyone involved in your students’ education while at the same time teaching your students all day can be very difficult. With all of this, it is understandable that educators feel overwhelmed, scattered, and sometimes lost. We are really good at considering the well-being of others, but not as good when it comes to considering our own well-being. All of this leads to teacher burn-out. Self-care is critical and involves taking responsibility for yourself to ensure you enjoy a healthy work/life balance. You must take care of you so that you are ready and able to take care of all of the other constant demands in your life including your students.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-284
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
05/05/2021
  CREC Magnet Schools May 5, 2021 District-wide PD Day - ELEMENTARY
Elementary schedule:11:30-12:50 - Curriculum and Instruction: Introduction to Illustrative Math12:50-1:00 - Break1:00-2:20 - Decriminalizing Behaviors2:20-2:25 - Survey
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title: **CREC Magnet Elementary Staff Only (COPY)
Course # 241-21-934-016
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
05/05/2021
  CREC Magnet Schools May 5, 2021 District-wide PD Day - SECONDARY
Secondary schedule:11:30-12:50 - Decriminalizing Behaviors12:50-1:00 - Break1:00-2:20 - Instruction2:20-2:25 - Survey
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title: ** CREC Magnet Secondary Staff Only (COPY)
Course # 241-21-934-017
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
05/05/2021

Date - 05/06/2021

  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.
Location: CREC PROGRAMS AND DIVISIONS - Community Education
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-906-043
Status: OPEN
Type:
05/06/2021
  Social Studies Council Meeting
CREC region Social Studies teachers and district coordinators are invited to attend 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. No cost to attend.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-056
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
05/06/2021

Date - 05/11/2021

  TEAM Mentor Initial Support Training
This training for prospective mentors and cooperating teachers is available for individuals selected by the district (or volunteered) to serve in one of these roles. Following sessions, there will be an additional time for follow up offered for more in-depth work on the modules or the process chosen by your districts. The training prepares participants to lead beginning teachers through the TEAM module process and a successful completion of the five mentoring modules. In addition, participants are prepared to support a student teacher while developing effective coaching strategies to assist both beginning and student teachers. Participants must attend all sessions. At the end of the training, participants qualify to work with either a new teacher or a student teacher. Pre work is required. The instructor will send information to participants prior to the session. No cost to attend this event.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-259
Status: CLOSED
Type: Online
05/11/2021
  Wilson Reading Training
This workshop provides an overview of the Wilson Reading System.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-147
Status: CLOSED
Type: Online
05/11/2021

Date - 05/12/2021

  Curriculum Council Meeting
These council meetings will give CREC Region Directors of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendents, and Instructional Leaders an opportunity to receive professional development, collaborate on curriculum and instructional issues related to teaching and learning, as well as share concerns, issues and resources. Participants will have the opportunity to liaison with CSDE on legislative and policy issues related to schools. No cost to attend this workshop.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-049
Status: CANCELLED
Type: Online
05/12/2021
  English Language Learners Council (Title III)
English Language Learner district coordinators in the CREC region are invited to attend meetings to share best practices, emerging research on improving outcomes for EL students, and to proactively respond to the instructional shifts demanded by the Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS), assessments, and the Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards. Members will engage in new thinking about instructional practices and collaborate to proactively respond to EL needs in their district. No cost to attend.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-288
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
05/12/2021

Date - 05/13/2021

  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.
Location: CREC PROGRAMS AND DIVISIONS - Community Education
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-906-044
Status: CLOSED
Type:
05/13/2021
  Early Childhood Council
Early Childhood educators (Pre-K) in CREC districts meet monthly to share best practices and engage in new thinking about instruction. Early Childhood educators are encouraged to attend these monthly meetings. Topics and speaker lists are developed by the group.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-008
Status: CANCELLED
Type: Online
05/13/2021

Date - 05/14/2021

  CREC Coaches Council
Instructional Coaches in the CREC region are invited to attend bi-monthly council meetings to share best practices and engage in new thinking about coaching. Topics will be determined based on participant interests. No cost to attend this workshop.
Location: Virtual
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-226
Status: CANCELLED
Type: Face to Face
05/14/2021
  Math Council
CREC’s Mathematics Council provides new thinking about mathematics instruction for K-12 math teachers, coaches, and district leaders in an open forum type setting. Agenda topics are determined by district participants in order to serve the group’s needs. No cost to attend this event.
Location: ONLINE VIRTUAL MEETING
Sub Title:
Course # 241-21-913-207
Status: OPEN
Type: Online
05/14/2021