Friday, January 23, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ATTENTION Co-Teachers!



Greetings, Co-Teachers!
We hope that 2015 is off to a good start and that you and your colleagues are continuing to enjoy the benefits of your collaborative partnerships!  Since you have participated in our professional learning on co-teaching, we’re making sure you know about a follow-up planning session scheduled in just a couple of weeks.
Our session on February 5th promises to be helpful in assisting teams to not only find the time to plan, but to also use co-teaching efficiently, and effectively, in planning instruction that results in the most benefit for all students. A link to registration is below. Hope to see you there!

A Facilitated Planning Session for the Co-Taught Classroom
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

SERC Library
Community Room, Middletown

Registration Closing Date: 1/28/2015

Audience:  Pre-K-Grade 12; Co-teaching Teams consisting of General and Special Educators,
ELL/ESL/Bilingual Educators, Reading or Math Consultants/Specialists, or other
Student Support Services Professionals

Presenters:  Virginia Babcock and Missy Wrigley , SERC Consultants

Fee: $95 per person

Effective planning leads to effective co-teaching. When planning time is lacking or
not used strategically, many co-teaching teams fall into the trap of "one teach, one
help." Through role clarification and increased collaboration in lesson development
and delivery, co-teachers’ use of time will be more efficient and effective, resulting in
more cohesive instruction and improved student outcomes.

During this session, teams will explore creative ways to find additional time for co-planning
Participants will have the opportunity to share strategies for maximizing the
use of allotted planning time, discuss the division of roles and responsibilities, and
address students’ individualized education program (IEP) goals through purposeful
planning. Teams should bring all the materials necessary to plan a unit or series of lessons.

The $90 per-person fee includes the full-day session at SERC, plus one copy per team of Lisa Dieker’s "The
Co-Teaching Lesson Plan Book" (Third Edition).

PLEASE NOTE: This session is designed for experienced co-teachers who are
seeking to improve the effectiveness of their planning and instruction in a co-taught
classroom.  Attendance by both co-teaching team members is required.
Please register online at:  https://15-12-059.eventbrite.com
For registration questions, please contact Leticia Garcia Guerra, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 233 or guerra@ctserc.org.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recent nprEd Blog post on helping grieving students

http://grievingstudents.scholastic.com/
On January 13, 2015, Elissa Nadworny blogged about "Grief in the classroom: 'Saying nothing says a lot' and offered information about a new website - GrievingStudents.org - that is trying to help teachers and school leaders answer the question ---- So how should educators handle the death of a student's loved one?

Check out the blog article:  http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/01/13/376720559/grieving-in-the-classroom

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Check out these Early Childhood - ECE workshops coming up at SERC ----


The Road Map to Early Learning Standards 101

Audience: Infant-Toddler and Preschool General and Special Education Teachers, Home Visitors, Paraeducators, and Student Support Services Professionals
Presenter:  Paquita Jarman-Smith and Smita Worah, Ph.D., SERC Consultants
Date:  Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time:  9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  Hartford Area Child Care Collaborative, Hartford
Fee:  $60.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-224
https://15-46-224.eventbrite.com

An Overview of NAEYC Accreditation System for Programs Serving Young Children – Session C
Audience: Early Childhood General and Special Education Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Deborah Flis, Director, Accreditation Facilitation Project,
Office of Early Childhood, CT Charts-A-Course, Hartford
Date:  Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time:  3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:  SERC, Middletown
Fee:  $0.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-103
https://15-46-103.eventbrite.com
Supporting Young Dual Language Learners with Culturally Responsive Strategies

Audience: Infant, Toddler, and Preschool General and Special Education Teachers; Paraeducators; and Student Support Services Professionals
Presenters:  Paquita Jarman-Smith and Janet Zarchen, SERC Consultants
Dates:  Tuesday, February 10, & Friday, May 15, 2015
Time:  9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  SERC, Middletown
Fee:  $65.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-204
https://15-46-204.eventbrite.com 
Early Childhood Staff Education and Professional Development Plans? Help! - Session B

Audience: Early Childhood General and Special Education Administrators
and Program Leaders
Presenter:  Margaret Gustafson, Education Consultant
CT Office of Early Childhood, Hartford
Date:  Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time:  8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location:  SERC, Middletown
Fee:  $0.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-195
https://15-46-195.eventbrite.com
NAEYC Accreditation Portfolios: What Are They and How are They Used to Document Program Quality? - Session B

Audience: Early Childhood General and Special Education Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Deborah Flis, Director, Accreditation Facilitation Project,
Office of Early Childhood, CT Charts-A-Course, Hartford
Date:  Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time:  9:00 am to 12:00 pm (Half-Day)  or  9:00 am to 3:30 pm (Full-Day)
Location:  SERC, Middletown
Fee:  $0.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-105
https://15-46-105.eventbrite.com
ECE Annual Conference:
22nd Annual Together We Will Conference:  Use a Framework for Social and Emotional Success
Presenters:  Various
Date:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Time:  8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell
Fee:  $80.00
                                                   (registration opens January 2015)
More workshops:
Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans in Pre-K

Audience: Preschool Special Education Teachers and related professionals
Presenters:  Linda Grimm, Director, Benhaven Learning Network, Wallingford
Date:  Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time:  9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  SERC, Middletown
Fee:  $75.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-191
https://15-46-191.eventbrite.com
Universal Design for Learning and Young Children
Audience: General and Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Related Services Personnel, serving preschool and kindergarten age children
Presenters:  Paquita Jarman-Smith and Smita Worah, Ph.D., SERC Consultants
Date:  Tuesday, April 7, 2015 & May 12, 2015
Time:  9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  SERC, Middletown
Fee:  $95.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-179
https://15-46-179.eventbrite.com
Cultural Competence: What Early Education Providers Need to Know to Serve All Children

Audience: Preschool and Kindergarten General and Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Paraeducators, and Student Support Services Professionals
Presenters:  Paquita Jarman-Smith and Linnet Carty, SERC Consultants
Dates:  Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm &
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Location:  SERC, Middletown
Fee:  $65.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-205
https://15-46-205.eventbrite.com

The Reading and Writing Connection for Preschool and Primary Grades with Kathy Collins
Audience: Preschool, Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade General and Special Education Teachers, and Student Support Services Professionals
Presenters:  Kathy Collins, National Literacy Consultant
Dates:  Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell
Fee:  $150.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-222
https://15-46-222.eventbrite.com


Thoughtful Response to Agitation, Escalation, and Meltdowns of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - Session A

Audience: Preschool Special Education teachers,
Public school ECSE staff serving children 3-5 with IEPs
Presenters:  Rebecca Klaw MS, MEd, Autism Services by Klaw, Pittsburgh, PA
Dates:  Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm
Location:  SERC, Middletown
Fee:  $50.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-208
https://15-46-208.eventbrite.com


Thoughtful Response to Agitation, Escalation, and Meltdowns of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - Session B

Audience: Preschool Special Education teachers,
Public school ECSE staff serving children 3-5 with IEPs
Presenters:  Rebecca Klaw MS, MEd, Autism Services by Klaw, Pittsburgh, PA
Dates:  Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:  ACES, Hamden
Fee:  $50.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-209
https://15-46-209.eventbrite.com


Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion in Early Childhood
Audience: Preschool Special Education Teachers and related professionals
Presenters:  Linda Grimm, Director, Benhaven Learning Network, Wallingford
Date:  Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time:  9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell
Fee:  $50.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-180
https://15-46-180.eventbrite.com


Let's Pretend! Using Storybooks to Encourage Play and Friendships

Audience: Preschool and Kindergarten General and Special Education Teachers, Paraeducators, and Student Support Professionals
Presenters:  Paquita Jarman-Smith and Smita Worah, Ph.D., SERC Consultants
Date:  Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time:  9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:  SERC, Middletown
Fee:  $60.00                                                    Activity Code:  15-46-108
https://15-46-108.eventbrite.com


Questions about registration? Please contact:

Nattaneal Wilson at (860) 632-1485, ext. 268 or wilson@ctserc.org
Ashley Coleman at (860) 632-1485, ext. 295 or acoleman@ctserc.org