Thursday, June 22, 2017

Free webinar on Tuesday, June 27th 5:30 pm PT / 8:30 pm ET

REGISTER HERE to join this FREE, online, community conversation on TUESDAY, June 27th at 5:30 pm PT/ 8:30 pm ET. And please share this invitation with folks in your network you think would be interested. If you're interested but can't make that time, register and we'll send you the link to the recording after the event.
Why We Gather. EmbraceRace is about building a strong and nourishing community of practice for parents, guardians, teachers and other caregivers who want to help raise a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race. In this session weAndrew (Grant-Thomas) and Melissa (Giraud)will talk about the Big Picture of race in the United States that led us to launch the community. We’ll highlight the goals we derived from that Big Picture and describe some of the work, both current and upcoming, we hope will help us all move toward those goals. We see EmbraceRace both as a provider of information and support in the race-and-raising-kids space and as part of the larger movement for racial and social justice. We think there’s a lot at stake in whether, how, and how well we collectively do this work. Let’s talk about it!
REGISTER HERE and please spread the word! Thanks.

Andrew Grant-Thomas, Co-founder
EmbraceRace: Raising a brave generation

Monday, April 24, 2017

Week of the Young Child - April 24-28, 2017


The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.     


We're so excited for a week long celebration of our youngest learners! Start planning your celebration today with event ideas and activities below!

Music Monday!   April 24, 2017

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active! This year, make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, and share it on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17.
TRY THIS: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.
Music resources for families and teachers
NAEYC For Families also has a great collection of family-friendly songs and musicians to inspire more ways to learn with music!

Tasty Tuesday   April 25, 2017

Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Create your own healthy snacks and share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17
TRY THISMeasure your ingredients while making your snacks! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.
For more fun ideas on how to incorporate cooking into your classroom activities, check out how one NAEYC-accredited center prepared for the day!
Cooking and nutrition resources for families and teachers
Download the Week of the Young Child Taco Cookbook!

Work Together Wednesday   April 26, 2017

Work together, build together, learn together

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material—from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.
TRY THIS: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top!
'Building Together' resources for families and teachers

Artsy Thursday   April 27,2017

Think, problem solve, create

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials—from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share a photos of your children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.
TRY THIS: Bring art outdoors! Offer dark and light paper, chalk and pastels, and suggest children create their own versions of the day and night sky!
Open-ended art resources for families and teachers

Family Friday   April 28, 2017

Sharing family stories

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers.  Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17 as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children's learning and development.
TRY THIS: Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families!
Resources for engaging and celebrating families 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Please read the notice below for some significant changes coming to the SERC Library -

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Equinox!!!!

Old Farmer's Almanac picture
Happy Spring Equinox - are we New Englanders happy for this day or what!    Spring officially began today Monday, March 20th at 6:29 am EDT, still had to warm up my car since it was only around 22 this morning at 7:15 am in the sun in the car, however, for a great many of us, we are still looking at the remains of the snow fall from Tuesday, March 14th.  We definitely are hopeful that "March has come in like a lion and will leave like a lamb"!  Well we can always be optimistic, opening day at Fenway is April 3rd, now you know which metropolitan city gets my loyalty!  To learn more about the Spring Equinox,  check out the links below:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Free Webinar - Tuesday, March 21st


Strategies to Improve Behavior and Instruction in the Classroom

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Strategies to Improve Behavior
Presented by Lee Kern, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Promoting Research to Practice; with Michael George, Ed.D., Director, Centennial School of Lehigh University
Sponsored by Brookes Publishing
If you attend the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the webinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join theTeaching All Students: Practical Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms community and go to the Webinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.
In this webinar, Lee Kern, Ph.D., and Michael George, Ed.D., will provide basic classroom management and instructional strategies that have a large impact on problem behavior and learning. They will introduce three basic behavior management strategies and three powerful instructional strategies that will greatly improve student behavior and learning. Specific steps of each strategy will be described in detail so that participants can readily implement the interventions in their own classrooms with little additional preparation.
Dr. Kern and Dr. George will familiarize you with assessments that will allow you to take a deeper look at your classroom environment in order to optimize behavior and learning over the long term. Attendees will be introduced to assessments that will help them determine strengths in their classroom and identify areas needing improvement. The information will link directly to classroom improvements.
Dr. Kern and Dr. George will share how to:
  • Identify classroom features that contribute to optimal learning and appropriate behavior
  • Assess the environment in your own classroom to determine variables contributing to behavior and learning problems
  • Describe three strategies to improve student behavioral outcomes and three instructional approaches that will enhance student engagement and motivation
There will be time for Dr. Kern and Dr. George to answer your questions after their presentation. This webinar is designed for classroom teachers, staff, and administrators at all grade levels.
About the Presenters
Lee KernLee Kern, Ph.D., received her doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida. She is currently Professor of special education at Lehigh University and Director of the Center for Promoting Research to Practice. Dr. Kern has worked in the field of special education for more than 35 years as a classroom teacher, behavior specialist, professor, and consultant. Her research interests are in the area of interventions to reduce challenging behavior. She has published numerous articles, book chapters, and two books on topics related to problem behavior. Dr. Kern has received more than $20 million in grant support from the U.S. Department of Education and National Institutes of Mental Health to pursue research in behavior problems. She is currently Co-editor of Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
Michael GeorgeMichael P. George, Ed.D., received his doctorate in special education from the University of Missouri–Columbia and is presently Director of Centennial School of Lehigh University. He has been an administrator of programs for children and youth with the most severe social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties for nearly 30 years. Dr. George has served as a director of day school programs in St. Louis County, Missouri; Eugene, Oregon; and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His work on behalf of students and families has received numerous accolades over the years, including recognition by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Institutes for Research, CNN, and ABC’s Nightline.

Join the Teaching All Students: Practical Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms community to participate in online discussions with peers, for invitations to upcoming webinars, to view past webinar recordings, to take a quiz and receive a CE certificate for a past webinar, and for access to more resources.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Special hours for Friday, March 17th!

Due to all the weather related closings, the SERLibrary will open on Friday, March 17th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Resources due this week will be due on Friday and we will hold all reserves until Tuesday, March 21st.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

IEP Workshops - Space is Limited!

If you are interested in learning about IEPs, The SERC Library is offering a series of 3 IEP workshops - space is limited! Click HERE to register.  All workshops are FREE!

All workshops are on a Wednesday evening from 5:30 pm to 7 pm - register for all three or just the one you are interested in!

March 22nd - Building Bridges:  Working with school staff to inform IEP programming for you child

April 5th - Become Knowledgeable:  Understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and IEP process

April 19th - Intensify Focus:  Connecting the role of advocacy to your child's success in meeting IEP goals

Monday, February 27, 2017

Free Webinars!

Closing The Gap Logo


CEUs ARE available for these sponsored webinars!

Learn How to Integrate Technology in Your Classroom with Extraordinary Learners - AAC and PLAY
March 2, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central Standard Time

As educators, it is imperative that we are fluent in the use of digital devices. It is our job to teach our students how to be independent AND to help them develop functional skills with technology.

This webinar is designed to improve your digital fluency and show you how the iPad can be a helpful tool for your students with special needs. 

Katrine Gulstad Pedersen
PRESENTERS: Katrine Gulstad Pedersen and Kirsten McLoud
Participants must register to receive confirmation and login instructions.

Participation in this free, sponsored webinar is limited to the first 100 log-ins.
Creating the Right Environment for Successful AAC Use in the Classroom with Location Awareness
May 4, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central Daylight Time

Studies in the visual cognitive sciences have argued that we need to bring the environment into the AAC. Participants in this webinar will learn about the newest technology for AAC users - Location Awareness with Beacons, which is built in to SuperSpeak AAC and is an easy way to bring the environment into the AAC. 

We will teach you how to best apply these findings in a classroom setting with your special needs learners, how to teach appropriate iPad behaviors to students with special needs and how to get started with using the iPad in the classroom environment. 

PRESENTERS: Katrine Gulstad Pedersen and Kirsten McLoud

Participants must register to receive confirmation and login instructions.

Participation in this free, sponsored webinar is limited to the first 100 log-ins.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Quick - I just found out about this and the pre-registration date is 2/23!

Part art show/part science project, the Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Challenge is a fun way for students to explore nature and investigate STE(A)M (science, technology, engineering, art and math) while inspiring creative thinking.

Pre-Registration Deadline extended to February 23!


For Educators: The STEM + Art = STE(A)M—Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Challenge was developed to give students the opportunity to further their understanding of how STEM subjects and art relate, and the importance of that symbiosis. The i2i Challenge provides educators with community support and a framework to encourage creativity through imagination and incorporate STEM subjects.

For Students: STEM + Art = STE(A)M—Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Challenge allows students to explore the integration of art concepts and STEM subjects. The i2i Challenge provides students with a supported framework for discussion of STEM subjects. Students’ observations and classroom discussions serve as the foundation for the students’ exploration of the relation between art and STEM and the impact they have on each other.

This exploration will lead students to a better understanding of the symbiotic relationship between art and STEM and encourage them to use their imagination and knowledge to further develop those concepts in new and creative ways.

For more information or to register, visit

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The SERC Library 

will be 
on Friday, February 10th.  The Library will re-open on Tuesday, February 14th at 8:30 am.  Resources due on Friday will be due on Tuesday and we will hold all reserves for one more day.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Connecticut's Chuckles VIII
Connecticut's Chuckles VIII and Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil are opposites in their predictions for spring and winter, HOWEVER ----- they both have seen the new ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY Collections ready to circulate out of the SERC Library and both agree that the new collections are exciting!
Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil

Click here to get to the SERC Library catalog and use the keywords 'assistive technology' filter by location/collection to see the new AT2 collection results that are low- and mid-tech resources and the AT3 collection results that are the high-tech pre-loaded iPads and Chromebooks (special loan and borrowing terms are in place for the iPads and Chromebooks which can only be borrowed one at a time and only for a two (2) week loan period and patrons have to sign a borrower's agreement).

Monday, January 30, 2017

Click HERE to register for Math for Everyone:  Strengthening Tier 1 Instruction at the Secondary Level - April 26, 2017 - Radisson Hotel, Cromwell, CT - Keynote speaker - Max Ray-Riek

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Check out these activities and resources from SHAPE for February Heart Month!

February: You Gotta Have Heart

Now's the time to help your students — and entire school — get heart-healthy!
With new resources from SHAPE America, it's easier than ever and your efforts will also be supporting 50 Million Strong by 2029, SHAPE America's commitment to empower students to live healthy and active lives through effective health and physical education programs.

Build a Heart-Healthy School
Build a heart-healthy school Check out these brand-new resources to help get your students moving and making heart-health a priority this year: 
  • February's heart-focused physical activity and "10 at a Time" calendars;
  • Standards-based, heart-themed activities that align with the "Zoo Crew" animals' signature messages;
  • Templates and other resources to help you advocate for — and develop — a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan.

Plan a JRFH/HFH Event
Plan a JRFH/HFH Event Whether you have just started thinking about holding a JRFH/HFH event or your event is days away, you can find tips and resources to enhance the experience for you and your students.
Follow these 6 steps for guidance on getting top-level support, raising funds online, and more.

Help Your Heart Month Event ROAR

Share the Love Celebrate your school's commitment to heart-health and inspire others at #SHAPEHeartMonth! Here are three easy ways to share the love:
1. Download free Heart Month calendars
2. Post fun photos and videos
3. Share the "Heart Champion" badge

Learn More

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The SERC Library is CLOSED today, Tuesday, January 24th!  We will reopen on Wednesday, January 25th at 10:30 am.  Resources due today will be due tomorrow and we will hold all reserves for one more day.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Workshop - Helping Struggling Readers: A case study approach

SERC is collaborating with Albertus Magnus College on this hands-on, interactive session Helping Struggling Readers:  A case study approach, on Thursday, March 30th at 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  To register click HERE!  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The SERC Library will be closing early at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, January 17th.  The Library will re-open on Wednesday, January 18th at 10:30 pm.

Friday, January 6, 2017

IEP Workshops

Are you interested in learning about IEPs?  Check out these FREE workshops to be held in the SERC Library's Reading Room on Wednesdays March 22nd, April 5th and April 19th!

To register for the workshops, click HERE

For more information see below -

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

No Name-Calling Week 2017: January 16-20

Kindness in Action!
We celebrate kindness by putting it into action! Every year for No-Name Calling Week, GLSEN provides students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to challenge bullying and name-calling in their communities. 
This No Name-Calling Week begins on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and ends on the Presidential Inauguration. It is an important opportunity to show allyship to LGBTQ students, particularly transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) students, as well as LGBTQ students of color.
Motivated by the simple, yet powerful, idea — and supported by over 60 national partner organizations — No Name-Calling Week is celebrated each year in schools across the nation. 
Join us in celebrating No Name-Calling Week January 16-20, 2017. Whether you’re a teacher, student, community organizer, bus driver, guidance counselor, coach, or librarian, show you care by organizing a week of activities at your school aimed at ending name-calling once and for all. Register to receive updates and offers!
Plan a week in your school.
Use our planning tools to help in your preparations.
Put kindness in action through lessons and activities.
We have plans for elementarymiddle, or high schools.
Are you a middle or high school student? Check out GLSEN's student actions to see how you can get involved in putting kindness into action! 
Create Action Through Art!
Making art can be a political action as well as a deeply personal expression of identity and experience. Learn about and submit to the No Name-Calling Week Creative Expression Exhibit.
Check out some of our highlights from 2016's Creative Expression here.