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CATALOG OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES

2017-2018

Contents        

FIRST YEAR TEACHERS        2

SCHOOL SPECIFIC        3

Aerospace Elementary        3

Academy of Aerospace and Engineering 6-12        4

Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary School        5

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School        6

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School        6

Discovery Academy        8

Glastonbury- East Hartford Magnet School        9

Academy of Science and Innovation        12

International Magnet School for Global Citizenship        13

Metropolitan Learning Center        14

Montessori Magnet School        15

Museum Academy        16

Public Safety Academy        17

Reggio Magnet School of the Arts        18

University of Hartford Magnet School        18

ELEMENTARY        21

Preschool        21

Kindergarten – Grade 5        22

Grade Specific Kindergarten – Grade 5        23

SECONDARY        28

Math        28

Science        29

Social Studies        31

English Language Arts        32

Standards Based Grading        33

THEME COACHES        34

WORLD LANGUAGE        35

PHYSICAL EDUCATION, ART, and MUSIC        36

SPECIAL EDUCATION and RELATED SERVICES        37

LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALISTS        40

EL TUTORS and TEACHERS        41

GENERAL SESSIONS        42

FIRST YEAR TEACHERS                                                                                


PLC Focus: 000 - First Year Cohort

Audience: First year teachers and teachers in their first year at CREC

Coordinator: Marta Diez with Eleisha LeMay and Sarah Worley (mdiez@crec.org)

Session Location: Council Room, CREC Central (*Please bring a fully charged laptop.)

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

problem solve about things that come up in the classroom. Research shows that new teachers struggle with classroom management, motivation of students, dealing with the individual differences among students, assessing student work, and relations with parents. Therefore, these are some of the topics that will be discussed in the workshops as they relate to CREC students and families.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

ensure that someone experienced is there during the critical moments of the beginning teacher's first year. This is the ideal way to make sure beginning teachers don't just survive but also become competent and effective—and stay in the profession. Teachers, especially those just entering the profession, are generally collaboratively oriented people, therefore, they will enjoy the process.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Students will be taught by someone that is confident and competent. Critical self-reflection by the new teacher will lead directly to improved student learning.

SCHOOL SPECIFIC                                                                                        


Aerospace Elementary


PLC Focus: 001 - Growing Staff Expertise as Makers

Audience: All Aerospace Elementary teachers

Coordinator: Colin Glanovsky (CGlanovsky@crec.org)

Session Location: Aerospace Elementary in a room to be determined

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

develop a breadth of knowledge-bases and skill levels in "Maker" domains.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

pass on their new-found expertise to students and colleagues specifically through our "Half-day Academies" but also by modeling life-long learning and the pursuit of passions.

Expected outcomes for students include:

As our school continues to pursue a Maker Culture we want to be able to meet students at their passions. By developing a breadth of staff skills we will improve our ability to act as a supportive community. As students differentiate into different areas of interest we want to maximize the likelihood that our staff includes people who share that interest and can act as a mentor.


Academy of Aerospace and Engineering 6-12


PLC Focus: 003 - AAE SPED PLANNING/Collaboration

Audience: AAE Special Ed.

Coordinator: Gricel Bodden (gbodden@crec.org)

Session Location: AAE room 225

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

focus on their case studies in order to improve service implementation to students who receive special education services.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

provide meaningful, individualized and targeted instruction

Expected outcomes for students include:

A decrease in the achievement gap and an increase in student social/emotional well-being.


PLC Focus: 004 - AAE Interdisciplinary 9/10 Grade

Audience: AAE 9/10 grade teachers

Coordinator: Jessica Sosnicki (jsosnicki@crec.org)

Session Location: AAE (1101 Kennedy Road, Windsor)

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

share resources, lesson ideas, curriculum, strategies, and data to inform instruction

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

become more strategic in their lesson planning and alignment and be able to feed off of each other in multiple classes to better reinforce lessons and ideas across contents

Expected outcomes for students include:

More strategies and tools for analysis and practice, better relationships with teachers and peers, stronger strategies to inform their learning


PLC Focus: 005 - RV-12 Aircraft Construction

Audience: AAE Engineering Teachers

Coordinator: Joshua Madore (jmadore@crec.org)

Session Location: AAE High School

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

- Learn new skills related to aluminum aircraft construction.

- Develop methods and curriculum to teach aluminum aircraft construction techniques.

- Develop initiatives to promote the RV-12 build throughout the school community.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

- Perform and teach aluminum aircraft construction techniques.

- Effectively monitor students engaged with aluminum aircraft construction.

Expected outcomes for students include:

- This effort should increase the number of student-hours spent working on the RV-12 airplane build.


Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary School


PLC Focus: 007 - Plan for Transition of Ana Grace students to Arts Middle School and Plan Love Wins Concert

Audience: This is specifically for the Arts Staff (open to both certified and non-certified) at Ana Grace and at Arts Middle

Coordinator: Theresa Rice (trice@crec.org)

Session Location: Ana Grace or Arts Middle

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

ensure vertical alignment between Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary School and the Academy of the Arts Middle School. Teachers will also work to plan the Love Wins Concert: a performance event with shared responsibility between the two schools.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

provide a smooth transition from elementary to middle school skills and expectations in the arts for students.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Experiencing an aligned curriculum between their elementary and secondary educations, as well as a broadening and bridging of their artistic education.


Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School


PLC Focus: 008 - Mathematics Working Toward Deleveling and Improving SAT Scores

Audience: GHAA HS Math Department

Coordinator: Catherine Lee (clee@crec.org)

Session Location: Arts HS Science Lab

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

design instruction and practice for SAT Math sections that use and do not use a calculator. This will reinforce basic math skills as well further a greater understanding of higher math which will have students earn higher scores on the SAT and practice tests.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

better ready students for the SAT and it's practice tests. Teachers will also have a better understanding of what will occur as classes unlevel in the future.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Students will have a better understanding of topics that will be tested on the SAT as well as having projects and/or problem sets as they will be able to self select into honors courses in the coming years.


Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School


PLC Focus: 007 - Plan for Transition of Ana Grace students to Arts Middle School and Plan Love Wins Concert

Audience: This is specifically for the Arts Staff (open to both certified and non-certified) at Ana Grace and at Arts Middle

Coordinator: Theresa Rice (trice@crec.org)

Session Location: Ana Grace or Arts Middle

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

ensure vertical alignment between Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary School and the Academy of the Arts Middle School. Teachers will also work to plan the Love Wins Concert: a performance event with shared responsibility between the two schools.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

provide a smooth transition from elementary to middle school skills and expectations in the arts for students.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Experiencing an aligned curriculum between their elementary and secondary educations, as well as a broadening and bridging of their artistic education.


PLC Focus: 009 - AAMS Standards Based CFAs

Audience: Arts Middle School

Coordinator: Anastazia Scapellati and Jessica Giuliano (ascapellati@crec.org and jegiuliano@crec.org)

Session Location: Arts Middle School - Room TBD

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

design common formative assessments using standards based grading in MasteryConnect.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Implement common formative assessments across subjects or grade levels, while sharing resources in MasteryConnect.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Self assessment, to better understand the program, and to create assessments.


Discovery Academy


PLC Focus: 010 - Sign Language in the Pre-K Classroom

Audience: Discovery Academy Preschool Teachers

Coordinator: Amy Lynch (alynch@crec.org)

Session Location: Discovery Pre-k Classroom

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Learn about ASL and how to use it to enhance instruction in the preschool classroom.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Learn how to incorporate ASL into the preschool classroom as a way to enhance literacy instruction, build vocabulary, and provide opportunities for non-verbal and limited verbal students to better participate in the classroom through an alternative means of communication.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Improving knowledge of pre-literacy skills and building vocabulary by teaching signs for concepts (ABCs, numbers, colors, animals, etc.)


PLC Focus: 011 - Design Lab Curriculum

Audience: Discovery teachers

Coordinator: Marjorie Bruch (mbruch@crec.org)

Session Location: Discovery Room 108

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

examine, revise, and continue developing the PreK-gr. 5 Design Lab curriculum for Discovery Academy

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

develop and deliver an articulated curriculum that includes strong connections to NGSS; provide coherent and rigorous instruction to students; integrate grade level content being taught in classrooms with Design Lab lessons; and share the Design Lab model with colleagues across the district.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Ability to utilize problem solving and critical thinking skills across a variety of topics including engineering, robotics, and computer science


Glastonbury- East Hartford Magnet School


PLC Focus: 012 - Connecting with Families

Audience: GEHMS PreK

Coordinator: Jaime Jinks (jjinks@crec.org)

Session Location: GEHMS PK Classroom

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

reinforce existing school-home relationships and develop strategies for parents and teachers to work on literacy and math skills and social/emotional skills with their child at home.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

-connect with families through take home activity bags

-explore the show me app/website to connect with families

--use schoology in order to share classroom/school-wide goals

-communicating with families in a variety of ways

Expected outcomes for students include:

-reinforced developmentally appropriate concepts/skills


PLC Focus: 013 - Increasing Discourse Through Questioning using DOK

Audience: GEHMS K Team

Coordinator: Brooke Rau (brau@crec.org)

Session Location: GEHMS

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Create and implement questions using Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) to promote discourse and increase student engagement and learning

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

integrate higher level questioning into their content area lessons

Expected outcomes for students include:

Increase in comprehension and vocabulary acquisition


PLC Focus: 014 - Cross Curriculum Connections

Audience: GEHMS grade 4 teachers

Coordinator: Michelle Garbart (mgarbart@crec.org)

Session Location: GEHMS

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

make connections across the curriculum and implement strategies that focus on disciplinary literacy

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Provide quality differentiated instruction that ensures connections between the content areas in a newly departmentalized grade level.

Expected outcomes for students include:

the ability to make cross curricular connections throughout departmentalized day.


PLC Focus: 015 - Integration of Curriculum across 5th grade

Audience: 5th grade teachers at GEHMS

Coordinator: Jean Moore (jmoore@crec.org)

Session Location: GEHMS room 202

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Create and implement lessons for students to apply thematic content area learning.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

provide students with a variety of engaging activities where students demonstrate their understanding

Expected outcomes for students include:

The application of their learning through novel and non-traditional methods


PLC Focus: 016 - Benchmark Assessment System Grade 2

Audience: GEHMS Grade Two Teachers and Support

Coordinator: Diane Marques (DMarques@crec.org)

Session Location: GEHMS

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

calibrate scoring of the BAS, analyze and interpret results and use the Literacy Continuum to plan lessons in response to assessment

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

inform instruction using assessment data in order to plan whole class, small group and individual teaching opportunities.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Participating in lessons that are planned and targeted for their individual needs.


PLC Focus: 017 - Integrating Technology to Maximize Learning

Audience: GEHMS STEM and Media Specialists

Coordinator: Hiroe Vestergaard (hvestergaard@crec.org)

Session Location: GEHMS Library

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

collaborate and plan technology integrated lessons which enhance student learning.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

design technology and literacy integrated projects which require students to use critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity, and communication skills.

Expected outcomes for students include:

They will be able to use technology to demonstrate their understanding of the subject areas.


PLC Focus: 018 - 3rd Grade NGSS Science, Social Studies, and Writing Integration

Audience: GEHMS Grade 3, Science, Social Studies and Writing

Coordinator: Gabrielle Young (gyoung@crec.org)

Session Location: GEHMS Room 209

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

explore and understand the newly developed NGSS Science standards as well as the new Social Studies resources

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

design interactive learning tasks to align Science, Social Studies and literacy instruction

Expected outcomes for students include:

Students will engage in inquiry based lessons utilizing hands on materials, as well as digital and print resources to expand their knowledge of Science, Social Studies and literacy skills.


Academy of Science and Innovation


PLC Focus: 101 – Academy of Science and Innovation MSAP Professional Learning Community
Audience:
All Academy of Science and Innovation Teachers and Staff
Coordinator:
Robert McCain, Lauren Amaturo
Session Location:
Academy of Science and Innovation
Teachers will work collaboratively to…
To develop, implement and monitor a plan for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant.
As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…
Support and participate in all MSAP activities and professional development opportunities that shape the direction of the school over the next five years.
Expected outcomes for students include:
Increase in student achievement and mastery of theme based learning standards.


International Magnet School for Global Citizenship


PLC Focus: 025 - NAEYC Professional Learning Community

Audience: Pre-kindergarten teachers

Coordinator: Courtney Sugarman (csugarman@crec.org)

Session Location: International Magnet School Room 217

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

These sessions will focus on the NAEYC site visit. If at the time of the session the site visit has not occurred, teachers will review and prepare for the site visit. For sessions that occur after the site visit, teachers will reflect on the visit and create next steps for improving practice.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

participate in/reflect upon a successful NAEYC site visit.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Teachers will understand what will be evaluated during the site visit. They will be prepared to demonstrate understanding of the NAEYC indicators and what constitutes proficiency for each indicator. Post visit, teachers will reflect on the process, and begin next steps for improvement of the preschool program.


PLC Focus: 026 - Units of Inquiry

Audience: PYP teachers

Coordinator: Katy Twyman (ktwyman@crec.org)

Session Location: IMS

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

to design units of inquiry that are inquiry based and encourage students to take action. Learning engagements are highly motivating and related to worldly events.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

create transdisciplinary units of inquiry that address all standards and improve student engagement and questioning.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Richer conversation, deeper questions, and more enthusiasm.


PLC Focus: 027 - Benchmark Assessment grade 2

Audience: IMS grade 2 & 3 teacher and support

Coordinator: Jennifer Paneccasio (jpaneccasio@crec.org)

Session Location: IMS

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

calibrate scoring of BAS, analyze and interpret results and use the Literacy Continuum to plan lessons in response to assessment

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

inform instruction using assessment data in order to plan whole class, small group and individual teaching opportunities

Expected outcomes for students include:

Participating in lessons that are planned and targeted for their individual needs


Metropolitan Learning Center


PLC Focus: 100 – MLC MSAP Professional Learning Community
Audience:
All MLC Teachers and Staff
Coordinator:
Sasha Douglas
Session Location:
MLC
Teachers will work collaboratively to…
To develop, implement and monitor a plan for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant.
As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…
Support and participate in all MSAP activities and professional development opportunities that shape the direction of the school over the next five years.
Expected outcomes for students include:
Increase in student achievement and mastery of theme based learning standards.


Montessori Magnet School


PLC Focus: 029 - NAEYC and Alignment and supplementing of MPC/LPC with Montessori Materials

Audience: Primary Teachers at Montessori Magnet School

Coordinator: Lyndsey Russell (lrussell@crec.org)

Session Location: Montessori Magnet School Room 162

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Meet all expectations of NAEYC in preparation for their site visit, Review and study district wide assessments and compile Montessori material alignment as needed.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Complete NAEYC classroom portfolios, create and use checklists for MPC assessments using organic data collection, align and create Montessori language materials to support new F & P reading assessment and LPC.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Increase the number targeted language materials available to students. Support students independent work in math and language. Student data collected in a natural setting rather than pull aside and give MPC assessment 1:1.


PLC Focus: 030 - Montessori and Common Core

Audience: Montessori teachers (lower and upper)

Coordinator: Jessica Nikirk (jnikirk@crec.org)

Session Location: Room 149 Montessori

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Integrate common core standards with Montessori lessons and materials

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Know which lessons and materials should be used to support geography, history, and science standards

Expected outcomes for students include:

Having hands on material work with each standard


Museum Academy


PLC Focus: 031 - Authentic Assessment related to Social and Emotional Development

Audience: Pre-K Museum Teachers

Coordinator: Kelly Cleary (kcleary@crec.org)

Session Location: Museum Academy Room 163

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Form a social and emotional assessment for our Pre-K students.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Implement a social and emotional assessment for our Pre-K students starting next school year.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Targeting social and emotional intelligence for our Pre-K students.


PLC Focus: 032 - Connecting the Related Arts through the Museum Theme

Audience: Related Arts teachers at Museum Academy

Coordinator: Yessenia Guzman (yguzman@crec.org)

Session Location: Museum Academy, Room 230 (we can rotate as needed)

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

develop lessons that will connect the museum theme being taught in the classrooms to the disciplines of related arts (music, art, PE, Spanish), as well as coming up with ideas for exhibition night projects.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

have a rough draft of ideas that can guide how to incorporate the related arts into the exhibition night events at Museum Academy.

Expected outcomes for students include:

The completion of artifacts to be displayed during exhibition nights that connect the museum theme to the related art disciplines.


PLC Focus: 033 - Curriculum Integration & Unit Planning

Audience: Gr. K-5 ELA Teachers at Museum Academy

Coordinator: Aixa Couvertier-Nesmith (acouvertier@crec.org)

Session Location: Museum Academy

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Become familiar with current and new literacy resources; choose which resources most closely align with intended student learning outcomes; integrate content area requirements into literacy unit planning

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Plan units that tie in multiple curricular resources

Expected outcomes for students include:

Improved content area knowledge and literacy skills


Public Safety Academy


PLC Focus: 102 – PSA MSAP Professional Learning Community
Audience:
All PSA Teachers and Staff
Coordinator:
Jeff Larson
Session Location:
PSA
Teachers will work collaboratively to…
To develop, implement and monitor a plan for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant.
As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…
Support and participate in all MSAP activities and professional development opportunities that shape the direction of the school over the next five years.
Expected outcomes for students include:
Increase in student achievement and mastery of theme based learning standards.


Reggio Magnet School of the Arts


PLC Focus: 035 - NAEYC Accreditation and Reflection

Audience: Reggio PK Teachers

Coordinator: Kristen Fruchtenicht (kfruchtenicht@crec.org)

Session Location: Reggio PK4 Studio

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

focus on the NAEYC site visit. Preparing classrooms for the site visit and making sure we are ready to the best of our ability. If the visit has already occurred, we will reflect on the process and create the next steps for improving practice related to NAEYC standards.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

participate in/reflect upon a successful NAEYC site visit.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Teachers will understand what will be evaluated during the site visit. They will be prepared to demonstrate understanding of the NAEYC indicators and what is considered proficiency for each indicator. Post visit, teachers will reflect on the process, and begin next steps for improvement of the preschool program.


University of Hartford Magnet School


PLC Focus: 036 - NAEYC completion of portfolios

Audience: UHMS PK teachers

Coordinator: Janine Chapdelaine (jchapdelaine@crec.org)

Session Location: UHMS PK Classrooms

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

complete NAEYC portfolios

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

meet NAEYC criteria

Expected outcomes for students include:

DAP classroom environment


PLC Focus: 037 - Creating a Culturally Responsive School Community

Audience: UHMS staff only

Coordinator: Kim Lukiwsky (klukiwsky@crec.org)

Session Location: UHMS

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Examine their individual biases and engage in meaningful discussions. (The book Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools will be used to initiate discussions)

Analyze the current climate of the school and identify areas for improvement.

Determine strategies for improving cultural competence in the school and develop a plan for successful implementation.

Reflect on the effectiveness of the strategies and make modifications as needed.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Build a stronger rapport with all of their students and families.

Teach in a more culturally responsive manner.

Expected outcomes for students include:

A more culturally responsive learning environment for all students.


PLC Focus: 038 - UHMS SPED Planning/Collaboration

Audience: UHMS SPED Staff

Coordinator: Julie Phillips (jphillips@crec.org)

Session Location: UHMS Conference Room

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

share meaningful information regarding students learning profiles and social emotional skills, and reflect on individual teaching strategies and practices.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

provide more meaningful, targeted, and individualized instruction

Expected outcomes for students include:

Increased student success with academics and social skills


PLC Focus: 039 - F & P preparation and higher-level questioning lessons/practices to boost comprehension - especially during class Grand Conversations

Audience: First Grade team at UHMS

Coordinator: Aline Vincenzo (avincenzo@crec.org)

Session Location: UHMS Room 108

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

create higher-level questioning lessons and rubrics for read aloud books.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Provide opportunities for students to practice higher-level responses similar to those required in the new F & P assessments. Scoring the comprehension-related questions for the F & P testing books will demonstrate greater uniformity and less subjectivity.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Relevant skills and strategy-formed guided reading groups


PLC Focus: 040 - Unpacking Essential Resources

Audience: The UHMS Kindergarten Team

Coordinator: Taryn Moss (tmoss@crec.org)

Session Location: UHMS

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Teachers will unpack and plan unit around the following new resources presented to the kindergarten team. Nancy Boyle’s Closer Reading , Jen Seravallo’s Reading Strategies Book, Verbalizing and Visualizing (V and V) program and Counting Collections building number sense

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Implement new resources into daily teaching and units of study to enhance student learning.

Expected outcomes for students include:

These new resources will provide teachers the opportunity to; build early literacy skills, comprehension skills, build their number sense while differentiating for all learners.


ELEMENTARY                                                                                        


Preschool


PLC Focus: 041 - Enhancing Language Development in Early Childhood Classrooms

Audience: Preschool teachers, Kindergarten Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists

Coordinator: Owen-Mishou, Beth/Vincenti, Jamie (bowenmishou@crec.org/jvincenti@crec.org)

Session Location: Ana Grace Academy of the Arts, Rm 159

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Develop lessons which promote language development and early literacy. The "Books are for Talking Too" book as well as the "Buddy Bear" and "Matt and Molly" programs will be utilized.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

access resources and contextual assessments to promote language and literacy development.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Improved verbal language use in the classroom and at home. Improved early literacy skills.


Kindergarten – Grade 5


PLC Focus: 042 - Classroom Organization for Overall Student Achievement

Audience: Elementary

Coordinator: Sarah Hayes (shayes@crec.org)

Session Location: Ana Grace Rm 216

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

identify organizational strategies to create a classroom environment of independence for students. As well as creating a culture for learning and respect for classroom materials and others.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

organize, design and implement classroom layouts/procedures that are functional for both students and adults. This will help establish a culture for learning and lead to higher academic and behavior achievement.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Students will be able to grow academically and behaviorally by independently using the classroom and understanding procedures.


PLC Focus: 045 - Technology User Group

Audience: Elementary / Reggio or others interested in learning more about tech use in the classroom

Coordinator: Marcy Clewes (mclewes@crec.org)

Session Location: Reggio

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Focus on specific technologies which will enhance teacher productivity and student engagement.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Implement new resources in their teaching to support 21st century learners.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Students will experience higher engagement, collaboration, critical thinking, and be more prepared for next level learning.


PLC Focus: 046 - Implementing Writing Strategies for Differentiation

Audience: Grades 1-5, Departmentalized writing teachers

Coordinator: Diane Leja (dleja@crec.org)

Session Location: Discovery Academy- Room to TBD

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

analyze current writing units and understand the different strategies that can be used to meet the needs of the students

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Provide students with explicit targeted writing instruction that are embedded in the writing units.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Apply strategies in daily writing and overall improve writing ability.


Grade Specific Kindergarten – Grade 5


PLC Focus: 047 - Curriculum Work Study

Audience: Kindergarten Teachers

Coordinator: Amy Ruder (aruder@crec.org)

Session Location: International Magnet School

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

A work study will give Kindergarten teachers the opportunity to review student work and data and implement goals that will enhance student performance. This time will also be utilized to create differentiated centers and learning tasks based on the data collected.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

A work study will give Kindergarten teachers the opportunity to review student work and data and implement goals that will enhance student performance. This time will also be utilized to create differentiated centers and learning tasks based on the data collected.

Expected outcomes for students include:

- Improved student performance using the differentiated centers that we make


PLC Focus: 048 - Using the Seesaw App in a Kindergarten Classroom

Audience: Kindergarten Teachers

Coordinator: Jill Dunn (jdunn@crec.org)

Session Location: Discovery Academy Room 204

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Use seesaw as a way to communicate with families as well as using it for gathering assessment data throughout our day.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Use the students seesaw portfolio to share the students work with parents as well as using it as evidence for formative assessment.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Using the seesaw app students will be able to show work that directly connects to the learning objectives and assessments.


PLC Focus: 049 - Word work stations in alignment with Fundations

Audience: First grade, Fundations Level 1

Coordinator: Lisa Silva (lsilva@crec.org)

Session Location: GEHMS room 112

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

create supplemental lessons & activities aligned with the Level 1 Fundations program, design parent/school communications for student progress and at home support.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

implement and utilize Fundations supplemental activities with their first grade classes, they will also be able to communicate with families specific learning needs of their child.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Differentiated Fundations activities to best meet their needs, enhanced communication with their families will lead to stronger school home connection for learning.


PLC Focus: 050 - Literacy Book Talks using: · Nancy Boyle’s Closer Reading · Jen Seravallo’s Reading Strategies Book

Audience: Grade 2 teachers

Coordinator: Pam Daigle (pdaigle@crec.org)

Session Location: UHMS room 115

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

to read and discuss book(s) in order to explore implementing reading strategies

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

increase their teaching repertoire to improve student reading skills

Expected outcomes for students include:

Using new strategies to improve their reading skills


PLC Focus: 051 - Vocabulary Unit Planning

Audience: Grades 2-5

Coordinator: Michelle Carini (mcarini@crec.org)

Session Location: Reggio, room 213

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

creative meaningful vocabulary lessons, focusing on Tiered vocabulary, to assist in greater student vocabulary acquisition.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Implement vocabulary lessons to differentiated groups of students to assist in vocabulary acquisition.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Literacy vocabulary acquisition to assist in daily learning and SBAC assessments.


PLC Focus: 052 - Number Talks Planning

Audience: Grade 3

Coordinator: Jaime Knowles (jknowles@crec.org)

Session Location: Discover Academy

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Plan Number Talks that align with the Math Implementation Guide

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Implement Number Talks with fidelity as part of the math block routine.

Expected outcomes for students include:

An increase in flexible thinking and greater number sense.


PLC Focus: 054 - TenMarks Introduction

Audience: Grades 3-5 Math

Coordinator: Ushawnda Mitchell (umitchell@crec.org)

Session Location: Museum Academy

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

become familiar with and implement TenMarks to improve student achievement in math, create and customize differentiated learning and use data reports to track student progress and drive instruction.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

implement rigorous math content including assignments, assessments, and lessons and use data and technology to better support all students in meeting the common core standards in math.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Conceptual understanding through the principles of inquiry-based learning, engage students in deep rigorous content and improve overall math achievement.


PLC Focus: 055 - Preparing for SBAC: Math and ELA

Audience: Third - Fifth Grade teachers

Coordinator: Melissa Miller (mmiller@crec.org)

Session Location: Reggio Magnet School, Room 221

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

reflect on SBAC experiences, review previous years SBAC scores, review SBAC block assessments that have been given in order to focus instruction on the needs of the students, prepare instructional materials that will prepare students for SBAC

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

deliver focused instruction that meets the rigor of SBAC

Expected outcomes for students include:

Higher achievement on SBAC and they will receive personalized instruction


PLC Focus: 056 - Using nonfiction text to build vocabulary

Audience: grades 3, 4 & 5

Coordinator: Michele Johnson (mjohnson@crec.org)

Session Location: UHMS

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

We will work together to sort and review school resources to identify nonfiction text materials that match grade level science topics.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Teachers will be able to use identified materials with students receiving intervention to build understanding of content vocabulary.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Students will develop an increased understanding of content vocabulary and gain access to reading material at their instructional reading level that matches grade level content.


SECONDARY                                                                                        


Math


PLC Focus: 059 - Planning for Success on SBAC in the Math Intervention Setting

Audience: Math Interventionists

Coordinator: Sarah Moulton (smoulton@crec.org)

Session Location: Two Rivers Middle - Room 231

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

design lessons that embed mathematical questions similar to the format of those on district and State assessments, incorporate problem-solving strategies, and allow for growth in communication skills in order to promote success on SBAC.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

routinely incorporate rigorous questions in the classroom that allow students to demonstrate their learning at higher levels.

Expected outcomes for students include:

increased comfort level on district and State assessments, as well as a demonstration of growth in performance on such assessments.


PLC Focus: 060 - Mathematical Mindsets creating a math class where students persevere

Audience: Middle School Math Teachers

Coordinator: Marnie Lopriore (mlopriore@crec.org)

Session Location: TRMMS Room 242

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

develop lessons that will allow for all students regardless of level to approach math in a newer way (where mistakes can be made and learned from) and in a manner in which students can explore and make sense of concepts in terms they understand and relate to.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

meet students in smaller groups, have less direct instruction and create an environment where students learn to love math.

Expected outcomes for students include:

appreciating math, learn math at their pace and understanding level, have more of a positive growth mindset when it comes to math class.


PLC Focus: 061 - Study of Multi-variable Calculus Curriculum

Audience: Upper level high school math teachers

Coordinator: Elizabeth Kupiecki (ekupiecki@crec.org)

Session Location: Room 238, AAE HS/MS

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

engage in the study of multi-variable calculus lessons developed by Duane Jones. As a member of an MAA special interest group, Duane will discuss the MAA’s current thinking on what to teach in high school beyond AP Calculus. This will allow members of the PLC to engage in conversations about the scope and goals of high school mathematics.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

be better prepared for the teaching of advanced mathematics at the high school level. Additionally, through the study of Duane's lessons, teachers will garner increased insight into mathematics lesson design and presentation for all levels of high school math courses.

Expected outcomes for students include:

increased opportunity for future exposure to advanced mathematics as well as increased opportunity to engage in lessons which are designed with higher level mathematics in mind.


Science


PLC Focus: 064 - Implementing NGSS-aligned Curriculum PLC

Audience: 6th/9th grade Teachers of new NGSS-aligned courses

Coordinator: Julie Christianson (jchristianson@crec.org)

Session Location: Aerospace 6-12

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

design three-dimensional instruction to increase students ability to conceptualize science.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

implement new curriculum to meet expectations for teaching and learning.

Expected outcomes for students include:

creating models, constructing explanations, engaging in argumentation.


PLC Focus: 066 - Collaborating with NGSS Units

Audience: 7th grade Science Team

Coordinator: Anja Pennell (apennell@crec.org)

Session Location: Will vary between schools

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Discuss the newly implemented NGSS in Life Science.

Discuss learning strategies associated with the new Science and Engineering Practices aligned with the NGSS.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Improve their instructional practice by discussing effective teaching strategies

and common assessments with colleagues who teach the same subject and content.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Improved common learning experiences and effective ways to track their learning.


PLC Focus: 067 - 8th Grade Science PLC

Audience: 8th Grade Science Teachers

Coordinator: Jennifer Balnis/

Nicole Ciccerelli (jbalnis@crec.org; nciccarelli@crec.org)

Session Location: Rotate between Middle Schools

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

integrate NGSS practices into curriculum, design lessons, share practices.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

design lessons

Expected outcomes for students include:

increased student achievement.


PLC Focus: 069 - Chemistry PLC

Audience: Chemistry Teachers Districtwide

Coordinator: TBD

Session Location: GHAAHS

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Refine practices in teaching Chemistry toward NGSS

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Collaborate to effectively plan for instruction in Chemistry

Expected outcomes for students include:

Increased Chemistry performance


Social Studies


PLC Focus: 071 - AP Humanities/ SAT Collaboration

Audience: 11th-12th grade AP/ History and English teachers

Coordinator: Elizabeth Sinesi (esinesi@crec.org)

Session Location: AAE High School (Rm 342) ,- 1101 Kennedy Rd. Windsor, CT

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

share resources, lesson ideas, and data to inform instruction

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

become more strategic in their lesson planning and alignment, as well as integrate SAT prep into lessons.

Expected outcomes for students include:

more strategies and tools for analysis and practice


English Language Arts


PLC Focus: 071 - AP Humanities/ SAT Collaboration

Audience: 11th-12th grade AP/ History and English teachers

Coordinator: Elizabeth Sinesi (esinesi@crec.org)

Session Location: AAE High School (Rm 342) ,- 1101 Kennedy Rd. Windsor, CT

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

share resources, lesson ideas, and data to inform instruction

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

become more strategic in their lesson planning and alignment, as well as integrate SAT prep into lessons.

Expected outcomes for students include:

more strategies and tools for analysis and practice


PLC Focus: 072 - Mastery Based Learning

Audience: Middle School Writing Teachers

Coordinator: MaryBeth Lipman (mlipman@crec.org)

Session Location: Two Rivers Magnet Middle School Room 255

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

discuss, workshop, and plan Mastery Connect lessons and trackers

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Assess students progress appropriately based on Standards Based Grading

Expected outcomes for students include:

Better understanding of where they are academically.


PLC Focus: 074 - Best Practices in Secondary Reading Comprehension Interventions

Audience: MS & HS Literacy Intervention Teachers

Coordinator: Niti Lindsay (nlindsay@crec.org)

Session Location: Two Rivers Magnet Middle School RM 330

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Use the Design Thinking Process to synthesize and interpret current research and resources available to continue the development of reading comprehension instructional strategies that are grounded in research, address the needs of the intended students and schools, and can be implemented and progress-monitored with fidelity.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Strengthen the reading comprehension interventions currently being implemented across the district.

Expected outcomes for students include:

~Increase in reading comprehension skills through targeted interventions ~Increase transfer of literacy skills when reading comprehension is needed to succeed

~Increase in student confidence and independence


Standards Based Grading


PLC Focus: 072 - Mastery Based Learning

Audience: Middle School Writing Teachers

Coordinator: MaryBeth Lipman (mlipman@crec.org)

Session Location: Two Rivers Magnet Middle School Room 255

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

discuss, workshop, and plan Mastery Connect lessons and trackers

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Assess students progress appropriately based on Standards Based Grading

Expected outcomes for students include:

Better understanding of where they are academically.


PLC Focus: 075 - Making the Shift to Standards Based Grading

Audience: This session is designed for teachers at the middle school level who are transitioning to the standards based grading model.

Coordinator: Andria DeAngelis & Lauryn Conti (adeangelis@crec.org ; lconti@crec.org)

Session Location: Alternating between Arts Middle & Two Rivers Middle

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Implement standards based grading and the use of Mastery Connect into daily instruction. Create collaborative rubrics to use across grade levels & subjects.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Effectively transition to the standards based grading model and better utilize the Mastery Connect platform

Expected outcomes for students include:

Comprehensive transition to standards based learning. Ability to better suit students needs through the use of data gathered through Mastery Connect.


THEME COACHES                                                                                


WORLD LANGUAGE                                                                                


PLC Focus: 077 - Spanish curriculum map from k-12

Audience: Spanish Teachers K-12

Coordinator: Elke Hernandez (Ehernandez@crec.org)

Session Location: GHAA

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Come up with an actionable curriculum map to present to admin and to change curriculum in Spanish 1 so it is not so repetitive

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Know where students should be performing at by level

Expected outcomes for students include:

Will continually progress in their language learning .


PLC Focus: 078 - Elementary WL Curriculum

Audience: Elementary WL Teachers

Coordinator: Kelly Ruelas (kruelas@crec.org)

Session Location: TBD

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

continue toward to the goal of completing CREC World Language curriculum templates for individual grades and units.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

have resources, activities and lessons in one document to be used district-wide.

Expected outcomes for students include:

growth in World Language through consistent and well developed lessons and relevant resources and activities.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION, ART, and MUSIC                                                                


PLC Focus: 080 - Music Teachers Collaborative

Audience: CREC Music Teachers

Coordinator: Liz Reed-Swale (ereedswale@crec.org)

Session Location: Two Rivers Middle School

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

develop the elementary, middle and high school general music and instrumental music curricula and plan the 2018 CREC Music Festival.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

use the national standards, new summative and formative assessments to drive their lesson plans.

Expected outcomes for students include:

an amazing collaborative experience during the 2018 CREC Music Festival, and engaging in weekly lessons that are standards-driven.


PLC Focus: 081 - Professional Practice for Art Teachers

Audience: Visual Arts Educators

Coordinator: Rebecca Peabody (rpeabody@crec.org)

Session Location: Various

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Develop professionally as Artists who teach. We will work together to study historical and current artists and movements, and to create current and relevant artwork.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Bring practices into the classroom that they have studied. Teachers will "practice what they preach" by spending time making their own art to share with students and create connections, by studying art historical references, new and old, to introduce to students.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Respect for teachers as practicing artists. Access to new and current resources, techniques and content through the teachers continued learning. Community connections to local artists.


PLC Focus: 082 - Physical Education and Health Collaboration

Audience: All Physical Education and Health Teachers

Coordinator: James Fogarty (jfogarty@crec.org)

Session Location: Two Rivers Middle School

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

demonstrate different instructional methods and activities to fully engage students in the curriculum and enhance their essential skills in relation to physical education.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Implement new instructional strategies and activities to promote student engagement and learning.

Expected outcomes for students include:

increased participation and engagement, as well as knowledge of physical education and use of critical thinking skills.


SPECIAL EDUCATION and RELATED SERVICES                                                        


 PLC Focus: 041 - Enhancing Language Development in Early Childhood Classrooms

Audience: Preschool teachers, Kindergarten Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists

Coordinator: Owen-Mishou, Beth/Vincenti, Jamie (bowenmishou@crec.org/jvincenti@crec.org)

Session Location: Ana Grace Academy of the Arts, Rm 159

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Develop lessons which promote language development and early literacy. The "Books are for Talking Too" book as well as the "Buddy Bear" and "Matt and Molly" programs will be utilized.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

access resources and contextual assessments to promote language and literacy development.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Improved verbal language use in the classroom and at home. Improved early literacy skills.


PLC Focus: 083 - Psychological Evaluation Procedures

Audience: School Psychologists

Coordinator: Melissa Faienza (Mfaienza@crec.org)

Session Location: University of Hartford Magnet School

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Discuss comprehensive psychologicals developed by the school psychologist, various assessments used, as well as consult on counseling cases.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Identify comprehensive psychologicals and work together to develop strategies for difficult counseling cases.

Expected outcomes for students include:

To improve social emotional outcomes.


PLC Focus: 084 - Curriculum writing for elementary school counseling

Audience: Elementary school social workers

Coordinator: Jill Soucy (jsoucy@crec.org)

Session Location: TBD

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Develop lesson plans to supplement 2nd Step curriculum for classroom teachers as well as to use during social skill counseling groups. Lessons will be geared to elementary age students. Topics may target anger management, expected and unexpected behaviors, and peer interaction skills.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Lesson plans will be available to teachers to utilize during the 2nd Step curriculum time. These plans will also be shared with other Crec elementary school social workers and behavior interventionists, where there is a lack of curriculum available. Lessons will be based on social stories, the social thinking curriculum, and short movie clips.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Providing supplemental lessons to classroom teachers will maximize the time allotted to 2nd Step throughout the year. It will also ensure that all students will partake in social skill lessons in order to enhance social-emotional learning throughout the elementary school level. An increase in social skill lessons and exposure for all students, as opposed to just those receiving counseling services, will result in fewer school behaviors overall.


PLC Focus: 085 - Case Conference for Challenging Students

Audience: Middle and High School Social Workers and School Counselors

Coordinator: Jocelynn Nelson (jtnelson@crec.org)

Session Location: Two Rivers Middle School - East Hartford

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

help peers problem solve on their most challenging student cases in efforts to help those students and families accesses the highest level of academic success possible.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

gather new resources or ideas and implement them immediately upon returning to their schools.

Expected outcomes for students include:

being better able to manage their emotions, become better at effectively communicating with peers and staff, being more accessible to the learning environment.


PLC Focus: 087 - Developing Learning Goals and Strategies for All Learners

Audience: Middle School Special Education Staff using Standards Based Reporting-Two Rivers Middle

Coordinator: Sarah Seals (sseals@crec.org)

Session Location: Two Rivers Middle

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

create a developmental continuum in the areas of literacy and numeracy.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

utilize continuums in the regular education classrooms to better plan for our students not at grade level.

Expected outcomes for students include:

being more engaged in the classroom working at levels that are developmentally appropriate at their independent level.


LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALISTS                                                        


PLC Focus: 088 - LMS PLC

Audience: CREC Library Media Specialists

Coordinator: Cheryl Dowling (cdowling@crec.org)

Session Location: To Be Determined

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

share best practices, to participate in curriculum-based webinars, to identify key aspects of future-ready school libraries, to review and evaluate digital literacy/citizenship resources and to investigate tech tools, apps and resources.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

work to integrate technology where applicable, to use available resources to engage and promote student learning, to maintain school web pages, etc.

Expected outcomes for students include:

increasing student engagement and learning, helping students to become successful, competent and safe digital citizens.


PLC Focus: 103 - Speech-Language Relevant School Based Issues

Audience: CREC Speech and Language Pathologists

Coordinator: Erin Kaiser (ekaiser@crec.org)

Session Location: Discovery Academy

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

expand our knowledge base of working with a variety of school based issues as they relate to speech-language pathology.  These may include but not be limited to early intervention practices across the district, specific domains within speech-language (i.e. articulation, fluency, comprehension, AAC, etc.), as well as professional issues (i.e. trauma and communication, SLP-A, etc).

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

implement additional strategies into our practices and learn the latest research regarding articulation, fluency, comprehension, grammar, AAC, etc.  Clinicians will also discuss pertinent professional issues that include the changing role of the SLP in schools (i.e. EIP, reading instruction, behavior, etc.) as well as trauma and communication.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Implementation of treatment strategies that are based on the most recent research (i.e. apraxia and articulation), clearer distinction of the roles of the SLP to better provide student services and maximize student growth, better able to meet student needs in the area of trauma and communication.

EL TUTORS and TEACHERS                                                        


PLC Focus: 089 - Reading Comprehension Strategies for EL/Special Ed

Audience: grade K-4

Coordinator: Patrick Jones (pjones@crec.org)

Session Location: Aerospace Elementary School

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Teachers will work collaborate to embed Comprehension Toolkit lessons within Reader's Workshop, Balanced Literacy as well as science and social studies.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Will collaborate to plan strategy lessons to be used as additional resources for integrating EL/Special Education/Tier I classroom instructions using the Comprehension Toolkit

Expected outcomes for students include:

The students will be able to transfer the specialized skills (Monitor Comprehension, Activate and Connect, Ask Questions, Infer and Visualize, Determine Importance and Summarize and Synthesize) in to Tier I classroom learning.


GENERAL SESSIONS                                                        


PLC Focus: 091 - Computer Science Instruction

Audience: CS Teachers or those who integrate cs work into their subject

Coordinator: Heather Sutkowski (hsutkowski@crec.org)

Session Location: AAE 245

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

develop a more solid understanding of various computer science education/computer programming K-12.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

develop curriculum/lesson plans, learn about new resources, robots, and tools, and discuss the latest developments on state legislation around computer science.

Expected outcomes for students include:

access CS at all grade levels, develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.


PLC Focus: 093 - Using art to develop a growth mindset

Audience: All

Coordinator: Brittany Plummer (bplummer@crec.org)

Session Location: Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, Art Room 204

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Create and design projects as a way to develop growth mindset in students and accept that mistakes and failures are part of the learning process. Teachers will explore the relationship between mindsets and student creativity.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Have an understanding of growth mindset and be able to provide a classroom for nurturing continual positive growth mindset, and help students accept and understand that mistakes and failure are part of learning.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Students who believe their abilities can be improved are more likely to persist and take on new challenges. Students are also more likely to take risks, and accept and learn from their mistakes and failures.


PLC Focus: 095 - Reality Pedagogy for Urban Educators

Audience: Middle and High school teachers

Coordinator: Norman Grabowski, Ph.D. (ngrabowski@crec.org)

Session Location: GHAA High School Room 1044

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

discuss the concepts presented in the book "For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood and the Rest of Y'all Too" by Christopher Emdin

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

apply the discussed concepts in a way that works for them.

Expected outcomes for students include:

improved behavior, increased learning and understand and more active participation in the class.


PLC Focus: 096 - Mindful BookWorms: Book Study Integrating CREC core Values and Mindfulness Practices

Audience: Counselors, MS/HS teachers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Speech/Language

Coordinator: Cheryl Sansone & Ashley Caceres (csansone@crec.org & acaceres@crec.org)

Session Location: Two Rivers Magnet Middle School

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

Develop strategies to implement values of equity, courage, and excellence in their work with children. This will be done through book study and mindfulness practices. Our first book will be For White Folks who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y'all Too by Christopher Emdin. Please read the book prior to the first PD session.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

Recognize their own bias and develop practices that help actively implement our core values.

Expected outcomes for students include:

Students will benefit through teachers increased self awareness and creative approaches to integrating these core values. Teachers will have tools to teach mindfulness activities into their classrooms.


PLC Focus: 098 - Developing Changemakers Using the Ashoka Framework

Audience: Teacher teams from any  CREC schools

Coordinator: Sarah Fitzsimons

Session Location: TBD

Teachers will work collaboratively to…

create opportunities for students to develop their skills as changemakers in authentic ways. Designed for teams of educators including those who participated in the Ashoka Changemaker pilot last year and new teachers interested in participating for the first time. Ashoka Changemaker staff will provide education, guidance, and support around implementing the Changemaker Education framework of Problem Solving, Empathy, Teamwork and Leadership.

As a result of this learning, teachers will be able to…

develop and implement best practices and “how-to” strategies that could be shared with teachers around the country who believe in the “everyone a changemaker” ethos.

Expected outcomes for students include:

empowering students to be agents of change.


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