Featured Events

Kagan Cooperative Learning: Structuring for Active Engagement June 2018

Date: Jun 12, 2018 - Jun 13, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $400.00, Non-GRECC members: $400.00

Description:

GRREC is pleased to present Kagan Cooperative Learning: Structuring for Academic Engagement for teachers and administrators of all grade levels. Kagan Structures, which are supported by a large body of research, are highly effective cooperative learning strategies designed to create full engagement for all students. In this two-day session, participants will learn easy ways to use Kagan Structures as a part of every lesson, creating greater engagement, deeper understanding of content, improved retention, and greater liking of class and content.  If you want more fun in teaching, highly engaged students who love your classroom, and elevated test scores, this workshop is for you!

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Contact Amanda Turner at amanda.turner@grrec.org with any questions.

Meaningful Mathematics: Geometric Thinking Module

Date: Jan 23, 2018 - Jan 24, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 3:00 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Jennifer Clemmons, Math Consultant -- Randi Womack, Math Consultant

Cost: GRECC members: $75.00, Non-GRECC members: $75.00

Description:

You are registering for A Progression of Geometric Thinking.

The Conceptual Building Blocks Academy offers an opportunity for teachers to build new understandings by making connections between the language in the standards and the rich experiences that develop a deep understanding.

Learning Targets:

  • Have a better understanding of how to build an effective mathematical culture of learning.
  • Experience and learn strategies that will deepen content knowledge and pedagogy.

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Contact Jennifer Clemmons at jennifer.clemmons@grrec.org with any questions.

 

Student-Centered Social Studies Strategies: Elementary School

Date: Feb 13, 2018 - Feb 13, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $100.00, Non-GRECC members: $200.00

Description:

Effective teachers know the importance of engaging students, integrating literacy strategies, and designing inquiry lessons that embed critical thinking, but what does that look and sound like in social studies?  Join us and experience strategies for moving from a teacher-centered to a more student-centered social studies classroom.  On day 1, attendees will participate in a variety of lessons that illustrate these topics:

  • Teaching social studies using inquiry practices
  • Research-based social studies strategies
  • Locating quality sources and resources

Teachers will need to bring a future lesson or unit topic and join with grade-level peers to plan strategies and locate resources on that topic. On the follow-up day 2, teachers will share strategies tried and sources used in their classrooms and how they impacted student learning.  

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Contact Amanda Turner at amanda.turner@grrec.org or Melissa Biggerstaff at melissa.biggerstaff@grrec.org with any questions

Student-Centered Social Studies Strategies: Middle School

Date: Feb 15, 2018 - Feb 15, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $100.00, Non-GRECC members: $200.00

Description:

Effective teachers know the importance of engaging students, integrating literacy strategies, and designing inquiry lessons that embed critical thinking, but what does that look and sound like in social studies?  Join us and experience strategies for moving from a teacher-centered to a more student-centered social studies classroom.  On day 1, attendees will participate in a variety of lessons that illustrate these topics:

  • Teaching social studies using inquiry practices
  • Research-based social studies strategies
  • Locating quality sources and resources

Teachers will need to bring a future lesson or unit topic and join with grade-level peers to plan strategies and locate resources on that topic. On the follow-up day 2, teachers will share strategies tried and sources used in their classrooms and how they impacted student learning.   

 

Contact Amanda Turner or Melissa Biggerstaff at (270) 563-2113 or amanda.turner@grrec.org or melissa.biggerstaff@grrec.org with any questions.

Early Childhood Content Training & STEAM Workshop February 2018

Date: Feb 09, 2018 - Feb 09, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Allison Bemiss, GRREC & WKU Center for Gifted Studies -- Jamie Spugnardi, Consultant

Cost: GRECC members: $200.00, Non-GRECC members: $250.00

Description:

This workshop will be a hands-on/minds-on session where teachers, coaches, and administrators will have the opportunity to explore how to increase appropriate challenge and age appropriate real world learning connections through literacy and STEAM investigations.  Educators will also develop an understanding of how the investigations and content builds across the grade levels.  (Ex.  How will creating rockets using recycled materials in the science center relate to engineering and design standards in later grades?) Literacy and STEAM explorations will be designed using the If You Ever Wanted to Take a Circus to the Library, Don’t!  series and other popular early childhood trade books. 

Participants will take home samples using the following strategies:

  • Model lessons and learning stations
  • Thinking stems to increase challenge and literacy
  • Use of standards appropriate to the child’s level of readiness
  • Digital tools to explore coding
  • Minds on materials to inspire innovation, wonder, and problem solving.

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Contact Jamie Spugnardi at jamie.spugnardi@grrec.org with any questions.

Early Childhood Content Training & STEAM Workshop March 2018

Date: Mar 09, 2018 - Mar 09, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Allison Bemiss, GRREC & WKU Center for Gifted Studies -- Jamie Spugnardi, Consultant

Cost: GRECC members: $200.00, Non-GRECC members: $250.00

Description:

This workshop will be a hands-on/minds-on session where teachers, coaches, and administrators will have the opportunity to explore how to increase appropriate challenge and age appropriate real world learning connections through literacy and STEAM investigations.  Educators will also develop an understanding of how the investigations and content builds across the grade levels.  (Ex.  How can I structure a dramatic play center to help children better understand animal adaptations and ecosystems in later grades?) Literacy and STEAM explorations will be designed using the What If You had Ears like an Animal?  series and other popular early childhood trade books. 

Participants will take home samples using the following strategies:

  • Model lessons and learning stations related to various STEAM Careers 
  • Thinking stems and questions to increase challenge and literacy
  • Use of standards appropriate to the child’s level of readiness
  • Digital tools to explore coding
  • Hands on, minds on materials to inspire innovation, wonder, and problem solving.

Click here to download further information.

Contact Jamie Spugnardi at jamie.spugnardi@grrec.org.

Counselors' Connection - February 2018

Date: Feb 01, 2018 - Feb 01, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Kathy Maciel, Behavior Consultant -- Lisa Loague, GRREC PBIS Consultant

Cost: GRECC members: $0.00, Non-GRECC members: $125.00

Description:

Elementary, middle school and high school counselors.

One in four students has been exposed to traumatic events.  These experiences can have a negative impact on student learning.  There is a strong link between childhood trauma and school related problems such as poor academic performance, increased behavioral problems, and higher dropout rates.  This reality calls for school personnel to become knowledgeable and prepared to use the “trauma lens” in understanding children’s responses, and assisting with appropriate interventions.

Join certified Youth Mental Health First Aid and Trauma Informed Care Trainers, Lisa Loague and Kathy Maciel, as they conduct a workshop designed to explore the foundational elements of trauma informed care for educators so that those in school settings can:

• Describe the effects of trauma exposure on students and their behavior

• Identify students who have had been exposed to trauma

• Implement appropriate and effective ways of responding to students with trauma exposure

• Develop and implement goals to help schools become more trauma informed

• Collaborate with community partners to assist students with trauma exposure

 

6 Hours of EILA credit will be available.

 

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Contact Kim Estes at kim.estes@grrec.org with any questions.

Alternate Assessment Participation Guidelines

Date: Feb 01, 2018 - Feb 01, 2018

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Debra Myers, GRREC School Psychologist

Cost: GRECC members: $0.00, Non-GRECC members: $125.00

Description:

Description of training: This session is designed to provide guidance and support to Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) members in the application of the recently revised KY Alternate Assessment Participation Guidelines.  Participants will engage in an in-depth look at each participation criterion and the relevant data and sources of evidence to support each decision.  Teams will have the opportunity to practice determining participation in Alternate Assessment by synthesizing student case study data from various scenarios. 

The KDE Alternate Assessment and Diploma Advisory Group highly recommends anyone who works with a student with a significant cognitive disability to complete the online training modules. The modules can be found at this link: https://learn.hdi.uky.edu/product-category/k-12-special-education/spdg-1-training/  There are 5 online modules and required modules will vary depending upon the school position.

NOTE:  Interested participants must have completed the online training modules and quizzes prior to the session. Participants must bring Certificates documenting completion of each required module with them to the work session. 

Learning Targets:

  • Participants will be familiar with the new AA Participation Guidelines form
  • Participants will learn the appropriate data needed for determining eligibility for Alternate Assessment participation through case study data and practice.

Click here to download further information.

Contact Deb Myers at deb.myers@grrec.org with any questions.

Alternate Assessment Participation Guidelines - Russell County

Date: Feb 12, 2018 - Feb 12, 2018

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 CST

Location: Russell County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium

Presenters: Debra Myers, GRREC School Psychologist

Cost: GRECC members: $0.00, Non-GRECC members: $125.00

Description:

NOTE: This training will be held at the Russell County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium in Russell Springs.

Description of training: This session is designed to provide guidance and support to Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) members in the application of the recently revised KY Alternate Assessment Participation Guidelines.  Participants will engage in an in-depth look at each participation criterion and the relevant data and sources of evidence to support each decision.  Teams will have the opportunity to practice determining participation in Alternate Assessment by synthesizing student case study data from various scenarios. 

The KDE Alternate Assessment and Diploma Advisory Group highly recommends anyone who works with a student with a significant cognitive disability to complete the online training modules. The modules can be found at this link: https://learn.hdi.uky.edu/product-category/k-12-special-education/spdg-1-training/  There are 5 online modules and required modules will vary depending upon the school position.

NOTE:  Interested participants must have completed the online training modules and quizzes prior to the session. Participants must bring Certificates documenting completion of each required module with them to the work session. 

Learning Targets:

  • Participants will be familiar with the new AA Participation Guidelines form
  • Participants will learn the appropriate data needed for determining eligibility for Alternate Assessment participation through case study data and practice.

Click here to download further information.

Contact Deb Myers at deb.myers@grrec.org with any questions.

Alternate Assessment Participation Guidelines - Elizabethtown

Date: Mar 02, 2018 - Mar 02, 2018

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 EST

Location: Cecilian Bank

Presenters: Debra Myers, GRREC School Psychologist

Cost: GRECC members: $0.00, Non-GRECC members: $125.00

Description:

This training will be held at the Cecilian Bank - Hillcrest - Elizabethtown.

Description of training: This session is designed to provide guidance and support to Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) members in the application of the recently revised KY Alternate Assessment Participation Guidelines.  Participants will engage in an in-depth look at each participation criterion and the relevant data and sources of evidence to support each decision.  Teams will have the opportunity to practice determining participation in Alternate Assessment by synthesizing student case study data from various scenarios. 

The KDE Alternate Assessment and Diploma Advisory Group highly recommends anyone who works with a student with a significant cognitive disability to complete the online training modules. The modules can be found at this link: https://learn.hdi.uky.edu/product-category/k-12-special-education/spdg-1-training/  There are 5 online modules and required modules will vary depending upon the school position.

NOTE:  Interested participants must have completed the online training modules and quizzes prior to the session. Participants must bring Certificates documenting completion of each required module with them to the work session. 

Learning Targets:

  • Participants will be familiar with the new AA Participation Guidelines form
  • Participants will learn the appropriate data needed for determining eligibility for Alternate Assessment participation through case study data and practice.

Click here to download further information.

Contact Deb Myers at deb.myers@grrec.org with any questions.

Low Indicence CCR Alternate Assessment

Date: Feb 08, 2018 - Feb 09, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Debra Myers, GRREC School Psychologist

Cost: GRECC members: $0.00, Non-GRECC members: $125.00

Description:

The CCR Alternate Assessment has been piloted and will be implemented into the Kentucky accountability system in 2018-19 school year.  This session will provide an overview of the CCR measures for school high school (HS) teams who serve students with low incidence disabilities.  This training is appropriate for those who have not been previously trained or who would like an update.

Learning Targets:

  • Learn the rationale and purpose for the CCR revisions
  • Identify revised components & measures for CCR for students on AA
  • Understand the process and implementation for CCR
  • Increase awareness of post-secondary opportunities for students on AA
  • Increase understanding of work-based learning options
  • Complete a self-assessment and develop an action plan to prepare for upcoming CCR changes

Click here to download further information.

 Contact Deb Myers at deb.myers@grrec.org with any questions.

Using LDC for Stronger Student Writing

Date: Feb 13, 2018 - Feb 13, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Angie Gunter, GRREC Consultant

Cost: GRECC members: $75.00, Non-GRECC members: $125.00

Description:

You are registering for a 3-day workshop for K-12 special education teachers, content teachers, and instructional coaches. Participants will work with tools provided by the Literacy Design Collaborative and Achieve the Core to strengthen their understanding of the reading-writing connection. They will utilize resources to craft engaging and standards-aligned writing tasks, focus on purposeful sequencing of assignments, and create plans for writing evaluation and effective feedback.

Virtual and face-to-face support will be offered during the semester. On the final workshop day (May 8), teachers will evaluate their writing prompts and representative student culminating task writing samples/presentations. They will then revise or add to their projects for further student success

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Contact Dr. Angie Gunter at angie.gunter@grrec.org with any questions.

Building Student Vocabulary to Build Stronger Writers

Date: Feb 28, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Angie Gunter, GRREC Consultant

Cost: GRECC members: $25.00, Non-GRECC members: $125.00

Description:

The GRREC Exceptional Children Division is pleased to offer this 1-day workshop for K-12 special education teachers, content teachers, and instructional coaches. Participants will explore a variety of teaching strategies to help students build strong vocabulary in all content areas. Teachers will work through a plan to provide students with frequent and varied opportunities to use and think about words, rich information about words and their uses, and make vocabulary instruction memorable, meaningful, and useful.

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Contact Dr. Angie Gunter at angie.gunter@grrec.org with any questions.

Book Baskets: Focusing on the Reading-Writing Connection

Date: Mar 01, 2018 - Mar 01, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Angie Gunter, GRREC Consultant -- Betsy Madison, Literacy Consultant

Cost: GRECC members: $75.00, Non-GRECC members: $125.00

Description:

You are registering for a 3-day workshop for primary and intermediate special education teachers, content teachers, instructional coaches, and media/technology specialists. Participants will work with a standards-based protocol to measure and select appropriately complex texts, develop an engaging topic, work through resources to help them locate appropriately challenging complex texts, learn how to sequence them to systematically increase student skill, vocabulary, and knowledge, and explore electronic resources for use in engaging and adding to the knowledge base of students. 

 Virtual and face-to-face support will be offered during the semester. On the final workshop day (May 1), teachers will evaluate their Book Basket Projects and representative student culminating task writing samples/presentations. They will then revise or add to their projects for further student success.

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Contact Angie Gunter at angie.gunter@grrec.org with any questions.

Effective Feedback to Build Stronger Writers

Date: Mar 06, 2018 - Mar 06, 2018

Time: 830 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Angie Gunter, GRREC Consultant

Cost: GRECC members: $25.00, Non-GRECC members: $125.00

Description:

The GRREC Exceptional Children Division is pleased to offer this 1-day workshop for K-12 special education teachers, content teachers, and instructional coaches. Participants will explore strategies for turning “feedback” for writing into “feedforward” to help students become stronger writers. In this session, teachers will review evidence-based best practice in effective feedback strategy and develop student and teacher resources to use in their classrooms and schools.    

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Contact Angie Gunter at angie.gunter@grrec.org with any questions.