Featured Events

Meaningful Mathematics: Geometry

Date: Apr 19, 2017 - Apr 20, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $50.00, Non-GRECC members: $50.00

Description:

GRREC is pleased to present Meaningful Mathematics: Geometry for 6-8 educators of mathematics. This learning experience provides a deep study of the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) of mathematics with a focus on the Standards for Mathematical Practice and Vertical Progressions of geometry. We will explore strategies using a variety of tools and approaches that will support the development of a culture that fosters a love of learning mathematics.  This professional learning was developed to support teachers in meeting the needs of all students with a focus on struggling math learners.

Learning Targets:

  • Experience and learn strategies that will deepen content knowledge and pedagogy
  • Learn strategies for developing a culture that fosters a love of learning mathematics

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

 

Meaning Mathematics Fractions

Date: Mar 14, 2017 - Mar 15, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $50.00, Non-GRECC members: $50.00

Description:

GRREC is pleased to present Meaningful Mathematics: Fractions for grades 3-5 educators of mathematics. This learning experience provides a deep study of the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) of mathematics with a focus on the Standards for Mathematical Practice and Vertical Progressions of fractions. We will explore strategies using a variety of tools and approaches that will support the development of a culture that fosters a love of learning mathematics.  This professional learning was developed to support teachers in meeting the needs of all students with a focus on struggling math learners.

Learning Targets:

  • Experience and learn strategies that will deepen content knowledge and pedagogy
  • Learn strategies for developing a culture that fosters a love of learning mathematics

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Contact Rebecca Gaddie at rebecca.gaddie@grrec.org with any questions.

Kagan Cooperative Learning: Structuring for Active Engagement

Date: Jun 21, 2017 - Jun 22, 2017

Time: 830 - 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 Active Engagement for special education and general education teachers and school administrators at all grade levels. 

  • Create full student engagement with Kagan Structures—simple, yet powerful, cooperative learning instructional strategies. 
  • Transform your teaching and student learning with strategies supported by a large body of scientific research, and proven effective in countless classrooms, schools, and districts. 
  • Learn how easy it is to use teamwork and pairs to create a greater level of engagement than you imagined possible to engage ALL students, even your reluctant learners. 
  • Reduce discipline problems by using cooperative learning strategies that engage all students. 
  • Improve students' social skill development through use of structures that are cooperative and interactive.                                        

Learn easy ways to use Kagan Structures as a part of every lesson, creating greater engagement, deeper understanding of the content, improved retention, and greater liking for class and content.  Kagan will give you the Seven Keys to unlock the door to successful cooperative learning.  If you want more fun in teaching, highly engaged students who love your classroom, and elevated test scores, this workshop is for you!

Rob Jutras has had the opportunity to have taught at elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Kagan Structures transformed his instruction and provided his diverse student population academic and social success. After being a Nationally Certified Trainer for Kagan for more than three years and a brief hiatus, Rob has returned, looking forward to helping teachers find the ease in which using structures transform student achievement. His passion, enthusiasm, and sense of humor provide his participants wonderful workshop opportunities.

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Contact Kelly Davis at kelly.davis@grrec.org with any questions.

This event is currenty at or above capacity.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Date: Feb 23, 2017 - Feb 23, 2017

Time: 8:00 - 4:00 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Kathy Maciel, Behavior Consultant -- Lisa Loague, GRREC Instructional Specialist

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

Description:

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and provides overview of common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and/or self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Learning Targets:

  • Learn a five-step action plan to help youth with mental health or substance use problems.
  • Understand how to provide help to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves through an approach similar to traditional First Aid and CPR.
  • Enhance knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and how to connect people with appropriate care, using Mental Health First Aid as an evidence-based prevention tool.

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Contcct Kathy Maciel at kathy.maciel@grrec.org or Lisa Loague at Lisa.loague@grrec.org wth any questions.

PPMHSC The Power of Mindsets and Resiliency

Date: Mar 28, 2017 - Mar 28, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

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

Description:

The PPMHSC Partners and GRREC are pleased to offer a day with Dr. Robert Brooks as we move the work of Interconnecting Mental Health in Schools forward. He will present on two topics, "Strategies for Nurturing Motivation and Resilience in Challenging Youth," and "Can We Take Care of Youth if We Don't Take Care of Ourselves?" Using "mindsets" as a central concept, Dr. Brooks will describe the mindset and strategies of educators and mental health professionals who are effective in reaching and teaching youth.  He will not only give us tools to be effective with challenging youth, but will describe a specific framework with techniques for developing stress hardiness and resilience in order to promote our own physical and emotional well-being.  His talks are filled with practical, realistic suggestions and he is renowned for the warmth and humor he uses to bring his insights and anecdotes to life.  GRREC consultants, Randi Womack and Rebecca Gaddie, will conclude by leading us on how to actively implement these concepts in our current work.

Learning Targets:

  • Learn specific interventions for nurturing motivation, learning, self-discipline, caring, hope and resilience in youth.
  • Increase awareness of lifestyle changes that lead to focusing on "personal control" vs. expending time and energy on situations over which we have little or any influence.

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Contact Kathy Maciel at kathy.maciel@grrec.org with any questions.

See the Sound - Visual Phonics

Date: Jun 27, 2017 - Jun 28, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $50.00, Non-GRECC members: $50.00

Description:

The Special Education Division of the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative is pleased to offer See the Sound – Visual Phonics training.  See the Sound – Visual Phonics is a system of 46 unique hand cues and symbols that represent the sounds of English.  It is a somewhat simplified, visual, kinesthetic version of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).  Participants will learn a hand cue for each of the 46 sounds in English.  Each hand cue is associated in some way with the production of the particular sound.  See the Sound – Visual Phonics benefits students who read below grade level in general or special education settings, children in early education programs, at-risk readers, students who are deaf or hard or hearing with any degree of hearing loss, and students learning English as a second language.

How Does See the Sound-Visual Phonics Help?

  • See the Sound-Visual Phonics is the first step to reading, as sound (not the alphabet) is the root of language, and it is easy to use. Once a student has learned it, s/he has a powerful tool to learn basic literacy and communication skills. Most beginning readers learn it more quickly than other methods. Many “remedial” readers can learn it in a few weeks.
  • See the Sound-Visual Phonics helps students pronounce and understand words so quickly that almost from the beginning, comprehension, not decoding, becomes the natural focus of reading.
  • See the Sound-Visual Phonics is cost effective and can be incorporated into almost any traditional reading program to create a comprehensive curriculum.

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Contact Kelly Davis at kelly.davis@grrec.org with any questions.

This event is currenty at or above capacity.

Igniting Mathematical Thinking in the Intermediate Classroom

Date: Jun 21, 2017 - Jun 21, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Kim Estes, GRREC Math Consultant

Cost: GRECC members: $250.00, Non-GRECC members: $500.00

Description:

Getting students engaged in mathematics can be challenging.  Getting students to think mathematically can be even more challenging!  Join Mathematics Instructional Specialists, Sheri Brittenham and Kim Estes, along with Educational Technology Consultant, Terri Stice as they model strategies for igniting the mathematical thinking in your students. This informative series of workshops is designed to provide participants with tools to help students think through and make sense of the math, develop mathematical literacy, or numeracy, and help students learn to generate questions to monitor and repair understanding, predict and infer, reason with numbers, and become numerate thinkers. The effective use of technology will allow the learners opportunities to make their thinking visible. 

During this institute, participants will:

  • Gain foundational knowledge of strategies to raise student comprehension in math
  • Experience student-centered tasks with embedded strategies to promote mathematical thinking
  • Learn to utilize technology to deepen learning experiences
  • Acquire practical ways to incorporate thinking strategies into their classrooms
  • Leave with sample lessons and answers to the question, “How can I do this in my math class…tomorrow?”

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For questions, contact Kim Estes at (270) 563-2113 or e-mail  kim.estes@grrec.org

Language and Mechanics: Teaching Grammar in Context

Date: Feb 27, 2017 - Feb 27, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

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

Cost: GRECC members: $25.00, Non-GRECC members: $50.00

Description:

The GRREC Exceptional Children Division is pleased to offer this 1-day workshop for special education and general education teachers of grades 3-12 in the GRREC region.

Learning Targets:

  • To review English language skills, grammar, usage, and mechanics rules
  • To review English language requirements of standardized exams
  • To learn strategies and activities to help students analyze and practice effective use of standard language skills
  • To guide teachers in creating their own grammar in context lessons using their upcoming text assignments

Bring (or be able to access) upcoming reading assignments. During the workshop, participants will apply strategies to texts they are planning to use in upcoming classes, leaving with ready-for-the-classroom grammar in context lessons and activities.

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Contact Angie Gunter at (270) 563-2113 or angie.gunter@grrec.org with any questions.

Makerspace II - February

Date: Feb 22, 2017 - Feb 22, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $75.00, Non-GRECC members: $150.00

Description:

The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative is pleased to offer this one-day training for teachers and library media specialists interested in creating a functional Makerspace in their school or classroom. Investigate the nuts & bolts of different types of setups, and explore a variety of technology tools that can help bring your Makerspace to life. Enjoy an e-textile “Make-n-Take” and leave with your very own flickering LED hair bow or bowtie – guaranteed to help “light up your life!”

In this training, participants will:

  • Envision a Makerspace plan to meet your students’ needs and best utilize your physical space.
  • Explore technology tools such as 3D printers, MaKey MaKeys, Little Bits, Squishy Circuits, LilyPad Arduinos and more.
  • Learn basics of online tools and apps such as TInkerCAD, Aurasma (augmented reality) and kid-friendly computer coding programs.
  • Experience Breakout EDU, an engaging learning tool that works across multiple content areas.

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Contact Jennifer Sheffield at jennifer.sheffield@grrec.org with any questions.

Science Doubleheader: Planning Science Units with the NGSS & Preparing for the Solar Eclipse

Date: Mar 08, 2017 - Mar 08, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Jennifer Sheffield, GRREC Consultant -- Melissa Harris, National Stem Cell Scholar -- Rico Tyler, WKU

Cost: GRECC members: $75.00, Non-GRECC members: $150.00

Description:

The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative is pleased to offer this unique one-day “Doubleheader” science training.

Session A – Planning Science Units with the NGSS: Conversion to the Next Generation Science Standards has been a struggle for many science teachers. Understanding the three-dimensional approach to science instruction is key to effectively making this transition. Join Melissa Harris as she demystifies how to read and implement the NGSS standards, and walks participants through the step-by-step process of planning a unit centered around science phenomena. Time will be provided for teachers to develop their own lessons.

Session B – Preparing for the Solar Eclipse: The Solar Eclipse is coming! On August 21, 2017, a large swath of South Central Kentucky will be directly in the path of totality – truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Even if your school is not in line for the total eclipse, a partial eclipse will still be visible. Make sure you’re prepared to take advantage of the learning opportunities connected to this amazing natural phenomena. Join Rico Tyler and Jennifer Sheffield for ideas for school-based events and a wealth of dynamic lesson plans appropriate for all grade levels.

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Contact Jennifer Sheffield at jennifer.sheffield@grrec.org with any questions.

KASHRM Boot Camp - HR Directors

Date: Mar 07, 2017 - Mar 07, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

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

Description:

The Kentucky Association of School Human Resources Managers (KASHRM) invites you to participate in a one-day Boot Camp designed for HR Directors.

Sessions include: Tools for the HR Toolbox, FMLA, Tenure Law and roundtable topic discussions.

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Breakfast and lunch will be provided and EILA credit will be available.

Contact Craig Cassady at craig.cassady@grrec.org or Jennifer Wooley at Jennifer.wooley@bullitt.kyschools.us with any questions.

KASHRM Boot Camp - Administrative Staff

Date: Mar 07, 2017 - Mar 07, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

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

Description:

The Kentucky Association of School Human Resources Managers (KASHRM) invites you to participate in a one-day Boot Camp designed for HR Administrative Staff.

Sessions include: Hire to Retire – Best Practices for Employee Management Software, FMLA, MUNIS and roundtable topic discussions.

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Breakfast and lunch will be provided and EILA credit will be available.

Contact Craig Cassady at craig.cassady@grrec.org or Jennifer Wooley at Jennifer.wooley@bullitt.kyschools.us with any questions.

Coaching Teams in a Culture of Innovation

Date: Mar 23, 2017 - Mar 23, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:00 CT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $250.00, Non-GRECC members: $300.00

Description:

No individual can do what WE can do together. Teams have potential to solve problems in challenging contexts. Building on the foundation of two excellent resources—Elena Aguilar’s The Art of Coaching Teams and Cristina Bianchi and Maureen Steele’s Coaching for Innovation (provided for each participant)—we will look at strategies to cultivate a culture of learning and innovation as played out in the context of effective teams in your environment.  

Learning Targets:

  • Identifying the dimensions of effective teams
  • Developing a culture of trust and innovation (“bigger thinking”)
  • Identifying organizational conditions to support your district/school improvement plan
  • Identifying coaching skills, tools and models that you can use to generate creativity and innovation

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Contact Donna Link at donna.link@grrec.org with any questions.

Low Incidence: CCR-AA Unit Planning

Date: Mar 23, 2017 - Mar 23, 2017

Time:

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Jessica Purchis, GRREC Consultant

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

Description:

The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative is pleased to offer a follow-up to the fall EFAS-AA unit planning session for High School Low Incidence teachers.  This session is to continue the work started this fall.  Participants should have attended the fall session prior to attending this session.

This session will allow High School Low Incidence teachers to plan and develop units of study, share resources, and plan for work-based learning in their classrooms.  Participants should come prepared to create and share units of study, lesson plans, and activities.  Laptops will be needed.

Learning Targets:

  • Participants will review standards work that was done in the fall
  • Participants will work together to develop units of study for the new Career Work Experience Certification courses
  • Participants will preview new items available in the GRREC lending library related to transition

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Contact Jessica Purchis at jessica.purchis@grrec.org with any questions.

Student-Focused Transition Planning

Date: Mar 30, 2017 - Mar 30, 2017

Time: 12:30 - 3:30 EDT

Location: Cecilian Bank

Presenters: ,

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

Description:

The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative is pleased to offer Student-Focused Transition Planning. Student-Focused Transition Planning is a process-oriented approach to empowering students with disabilities. Student-Focused Transition Planning involves the development of methods and resources to guide facilitators in intensive post-secondary transition planning to assist individuals in identifying and pursuing their goals and dreams.

In order to best implement this process, a team approach is recommended.

Learning Targets:

  • Participants will apply a procedure to ensure student’s goals and dreams are at the center of transition planning.
  • Participants will identify students on caseloads who may need a more intensive level of transition planning.
  • Participants will develop an action plan for implementation and sharing of Student-Focused Transition Planning procedures and strategies with other special education teachers in their district.

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Contact Katelin King at katelin.king@grrec.org with any questions.

Student Directed IEP

Date: Mar 30, 2017 - Mar 30, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM EDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

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

Description:

The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative is pleased to offer training on Student Directed IEP.  Student Directed IEP is a range of methods, strategies, and approaches that are designed to provide support to students with disabilities in participating in the IEP process to the maximum extent possible.  This training is appropriate for Special Education Teachers at ALL grade levels.

Learning Targets:

  • Participants will apply a procedure to ensure student involvement, ownership, and decision making in the IEP Process.
  • Participants will develop an action plan to train other staff members on the Student Directed IEP process.
  • Participants will develop an individualized framework for immediate implementation.

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For information or questions, contact Jessica Purchis or Katrinka Wagoner by phone at 270-734-2011 or 270-404-5389.

GRREC & KET Education Media Arts Day

Date: Mar 22, 2017 - Mar 22, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:00 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $10.00, Non-GRECC members: $10.00

Description:

GRREC is pleased to partner with KET Education to provide this exciting K-8 professional learning experience focused on developing a quality Media Arts program for your school. 

As teachers we want our learners to use their imaginations, creative processes and experience, both inside and outside of the arts.  Media artists are able to plan, organize and develop creative ideas and models into process structures to achieve desired end products. In addition, the media arts integrates beautifully into various contents allowing opportunities for students to present, share, and distribute their works throughout various authentic contexts.

Participants Will:

  • Learn best practices and tips when working with capturing audio, lighting, interviewing and basic video production 
  • Learn about a plethora of tools to add to your Media Arts toolkit
  • Engage in conversation with a panel of educators composed of primary, intermediate, and middle school teachers regarding their work to design a quality Media Arts program in their schools

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Contact Terri Stice at terri.stice@grrec.org with any questions.