Featured Events

Developing a Conceptual Understanding of Fractions: Grades 3-5 with Materials

Date: Feb 08, 2017 - Feb 08, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Rebecca Gaddie, Consultant

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

Description:

Thie registration includes 3 days of profesional learning and resource books and manipulatives.

Three days of professional learning (October 26-27 and February 8) on how to provide this deep conceptual understanding that can serve as the pathway for students to be college and career ready. Participants will be actively engaged while expanding their personal “toolkits” of depth of understanding, ideas, and instructional strategies.

Participants will:

  • Discover how to teach for deeper conceptual understanding of mathematical content
  • Explore a progression of fractional thinking as developed in the Kentucky Academic Standards
  • Learn strategies to increase student participation and discourse through intentional planning
  • Experience rich tasks in a learner-centered environment  
  • Focus on the process of mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving to illustrate accurate and efficient ways to solve fraction computation problems

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

 

Developing a Conceptual Understanding of Fractions: Grades 3-5 without Books & Manipulatives

Date: Feb 08, 2017 - Feb 08, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Randi Womack, Math Consultant -- Rebecca Gaddie, Consultant

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

Description:

Thie registration, at a reduced cost, includes 3 days of profesional learning (does not include resource books and manipulatives).

Three days of professional learning (October 26-27 and February 8) on how to provide this deep conceptual understanding that can serve as the pathway for students to be college and career ready. Participants will be actively engaged while expanding their personal “toolkits” of depth of understanding, ideas, and instructional strategies.

Participants will:

  • Discover how to teach for deeper conceptual understanding of mathematical content
  • Explore a progression of fractional thinking as developed in the Kentucky Academic Standards
  • Learn strategies to increase student participation and discourse through intentional planning
  • Experience rich tasks in a learner-centered environment  
  • Focus on the process of mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving to illustrate accurate and efficient ways to solve fraction computation problems

Click here to download further information.

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

Student-Centered Social Studies Strategies: Middle School/High School

Date: Jan 26, 2017 - Jan 26, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Dr. Jana Kirchner, Instructional Supervisor, Simpson County Schools

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

Description:

Effective teachers know the importance of engaging students, integrating literacy strategies in content lessons, and designing inquiry lessons that embed critical thinking, but what does that look and sound like in a social studies classroom? Join us and experience strategies for moving from a teacher-centered to a more student-centered social studies classroom.

Attendees will participate in a variety of lessons that illustrate these topics:

  • Teaching social studies using inquiry practices
  • Planning lessons using 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.

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

Meaningful Mathematics: Algebraic Thinking

Date: Feb 15, 2017 - Feb 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

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

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

Description:

GRREC is pleased to present Meaningful Mathematics: Algebraic Thinking 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 algebraic thinking. 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 wiith any questions.

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

Click here to download further information.

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

Click here to download further information.

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.

Makerspace II

Date: Jan 26, 2017 - Jan 26, 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:

This trainng is full.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE FEBRUARY 22, 2017 SESSION.

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.

Click here to download further information.

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

 

 

This event is currenty at or above capacity.

Designing Quality Media Arts Tasks for K-8 Students

Date: Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 21, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Terri Stice, GRREC Director of Instructional Technology

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

Description:

GRREC is pleased to offer Designing Quality Media Arts Tasks for K-8 Students.  This is a professional learning experience based on Media Arts Standards and focuses on the Kentucky Program Review perspective of allowing opportunities for student demonstration of understanding beyond a paper-and-pencil test. 

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 integrate beautifully into various contents allowing opportunities for students to present, share, and distribute their works throughout various authentic contexts.   

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Contact Terri Stice at terri.stice@grrec.org or Jennifer Sheffield at jennifer.sheffield@grrec.org with 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.

Click here to download further information.

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.

Developing a Meaningful Problem of Practice

Date: Jan 31, 2017 - Jan 31, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

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

Description:

Dr. Stefanie Reinhorn from Harvard University will be at GRREC to train school leaders and teachers in “Developing a Meaningful Problem of Practice” to help drive Instructional Rounds.  This day will highlight the importance of getting the POP “right” and having the most effective Instructional Rounds possible to assist in moving the school forward.   

L2L Grant schools, use L2L for the purchase order number.

Cliick here to download further information.

Contact Kyle Cassady at 270-563-2113 or kyle.cassady@grrec.org with any questions.

 

Igniting Mathematical Thinking in the Intermediate Classroom

Date: Feb 09, 2017 - Feb 09, 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

Regional Science Collaborative: TCT Post-Task Analysis & The Nature of Science

Date: Feb 13, 2017 - Feb 13, 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:

This Regional Science Collaborative meeting will provide support for science teachers with the third phase of KDE’s Through Course Task (TCT) process: post-task calibration and analysis of student work. This session will act as a follow-up to the initial meeting on January 12. Teachers will have the opportunity to reconvene in regional PLCs to review and discuss student work with others who implemented the same TCTs, and create a plan for next steps in the classroom. Participants will also delve deeper into the concept of “how science works” and explore strategies to uncover and address common student misconceptions.  All K-12 teachers responsible for science instruction in the GRREC region are welcome to attend; participation in the initial training is not required.

Professional learning opportunity will include:

  • Time embedded to complete the third cycle of KDE’s new Science Through Course Task (TCT) formative assessment process in small groups.
  •  Analysis of student work from specific TCTs in regional PLCs of same grade level/content area teachers.
  • Exploration of strategies to uncover misconceptions and help students with the scientific sense-making process.
  • The opportunity to connect in a meaningful way with other science teachers from around the region.

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

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.

Click here to download further information.

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