Featured Events

Kagan Cooperative Learning

Date: Jun 22, 2016 - Jun 24, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:45 CT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $750.00, Non-GRECC members: $750.00

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!

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

Math Instructional Coaching

Date: Jul 11, 2016 - Jul 13, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Dr. Maggie McGatha, University of Louisville

Cost: GRECC members: $750.00, Non-GRECC members: $1,100.00

Description:

Instructional Supervisors, Administrators, Curriculum Coordinators, Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders are invited to participate in a six-day professional learning institute designed to help educators develop the knowledge and skills to coach K-12 teachers specifically around mathematics.

You are registering for all six days: March 8, 9, July 11, 12, 13, and September 27, 2016

As a result of engaging in this institute, participants will:

  • Learn how to structure professional planning & reflecting coaching conversations
  • Demonstrate mediation skills & coaching capabilities including paraphrasing and questioning
  • Develop awareness of shifts in classroom practice that support teachers in helping students demonstrate the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Increase their capacity to support teachers in meeting their professional growth goals connected to Kentucky’s Framework for Teaching (TPGES):

 

Registration deadline is February 25, 2016.

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

 

 

The Power of Self-Directed Evaluation Conversations

Date: Jun 29, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 2:30

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Dr. Maggie McGatha, University of Louisville

Cost: GRECC members: $150.00, Non-GRECC members: $300.00

Description:

GRREC is pleased to offer a two-day professional learning event designed to help administrators develop the skills and knowledge to coach teachers and other professionals during the evaluation process.

As a result of engaging in this institute, participants will:

  • Learn how to structure professional conversations by applying tools of Cognitive CoachingSM to the evaluation process
  • Understand how evaluation can support self-directedness
  • Demonstrate mediation skills & coaching capabilities, including paraphrasing and questioning
  • Increase confidence in using evaluation as an opportunity to support professional growth
  • Understand evaluation in the context of other support functions
  • Increase their capacity to support teachers and other professionals in meeting their professional growth goals connected to Kentucky’s Framework for Teaching (TPGES and OPGES)

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

Modified Orton-Gillingham Reading Instruction

Date: Jul 14, 2016 - Jul 15, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Kim Cooper, Resource Specialist, Fayette County Public Schools

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

Description:

The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative is pleased to offer this two-day interactive training that will teach you the basics of Orton-Gillingham, a multi-sensory reading program.  Orton-Gillingham helps build a strong phonics foundation while also working on phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

Learning Targets:

  • Participants will be able to assess their students and start them at the appropriate place in the program
  • Participants will know and be able to demonstrate the 3-part drill
  • Participants will know how to introduce a new phoneme
  • Participants will know how to teach a red word

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Contact Betsy Madison at betsy.madison@grrec.org with any questions

This event is currenty at or above capacity.

Promoting Positive Mental Health in our Schools and Communities

Date: Jun 27, 2016 - Jun 28, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 4:00 CST

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

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

Description:

GRREC, LifeSkills, and Rivendell are pleased to offer this 2-day mental health conference for participants from the field of education, mental health, and the juvenile judicial system in our region.  The focus will be on developing regional, shared comprehensive resources and service delivery for children with behavioral/mental health needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify warning signs, prevalent issues, and services for students/clients in need of mental/behavioral health interventions
  • Identify relevant, evidence-based interventions to address needs of students and clients
  • Develop awareness of common language, services, and supports to families, schools, and community providers in our region through cross-system partnerships
  • Learn how to engage families through value acceptance and understanding

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

 

Thinking Strategies for Middle/High Students

Date: Jun 29, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Barb DeGraaf, Reading/Language Arts Instructional Specialist -- Betsy Madison, Literacy Consultant

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

Description:

The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative is pleased to offer this two-day training appropriate for middle and high school teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators, and school administrators.

This course will show you how to create a culture of thinking in your classroom.  You will learn how to teach students Thinking Strategies that good readers use to increase understanding when reading, speaking, and listening as they interact with text and other learners.

Learning Targets:

  • To integrate the Thinking Strategies into classroom instruction so that students become increasingly independent using the strategies as they meet the Common Core Standards
  • To recognize the difference between a culture of knowing and a culture of thinking
  • To identify the components of the gradual release model and the purpose of each so that teachers can plan instruction that leads to student understanding and use of each Thinking Strategy

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Contact Barb DeGraaf at barb.degraaf@grrec.org with any questions.

Autism & ABA: An Introduction to Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)

Date: Jul 20, 2016 - Jul 21, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Debra Myers, GRREC School Psychologist

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

Description:

The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative Special Education Division is pleased to present Autism & ABA:  An introduction to Discrete Trial Teaching on Wednesday and Thursday, July 20-21, 2016.

In this session, characteristics of autism and the more prominent interventions or evidence-based practices (EBPs) in the area of autism will be briefly reviewed.  The session will primarily focus upon Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Discrete trial teaching (DTT) interventions that schools are more frequently being asked to provide for students with autism.  Participants will have an introduction to general ABA procedures as they pertain to effective interventions.  A description of both verbal behavior and mass trial strategies will be provided with conditions on when to use.  Day 1 will focus on specific DTT strategies and teaching methods.  Day 2 will focus upon what to teach and specific curriculum tools.    Note: Must attend Day 1 to attend Day 2.

Participants will be provided with an introduction to several of the EBPs that are essential to the success of a Discrete Trial program. The learning objectives include:

  • Awareness of the twenty-seven EBPs for ASD
  • Identifying the basic components of DTT format
  • Identifying the seven key principles of ABA to teach using DTT procedures
  • Awareness of curriculum guides that may assist in using discrete trial methods
  • Identifying the behavior classification of language based upon verbal behavior
  • The importance of data collection and analysis to improve instruction

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

This event is currenty at or above capacity.

Google More Than a Search Engine

Date: Jul 07, 2016 - Jul 07, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Terri Stice , Director of Instructional Technology & Support Services

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

Description:

GRREC is pleased to offer Google More Than A Search Engine.  This is a professional learning experience design for the teacher just beginning to explore the use of Google Apps for Educators.  The learning focuses on big ideas about applying Google’s suite of free tools to transform teaching and learning.  This high energy and hands on workshop will explore Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, Forms, YouTube in the Classroom, Chrome and more! 

Bring your own laptop or Chromebook.

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

 

This event is currenty at or above capacity.

KY Behaviior Tracker for PASS Programs

Date: Jul 21, 2016 - Jul 21, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Kathy Maciel, Behavior Consultant

Cost: GRECC members: $0.00, Non-GRECC members: $100.00

Description:

Kentucky PASS programs have been using KY Behavior Tracker, (aka BehaviorPlus™, EdPlan Behavior) to collect student behavior data.  Data collected allows educators to develop plans, monitor student performance, and manage data to support results-driven instruction at the individual, district, and state levels. We will also be looking at a more structured key of values for each Behavior Resolution in order to be more consistent across the region, as well as complete a fidelity activity to improve consistency of monitored progress.

Morning Session:  KY Behavior Tracker How To’s and walk-through of new features

Afternoon Session: Analyzing data, program set-up, advanced reporting on student data.  Please bring any student data/information to be entered.  The afternoon will be used to finalize and refine set-up and program components for your PASS program, so please bring any needed materials. 

Audience:  KY Behavior Tracker Administrators and PASS Coaches/Paraprofessionals using this software.  Please send at least one person from each district who can share changes with users.

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

A Focus on Feedback - Using Scoring Guides/Rubrics

Date: Jul 27, 2016 - Jul 27, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $150.00, Non-GRECC members: $300.00

Description:

GRREC is pleased to present A Focus on Feedback- Using Scoring Guides/Rubrics. The seminar provides an opportunity for teachers and leaders to learn the “why” and “how” of scoring guide/rubric creation and implementation. Participants will engage with the facilitator, Lisa Almeida, each other and the work as they revisit the power of implementing high quality scoring guides/rubrics.

Objectives…

  • Participants will explore the research on effective feedback
  • Participants will examine the benefits of rubrics for students and teachers including how to use rubrics to improve-revise work
  • Participants will learn how to design a rubric, as well as revise a rubric(s) to create more specific and aligned feedback
  • Participants will create content specific rubrics that can be used immediately with students

Participants should bring a fully charged laptop and 2-4 samples of rubrics used in their classroom.

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Contact Melissa Biggerstaff at melissa.biggerstaff@grrec.org with any questions.

FBA to BIP for EBD and Autism

Date: Jul 18, 2016 - Jul 18, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $25.00, Non-GRECC members: $100.00

Description:

An appropriate Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is a systematic process for developing statements that hypothesize identified factors that contribute to the occurrence and maintenance of problem behavior.  More importantly, the FBA serves as a basis for developing proactive and comprehensive Behavior interventions and plans.  The BIP addresses needed environmental changes or supports and includes evidence-based practices that match the function of a student's behavior.  The afternoon session will include evidence-based interventions and practices for students with Emotional Behavioral Disabilities and Autism and how to implement with fidelity.

Learning Targets:

  • Participants will identify critical steps for conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Participants will learn the essential components needed for a clear, effective BIP based on a FBA
  • Participants will learn how to individualize behavioral interventions for their students with emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Participants will learn the how to individualize behavioral interventions for their students with Autism

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

 

GRREC Crisis Recovery Team Training

Date: Jul 18, 2016 - Jul 18, 2016

Time:

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Dr. Nancy Bertuleit, Consultant -- Tim Murley, GRREC Consultant

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

Description:

The GRREC Crisis Recovery Team responds to crisis situations in our region to offer additional resources to support district and school personnel. We invite those who are interested in being part of this team to join current members to discuss the general background, procedures and techniques of the Crisis Recovery Team.

This training is required for those desiring to participate with GRREC in districts in a time of need. 

Click here to download further information.

Contact Tim Murley at tim.murley@grrec.org with any questions.

Making it Happen: Builidng Mathematicians in the Primary Classroom

Date: Jun 30, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

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

Cost: GRECC members: $50.00, Non-GRECC members: $100.00

Description:

Have you ever wondered how to juggle meeting the needs of every student in your math classroom? Making it happen can sometimes seem like a challenge. In this professional learning session, we will explore a process for making learning more meaningful for your students and a framework to help you manage the fun of math in your classroom.  

Hear from first grade teacher, Kate Wintuska, about her students’ adventures in guided math.  She will share what guided math looks like in her classroom including launching guided math, centers, math journals, and tools for building independence in young learners.  You will receive a copy of Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction by Laney Sammons.

Learning Targets:

At the end of this 6-hour session, participants will have a foundational understanding of the following:

• How to teach math conceptually

• How to build a classroom learning community

• How to manage differentiating instruction

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Contact Randi Womack at randi.womack@grrec.org with any questions.

This event is currenty at or above capacity.

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP™)


Date: Jul 28, 2016 - Jul 29, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:15 and 8:30 - 12:00 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Janie Cirlot-New, Presenter

Cost: GRECC members: $0.00, Non-GRECC members: $75.00

Description:

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach designed to give individuals who are non-verbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through the use of a voice output communication device. LAMP was initially developed to give non-verbal individuals with autism a means of communication but can be adapted to benefit individuals with a variety of disabilities. The components of LAMP address the features and vocabulary available on the device as well as the method of teaching communication while taking into account the individual’s sensory needs. Topics to be covered include:

          ►     The 5 components of LAMP: readiness to learn, joint engagement, and pairing a unique and consistent motor plan with auditory output and a natural response

          ►     The role of motor learning in language development and AAC fluency

          ►     Device features that support implementation

          ►     Choosing and teaching vocabulary

          ►     Introduction to the Words for Life AAC iPad app and vocabulary file for PRC devices

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Contact Betsy Flener at betsy.flener@grrec.org with any questions.

 

iPad Accessibility Features in IOS 9

Date: Jul 14, 2016 - Jul 14, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Dr. Betsy Flener, GRREC Consultant

Cost: GRECC members: $0.00, Non-GRECC members: $50.00

Description:

The iPad has been a game changer for students with disabilities.  Each new IOS Software update brings new accessibility features and opens even more doors for students who have challenges.  This training will first provide participants with a demonstration of the unique built-in accessibility features within the iOS 9 Software.  Second, participants will learn about the various accessories including Bluetooth switch interfaces, speakers, cases, keyboards, etc. that work with the iPad and are included in the GRREC lending library.  Third, various switches will be demonstrated along with communication applications that are switch-enabled or that have unique features that make them highly effective. Participants will also learn about how to adapt the iPad with tactile overlays to meet the needs of students who have visual impairments or who learn best with tactile input.

Learning Targets:

  • Identify 5 accessibility features that are built into IOS 9
  • Match features of specific communication apps to students
  • Identify apps that work with various switches
  • Adapt an app for a blind student

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Contact Betsy Flener at betsy.flener@grrec.org with any questions.

Evaluating Students for Assistive Technology Switch Use

Date: Jul 22, 2016 - Jul 22, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

Cost: GRECC members: $0.00, Non-GRECC members: $50.00

Description:

Course Description

Assistive technology can be accessed directly or indirectly by switch, mouse, joystick, eye gaze, or voice. This course will present assessment strategies to determine the optimal switch location and switch type to provide access. A switch site hierarchy will be presented along with clinical indicators for a variety of potential switch locations. A wide array of mechanical and electrical switches will also be discussed, as well as mounting options.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe assessment strategies for determining the best switch site for access to assistive technology

2. Describe clinical criteria for 3 different switch sites

3. List 3 different mechanical switches

4. List 3 different electrical switches

 

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Contact Betsy Flener at betsy.flener@grrec.org with any questions.

Threat Assessment and Crisis Prevention

Date: Aug 17, 2016 - Aug 17, 2016

Time: 9:00 - 12:00 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: ,

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

Description:

About the Training

Participants will be engaged in and provided with the most recent information regarding best practices in the area of threat assessment and risk assessment.  Some information will also be provided regarding effective crisis prevention.  Common risk factors and protective factors will be discussed as well.  Participants will be provided a detailed protocol and current threat assessment practice from a local school system.  Hands-on learning and roleplay will be included.

Learning Targets

  • Participants will become familiar with risk factors, warning signs and protective/resiliency factors of those who may pose a risk to harm themselves/others.
  • Participants will learn about an evidenced based threat assessment process and best practice for crisis preparedness.

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

Wired for Innovation

Date: Jul 19, 2016 - Jul 20, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Terri Stice, GRREC Director of Instructional Technology

Cost: GRECC members: $150.00, Non-GRECC members: $300.00

Description:

One of our roles as educators is to foster innovation and creative thinking skills in ALL students. How can we move our students from consumers of technology to creative contributors? Gain minds-on, hands-on experience with Visible Thinking and Design Thinking strategies, high-interest project-based learning ideas, the setup and use of a school-based MakerSpace, 3D printing and computer modeling, basics of coding, technology applications that support blended learning and much more! Please bring a laptop.

Learning Targets:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of research supporting the importance of fostering students’ creativity
  • Have a better understanding of how Harvard’s Project Zero Visible Thinking and Stanford’s d.school Design Thinking can be used to encourage all thinkers to fully participate in collaborative learning
  • Effectively use different aspects of the Maker Movement and MakerSpace in the classroom or library media center
  • Have a teachers’ toolbox of high-impact technology applications to enhance and extend learning opportunities through a Blended Learning Environment
  • Recognize the different kinds of student engagement opportunities we create for our students

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

Getting Started with Boardmaker® Plus!

Date: Jul 18, 2016 - Jul 18, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:00 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Jackie Williams, Presenter

Cost: GRECC members: $50.00, Non-GRECC members: $75.00

Description:

Boardmaker® Plus! is a powerful tool and the premier software for adapting the curriculum for students with moderate and severe disabilities and for making lessons come to life. With Boardmaker® Plus!, teachers have access to more than 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols™ (PCS) in both color and black-and-white, which are supported in 44 languages. It includes over 350 print templates and sample boards, and 600 interactive sample boards to get you started. Teachers can use them as they are, adapt them to their students' needs, or create their own from scratch. Voice, sound, animation and video capabilities of Boardmaker® Plus! help create lively on-screen activities that engage students and make learning fun. Also, activities with Boardmaker® Plus! are switch accessible.

In this training, teachers will learn the following:

  • The different types of activities that can be created such as visual schedules, worksheets, quizzes, interactive books, communication books, learning games etc.
  • Working with boards and their appearance
  • Working with Symbols and Buttons
  • Working with Symbolate and paint tools
  • Adding symbols and basic button actions
  • Creating a main board
  • Resources including activities created by others and support in using Boardmaker® Plus!

Click here to download further information.

Contact Betsy Flener at betsy.flener@grrec.org with any questions.

The Basics of Boardmaker® Online

Date: Jul 27, 2016 - Jul 27, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:00 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Jackie Williams, Presenter

Cost: GRECC members: $50.00, Non-GRECC members: $75.00

Description:

Boardmaker® Online is a tool for delivering personalized instruction for students with moderate and severe disabilities. With Boardmaker® Online, one can create, save, share and find activities created by others.  The following are some unique features:

  • Create activities from a template or from scratch
  • Upload activities and share with others
  • Track student progress
  • Access activities from a Windows or Mac Computer, iPad, or Tobii Dynavox T-Series Device
  • Adjust accessibility options for a student
  • Print activities

During this presentation, participants will:

  • Learn the basic features of Boardmaker® Online
  • Learn how to work with buttons and edit symbols
  • Learn how to create activities from an on-screen interactive activity template or from scratch

Participants will also have the opportunity to create a book and an additional activity.  A final part of the presentation will be a demonstration of the Boardmaker® Online app for iPad and the many online resources available to teachers.

Click here to download further information.

Contact Betsy Flener at betsy.flener@grrec.org with any questions.

 

PGES Boot Camp 2016

Date: Aug 24, 2016 - Aug 24, 2016

Time: 8:30 - 3:30 CDT

Location: GRREC Office and Training Facility

Presenters: Dr. Robyn R. Jackson, Presenter

Cost: GRECC members: $85.00, Non-GRECC members: $170.00

Description:

GRREC is excited to offer PGES Boot Camp 2016! This one-day training opportunity has been planned to help every educator further develop knowledge and expertise as we strive to continue to make improvements in practice in implementing Kentucky’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System with fidelity.

Keynote Presentation by Dr. Robyn R. Jackson

Click here to download further information.

Contact Kellie Thompson at kellie.thompson@grrec.org with any questions.