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Foundational Skills for Evaluators 2-Day Professional Learning for Administrators of Teachers
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Foundational Skills for Evaluators 2-Day Professional Learning for Administrators of Teachers


with Sue Palma & Carly Quiros

March 9 and March 18, 2021 (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

The RESC Alliance has updated this professional learning, increasing the focus on high-impact components of the process. The interactive virtual session concentrates on the evaluator’s capacity to observe and analyze teacher performance through the lens of the CT Common Core of Teaching (CCT) and to provide supportive, high quality feedback to teachers. Participants will learn how to use a feedback cycle to collect evidence, analyze the connection to CCT indicators, and help teachers plan for appropriate instructional improvements. They will have opportunities to apply their learning and receive personalized feedback to improve in the effective evaluation of teachers. This professional learning opportunity is intended for new administrators that evaluate teachers or those who want to refresh their skills with observation and providing feedback.

This virtual training includes learning over the course of: 

• Asynchronous learning tasks that can be completed at an educator’s own pace prior to each synchronous (live) session; and 

• Two 2-hour synchronous (live) learning sessions 

Zoom link will be shared after registration.


English/Language Arts Council


with Carly Weiland Quiros

Calendar Mar 10, 2021 at 2 pm

March 10, 2021  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm  (Virtual)

Zoom link will be sent to registered participants prior to the March 10th meeting.

Learn about state updates related to English/Language Arts and share best literacy practices with colleagues from the EdAdvance region.

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Cultural Competence and Educational Equity – 3 hour virtual training - March 18, 2021


with JoAnn Freiberg Jody Lambert

Calendar Mar 18, 2021 at 8:30 am

(Also offered February 23, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm) 

Children/people of color (and special needs) are disproportionately treated inequitably in American society, and what we may see in our society begins in our schools.  In schools, students of color are disciplined, suspended and expelled at far greater rates than their Caucasian peers.  In community settings and in judicial/correctional proceedings, this is also the case. In this session, educators, among others will be introduced to key aspects that are required to become culturally competent adults/educators who embrace and practice equity. This highly interactive workshop includes the exploration of the hierarchy of “Caste” in America, how and why racism and discrimination are so difficult to eliminate (“White Fragility”), the difference between Equity and Equality, the various notions of School Climate, School Culture and the wider Community Culture. In order to map the territory to reach a destination of far more equitable treatment for all, different ideologies of Cultural Diversity will be shared,  as will the relationship between Racism and Discrimination, anti-racist perspectives, the differences between Explicit and Implicit Bias and ultimately, how we can impact our classrooms, schools, workplaces  and all community settings to become truly equitable places to work, learn and socialize led by culturally competent , anti-racist and non-discriminatory individuals who function in institutions free from racism and discrimination.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Toxic Stress/Trauma- 3 hour virtual training - March 18, 2021


with JoAnn Freiberg Jody Lambert

Calendar Mar 18, 2021 at 12 pm

Also offered Febraury 23, 2021, 8:30 am - 11:30 am)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are the largest public health crisis to be identified in the past thirty years. Traumatic childhood experiences (toxic stress/trauma) impact a child’s daily life in the home, in school and the community as they grow. These adversities (injuries) in childhood also impact adult health and wellbeing, often identified as PTSD. Even when children are too young to remember the events (neglect, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, abandonment, violence, etc.), the body never “forgets.” Childhood adversity affects a child’s ability to learn and behave in productive ways by changing brain chemistry and architecture thus impacting their ability to learn and behave “normally” in schools and other settings. And, if not appropriately treated, these injuries impact life and health outcomes into adulthood. All too often, children who are experiencing trauma, neglect and abuse in their homes and communities are identified in schools as having “special needs,” such as ADHD, ODD or EDD when in fact what they are experiencing is actually trauma/toxic stress. These life circumstances cause diminished executive functioning abilities, learning difficulties, and/or misbehavior. Educators, as well as all other adults, need to be keenly aware of this body of research and practical school- home- and community-based remedies in order to mitigate the impact of toxic stress (ACEs) on successful child cognitive and emotional development, including impulsivity, learning difficulties and misbehavior, not to mention diminished physical health outcomes in adulthood. In this workshop, the critically important information about this life- and practice-changing body of research, including ACEs and the ACEs Scale, will be introduced and the clear and present pathways to healing will be presented.

Spring District Facilitator Meeting


with Carly Weiland Quiros

Calendar Apr 5, 2021 at 9 am

April 5, 2021 (9 am - 12 noon)

Learn about state updates related to induction and share best practices for supporting beginning teachers and their mentors.

Virtual - Zoom meeting link will be sent after registering

Full Course

Restorative Practices Virtual Training (2 days) - April 8 & 9, 2021


with JoAnn Freiberg Jody Lambert

Calendar Apr 8, 2021 at 8:30 am

(April 8 & 9, 2021) 

Restorative Practices Virtual Basic Training 

This two-day Basic training in Restorative Practices provides the necessary information for establishing the conditions for developing and nurturing a culture based on high quality relationships among all school community members and positive community building that is trauma-free. This is accomplished by focusing not on rules broken and punitive consequences but rather on the harms done and providing appropriate restorative consequences and the systems that are necessary to repair and support strong relationships among all school community members (students and adults). Working restoratively is a social/relational rather than a behaviorist model. Embracing restorative practices is not a program but rather a way of thinking, being and operating in the day-to-day.  The training includes concrete and practical strategies for establishing the appropriate classroom and school-based routines as well as conducting circles and conferences in primary prevention as well as intervention contexts.


Day 1: Introduction to Restorative Practices 8:30-11:00 & 1:00pm-3:30pm

  • Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships
  • Introduction & Practice Rationale to Restorative Practices
  • Fundamental Hypothesis & Social Discipline Window
  • Educator Teaching Styles
  • Theoretical & Research Base Supporting the Success of Working Restoratively
  • The Restorative Practices Continuum of Strategies/Practices to Implement 
  • Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships

 Day 2: Using Circles Effectively - 8:30am - 11:00am & 1:00pm - 3:30pm

  • Discover how optimally to utilize a wide variety of circles in any setting, With or Without “Talking Pieces”
  • The Current Landscape
  • Restorative/Real Justice, Solving Problems, Managing Serious Situations and The Importance of Developing Routines/Rituals in All Settings

For more information contact (Jody) 

English Language (EL) Council


with Nancy Tracy

Calendar Apr 19, 2021 at 1 pm

EL Council meetings provide an opportunity for:

- Sharing best practices

- Collaborating with other districts about universal challenges/successes      of praxis

- Interacting with CSDE representative, Megan Alubicki Flick

- Networking

Audience: district leaders, team leaders/department heads, and content-area teachers.


Initial Support Teacher Training


with Carly Weiland Quiros

Calendar Apr 21, 2021 at 3 pm

This 3-day virtual training (April 21, April 28 and May 5, 2021) prepares individuals, who have been selected by their districts, to be mentors who will support beginning and student teachers. Training is based on Connecticut’s Common Core of Teaching (CCT), which articulates the foundational standards for all teachers in Connecticut and is linked by state law and regulations to requirements across a teacher’s career including educator preparation, induction, evaluation and professional learning. Participants will focus on coaching skills needed to help beginning teachers become reflective practitioners and learn how to provide support to new teachers through instructional modules.

This virtual training includes approximately 2 days of learning over the course of:

- Three 2-hour synchronous (live) learning sessions

- Asynchronous pre-work learning tasks that can be completed at your     own pace prior to each synchronous (live) session

Participants must complete all parts of the virtual training to be qualified to serve in the role of mentor or cooperating teacher. 

A zoom link will be provided as we get closer to the start of the first session.

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