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Professional Development Opportunities

SERC believes the most effective learning opportunities are learner-driven, in a variety of formats. We offer comprehensive in-district technical assistance and support, online courses and learning modules, resources through the SERC Library and website, and other means to serve the unique needs of the learner.

This page features our online learning opportunities, for those who wish to access on-demand learning in a variety of topics. Registration is required. Use the search tool at left to discover learning opportunities that match your needs.


2017-2018 Professional Learning Opportunities:

Wilson Fundations

Wilson Fundations® is a research-based program of systematic and explicit literacy instruction that supports the prevention of reading and spelling difficulties through “core” (Tier 1) instruction and the provision of early intervening services (Tier 2). Fundations Level 1 workshops are customized for general education K through Grade 3 classroom instruction and progress monitoring.

Each Fundations workshop addresses foundational reading and spelling skills aligned with the Connecticut Core Standards. Although Fundations includes comprehension strategies, it must be combined with a literature-based language arts program for an integrated and comprehensive approach to reading and spelling.

Participants completing this professional learning opportunity will summarize the research base and component skills of structured reading instruction; create Level 1 Fundations learning plans; apply the methodology of structured reading instruction within classroom lessons; and progress monitor improvements in students’ reading and spelling achievement.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
What is culturally responsive teaching, and how can it make a difference in the classroom? This book study on Zaretta Hammond’s "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain" will explore innovative approaches to designing and implementing brain-compatible…


SSIP Support for Cohort B Districts (Year 2) - Using Assessment Data to Target Instruction - A.M.
This half-day session will focus on how diagnostic assessments can be used to clarify and identify the specific point of instruction and/or intervention [Indicator A3 of the District Literacy Evaluation Tool (DLET)]. Participants will practice analyzing…


What Children need for Positive Social Emotional Growth: Behavioral Supports for Children ages 2 - 5
This professional learning opportunity will address intentionality in promoting and supporting positive social emotional competence. Self-assessment tools, data collection, and behavioral strategies will be shared in this one-day training to support continued…


Special Education Professional Learning Module: IEP Rubric: A Look Beyond Basic Compliance
The IEP Rubric, designed by the State Education Resource Center (SERC), defines fourteen indicators to assess the quality of IEP development. In this session, participants will become familiar with SERC’s IEP Rubric and use it to review and…


Special Education Professional Learning Module: Educational Benefit Review Process
This learning opportunity covers the Educational Benefit Review Process, a proven process to assist all educators in reviewing the effectiveness of students’ IEPs over time. School teams will participate in a facilitated analysis of their own students’ IEPs…