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All sessions unless otherwise indicated are held at the WRESA - (click for directions)  www.wresa.org




Summer Leadership Conference 2015

Grove Park Inn; Asheville, NC; June 28-July 1

Registration Information Coming December 2014


New half day session announced!

Nov 3: EVAAS Best Practices (Nov 2014)     Register


Fall 2014 Substitute Teacher Certification ... (Ongoing) Oct - Dec 2014

(Registration available beginning October 1)


Microsoft Office Tutorials for the 2014-15 school year. Follow this link for descriptions and registration)




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June 2014 Update

Sep 2014 Update


September Update Professional Development At The WRESA: (Follow Links for Descriptions and Registration)


Sep Update 2014 Catalog

Oct 15: The Science House Presents: Science Olympiad 101     Register
Oct 20: Sharing Math 3 Strategies (Oct 2014)     Register

Oct 23, 30 & Nov 6: The Key Comprehension Routine - Grades 4-12 (3-day training) (Oct 2014)     Register

Oct 23: Early Planning for a Successful Retirement (Oct 2014)     Register
Oct 24: How to Create and Maintain a More Effective PLC, Session I (Oct 2014)     Register
Oct 28: New Teacher Orientation for Late Hires – Grades K-12 (Oct 2014)     Register
Oct 30, Nov 13, Dec 4: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Training (3-day Training) (Oct 2014)     Register

Nov 1: North Carolina Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom (NC AITC) (Nov 2014)     Register

Nov 3: EVAAS Best Practices (Nov 2014)     Register
Nov 4: WRESA Literacy Institute Part I - Grades 6-12 With Michael Smith (Nov 2014)     Register

Nov 12: Understanding and Supporting AD/HD and SLD Students (Nov 2014)     Register

Nov 19: Make Learning Come Alive for Your Students: Literacy Infused Foldables and Notebooking (Nov 2014)     Register
Nov 19-20: Reading 3D (Nov 2014)     Register
Dec 2: How to Create and Maintain a More Effective PLC, Session II (Dec 2014)     Register
Dec 3: Female Bullying: Hidden Aggression of Girls (Dec 2014)     Register
Dec 9: Unwrapping the Standards: A Surefire Technique for Standards-Based Instruction (Dec 2014)     Register
Dec 10: Brain Plasticity: Building a Better Brain (Dec 2014)     Register
Dec 10: All I Want for Christmas is… the Latest Picture Books to Integrate Reading and Writing (Nov 2014)     Register
Jan 29, 2015: Critical Conversations for Administrators (Jan 2015)     Register

NC Public Schools PD 2014


Oct 16: Read to Achieve (Oct 2014) Register

Oct 22: The Inquiry Arc: Preparing Students to Be College, Career and Civic Ready (Oct 2014) Register

Nov 5: Cross-district Forums: Strategic Solutions (Nov 2014) (Launch Session) Register

Nov 6: English as a Second Language (ESL)(Nov 2014) Register

Nov 12: Schoolnet Support (Nov 2014) (morning session) Register
Nov 12: PowerTeacher Gradebook (Nov 2014) (afternoon session) Register
Dec 9: Moving Forward with Teaching and Learning in a Digital Environment (Dec 2014) Register

News and Upcoming WRESA Activities


For more information see the flyer or click on this link http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1609769RZ . The trip will be limited to 40 travelers, so register soon.  For questions contact Karen Sumner: ksumner@wresa.org


Please join WRESA and Discovery Education for an interactive discussion about the best strategies for providing North Carolina's students with the skills they need today for the jobs of tomorrow.


For more information and to RSVP, please visit:



Join the Conversation about STEM Education in North Carolina at the North Carolina STEM Leaders Summit - Asheville

Hosted by Discovery Education and WRESA


Thursday, November 20th, 2014; 12:00pm - 3:30 pm

*Program begins promptly at 12:00pm


WRESA - Haynes Building

1459 Sand Hill Road

Enka, NC 28728


Questions? Contact:

Erika Duffey, Discovery Education



Register Now for the 1st Annual WRESA Technology Conference!

Download Flyer (PDF)



Upcoming Professional Development at the WRESA:


Sunshine & Storm:  Using Fictional Text to Promote Science Literacy – Grades K-2


Session to be rescheduled

Date and Time TBA

Registration Fee:  $45 (WRESA Members); $55 (WRESA Non-Members)


Be ready to fall in love with   Sunshine and Storm, the pictorially   delightful characters of this funny   and touching story of friendship, as   you delve into the study of weather   and living things. Session participants will engage in science activities that will promote student understanding in the study of weather as well as in the study of living things. The workshop will also provide activities for promoting reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. The final component of the workshop will address the delicate nature of friendship and the concept of bullying at its most basic level. A copy of Sunshine & Storm will be provided to all participants.  The workshop will be co-facilitated by Dr. Karen Summer, WRESA, ksumner@wresa.org or 828.418.0011, ext. 26, and Dr. Teresa Cowan, The Science House, thcowan@ncsu.edu or 828.418.0011, ext. 17. Contact either for further information. Contact hours: 5



WRESA Literacy Institute Part I -- Grades 6-12
With Michael Smith

November 4, 2014      9 am – 3 pm

Registration Fee:  $50

We are pleased to have Michael Smith,   renowned adolescent literacy author and   presenter, share his expertise at the   WRESA Literacy Institute.  As Heinemann   Publishing notes, Michael Smith is co-  author with Jeffrey Wilhelm of Get It Done!; Oh, Yeah?; and So, What’s the Story?. Michael has won awards for his teaching at both the high school and college levels. His research focuses on understanding how experienced readers read and talk about texts as well as what motivates adolescents’ reading and writing out of school.  He uses that understanding to think about how to devise more effective and engaging reading and writing instruction for adolescents in school.  If you have questions, contact Karen Sumner, ksumner@wresa.org or 828.418.0011, ext. 26.  Registration Deadline:  10/24/14    Contact Hours: 5


WRESA 2014-15 Aspiring Principals’ Institute


“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are you interested in developing your own trail as a leader? The WRESA Aspiring Administrators Institute will  enhance your knowledge and leadership skills. Designed for assistant principals and teacher leaders who aspire to become principals, these sessions provide expert advice on qualities of effective school administrators, communication skills for holding difficult conversations, leadership principles for life balance, and practical advice for successful administrating.

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September 23; November 18; February 17; April 21; All Institute Sessions     Register
September 23; Aspiring Principals Institute - What Do Districts Look for in Administrators?   Register
November 18; Aspiring Principals Institute - Essential Communication Skills;     Register
February 17;  Aspiring Principals Institute - “Lead your life, or someone else will.”     Register
April 21;  Aspiring Principals Institute - Practical Advice from Principals     Register

Ongoing WRESA Online Professional Development : (Follow Links for Descriptions and Registration)

Ongoing:  Microsoft Office Tutorials for the 2013-14 school year
Ongoing:  Substitute Teacher Certification   Register
● Ongoing: Tech Tools for 21st Century Learning (Online 2014) Online Course - Sep - Nov   Register
● Ongoing: Foundations of Reading Test Preparation Course (Online 2014)     Register

September Update WRESA Online Professional Development : (Follow Links for Descriptions and Registration)

● Nov 1 - Dec 30: The Next Step in Guided Reading: Focused Assessments and Targeted Lessons for Helping Every Student Become a Better Reader (2014)   Register

Visit our new Western RESA Blog and Information Site!

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Our new site will not replace the traditional www.wresa.org website but will provide us additional opportunities to post current information, announcements, and give you the opportunity to share and interact with our consultants, staff, and guest presenters. Please visit often and help us to grow a vibrant, informed and sharing community. Bookmark this site: www.westernresa.org. We hope to hear from you soon!





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