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




Mar 21, 2015 9 am - 1 pm


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New! Administrator Boot Camp (Mar 17, 2015)

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SREB Essentials of College Math Professional Development


March 24 & 25, 2015





2014-15 Substitute Teacher Certification ... (Ongoing)


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


June 2014 Update

Sep 2014 Update

Feb 2015 Update


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


Feb Update 2015 Catalog


Feb 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm: RESCHEDULED! New date: April 30, 2015 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:  STEM to Your Doorstep – Grades 6-12 (Feb 2015) Register

Feb 25, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm: RESCHEDULED! New date: April 23, 2015 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:  Enhancing the “E” in STEM - Arduinos in Action (Feb 2015) Register

●  Feb 26, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Session Has Been Postponed

Tying it All Together: Reading 3D in Your Classroom – Grades K-3 (Feb 2015) Registration Coming Soon

NEW Mar 9, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Credit by Demonstrated Mastery for Science (March 2015) Register
NEW Mar 10, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Credit by Demonstrated Mastery for Social Studies (March 2015) Register

Mar 10, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Brain Science: Applications for the Classroom Setting (Mar 2015) Register

Mar 11, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Early Planning for a Successful Retirement (Mar 2015) Register

NEW Mar 16, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Credit by Demonstrated Mastery for Math (March 2015) Register
NEW Mar 17, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Credit by Demonstrated Mastery for ELA  (March 2015) Register
NEW March 18, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Literacy-Rich Instructional Leadership:  Supporting Teachers with the Reading 3D Assessment Tool Register

NEW March 19, 9:30 am - 11:30 pm: Coaching Mathematics Instruction for Student Learning (AM Session Mar2015)


NEW March 19, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Coaching Mathematics Instruction for Student Learning (PM Session Mar2015)


Mar 26, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

The Latest Picture Books to Integrate Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum! (Mar 2015) Register

Apr 14, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Energy Island: 5th Grade Interdisciplinary Study (Apr 2015) Register

Apr 15, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Media Makeovers – Grades K-12 (Apr 2015) Register

Apr 28, 29, May 5, 13, 19, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

NCSIP Reading Foundations (April-May 2015) Register

May 5, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Inclusion with Intention: Pushing What You Are Into What You Can Become – Grades K-12 (May 2015) Register

May 9, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

North Carolina Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom (May 2015) Register

Jun 22, 23, 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People Training (3-day Training) (June 2015) Register


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

Ongoing: Using Your Own Non-Fiction Texts to Engage Students (Mar-May 2015) Register
Ongoing:  Microsoft Office Tutorials for the 2013-14 school year
Ongoing:  Substitute Teacher Certification   Register
● Ongoing: Tech Tools for 21st Century Learning Online Course   Register
● Ongoing:  Foundations of Reading Test Preparation Course Online   Register

"Working together for the children of western North Carolina"


News and Upcoming WRESA Activities

Congratulations to Western Region Teacher of the Year:

Randy Pressley, Tuscola High School, Haywood County

Congratulations to Western Region Principal of the Year:

Scott Rhodes, East Henderson High School, Henderson County


2015 Summer Leadership Conference


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


Attendee Info

Vendor Info

Announcement and Info (pdf)

Exhibitor Info (pdf)

Call for Presentations


Tentative Agenda




 Significant discounts for early registration by April 1 2015

Kathy Bumgardner

The 90-Minute Literacy Block: Making Every Minute Count!

April 21, 2015   9 am -  3 pm 

Registration Fee:  $80

(Fee Non-Refundable)

Is your instructional time ticking away every day? Do you still find yourself scrambling to try to get it all in?Join us for this session that will share a menu of resources and strategies for creating greater productivity in the quest for successful student literacy achievement in diverse classrooms. This session is designed for K-5 teachers. Please contact Karen Sumner atksumner@wresa.org, (828-418-0011 ext. 26) with questions.   Registration Deadline: 4/10/15    Contact Hours: 5

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Revving Up Read-Aloud in the Land of Standards and Common Sense

March 12, 2015    9 am – 3 pm 

Registration Fee:  $35 (Lunch Provided – Fee Non-Refundable)

In this session, you will examine how read-aloud experiences can be   instructional and help you and your students build the scaffolding necessary for proficiency in literacy. You will explore rich texts, be engaged in the art and function of read aloud and reconnect with the power of your “story-telling voice” to give dimension to the books you share across the year.  You will explore broad intentions for read-aloud events and examine opportunities for read-aloud experiences across the school day and throughout the curriculum. Lester L. Laminack is Professor Emeritus at Western Carolina University, Department of Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle Grades Education. He is co-author of Heinemann titles Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature; Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum; Climb Inside a Poem; Bullying Hurts: Teaching Kindness Through Read Aloud and Guided Conversation and The Writing Teacher’s Troubleshooting Guide. This session is designed for K-6 teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators and coaches. If you have questions, contact Karen Sumner, ksumner@wresa.org or 828.418.0011, ext. 26.  Registration Deadline:  3/5/15    Contact Hours: 5

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William Van Cleave

Writing Matters:  Developing Writing   Skills – Grades 4-12

March 23, 2015      9 am -  3 pm       

Registration Fee:  $80

(Fee Non-Refundable)


This hands-on workshop will explore useful strategies for developing students' writing skills particularly in grades 4 -12. The presentation will begin with a brief overview of the writing research.  Participants will then focus on parts of speech and sentence parts as they apply to the act of writing.  They will learn about the components of a good lesson and strategies for developing sentence sense in student writers.  The presenter will then introduce a structured, sequential approach to teaching paragraphs, including idea generation and organization as well as the writing process itself.  Participants will examine an effective structure for longer essays and discuss proofreading and editing.  In this Common Core aligned workshop, participants will practice with all introduced techniques, many of which they can then apply to the very next day in their classrooms! 


This could count as a literacy credit. Please contact April Spencer at 828.418.0011, ext. 20 or aspencer@wresa.org,  Registration Deadline: 3/13/15  Contact Hours: 5


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Math Stations August 5, 2015     9 am -  3 pm

Registration Fee:  $80

(Fee Non-Refundable)


Debbie Diller, author of Math Work Stations, will share her expertise in setting up and teaching with math work stations that connect to whole group and small group instruction and tie to state and NCTM standards. Debbie will share practical suggestions for establishing, managing, and using math work stations and will help teachers learn how to organize their math materials so they can use hands-on methods more effectively.

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Making the Most of Literacy 

Work Stations and Small Groups

August 6, 2015     9 am -  3 pm

Registration Fee:  $80

(Fee Non-Refundable)


Debbie Diller will present an engaging introduction to literacy work stations and how to make them purposeful and connected to instruction and state standards. This session will answer the question, “What does the rest of my class do while I’m working with a small reading group?” and will provide practical suggestions for how to focus small group instruction to help teachers get more power from their lessons.

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Why Teach In The North Carolina Mountains?

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Proven track record of high student achievement.

Great opportunities for professional growth.

Competitive salary and benefits.

Wholesome, varied lifestyle for you and your family.


Personnel Administrators of Western North Carolina (pdf)  

Job Fair Flyer (pdf)            Registration!


**NEW!** Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) March Sessions

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
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

NC Public Schools PD 2015 : (Follow Links for Descriptions and Registration)

NEW DATE!!! ELA - Mosaic of Ideas (Feb 2015) February 24; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Math 6-12 (Mar 2015) March 11; 9:00 am - 4 pm
Cross District Strategic Solutions (Mar 2015) March 16; 3:00 pm -5:00 pm (Virtual)

NEW DATE!!! - was 3/31 ... now 4/24      

Schoolnet/IAM (APR 2015) April 24; 9:00 am - 4 pm

Social Studies: Investigating the Guiding Principles of SS CIA: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment March 9; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Moving Forward with Teaching and Learning in a Digital Environment (Apr 2015) April 14;  9:00 am - 12:00 noon
ACT (Mar 2015) March 10; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Sustaining Teaching and Learning in a Digital Environment (Apr 2015) April 14; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Math K-5 (Mar 2015) March 11; 9:00 am - 4 pm  

Other Useful Links

North Carolina Museum of History ; Newsletter High School Math Course 1 Curriculum Map NCDPI WIKI Central Brain Friendly Learning Sites
NC iTunes U Site

Common Core & Essential Standards Prof. Development:

2011-12 Completed Sessions

2012-2013 Completed Sessions

North Carolina Problem Gambling Prevention Program WNC EdNET

Quality grad school in the heart of Asheville! Link for more info

DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.

February 26-27, 2015; Charleston Southern University






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