Welcome to the Western Region Education Service Alliance!

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






SREB Essentials of College Math Professional Development to be rescheduled


Dates TBA, 2015


Registration Coming Soon!





Duties and Responsibilities of School Board Members - January 12, 2015

Will include 2 hrs of ethics training for newly elected and re-elected school board members


Download pdf flyer


Registration Now Open



Summer Leadership Conference 2015

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

Registration Information Coming January 2014


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)




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


June 2014 Update

Sep 2014 Update


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


Sep Update 2014 Catalog

Jan 29, 2015: Critical Conversations for Administrators (Jan 2015)     Register

NC Public Schools PD 2014


Cancelled! Dec 9: Moving Forward with Teaching and Learning in a Digital Environment (Dec 2014)

Other Useful Links

North Carolina Museum of History ; Newsletter

Common Core & Essential Standards Prof. Development:

2011-12 Completed Sessions

2012-2013 Completed Sessions

NC iTunes U Site
Brain Friendly Learning Sites
High School Math Course 1 Curriculum Map
North Carolina Problem Gambling Prevention Program

News and Upcoming WRESA Activities


Why Teach In The North Carolina Mountains?

Nineteen progressive school systems from which to choose.

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!




This winter, FranklinCovey is hosting The Leader in Me Symposium Series, a professional-development conference, in 18 cities across North America. Each two-day educational leadership symposium will attract educators, government and business leaders, and community stakeholders who are looking to support schools in developing 21st-century leaders.

February 26-27, 2015; Charleston Southern University - 9200 University Boulevard - North Charleston, SC



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


This Session Has Been Rescheduled for Feb 18 2015


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


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Quality grad school in the heart of Asheville!

If you are employed by WRESA or one of the school systems served by WRESA and you’d like to earn a Master’s degree, you’ll get a discount at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  The more school employees who take advantage of the program, the deeper the discount – up to 20 percent!

Link for more info


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 


NIMS ICS-300 Training 3 Day (Intermediate)

January 20-22, 2015  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Satisfactory Completion of ICS-100 and ICS 200 Training

NIMS ICS-400 Training 1 ½ Day (Advanced)

February 17  8:00 am – 5:00 p.m.

February 18  8:00 am – 12:00 p.m.

Flyer - More information and Registration

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

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 (Fall 2014)   Register
● 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!

Western Region Education Service Alliance - "Working together for the children of western North Carolina"


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!




"Working together for the children of western North Carolina"