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




2014 Summer Leadership Conference


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Summer 2014 Substitute Teacher Certification ... (Ongoing) July - Sep 2014

2014 Educators of the Year

Congratulations to the Western Region Teacher of the Year, Melissa Faetz, Macon County, and Brad Richardson, Western Region Principal of the Year, Rutherford County.


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


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


January 2014 Update

June 2014 Update


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


June Update 2014 Catalog

ONLINE COURSES - Microsoft Office Tutorials for the 2013-14 school year;     Through June 30, 2014  
July 7-9: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Training (July 2014);     Register
August 4-5: New Teacher Orientation - Grades K-12 (August 2014):   Register
● August 6-7: Reading 3D (August 2014);     Register
● August 7:  Mentor Training (August 2014);     Register
● August 12: The Great Books Foundation Shared Inquiry (August 2014);     Register
● August 13: Great Books Foundation: Nonfiction (August 2014); Register
● August 14: Leadership in the Classroom: An Overview of Using the Seven Habits (August 2014);     Register
● September 3: STEM to Your Doorstep – Grades K-5 (September 2014);     Register
● September 4: STEM to Your Doorstep – Grades 6-12 (September 2014);     Register
● September 9: Can Fictional and Informational Writing Live Happily Ever After? Writing with Our Youngest Authors;     Register
● September 11: STEM Tech Tools (September 2014);     Register
● September 17: Hitch (September 2014);     Register
September 23, 24, October 1, 8, 14: NCSIP Reading Foundations (September 2014);   Register
● September 25: Sunshine & Storm:  Using Fictional Text to Promote Science Literacy – Grades K-2 (September 2014);    Register
● September 25: Habitudes for the 21st Century and Beyond (September 2014):     Register
● October 7: Amie Dean Presents: Behavior Interventions that Work – Grades K-12 (October 2014);     Register

NCPublicSchools PD 2014

● July 24: NCEES and ASW July 24  Register
● Oct 14: Getting Started with Teaching and Learning in a Digital Environment  Register
● Dec 9: Moving Forward with Teaching and Learning in a Digital Environment (Dec 2014) Register
● Apr 14: Sustaining Teaching and Learning in a Digital Environment (Apr 2015) Register

News and Upcoming WRESA Activities

For more information see the flyer or click on this link . The trip will be limited to 40 travelers, so register soon.  For questions contact Karen Sumner:


Handouts; Conference Website -


  mobile guide

   To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

   •Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace

   •Click on the icon or Visit from your phone's browser

   •Scan the image located at the Registration Desk and throughout the venue with your mobile phone (QR-Code reader required, e.g.    'Red Laser', 'Barcode Scanner')


Mark Your Calendar: Western Region Fall Leadership Conference; September 29, 2014 DoubleTree;  Asheville, NC. Registration/Information available August 2014


Upcoming Professional Development at the WRESA:


New Teacher Orientation -- Grades K-12

August 4 - 5, 2014           9 am – 3:30 pm              Registration Fee:  $60


Every child needs a quality teacher. This two-day orientation will provide a multitude of timely resources for new teachers to help support high quality instruction. Join us for two relevant, engaging, hands-on days of preparation for the first days of school and beyond. The orientation will include both keynote and break-out sessions that address everything from differentiated instruction and classroom management to curriculum resources and parent communication; and will follow the requirements of SBE policy for NC beginning teacher orientation. For more information  contact Dr. Karen Sumner, Elementary/PD Coordinator, 828.418.0011, ext. 26 or or  Registration Deadline: July 31, 2014


7 Habits of Highly Effective People Training

July 7 - 9, 2014         9 am – 3 pm  

Registration Fee:  $100

(3 day training including manual)


This 3-day training is for all school leaders who want to develop a clear definition of their top priorities and the results they want. As our lives have expanding workloads, wouldn’t it be nice to have the tools to feel more satisfied with what you accomplish each day both personally and professionally? All educators are being asked to demonstrate leadership in their profession and this training will put you on that path! This workshop is limited to 12 participants. Your instructor is certified trainer Dr. April Spencer, Secondary Curriculum/PD Coordinator. For more information or questions, contact April at, 828.418.0011, ext. 20.  Contact Hours: 15; Registration Deadline: June 27, 2014


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

September 25, 2014     9 am – 3 pm

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, or 828.418.0011, ext. 26, and Dr. Teresa Cowan, The Science House, or 828.418.0011, ext. 17. Contact either for further information. Contact hours: 5;  Registration Deadline:  September 19, 2014


Amie Dean Presents Behavior Interventions that Work – Grades K-12

October 7, 2014      9 am – 3 pm

Registration Fee:  $60

Do you have a plan for what you will do when a student doesn’t comply with your request the first time?  Second time?  How about the third time?  Do you go home tired and exhausted from frustration?  Amie Dean is one of the nation’s leading experts on designing classroom interventions that reduce behavior problems and increase instructional time.  This workshop will guide you in developing a thorough, preventative plan for handling issues from low level distractions to serious/chronic behaviors.  This is a practical, hands-on seminar filled with concrete steps you can implement the next day in your classroom to help students -- and yourself. Please contact Dr. Karen Sumner at 828.418.0011, ext. 26, with questions.  Contact Hours: 5; Registration Deadline:  September 25, 2014


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.


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

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

● June 1 - Ongoing: Tech Tools for 21st Century Learning (Online 2014) Online Course - Ongoing from June 1; Register
● June 16 - July 28;  Book Study:  How Children Succeed By Paul Tough (Online 2014);    Register
● August 1 - Ongoing: Foundations of Reading Test Preparation Course (Online 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 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: We hope to hear from you soon!


Other Useful Links

North Carolina Museum of History


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


"Working together for the children of western North Carolina"