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2015 Summer Leadership Conference



Summer Leadership Conference Website is Now Live! (Jun 28 - Jul 1)



2015-16 Substitute Teacher Certification ... (Ongoing)



Feb 2015 Update

Jun 2015 Update



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

July 1 - Aug 15, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:  Book Study: Bringing Words to Life (July 2015) Register

July 14 - 15, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Introduction to the Paideia Seminar (2-day training) (Jul 2015) Register

July 30, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Early Planning for a Successful Retirement (July 2015) Register

July 31, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Integrating Engineering into the K-8 Curriculum – Grades K-8 (July 2015) Register

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

Stock Market Game - Grades 4-8 (August 2015) Register

Aug 4, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Stock Market Game - Grades 9-12 (August 2015) Register

Aug 12, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Title IX Investigation Training (August 2015) Register

Aug 12-13, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Reading 3D (2-day training) (August 2015) Register

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

The Great Books Foundation Shared Inquiry Blended Course T-110 (August 2015) Register

Sep 8, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

STEM to Your Doorstep – Grades K-5 (Sep 2015) Register

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

STEM to Your Doorstep – Grades 6-12 (Sep 2015) Register

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

Can Fictional & Information Writing Live Happily Ever After? Writing With Our Youngest Authors (K-2) Register

Sep 15, 16, 22, 29, and Oct 7: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

NCSIP Reading Foundations (5-day training) (Sep and Oct 2015) Register

Sep 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole – Grades 2-4 (Sep 2015) Register

Sep 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy & Teachers in Diverse Classrooms – Grades K-12 (Sep 2015) Register

Sep 30, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:

Teaching with Boys in Mind – Grades?? (Sep 2015) Register


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

July 1 - Aug 15, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm:  Book Study: Bringing Words to Life (July 2015) Registration is Closed

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


WRESA Update June 2015 (pdf)

Professional Development at the WRESA

2015 Summer Leadership Conference

WRESA Online Professional Development



Administrators’ Institute


WRESA 2015-2016 Administrators’ Institute

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

REGISTRATION FEE                                                   

$150—All Four Sessions; $50—Per Individual Session        Download Flyer

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Registration            $150

Using EVAAS to Improve Instruction:  September 15, 2015

Registration           $50

This session will offer school leaders the opportunity to review how to read through key reports in EVAAS and use the data for productive conversations with both PLCs and individual teachers.

Instructional Leadership: Improving Student and Teacher Performance: October 20, 2015

Registration           $50

This fast-paced and hands-on workshop gives aspiring and new school leaders research, practical strategies, and tools to become effective instructional leaders in their quest to improve teacher and student performance.

Legal Issues for Administrators:  November 17, 2015

Registration          $50

Education leaders must have a solid understanding of legal requirements. The firm of Campbell Shatley PLLC will highlight legal issues that educators face daily through discipline situations, exceptional students’ education plans, evaluation requirements, and more.

Making Change Happen in a Culture of Trust Part 1:  February 16, 2016

Making Change Happen in a Culture of Trust Part 2:  March 15, 2016

Registration          $50

Leading change is an important piece of leadership at any level. Change is constantly occurring and trying to lead people through changes requires an understanding of multiple factors. In this session, we will explore the factors associated with change and the importance of developing an atmosphere conducive to positive reactions and interactions.

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Registration            $150


Title IX Investigation Training


(Download PDF)              Registration

Fee $260 per team of five includes lunch ($310 non-WRESA)

Title IX Investigation Training August 12, 2015

"Investigating and Responding to Claims of Sexual Violence”

This one day seminar will focus on the investigation process from initial complaint to final report or action. Given the broad reach of Title IX and other companion federal laws, multiple administrators must understand fully the rights of students and the legal responsibilities of the district with regards to allegations of sexual violence.

Multiple employees from each district are encouraged to attend. The seminar is designed for Superintendents, the Title IX Coordinator, Student Services personnel at all levels (including counselors), Human Resources professionals, Principals, School Resource Officers, and any other school system employees who may be called upon to respond or assist in the investigation of a complaint.


New Teacher Orientation


New Teacher Orientation

August 10 - 11

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $75 (Non-Refundable)


Every child needs a quality teacher. This two-day orientation will   provide extensive support and training for new teachers to 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 and include the specifics of SBE policy for NC beginning teachers.  Please contact Karen Sumner at 828.418.0011, ext. 26 or ksumner@wresa.org.  Registration Deadline: 7/27/15   Contact Hours: 5



Debbie Diller


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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Other Useful Links

NCDPI WIKI Central NC iTunes U Site
High School Math Course 1 Curriculum Map Brain Friendly Learning Sites
North Carolina Museum of History ; Newsletter Common Core & Essential Standards
STEM Resource Mapping  Website           DPI 2011-12 Completed Sessions
DonorsChoose.org           DPI  2012-2013 Completed Sessions
WNCEdNET          DPI 2013-14 Completed Sessions