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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


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 Sept 30, 2014  
● 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

August 22: Analyzing Student Work: ASW (Aug 2014)  Register
Sep 9: Explore, Plan and ACT Instructional Support Workshops (Sep 2014) in Morganton, NC Register
● Sep 24: (NCEES) for new Principals/Assistant Principals and other Evaluators (Sept 2014) Register
● Sep 30: English Language Arts (Elementary ELA)(Sep 2014) Register
● Sep 30: English Language Arts (Secondary ELA)(Sep 2014) Register
Oct 1: Elementary Math (Oct 2014) Register
● Oct 1: Secondary Math (Oct 2014) Register

● Oct 14: Getting Started with Teaching and Learning in a Digital Environment  Register

Oct 15: Home Base: Professional Development System Tools (Oct 2014) Register
Oct 15: Home Base: Open Class (Oct 2014) Register
Oct 16: Read to Achieve (Oct 2014) Register
Oct 22: The Inquiry Arc: Preparing Students to Be College, Career and Civic Ready (Oct 2014)


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


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

● Nov 12: Schoolnet: Instruction and Assessment Tools (Nov 2014) 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:


NEW! Earthquakes in North Carolina Workshop September 15  

The N.C. Geological Survey, in partnership with the N.C. Division of Emergency Management, is offering a one-day workshop for formal and non-formal educators. Participants will learn:

·         History of earthquakes that have affected North Carolina

·         How to prepare for an earthquake emergency

·         New earth science curriculum correlated to Essential Standards

·         Hands-on activities to bring back to your classroom or group

Learn More...                            Registration


Career Awards for Science and  Mathematics Teachers

Application Deadline Sep 15, 2014 by 4:00 pm EDT

The Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers is a five-year award available to outstanding science and/or mathematics teachers in the North Carolina public primary and secondary schools. The purpose of this award is to recognize teachers who have demonstrated solid knowledge of science and/or mathematics content and have outstanding performance records in educating children. This five-year award presents opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other master science and/or mathematics teachers who will help to ensure their success as teachers and their satisfaction with the field of teaching. Special consideration will be given to teachers working in hard-to-staff, economically deprived classrooms in North Carolina. The award also offers schools and school districts the opportunity to fully develop teachers as leaders in the field.                                          


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:

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.

 Download PDF Flyer

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"