You Don’t Have to Be Bad to Get Better: Increasing Teacher & Student Success


Candi McKay, author of “Your Don’t Have to Be Bad to Get Better”

Candi McKay, a national consultant and author of You Don’t Have to be Bad to Get Better, facilitated a workshop on instructional leadership for principals and principal supervisors.  For two days in July, participants learned how principals must remove their “rose-colored glasses” and create a culture of learning rather than a culture of “nice.” Through a series of engaging exercises and drawing from Ms. McKay’s book, participants discussed what principals should be looking for in classrooms, how principals can support teachers improve their practice, and how to have conversations with teachers about their instruction.

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CCRESA Program Overview

calendar-23684_1280The CCRESA has many opportunities for Professional Development planned for the upcoming year.  The link to the document below provides in depth descriptions as well as specifics about who can participate and how and when to register.

There are times when districts are asked to send teams to our programs. We encourage districts to be strategic about composing effective teams and sending individuals who can benefit most from our offerings.  We don’t simply want to fill seats in our sessions, but rather lay the foundation for districts to initiate improvements based upon their participation in the CCRESA.

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Congratulations Dr. Tom Forcella from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools!

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Dr. Tom Forcella, Superintendent of CHCCS, and Dr. Neil Pedersen, Executive Director of CCRESA.

Executive Director Neil Pedersen surprised Tom Forcella at his Board’s meeting on Thursday, June 18th, with the announcement that he has been named the Central Region Superintendent of the Year for 2015-16.  In the fall, Dr. Forcella and superintendents from the seven other regions in the state will be considered for the honor of North Carolina Superintendent of the Year.

Click here to view the CHCCS Press Release

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Cross-District Strategic Solutions Sessions

Join a Statewide Professional Learning Network

♦     Collaborative Professional Learning Network of Educators

♦     Educators volunteering to share a challenging issue

♦     Participants sharing and discussing ideas

♦     One-hour virtual conversation

♦     Problem-solving solution-generating model

♦     Open to ALL educators across the state

Click here to view CDSS topics and links to registration.

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The Habits of Mind for Digital Teaching and Learning

Lisa HarveyLisa Hervey, from the Friday Institute, presented on The Habits of Mind for Digital Teaching and Learning.  Her PowerPoint presentation can be found at (case sensitive).  She shared background information on two frameworks: TPACK and SAMR.

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Teacher Leader Digital Media Integration Academy

photo 1Teams from 8 schools in the CCRESA service area attended the first two days of a four-day Teacher Leader Digital Media Integration Academy on October 2nd and 3rd, held at Nash Central High School.  Rachael Paul (in red), the program facilitator from Discovery Education, helped participants to delve deeper into the features of the DE product and structured activities to help them learn more about lesson design and the use of student stations/centers.

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    Cross Regional IHE-LEA Meeting

    When: September 28, 2015
    Where: Heart Institute at ECU in Greenville

    Click here to view more information and a link to Register.

    BB&T Leadership Program

    The BB&T Leadership Institute completed the pilot sessions of Mastering Leadership Dynamics for Educational Leaders, and have new sessions for 2015. If you would like to attend one, click here for program dates.


    Click on the Events Tab to see a full list of sessions offered by CCRESA.

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