Professional Development Opportunities

Events Calendar

Sessions At-a-Glance

 

September 2022

September 26, 2022
12:00pm - 3:00pm


Virtual
 

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Behavior Change: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Part 2)

Description:

We are all looking for behavior change. Whether you want your child to tell you when he has to go to the bathroom, your student to complete his work more quickly, or your roommate to do the dishes – we are always trying to generate some little changes in other people. Using reinforcement & preventative interventions, we can replace negative behaviors with positive, prosocial, & functional responses. This workshop will offer practical solutions to foster increases in positive, communicative behaviors and decreases in problem behaviors. This session will begin by exploring how to apply these strategies to everyday situations in an applicable and proactive way. This approach will focus on the changing outcomes of behaviors by looking at the entire context and approaching behavior change from a function-based perspective. The key is not only teaching communication, but teaching the right type of communication in order to produce long-lasting behavior change. However, we all know – there are those times when things do not go as planned. Learn how to tackle those high-stress situations where no option seems like the right one and all bets are off. This workshop highlights ready-to-use interventions and real-life scenarios. The concepts can be applied to a wide range of environments.   
 

TARGET
AUDIENCE:   Special Education Teachers, Interventionists, SLPs, Consultants and all administrators.

Contactkevin.stephens@wkec.org

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Sasha Long, M.A., B.C.B.A., President & Founder of The Autism Helper

September 29, 2022
9:00am - 2:30pm

Virtual
(Link will be emailed closer to training date)






 

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Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines

 

Description:  WKEC is pleased to present Dr. Dewey Cornell’s Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines.
 
This model provides a 5-step decision tree and triage approach which will enable most threats to be acted upon immediately and resolved quickly.
 
One of the key factors in this threat assessment model is to distinguish between transient threats (those threats spoken in anger and frustration and can be resolved easily) and substantive threats (those threats which include serious intent and detailed plans).  Thus, a threat assessment plan will delineate the difference between a student MAKING a threat versus the student who POSES a threat.
 
**Although it is recommended that each person on the school or district Threat Assessment team, have a copy of Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines manual, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that each team have at least one manual.
 
Available here from Amazon.com or by purchase order from School Threat Assessment Consultants LLC at https://www.schoolta.com/manual. ISBN 978-0-692-19210-8

Audience: Schools are encouraged to attend this training as a multi-disciplinary team, which may include a School Principal or Assistant Principal, School Resource Officer, School Psychologist, School Counselor, School Social Worker or other team members.

Contact:   carla.mangels@wkec.org or david.daniel@wkec.org

Sept 29-30, 2022
8:00am - 3:00pm

In-Person Event

WKEC Conference Center











 

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See The Sound Visual Phonics 2-DayTraining

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September 29, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

WKEC Conference Center
435 Outlet Ave
Eddyville, KY




 

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HR 101 Training

 

Description:

This training is perfect for those new to the Personnel & HR world as well as those who would like a refresher and some handy resources.  Topics include the HR Timeline for a school year, posting and hiring processes and requirements, important Personnel policies and statutes, certification, helpful tips, and much more!

Audience:  District Personnel and Human Resources Officers

 

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

September 30, 2022
9:00am - 1:00pm


In-Person

WKEC Conference Center
435 Outlet Ave
Eddyville, KY






 

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Finance Officer Training

 

Agenda: 

9:00 A.M.   Welcome and Opening Remarks

 

9:00 A.M.   District Tax Rates –Krystal Smith, KDE

                        (process, trends, issues…)

 

10:00 A.M.   Federal Funds Update – Eric Bletzinger, Muhlenberg Co Schools

                        (allowable uses, timelines, projecting end of ESSER funds)

 

                        WKEC Deeper Learning KDE ESSER funds – district support funds

                        Sean, Gretchen Wetzel, Christy Phelps

                        (allocations, allowable uses, reporting/drawing funds from coop)

 

11:15 A.M.   Working Budgets – Eric Bletzinger, Muhlenberg Co Schools & panel of district finance officers

                        (assumptions, timelines, tips & tricks)

 

12:30 P.M.   Time Clock Plus – Eric’s experience

                        District systems for time and attendance tracking

 

1:00 P.M.    Final Remarks and Adjournment

 

Lunch Sponsored by American Fidelity

Audience: District Finance Officers

Contact:   sean.caldwell@wkec.org

October 2022

October 10, 2022
3:30pm - 4:30pm

VIRTUAL

 

Math Meet Up

This is a time when special education and general education math teachers can join a Zoom call to discuss strategies, hear from expert teachers, and get co-teaching strategies. 

 

This call will be hosted each month on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Time: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

For more information contact emily.fox@wkec.org

October 10, 2022
9:00am - 3:00pm

In-Person
WKEC Conference Center

 

ACT Tips & Tricks for Student Success

Join WKEC for a day of learning ACT tips and tricks for student success. We will be exploring high school core content and strategies to incorporate ways to boost students' ACT scores.

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

For more information contact christy.phelps@wkec.org

October 13, 2022
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Virtual Session






 

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Exploring KY Social Studies Standards & Inquiry Practices

Grades 7-11

Presented By: Jana Kirchner

 

Description:

New to Social Studies?  New to teaching?  Need help understanding the skills and content for your grade level?  If yes, join WKEC’s Social Studies Community of Practice as we explore the Kentucky Academic Standards and lessons using inquiry practice.  Work with grade-level peers to learn how the disciplinary strands, standards and disciplinary clarifications are organized in the standards document.  

 

Participants will: 

  • Do a deep dive into the content and skills in grade-level standards

  • Participate in lessons that model inquiry practices

  • Get instructional materials & resources that can be easily implemented

  • Learn quality sites for finding lesson ideas and resources

  • Meet with participants in-person and virtually 


This is a repeat training!  If you attended this training at WKEC or another cooperative last year, you do not need to register for this training.  Check our website for more information about a new training for you, “Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies” that will be held January 30th and 31st. 

Audience:  Grades 7-11

 

Time: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS | $25 NON WKEC 

October 17, 2022
8:30am - 3:30pm

WKEC Conference Center






 

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Building Emotional Intelligence

 

Description:  Emotional Intelligence is a quality that can benefit all students and staff and is most effective if incorporated throughout the school in a systematic approach using research proven strategies and evidence-based approaches. Identifying and categorizing feelings, gaining tools and strategies to manage feelings, and understanding social situations are life-long strategies needed to meet the demands of the situation around us and be successful socially. This training will give you all the basics needed to meet those goals and to give a common language to understanding and working through different situations.

Audience:  School teams preferred- suggestion of team members include: counselor, administrator, general education teacher, special education teacher, physical therapists, occupational therapists

 

Time: 8:30AM - 3:30PM

Contact:   carla.mangels@wkec.org or kayla.jones@wkec.org

October 18, 2022
8:30am-11:30am CT

VIRTUAL
(Zoom link will be sent at a date closer to the training)





 

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Trauma Informed Care

 

Description: In Kentucky, 1 in 5 children has been exposed to two or more traumatic events by the time they are 5 years old.   Therefore, most educators deal with children's reactions to trauma, which can manifest as learning and behavior difficulties in the school setting.
Schools serve as a critical system of support for children who have experienced trauma. Administrators, teachers, and staff can help reduce the effects of trauma on children by recognizing trauma responses, accommodating and responding to traumatized students within the classroom, and referring children to outside professionals when necessary.
Research indicates the following outcomes when schools are “trauma-informed”:
IMPROVED:  academic achievement and test scores, school climate, teacher sense of satisfaction and retention, graduation rates, community and family collaboration
REDUCED:  student behavioral outbursts and referrals, stress for staff and students, absences, detentions and suspensions
student bullying, harassment and fights as well as the need for special education services and classes. 

Audience:   It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that participants attend as school teams.  Suggestions for teams include administrator, counselor, general education teacher, special education teacher, and any other pertinent staff that are enthusiastic and eager to serve as change agents, meet regularly, and introduce key concepts about trauma and its impact on learning to the rest of the staff in their school.  Members should demonstrate a commitment to building trauma-sensitive schools.

Contact:   carla.mangels@wkec.org or david.daniel@wkec.org

October 18, 2022
9:00am-12:00am CT


In-Person 

WKEC Conference Center
435 Outlet Ave
Eddyville, KY






 

Certified Evaluation Update Training

 

CERTIFIED EVALUATION UPDATE TRAINING
 
AUDIENCE: All Evaluators of Certified Personnel
LENGTH: Six (6) Hours 3 Synchronous, 3 Asynchronous- EILA Credit Provided
DESCRIPTION: Per KRS 156.557 and 704 KAR 3:370 , all evaluators of certified personnel below the level of superintendent must earn six hours of evaluation training, annually.
 
October 18, 2022
9:00AM -12:00PM

LOCATION:
Eddyville Conference Center
435 Outlet Ave
Eddyville, KY

This is a complimentary training.

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October 20, 2022
3:30pm - 4:30pm

VIRTUAL EVENT





 

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SEL Virtual Series - How to Embed SEL w/Academic Content

Audience:  All Educators

 

Time: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS | $25 NON WKEC 

October 24, 2022
8:30am-2:30pm

In-Person at:

WKEC Conference Center
435 Outlet Avenue
Eddyville, KY  42038

 

Section 504 Training

Come join us for an in-depth training conversation concerning legal obligations to public school students under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Teresa Combs will present about topics like eligibility, testing pitfalls, extracurricular access rights, behavior, discipline, service animals, and more.  The session will be interactive.  Get your questions answered by a highly-experienced education attorney.

 

 


CONTACT PERSON:   tammy.williams@wkec.org

October 27, 2022
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Virtual Session





 

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Exploring KY Social Studies Standards & Inquiry Practices

Grades 3-6

Presented By: Jana Kirchner

 

Description:

New to Social Studies?  New to teaching?  Need help understanding the skills and content for your grade level?  If yes, join WKEC’s Social Studies Community of Practice as we explore the Kentucky Academic Standards and lessons using inquiry practice.  Work with grade-level peers to learn how the disciplinary strands, standards and disciplinary clarifications are organized in the standards document.  

 

Participants will: 

  • Do a deep dive into the content and skills in grade-level standards

  • Participate in lessons that model inquiry practices

  • Get instructional materials & resources that can be easily implemented

  • Learn quality sites for finding lesson ideas and resources

  • Meet with participants in-person and virtually 


This is a repeat training!  If you attended this training at WKEC or another cooperative last year, you do not need to register for this training.  Check our website for more information about a new training for you, “Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies” that will be held January 30th and 31st. 

Audience:  Grades 3-6

 

Time: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS | $25 NON WKEC 

October 27, 2022
8:30am - 3:00pm

In-Person

WKEC Conference
Center






 

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Selecting Phenomena for Three-Dimensional Instruction + Three-Dimensional Science Tasks

Description:

Selecting Phenomena for Three-Dimensional Instruction  (1/2 day)

Summary:  This professional learning session leads teachers through understanding anchoring phenomena and how to identify one that could anchor a unit of study, a bundle of performance expectations, or a series of lessons.  Participants will examine the differences between disciplinary core ideas, phenomena, and design challenges.

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Three-Dimensional Science Tasks   (1/2 day)

Includes:  Understanding of the multiple dimensions of a task and developing 3D tasks

Summary: In three-dimensional science assessment, there is a shift from questions to tasks.  What is the difference?  In this session, to help meet the intent of the KAS for science, participants will learn more about multi-dimensionality by using tools to analyze tasks for alignment to NGSS for classroom use.


Date:  October 27, 2022

Time: 8:30AM - 3:00PM  
Location: WKEC Conference Center - Eddyville, KY

Audience:  Science Educators

 

Time: 8:30AM - 3:30PM

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS | $25 NON WKEC 

October 31, 2022
11:30am - 1:00pm

In-Person

WKEC Conference
Center






 

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WeLEAD Halloween Luncheon

Women in Educational Leadership Roles OR aspiring Women in Educational Leadership Roles - You're Invited to join us for a luncheon event honoring Women in Educational Leadership in West Kentucky. 

Spots are limited! Be sure to RSVP Today!

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November 2022

November 3, 2022
8:30am - 3:30am

WKEC Conference Center






 

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Word Mapping & LINC Vocabulary Strategies-The Strategic Instruction Model (SIM)

Presented by Dr. Gwen Berry

 

Description: The Word Mapping & LINCS Vocabulary Strategies a research-based strategy developed at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning that

The Word Mapping Strategy helps students identify prefixes, suffixes, and roots and practice predicting the meaning of words using those parts.  Instruction in this strategy works best when students have learned basic decoding skills (reading at 4th grade level or higher). This strategy can be taught in different kinds of instructional settings including content area classes, Tier 2 and Tier 3 settings, and special education classes.

The LINCS Vocabulary Strategy helps students learn the meaning of new vocabulary words using powerful memory-enhancement techniques. Strategy steps cue students to focus on critical elements of the concept; to use visual imagery, associations with prior knowledge, and key-word mnemonic devices to create a study card; and to study the card to enhance comprehension and recall of the concept.

Time: 8:30AM - 3:30PM

Contact:   tammy.williams@wkec.org or martha.daniel@wkec.org

November 7, 2022
9:00am - 3:00pm

In-Person

WKEC Conference
Center






 

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Restorative Practices for Educators

 

Description:

Restorative Practices provide schools with a framework to build community, strengthen relationships, and improve school climate. This approach can be seamlessly integrated into the classroom and a school's culture and climate. Restorative Practices can help to restore a sense of belonging, safety, and importance in the school community.

 

This training will provide a practical approach and provide skills practice with affective statements and the use of circles in creating and sustaining an inclusive and restorative culture that builds positive school communities.

Audience:  All Educators K-12

 

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS | $25 NON WKEC 

November 14, 2022
9:00am - 3:00pm

In-Person

WKEC Conference
Center






 

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Exploring KY Social Studies Standards & Inquiry Practices

Grades 7-11

Presented By: Jana Kirchner

 

Description:

New to Social Studies?  New to teaching?  Need help understanding the skills and content for your grade level?  If yes, join WKEC’s Social Studies Community of Practice as we explore the Kentucky Academic Standards and lessons using inquiry practice.  Work with grade-level peers to learn how the disciplinary strands, standards and disciplinary clarifications are organized in the standards document.  

 

Participants will: 

  • Do a deep dive into the content and skills in grade-level standards

  • Participate in lessons that model inquiry practices

  • Get instructional materials & resources that can be easily implemented

  • Learn quality sites for finding lesson ideas and resources

  • Meet with participants in-person and virtually 


This is a repeat training!  If you attended this training at WKEC or another cooperative last year, you do not need to register for this training.  Check our website for more information about a new training for you, “Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies” that will be held January 30th and 31st. 

Audience:  Grades 7-11

 

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS | $25 NON WKEC 

November 14, 2022
3:30pm - 4:30pm

VIRTUAL

 

Math Meet Up

This is a time when special education and general education math teachers can join a Zoom call to discuss strategies, hear from expert teachers, and get co-teaching strategies. 

 

This call will be hosted each month on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Time: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

For more information contact emily.fox@wkec.org

November 15, 2022
3:30pm - 4:30pm

VIRTUAL EVENT





 

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SEL Virtual Series - Gratitude Is The Best Attitude

Audience:  All Educators

 

Time: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS | $25 NON WKEC 

November 15, 2022
9:00am - 3:00pm

In-Person


WKEC Conference
Center






 

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Exploring KY Social Studies Standards & Inquiry Practices

Grades 3-6

Presented By: Jana Kirchner

 

Description:

New to Social Studies?  New to teaching?  Need help understanding the skills and content for your grade level?  If yes, join WKEC’s Social Studies Community of Practice as we explore the Kentucky Academic Standards and lessons using inquiry practice.  Work with grade-level peers to learn how the disciplinary strands, standards and disciplinary clarifications are organized in the standards document.  

 

Participants will: 

  • Do a deep dive into the content and skills in grade-level standards

  • Participate in lessons that model inquiry practices

  • Get instructional materials & resources that can be easily implemented

  • Learn quality sites for finding lesson ideas and resources

  • Meet with participants in-person and virtually 


This is a repeat training!  If you attended this training at WKEC or another cooperative last year, you do not need to register for this training.  Check our website for more information about a new training for you, “Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies” that will be held January 30th and 31st. 

Audience:  Grades 3-6

 

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS | $25 NON WKEC 

December 2022

December 5, 2022
8:30am-2:30pm CT
In-Person at:


WKEC Conference Center
435 Outlet Avenue
Eddyville, KY  42038






 

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Making Instructional Decisions Using IEP Progress Monitoring Data

Description:

DATE:  Monday, December 5, 2022
TIME: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CT
LOCATION: WKEC Conference Center, Eddyville, KY


TARGET AUDIENCE:  Special Education Teachers, Directors of Special Education, ARC Chairperson

SESSION DESCRIPTION:  This session will review tools and methods used to collect, graph and analyze student progress data to make instructional decisions for students.  

LEARNING TARGETS:  

 

Participants will be able to:

  • define and identify methods of measurement

  • collect and graph progress data

  • analyze, interpret and make instructional decisions based on data

  • demonstrate the linkage between progress monitoring and writing present levels for annual goal development

  • communicate progress monitoring data

 

Contact:  carla.mangels@wkec.org or tammy.williams@wkec.org

December 8, 2022
3:30pm - 4:30pm

VIRTUAL EVENT





 

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SEL Virtual Series - Supporting Students w/ Anxiety

Audience:  All Educators

 

Time: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS | $25 NON WKEC 

December 12, 2022
3:30pm - 4:30pm

VIRTUAL

 

Math Meet Up

This is a time when special education and general education math teachers can join a Zoom call to discuss strategies, hear from expert teachers, and get co-teaching strategies. 

 

This call will be hosted each month on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Time: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

For more information contact emily.fox@wkec.org

January 2023

January 3, 2023
8:30am - 11:30am

Virtual Event




 

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Trauma Informed Care

Description:

In Kentucky, 1 in 5 children has been exposed to two or more traumatic events by the time they are 5 years old.   Therefore, most educators deal with children's reactions to trauma, which can manifest as learning and behavior difficulties in the school setting. 

Schools serve as a critical system of support for children who have experienced trauma. Administrators, teachers, and staff can help reduce the effects of trauma on children by recognizing trauma responses, accommodating and responding to traumatized students within the classroom, and referring children to outside professionals when necessary.

Research indicates the following outcomes when schools are “trauma-informed”:
IMPROVED:  academic achievement and test scores, school climate, teacher sense of satisfaction and retention, graduation rates, community and family collaboration

Audience:  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that participants attend as school teams.  Suggestions for teams include administrator, counselor, general education teacher, special education teacher, and any other pertinent staff that are enthusiastic and eager to serve as change agents, meet regularly, and introduce key concepts about trauma and its impact on learning to the rest of the staff in their school.  Members should demonstrate a commitment to building trauma-sensitive schools. 

Contact:  carla.mangels@wkec.org or david.daniel@wkec.org 

January 12, 2023
9:00am - 3:00pm


Virtual Event





 

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Exploring KY Social Studies Standards & Inquiry Practices

Grades 7-11

Presented By: Jana Kirchner

 

Description:

Ever wonder what it means to read, write, and think like a social scientist?  Have you wondered what disciplinary literacy in social studies looks and sounds like? 

Join us at WKEC to experience proven strategies and sample lessons that will teach your students how to:

Analyze a variety of sources

Practice communicating conclusions 

Answer compelling and supporting questions

Audience:  Grades 7-11

 

Time: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS | $25 NON WKEC 

January 26, 2023
9:00am - 3:00pm


Virtual Event




 

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Exploring KY Social Studies Standards & Inquiry Practices

Grades 3-6

Presented By: Jana Kirchner

 

Description:

Ever wonder what it means to read, write, and think like a social scientist?  Have you wondered what disciplinary literacy in social studies looks and sounds like? 

Join us at WKEC to experience proven strategies and sample lessons that will teach your students how to:

Analyze a variety of sources

Practice communicating conclusions 

Answer compelling and supporting questions

Audience:  Grades 7-11

 

Time: 3:30PM - 4:30PM

FREE TO WKEC DISTRICTS | $25 NON WKEC