Foundations of Reading Test Preparation

The Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum test is required for those seeking a K-6 license. This online course will help prepare preservice and teachers new to NC for the Foundations of Reading test. Activities, strategies, background reading, vocabulary study, practice questions, and resources will be provided in each of the tested areas:  Foundations of Reading Development, Development of Reading Comprehension, Reading Assessment and Instruction, and Integration of Knowledge and Understanding.  Candie Sellers, WRESA Elementary Coordinator, will facilitate this online, self-paced course.

Online Book Study: Designing and Implementing Performance Tasks and Projects


Welcome! This Eric Carbaugh course, focused on the book which he co-authored, Designing Authentic Performance Tasks and Projects: Tools for Meaningful Learning and Assessment, addresses the design and implementation of authentic performance tasks and projects. Throughout the course, you’ll learn about many practical tools to help you integrate these learning and assessment strategies into the fabric of your classroom. In addition to the modules devoted to the design of tasks, projects, and rubrics, you’ll also explore how to differentiate these tasks, teach in a performance-based classroom, and overcome common management challenges. The last chapter is devoted to creating a performance-based curriculum.

By completing this course, participants will:

  • Design meaningful and authentic learning experiences and assessments
  • Create tools to evaluate student work
  • Differentiate tasks and projects for student interest or readiness
  • Understand key instructional shifts in performance-based classrooms
  • Effectively manage student work
  • Explore opportunities for a performance-based curriculum

These modules include a collection of reflection questions, activities, and/or job embedded tasks, which will ask you to apply strategies and tools to your own teaching.

Enjoy your journey into performance-based curriculum and assessment.

For more information about this courses, contact Candie Sellers at CONTACT HOURS: 20

Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom

Cost: $45 WRESA Members       $65 Non-WRESA Members

Online book study for Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom. Written by: Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke.       

This book will introduce you to technological tools and the power of using the tools in your classroom. You will discover how to help students become effective digital readers and thinkers. This book will serve as a great resource for showing students what they can do in the ever changing digital world.

Participants will complete the book and respond to questions after each chapter. The final step will be to develop a digital lesson integrating the NC Digital Competences for Educator and sharing the plan with the other participants.  If you have questions contact Candie Sellers at or 828.774.5681, ext. 26.  Contact Hours: 20

Online Book Study – Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

Online book study using the book titled: Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms

for Changing Times by Eric Sheninger ( Second Edition). This book will help

administrators embrace innovation, technology, and flexibility to create a learning

culture that provides students with 21 st century competencies. The pillars of

digital leadership will be examined and administrators will develop a plan to

transform teaching, learning, and their leadership to meet the needs of educators

in the digital age.

The Science of Reading: 5 Part Series

This course is designed as a follow up from the Introduction to the Science of Reading led by NCCAT Early Grades Literacy Specialist, Gin Hodge.  Participants will dig deeper into each of the five components of high quality reading instruction and will explore resources to support the explicit instruction of each component during face to face instruction as well as virtual instruction.  This self-paced, five hour course will dedicate a session to phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, oral language and vocabulary, and comprehension.  

Target audience: K-5 grades (Must View all 5 Sessions to Receive Credit) There will be a one hour webinar each month.  Each participant will submit a final summary after viewing all 5 webinars to receive full credit for the course.  We highly recommend that you take notes on each webinar (on paper or in a word doc)  to assist in completing the final summary. There are no prerequisite requirements for this course.

Presenter: Cindy Hutchins Instructional Coach Buncombe County Schools.

Cindy taught fourth and second grade at W.W. Estes Elementary school for five years before becoming an Instructional Coach for Buncombe County Schools for the past five years. She is passionate about the Science of Reading and progress in the area of neuroscience related to how children learn to read.

If you have further questions, please contact Candie Sellers:

Engaging Students While Fighting Apathy


Do you sometimes feel like you students are unmotivated and disengaged?  This online self paced course  will help you identify causes of student apathy and you will learn strategies for increasing engagement both virtually and face to face. This course will be 15 contact hours.



Main objectives include:

  • identify reasons students lack engagement
  • incorporate strategies which increase engagement for ALL students (including EL EC, and AIG)
  • explore growth mindset and executive functioning and how both relate to apathy.

When you have completed the course, email April Spencer at to notify April that you have completed the course and are requesting your certificate. After reviewing your assignments and, assuming everything looks good, April will send your certificate of completion for the course “Engaging Students While Fighting Apathy” for 15 contact hours.

Presenter:  Pam Sutton, Instructional Coach for Henderson County Public Schools

Facilitator:  April Spencer – If you have any questions about the course, contact April at


ACT 3-Year Plan for Educators


Our online 3-year plan was created for your staff to prepare students to have a successful ACT experience. It is set-up to allow students in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade information and resources in the same order as the ACT test is administered: English, Math, Reading, Science.

Each grade level has topic specific lessons designed as warm-ups that guide the students through the important concepts needed for success.

Good Luck in the upcoming year. If you have questions, please contact us:

Donna & Martin Talbert

Online Book Study: Strategies to Support Student Learning in Online and Blended Environments


Welcome!  Eric Carbaugh, co-author of the book titled: The Differentiated  Flipped Classroom; A Practical Guide to Digital Learning  will take you through  this course using the book as a guide. Participants will need to purchase the book prior to starting the course.


Primarily, participants will learn how to:

  1. Craft a positive learning environment and build relationships with students both at home and at school;
  2. Create or personalize content for students to view when learning at home;
  3. Monitor student progress towards key learning goals;
  4. Differentiate for student readiness, interest, and learning profile needs; and,
  5. Manage a differentiated flipped classroom environment.


After each chapter, there are a set of reflection questions to help you process key ideas. In addition, some chapters have “job embedded tasks” which will ask you to apply strategies and tools to your own teaching and then reflect on these experiences. Included in some modules are additional resources such as brief articles, video clips, and tutorials that will help you to successfully complete the job-embedded activities.

To maximize your learning, please complete the reflection questions in each chapter BEFORE working on the job embedded tasks (if included).

Enjoy the course!

For more information about this courses, contact Candie Sellers at CONTACT HOURS: 20

Online Book Study: Social and Emotional Learning


Registration Fee:   $45  WRESA Member ,  $65 WRESA Non-Member

***Participant will also need to purchase the book

Contact hours:   20 hrs

Online book study for All Learning is Social and Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond.  Written by: Frey, Fisher and Smith.  Participants will read and respond to questions and reflect on what they are reading.  

 When students finally return to our school buildings, whenever that may be, they will be carrying accumulated trauma from the Pandemic and recent events. They will need more social and emotional support than ever before. This course will provide and/or extend the participants knowledge and strategies to promote SEL as well as strategies for remote teaching and learning.  Educators will be able to create a classroom/school culture that teaches resilience and respect in a safe environment. Our goal is to help our students build essential skills that will serve them in our classrooms and throughout their lives! 

Who should the audience be for this course?  This book study would be a wonderful resource and guide for whole school participation and would support the planning process for the development of a schoolwide SEL environment. School Improvement Teams and individual teachers will benefit as well. All of the ideas and strategies from the book can also be implemented in an individual teacher’s classroom for SEL. 

For more information please contact:  Candie Sellers at 828-774-5681 (ext. 104), or or April Spencer, at (ext.103)

Substitute 101

On any given day approximately 274,000 substitute teachers serve in this country’s classrooms. By the time a student graduates from high school, that person will have spent the equivalent of a full year being taught by a substitute. As a result, quality preparation of substitute teachers is critical for student learning.

WRESA would like to thank Henderson, Jackson and Macon Counties; Jan King, Director of School Learning and Leadership Development for Henderson County Schools; and Monica Shepherd, Northwest Regional Educational Facilitator, for sharing their time and resources with us.

The following forms below need to be printed, completed, and included with your certificate  for this course when you apply to be a substitute with a school district. You will take the Blood Borne Pathogen Quiz and the Diabetes Quiz as part of your substitute training and these will be noted on your certificate.

Increasing Rigor with Higher Order Thinking

This session will help participants use higher order thinking to increase rigor. We will improve the quality of questions posed to students. This course will be 15 contact hours.

Target audience:   6-12 teachers

Main objectives include:

  • using Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to scaffold students to think more critically,

  • purposefully planning questions in lesson plans, and

  • building rigor in both face to face and virtual environments.

NC Professional Teaching Standards Addressed in this Course:


Presenter: Pam Sutton, Instructional Coach for Henderson County Schools 

Facilitator: April Spencer – If you have any questions, email April at

Type: Ongoing, Self-Paced
Course Fee:

WRESA Member $45.00

Non-Member: $65.00

Contact Hours:  15 hours

You will have topics to review and a quiz/activity for each of the 6 lessons. Please complete each quiz/activity at the conclusion of each lesson.

Project GLAD® Research and Theory – 2021

Welcome to 

Project GLAD

Research and Theory & Virtual Demonstration and Planning Live Webinar


Webinar Schedule 


  • June 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2021

  • 8:00 am – 12 noon


  • June 21st, 22th, 23th and 24th, 2021

  • 8:00am – 3:30pm


  • July 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2021

  • 8:00am – 3:30pm

Location:  Virtual

Zoom Link:

Zoom Link will be provided via email.