WRESA Online Course Offerings



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 aspencer@wresa.org 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 aspencer@wresa.org


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 csellers@wresa.org. 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 csellers@wresa.org or April Spencer, at aspencer@wresa.org (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.

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 aspencer@wresa.org

Type: Ongoing, Self-Paced
Course Fee:

WRESA Member $45.00

Non-Member: $65.00

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.

So, Now You’re a School Employee – Basic Responsibilities and Expectations

This course covers  the basic legal responsibilities for all public school employees in North Carolina. The law firm of Campbell Shatley, PLLC discusses important points of consideration for all public school employees such as supervision, confidentiality, using social media, student-staff relationships, and more.  This course is designed for all new and veteran school employees.

Type: Ongoing, Self-Paced
Course Fee: $25.00