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May 13, 2022

CAPSS Update F
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Creating a School Improvement Plan That Works

Creating a school improvement plan can take your district beyond planning to actual innovating. In this article from HMH, you'll find some useful information to get started, like what is a quality school improvement plan and action steps you can take to put one into motion.

Lunch & Learn: Driving K-12 Innovation to Transform Learning in Connecticut

Join fellow school and district leaders, education experts, and Renaissance executives for a collaborative event at the Connecticut Science Center. Explore the latest education research, hear from your peers, share your insights, and get a special preview of Renaissance's latest EdTech innovations and company roadmap.

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Superintendent Contracts and Financial Wellness

TCG, a HUB International Company presented a webinar on our Superintendent Wellness Program on March 29th.  Mason Moses, SVP of Contract Consulting provided valuable information on CT current contract trends, compensation items to consider to meet your financial goals, how it can be utilized to foster longevity and financial success. A recording of the webinar is provided to CAPSS membership. If you have additional questions or would like additional information, please contact Randy Feid at 781-364-4996 or

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Requesting Participation in Research Study

Hello, my name is Keely Garden and I am a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Southern CT State University. Under the supervision of Dr. Sousan Arafeh, I am researching how public schools are reacting to Public Act 19-74 (2019); An Act Concerning Minority Teacher Recruitment and Retention. The bill required all state Boards of Education to work toward an increase in the hiring of teachers and administrators of color by a statewide minimum of 250 new hires each school year starting in 2020-2021. I hope you will consider participating in my research by sharing your knowledge and experiences with the hiring process.

There are two ways to participate in this research depending upon your role.
1.    CT public school superintendents can complete a 6-question online survey
2.    CT public school principals can participate in a 30-minute interview in person or via Zoom.

Participation in this research is voluntary and you can decide to terminate your participation at any time. All of the information collected will remain confidential. If you wish to view the collected data after all identifying factors have been removed, you can request access from me.

If you are a CT public school superintendent who is willing to participate in this research, please follow this link to access the online survey

If you are a CT public school principal who is willing to participate in this research, please follow this link to schedule your interview

If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please contact Keely Garden or Dr. Sousan Arafeh

We are so appreciative of you considering participating in this research!

Keely Garden
Researcher, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Sousan Arafeh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

There are Ways to Improve Safety in Connecticut’s Schools

by Nicholas A. Fischer, Ed.D
CT Mirror

Take a look at social media, television news and newspapers and it is clear that parents are becoming increasingly concerned about violence in schools.

Parents are often responding to their children’s experience in schools since the COVID pandemic and media coverage of school violence, not to statistics.

read the complete article in the CT Mirror

6th Annual Teacher Leader Fellowship Academy Institute

May 24, 2022, 10:00am - 2:30pm

Theme: Now What? Leading with Passion, Commitment & Creativity through the Pandemic & Beyond

15 Breakout Sessions led by Connecticut’s Teacher Leaders on topics such as:

  • Implementing Presentations of Learning (POLs): Creating a Culture of Reflection
  • Self-Reflective Grading: Enhancing student ownership and focusing on what was learned
  • C.A.R.E.S.: Creating Attitude and Relationships that Enable Students and Staff
  • Building a “Greene Light” Culture to Reignite JOY in the Teaching Profession and Within our Schools
  • The Next Normal: How a Connecticut School District Reimagined the Teaching and Learning Experience
  • Teacher Leaders as a Source of Support for One Another

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SAVE THE DATE: Superintendent Kelly Lyman's Retirement

Save the date for the retirement celebration of Kelly Lyman:

June 1, 2022, 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Storrs, CT

Invitation to Follow!

Connecticut's Enhanced Reciprocity

The CSDE Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification is pleased to announce an additional pathway for educators to apply for and obtain certification if they hold a valid out-of-state, fully licensed educator certificate equivalent to at least Connecticut’s initial educator certificate. In accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, Section 10-146c, effective April 18, 2022, Connecticut’s recognition statement for “Enhanced Reciprocity” recognizes select states located in the Northeastern Region and territories to streamline the application process for certification. Please see attached document and we hope that this will help with your recruitment efforts.
Dr. Shuana Tucker
Chief Talent Officer

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ECHMC: A Solution to Stabilizing Medical and Dental Premiums

If your district is interested in rate stabilization over the longer term vs year to year? Contact the Eastern Connecticut Health and Medical Collaborative.

  • Is your district self-insured but interested in becoming part of a larger group?
  • Is your district fully insured but too small to be self-insured on its own?
  • Is your district in a good position with renewal but concerned about the future?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ECHMC may be able to help.

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