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April 12, 2019

Now Registering at CAPSS
CAPSS Retirement Workshop

Please join us on Thursday, May 16th from 10:00am to 12:00pm at CAPSS for the Retirement Workshop.
Bob Sudol will discuss the following topics:

  • Qualifying for Retirement
  • Retirement Plan Options
  • Purchasing Service
  • Social Security Post Retirement
  • Employment Filing for Retirement
  • Legislative Update/Changes
  • Opportunity for Q&A


General News & Announcements
CT Initiative to Bring Trauma-Focused Groups to Schools

Research indicates that trauma can have a direct, immediate impact on students’ academic performance. CT has opportunities for schools and districts interested in assistance with the delivery of evidence-based treatment for students exposed to trauma. Gleaned from a large body of research pointing to the positive impact of trauma-informed educational settings, schools can embark on a whole-school paradigm shift to recognize, understand, and address the needs of students that have been exposed to trauma and chronic stress. Schools and school-based health centers can learn how to deliver evidence-based treatment for children exposed to trauma. Moreover, these opportunities will positively impact school culture and have the potential to change the trajectory of vulnerable students.
Through funding from the Department of Children and Families, the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) and Dr. Sharon Hoover (CBITS Developer) is offering opportunities to implement Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Bounce Back (a version of CBITS for elementary aged children in grades K through 5).  New teams will join an existing statewide network of 23 CBITS/BB provider teams, which together have served over 1,250 children with excellent outcomes. All training, ongoing consultation, and quality assurance is provided at no cost, and participating providers/schools are eligible to receive performance-based sustainability funding. 
I have attached a brochure with additional information regarding CBITS and Bounce Back. You can also contact me, Dr. Diana Perry, Project Coordinator for the CBITS Initiative. I would be happy to answer any questions or furnish a CBITS/Bounce Back Welcome Packet and Application. All prospective teams are offered pre-application consultation, as we believe that implementation support needs to be available every step of the way, and not just once a partnership is formed.    
Additionally, you can check out the attached brochure or use the following links to learn more about the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools and Bounce Back interventions:

CBITS & Bounce Back - Helping Children Through Schools

Bounce Back Program Overview

Diana L. Perry, PsyD
Project Coordinator
Child Health & Development Institute (CHDI)
270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 360
Farmington CT 06032
(p) 860.679.3327
(f) 860.679.0195


HOT Approach Mini-Institute & Grant Opportunity

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA)
HOT Approach Mini-Institute & Grant Opportunity
Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2019              
Red Lion Hotel, Cromwell                
Limited space available / No charge to attend

Ensuring all students have access to a holistic well-rounded education is central to the Federal Education Law: Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).  Two of the three purposes of ESSA’s Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program (Title IV part a.) are to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, and to improve school conditions as a means of improving academic achievement. The arts are identified as a defined component of a well- rounded education.  The Connecticut Office of the Arts’ HOT Approach to teaching and learning originally designed as the Connecticut Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools whole-school improvement model, supports and nurtures a safe learning environment and well-rounded education through standards-based arts education, arts integration, and democratic practice.  
COA’s Arts Learning Grant Program is designed to provide access to arts experiences and to encourage K-12 schools to advance along a Continuum of Practice providing deep and impactful arts learning experiences that contribute to improving student achievement through a student-centered environment and well-rounded education.
HOT Approach Implementation Grants are tied to professional development focused on improving school conditions and student achievement through effective practices in standards-based arts education, arts integration, school culture change, and leadership development. HOT Approach Implementation Grants will be made available to K-12 Teams who participate in COA’s HOT Approach Professional Development on April 26 & 27. K-12 Grade Level, School, and District Teams may include an Arts and Cultural Organization Community Partner.   
HOT Approach Mini-Institute 
COA’s Higher Order Thinking (HOT) APPROACH to teaching and learning provides educators vital professional development, resources, tools and strategies to develop, deepen and expand effective practices in standards based arts education, arts integration, student voice and leadership development.

Based on COA’s long-standing and nationally renowned HOT Schools Program, the HOT Approach weaves best practices in arts in education with present-day needs and experiences of urban, suburban, and rural school communities and is open to K-12 (arts and non-arts) educators statewide.

The April 26 & 27 HOT Approach Mini-Institute will focus on Multiple Intelligences and Arts Integration with an emphasis on STEAM models that work.

Participants in COA’s HOT Approach Mini-Institute may be eligible to apply for a COA Arts Learning HOT Approach Implementation Grant:

  • Grade Level Teams:  3-5 Teachers in a grade level - may request up to $3,000
  • School Teams:  Principal and Teacher Teams (3-5 teachers - including at least one arts discipline teacher) - may request up to $5,000
  • District Leadership Teams: Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and/or Director of Curriculum with a leadership team representing one or more schools in the district including an arts team (minimum 5) - may request up to $10,000
  • Community Teams: A Grade Level, School, or District Leadership Team that includes an Arts or Cultural Facility/Organization Educator may request an additional $1,000, $2,000, or $3,000 (respectively).

Individuals are welcome to attend but will not be eligible to apply for a HOT Approach Implementation Grant.

There is no fee to participate, however, please note: those who register but do not show will be placed on wait lists for similar opportunities in the future.

COA strategically supports environments that are arts READI (Relevant, Equitable, Accessible, Diverse, and Inclusive).

Bonnie Koba
Arts Education Manager

Register for HOT Approach Mini-Institute

Note to CAPSS' Members: If you are interested in receiving arts education-related news items from the CT Office of the Arts, please email Rhonda Olisky to be added to the mailing list.


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