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February 8, 2019

CT High School Graduation Requirements Unpacked: Brief 6 - District Policy

This is the sixth installment of the Connecticut High School Graduation Requirements Unpacked series. This seven-part series, created in collaboration with the Great Schools Partnership, unpacks the graduation requirements that were passed by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2017, provides resources for implementation, and questions for your considerations as you and your community work toward full implementation for the class of 2023.

This week’s topic is District Policy.

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CAPSS Advances Its Priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session
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The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) advances its priorities for the 2019 legislative session in accordance with our mission to lead the continuous improvement of public education for all students by advocating public policy for children and by developing and supporting executive school leaders.

Priority recommendations include:

  • Education Funding
  • School/Student Safety and Well-Being
  • Efforts to Promote Regionalism
  • Mandates

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Connecticut Schools Most Innovative Practices, Building Our Future Together

March 8, 2019 
8:30am - 12:30pm

University of Bridgeport
84 Iranistan Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 

The keynote speaker is Jon Landis, a thought leader from Apple.

Additional speakers will include:

Berj Akian, CEO of ClassLink.

Dr. Ronald Beghetto, an internationally recognized expert on creative thought and action in education.  He serves as Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of Innovation House at the University of Connecticut.

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Districts are Invited to Submit their PK-12 Innovative Educational Practice/Idea
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Based on the work of HundrED, the CAPSS Innovation Committee invites every Connecticut school district to share one PK-12 innovative educational idea/practice. The goal is to help improve Connecticut education by establishing a platform to share innovative school practices. Thank you to the many districts who have already submitted their ideas. Make sure your district is represented by uploading your innovative idea!

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CT Kids Speak, Jr.
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The State of Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, The Office of the Attorney General, The University of Connecticut, The New Haven, CT Chapter of Links, Inc., the Tau Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Girlfriends, Inc., Chums, Inc. and additional organizations are co-sponsoring CT Kids Speak Jr. Connecticut Kids Speak Jr.  is the kickoff to the Kids Court Jr. Essay Competition.  The Kids Court Jr. Competition provides elementary school students who are in 3-5 grade an opportunity to research a specific civil or human rights issue and advocate a position, initially in an essay and picture and then orally before a panel of judges.
Kids Speak Jr.  is a half-day program of interactive exercises, peer debate, improvisations, an interactive panel discussion and peer dialogue aimed at raising student’s consciousness about civil and human rights issues and reducing bullying and prejudice.  Students from across the State of Connecticut are invited to participate in this groundbreaking event.  In this inaugural year there are two topics for Kids Speak Jr.  and the Kids Court Jr.  Essay Competition.  The Kids Speak will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  at the state Armory in Hartford, Connecticut.  The event will be held at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford.  A morning snack and lunch will be served at no cost to participants.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  
Kids Speak Jr. is patterned after a twenty-five year program (Kids Speak) that has had participation from over 20,000 students state and tri-state.  Tens of Thousands of students have participated in Kids Speak and Kids Court over the years and the program has been very favorably received by educators and administrators.  Past Speakers have included Governor Dannel P. Malloy, State Senators, a Supreme Court Justice, State Representatives, Representatives from the Mayor’s Office In Hartford, The Commissioner of Education and many more dignitaries.  We hope that you will join us.  ADMISSION IS FREE AND LUNCH WILL BE SERVED FREE of CHARGE.  SPACES ARE LIMITED.  There are a limited number of transportation scholarships available.
Media will be present this year.  Thus, please register early before the spots are taken. The deadline for registering is March 7, 2019.  Please register for Kids Speak Jr. at 
Please have your students begin working on their essays now.  The topics for this year’s Competition are in the attached flyer.  The final Competition will be held at the end of April.    We hope to see you and your students.
Attorney Cheryl A. Sharp, Deputy Director
CT Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
450 Columbus Blvd Ste 2
Hartford CT 06103
Tel:   (860) 541-3450
Fax:  (860) 246-5265

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