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February 15, 2019

CT High School Graduation Requirements Unpacked: Brief 7 - Community Engagement + Communication

This is the seventh 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 Community Engagement + Communications.

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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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LIMITED REGISTRATION for College-Bound Students: Scientific Lab Symposium
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Does your student excel in science and/or possess an above average aptitude in math?

The AMBYESE program is in the process of launching a one of a kind Scientific Lab Symposium: 

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Where: UCONN-Stamford

Time: 10 AM – 3 PM

Objective of the symposium: To familiarize college-bound students (who possess above average aptitudes in science and mathematics) of the emerging careers in natural/life science available to them within the public and private sectors by electing to pursue an undergraduate degree in one of the following majors:

Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Earth and Marine Science, Mathematics, Metallurgy, Environmental Science, Physics and Geography

Under the team leadership of Praxair's John Sirman, Ph.D., who was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Electronic Ceramic Materials, the symposium will present a series of cryo-demonstrations and other intriguing science displays in the auditorium of UCONN Stamford. Participating students will gain hands-on experience in the process and have the opportunity to network with scientists and science teachers/professionals through a panel discussion and informal discussions.

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Armed School Security Personnel: Required Training

Armed School Security Training Pursuant to PA 13-188

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s, Police Officer Standards and Training Council, Field Services Training Division, is presenting the training of armed school security personnel as required by Public Act 13-188.

The training session will be a ONE day, 6 contact hour session and has been scheduled on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 and for NEW HIRES in addition to day one would have to attend Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden, CT from 8:30AM-4:00 PM.

This seminar is required under Public Act 13-188.  This Act requires that armed security personnel in a public school, other than a sworn member of an organized local police department, be a qualified, retired in good standing, law enforcement officer certified by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, or the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.  Such personnel will receive annual training.

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2019 Recognition Awards
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CASBO is dedicated to acknowledging exemplary business managers and their service to the betterment of education for the students of Connecticut.  CASBO has three recognition awards—Connecticut Celebrated School Business Official Award, Rising Star Award and Innovative Practices Award.  Annually, nominations are sought in February through March.  The Selection Committee is comprised of CASBO members, a CABE representative, and a CAPSS representative. 

The Connecticut Celebrated School Business Official and Rising Star Awards were created to acknowledge the value and contributions of outstanding school business officials. Nominees are evaluated based upon their contributions to their profession, regardless of the size of their districts and their job titles. These awards are meant to honor an individual both for current accomplishments and sustained contributions.   The Rising Star Award is reserved for those who have had their certification for 10 or less years.

The purpose of the School Business and Operations Innovative Practices Recognition is to identify effective and innovative uses of public resources in support of education, and to disseminate the ideas or practices for the benefit of public schools in Connecticut.

Each award winner receives a beautiful award presented at the President’s Dinner, complimentary Institute registration and tickets to the President’s Dinner.  The call for award nominations will be accepted until March 29, 2019 via the CASBO website.

Districts are Invited to Submit their PK-12 Innovative Educational Practice
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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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