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February 22, 2019

Now registering AT CAPSS

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Through the incredible generosity of The New England School Development Council, we're pleased to invite you to the Leading for Equity Institute for superintendents and their district teams on March 19, 2019 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. This session is open to all superintendents, including those who could not attend the fall institute. The morning session will be for superintendents and their district teams. Lunch and the afternoon session will be for superintendents only.

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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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CAPSS Welcomes AXA as New Business Partner
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The key to a comfortable retirement starts with you! At AXA, we understand the challenges that come with retirement planning, and are committed to helping you through every stage of life. Whether you are beginning your career, changing jobs, or nearing retirement, you can count on AXA to help you reach your savings goals. As the #1 provider of 403(b) plans in K-12, we have the experience to make an impact on your financial future. With AXA, you're not just investing in a 403(b); you're working with a company with a background of nearly 160 years in financial planning support.

Mike Linehan
Northeast Regional Vice President
AXA Retirement Plan Services

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Treasurer Wooden Launches 2019 CHET Dream Big! College Savings Competition

February 6, 2019

(HARTFORD, CT) – State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden has launched the 2019 Dream Big! college-savings competition that will award up to $1,000 each to 48 students in grades K-8.

“Encouraging young Connecticut students to start thinking about and planning for college as early as possible is crucial to their future success,” said Wooden, who is Trustee of the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) - sponsor of the annual Dream Big! Competition. “And as the owner of CHET accounts for my two sons, I can’t think of a better way to get started than by taking part in this fun and thought-provoking competition.”

Four students will be awarded a grand prize of $1,000, while the others will be awarded $500. A total of $26,000 will be awarded statewide to 48 students in the form of a contribution to a new or existing CHET account.

The competition asks students to use a creative outlet, in the form of a drawing or essay, to answer the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Kindergarten through third grade students are asked to share artwork depicting what they want to do after they go to college.

Fourth through eighth grade students are asked to answer in a 250-word essay how they will change the world after college.

Schools are also eligible for a prize. Eight schools - one per county - will be selected to receive up to $500 in cash for entries submitted on behalf of their students. To be eligible to win, the school must submit a minimum of 50 entries on behalf of entrants and have the highest number of entries in their county. School winners in the past have used the money to purchase library books, classroom materials and other items to enrich their students' academic experience.

Entries are judged based on theme, originality and creativity. Drawings will also be evaluated based on artistic design and attractiveness, while essays are also judged on overall grammar, spelling and punctuation. Printable entry forms, official rules and additional details can be found at No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

The competition began on Friday, February 1, and entry deadline is Friday, March 29.

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CCER Opens Registration for March 28th conference: Elevating Instructional Practice for Student Success
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Elevating Instructional Practice for Student Success

Enhancing Instructional Programming and Improving Student Achievement

Thursday, March 28, 2019  |  Capacity is Limited!

Sheraton Hartford Hotel South
100 Capital Boulevard | Rocky Hill

Check-in: 8:30 am
Program: 9 am–3:30 pm

Early Bird (before Feb 15): $50
Regular Admission: $75

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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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