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CAPSS is proud to welcome Right At School for a second year as an Elite sponsor of our association!

Right At School provides safe, engaging, and meaningful before and after school programs to inspire a love of learning, support schools, and give parents peace of mind.

Right At School was founded in 2011 by Dr. Mark Rothschild. He noticed that in many communities, before school and after school care looked more like babysitting than a fun and enriching time for students.  How much more could children grow and explore when supported with high-quality out of school programs?

Eight years later, Right At School is the official after school provider of the AASA. Its highly trained local educators ignite after school joy and community for 35,000 students in over 400 schools across the country all at no cost to districts. Parents love its affordable, flexible options and kids have a blast with its hands-on and fun Disguised LearningTM curriculum.

To learn more about the impact of a world-class after school program, contact Erreick Stewart, Director of School Partnerships, at erreick.stewart@rightatschool.com.

Social Emotional Learning, Health and Wellness, Positive Education, and Positive Psychology are four evidence-based fields of study that can help make that dream a reality. However, all of these fields must be integrated in order to create a positive school and district culture and climate that helps everyone to learn, grow, and flourish. Everything starts at the top, and administrators, faculty, and staff must be aware of adult behaviors in school and take appropriate steps to inspire their students to achieve great things, both in and out of the classroom. This session will include an overview of how to integrate these fields as well as activities aimed at generating insightful outcomes.

Dr. Monte, an Adjunct Professor at Western Connecticut State University and Counselor Education Fieldwork Coordinator, will present Integrating the fields of Social Emotional Learning, Health and Wellness, Positive Education, and Positive Psychology. Other aspects of the agenda are being finalized but will also include a Building Capacity Book Study on Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Relationships. (We still have some copies of the book to give away!)

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CAPSS is proud to welcome Right At School for a second year as an Elite sponsor of our association!

Right At School provides safe, engaging, and meaningful before and after school programs to inspire a love of learning, support schools, and give parents peace of mind.

Right At School was founded in 2011 by Dr. Mark Rothschild. He noticed that in many communities, before school and after school care looked more like babysitting than a fun and enriching time for students.  How much more could children grow and explore when supported with high-quality out of school programs?

Eight years later, Right At School is the official after school provider of the AASA. Its highly trained local educators ignite after school joy and community for 35,000 students in over 400 schools across the country all at no cost to districts. Parents love its affordable, flexible options and kids have a blast with its hands-on and fun Disguised LearningTM curriculum.

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You can visit Right At School at Booth #12 at the 2019 CABE/CAPSS Convention! Or, contact Erreick Stewart, Director of School Partnerships, at erreick.stewart@rightatschool.com to learn more about the impact of a world-class after school program.

 

Children today have more stress than ever before that place increasing numbers of children at risk. School social workers can help children learn ways of adapting to stressful situations before maladaptive coping skills are established. It has been shown that children with healthy adaptive coping skills to stress have higher attendance rates, decreased drop-out rates, higher test scores and higher self-esteem. School social workers are the one discipline in a school system that proactively addresses academic barriers within the child’s home, school and community. School social workers serve as a catalyst to bring people together to create an environment conducive to learning.

According to the National Mental Health Association, less than 1 in 5 of the 12.5 million children in need of mental health services actually receive them. Many of these children will not achieve academic success due to social, emotional and behavioral problems affecting school performance. School social workers can help these students through means of prevention, early identification, intervention, counseling and support. School social workers address issues of bullying, crisis intervention, drug use, counseling, conflict resolution, issues of self-esteem, child neglect and abuse, working to connect students with needed services, and the list goes on. These are services that benefit the student, the student’s family, teachers, and administrators. However, services once dismantled are not easily gained back and school systems that have reduced or eliminated school social workers quickly find that they need the social workers and ultimately have the expense of rehiring social work staff.

Focusing on students is a key aspect of school social work practice however it is just one of several important parts played by school social workers. Social workers are pro-actively involved in working with parents to enhance parent involvement, assuring families have information and access to community services, and collaborating with outside agencies such as the Department of Children and Families are all part of a school social workers typical day. Teachers and school administrators also benefit, in multiple ways, from having available school social workers as a resource, including helping to explain how family issues are affecting academic performance, coordinating services, and assisting in developing individual educational goals and the means to help the student attain those goals.

Schools do not function in a vacuum. When students cross that school door, they bring with them the life stresses of their family, impacts of trauma, fears of being bullied, and in this poor economy where so many families are struggling to get by those concerns press on the student’s mind. All of these factors are obstacles to learning. All of these obstacles are brought into the classroom. School social workers break through these barriers by providing students with the coping skills and support necessary to allow learning to take place.

At a time when school safety and security is on all of our minds please know that school social workers are part of the answer to secure schools. School social workers identify children with mental health and social development needs and when school social workers are in the elementary schools such identification and referral to treatment can be made early on when intervention is most successful.

The National Association of Social Workers has a standard for school social workers to pupil’s ratio of 1 to 250 students in general population. When intensive services are required, we suggest a lower ratio. NASW supports having at least one school social worker in every public school. For more information or assistance with recruiting qualified school social workers contact Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW, skarp.naswct@socialworkers.org or 860-257-8066.

 

What: The Relay Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification program is a part time teaching residency program designed for non-certified staff members employed within schools across the State of Connecticut. Residents are provided the foundational skills of highly effective teaching practices, supported by educational theory and pedagogy that can be used in their classrooms, the next day.
 
Benefits to the District: Districts create a diverse pipeline of highly qualified novice teachers from current pool of staff, who are more likely to stay at their schools over the long term. This saves districts both time and money in replacement costs. Investing in the Relay program is an investment in diversifying the teaching force as Relay intentionally prioritizes enrolling historically underrepresented groups in the teaching workforce. A school community supports a Relay Resident by partnering them with a mentor teacher and allowing them to do student teaching for 6 hours each week. There are no additional financial costs to the district, unless a district wants to provide scholarships for tuition or testing fees.  
 
Who: Non-certified school staff members

  • Teachers on Durational Shortage Area Permits or Other Temporary Certification (e.g. Paraprofessionals, Behavior specialists, Substitute teachers , Office Staff)
  • Must have obtained an Undergraduate Degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA above 2.75
  • Seeking certification in Secondary Science, Math, ELA or Elementary Education

 
Benefits to the Resident: Residents enter the profession via a gradual on-ramp while earning a high-quality, low-cost certification that is grounded in culturally responsive teaching practices. The cost of the one year Alternate Route to Certification program is $17,500. Relay is committed to ensuring that our programs are affordable for teachers, especially those teaching in high-needs public schools, therefore we offer scholarships to students so out of pocket costs do not exceed $5,000.
 
Interested in partnering? Email csilva-muhammad@relay.edu to arrange a meeting with the director of programs and check out our website.

Dr. Rebecca Good
Connecticut Campus Dean
Relay Graduate School of Education
M: 203-815-4446
rgood@relay.edu | relay.edu

December 11, 2019  |  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Legislative Office Building, Room 1C

300 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Please join Chris Smith of Rome, Smith and Lutz, who will provide an informational presentation about how a bill becomes a law and how superintendents can positively impact legislation through their advocacy. State Senator Douglas McCrory is scheduled to join us for a portion of this session.

Information/Registration

 

#NEASC2019

December 5-6, 2019
Marriott Hotel, Burlington, MA (One Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803 USA)

Who should attend  -  K-12 teachers and administrators, school counselors, and individuals or organizations actively involved in the K-16 education continuum

More information
 
#NEASC2019 will highlight thought leaders in Design Thinking alongside schools and others who have applied the process to school improvement.
 
 The following sessions may be of particular interest :

  • Michael Horn – Keynote on design thinking and a session based on his new book, “Choosing College”
  • Smith College – using design thinking with students to help them address personal issues
  • Mastery Transcript Consortium – exploring the theories behind Mastery Transcripts with a chance to engage with the pilot version
  • College Admissions (panel discussion featuring admissions professionals from NE colleges)
  • Linda Nathan – based on her book “When Grit isn’t Enough,” this session will investigate assumptions that dominate our thinking about education and how they mask systemic inequity
  • How to implement a context-driven social and emotional learning initiative (RHAM High School)
  • Academic Engagement with Anxious, Avoidant Adolescents (The Spire School)
  • Student Voice (panel discussion featuring students from New England schools) 

We invite you to browse the full list of topics on our website.

We hope to see you there!

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10-21-2019
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Joint Statement from Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, CAPSS Executive Director Fran Rabinowitz and CABE Executive Director Bob Rader on Addressing Issues of Intolerance

In light of several recent high profile acts of racism involving students in our Connecticut schools, we want to take this opportunity to state unequivocally that all children deserve to be educated in a safe environment where they do not feel threatened regardless of their race, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, nationality, status of citizenship, or sexual orientation.  It is our core responsibility as educators to do everything we can to foster environments that ensure equity, diversity and inclusion.  In fact, the diversity in our state is one of our greatest strengths.  Research indicates that when our students are introduced to diversity at a young age, implicit biases are not only reduced, but we see stronger social skills and respect on all levels.

Together, the CT State Department of Education (CSDE), the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) share a sense of urgency to proactively address issues of intolerance.  This is our priority.  We plan to work together to ensure districts are supported and have the necessary tools needed to promote environments safe from bias.  Preparing students to become productive members of society includes teaching about respecting diversity and creating a sense of community.

Below are links to resources for districts to consider as they continue this work.  However, links alone will not accomplish the important work ahead.  Many districts are already paving the way and we will be reaching out to them to share “evolving practices.”  In addition, leaders from CSDE, CAPSS and CABE will be meeting together soon to identify steps we plan to take in collaboration to provide resources, guidance, and technical assistance for districts.  

Together, as leaders, let’s embrace this opportunity to create learning environments where all students feel valued, respected, and safe to learn and grow.

Miguel A. Cardona, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Education

Frances M. Rabinowitz
Executive Director, CAPSS

Robert Rader
Executive Director, CABE


RESOURCES

“Avoiding Racial Equity Detours” - Paul Gorski, EdChange

 “The Critical Work of Racial Identity Development” - Dr. Daren Graves presentation to CSDE

State Education Resource Center’s (SERC) “Equity in Education: A Transformational Approach to Teaching and Learning”

The National Education Association’s (NEA) online resources for teachers, students and parents to help engage in a dialogue about racism, hate and violence

VE is an educational nonprofit that transforms students into business professionals by bringing the workplace into the classroom and preparing them for fulfilling, financially secure futures.

By starting a company and managing its day-to-day operations, students not only develop meaningful skills-based career experiences and an entrepreneurial mindset, they also identify career pathways that align with their interests, talents, and aspirations. Students are able to test-drive potential careers and develop in-demand skills and competencies that post-secondary institutions and employers are seeking. The program engages students in their learning and prepares them with relevant, hands-on opportunities to develop, test, and apply academic, business, financial and entrepreneurial skills.

Since its inception in 1996, VE has served over 140,000 students.  We currently support 15,000 students across 19 states each year.  Our students are part of a global network spanning 40 countries and 7,500 student-run businesses.

Please visit our website for more information, or contact Nick Chapman (nchapman@veinternational.org).

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The Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs is comprised of 21 YMCAs, each volunteer led, a charitable organization and a powerful advocate for the needs of children, families and individuals in communities throughout Connecticut. We have provided over $11 million dollars in Financial Assistance to support youth, adults and families who choose to participate in YMCA programs, regardless of their age, gender, income or background, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate in a program which promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. In 2018 YMCAs supported 14,910 children through after school/enrichment programs, 128,920 youth experienced values based programs at YMCAs in Connecticut. Also 4,967 children enrolled in the Y's preschool enrichment programs.

The YMCA is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen in our communities.

www.ymca.net

David Hayward
Strategic Consultant
Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs
(312) 835-2225

 

CT Alliance of YMCAs logo

The Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs is comprised of 21 YMCAs, each volunteer led, a charitable organization and a powerful advocate for the needs of children, families and individuals in communities throughout Connecticut. We have provided over $11 million dollars in Financial Assistance to support youth, adults and families who choose to participate in YMCA programs, regardless of their age, gender, income or background, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate in a program which promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. In 2018 YMCAs supported 14,910 children through after school/enrichment programs, 128,920 youth experienced values based programs at YMCAs in Connecticut. Also 4,967 children enrolled in the Y's preschool enrichment programs.

The YMCA is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen in our communities.

www.ymca.net

David Hayward
Strategic Consultant
Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs
(312) 835-2225

 

Anthony Colannino, ICLE Senior Fellow
This blog post originally appeared on HMH’s Shaped blog on August 26, 2019.

A strong instructional coach is like manna from heaven. Until I had one, I didn’t realize the impact such a person could have on my teachers, my building, and me. This not to say that working with instructional coaches is not without its challenges. It most certainly is filled with potential potholes. But if you—as an education leader—follow some of the steps below, you’re more likely to have happy, productive, and innovative teachers, which will lead to more children learning.

Get on the Same Page
This is not as easy as it sounds. District leadership and initiatives bind most instructional coaches, who also have to serve a school or schools with distinct needs based on culture, staff, and students. This can put coaches in the middle of two masters to serve. Discussing and deciding the most important curriculum, initiatives, or professional development will give your coach a clear plan to best implement central office priorities and meet your unique school’s needs.

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TO: Connecticut Superintendents of Schools and CT Police Chiefs

RE: Carl Moller Scholarship - For Connecticut High School Students interested in a Law Enforcement Career

At the April 2020 CPCA EXPO, the Connecticut Police Foundation will award $1,000 college scholarships to two deserving high school students in Connecticut who want to pursue a career in law enforcement.

We would like you to participate actively in the process of selecting the winners. We are asking you to:

  1. Announce the scholarship program in your police department and in your school district.
  2. Post details of the scholarship program on your department or school bulletin board or email to members of your department. The information can be downloaded from the CPCA website, www.cpcanet.org.
  3. Police Chiefs - Collect, review, and evaluate scholarship applications from the students in your town, evaluate them, and recommend the most deserving applicant (one only) from your jurisdiction.
  4. Forward the application you select to the Awards Committee by February 15, 2020 for final determination of the 2020 scholarship winners by the Connecticut Police Foundation Carl Moller Scholarship Committee.

In recommending high school students from your jurisdiction you should consider financial need and the candidate's dedication to a career in law enforcement. Applications cannot be accepted without the written recommendation of the Police Chief in the town where the student lives or attends high school.

To provide general information about the scholarship for you we are attaching general information, an application form, and a financial aid form. Please duplicate these forms to make them available to interested students.

Remember: The application of your nominee with your recommendation and signature must be submitted before February 15, 2020. Thank you for your help.

Pamela D. Hayes
Executive Director
Connecticut Police Chiefs Association
365 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 1A
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: 860-757-3909
Fax: 860-436-6054
Cell: 860-478-7571
phayes@cpcanet.org

SCHOLARSHIP DOCUMENTS

 

New Resource Highlights and Provides Promising Practices, Proven Models by Districts for Districts

(Hartford, CT) - The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) today launched its new Learn Together, Grow Together CT initiative, which will highlight districts addressing common issues and problems through innovative approaches, ideas and strategies that are producing successful outcomes. Learn Together, Grow Together CT will also promote these promising practices in district profiles inventoried on the CSDE website so that other district leaders and educators can connect with fellow districts and borrow, adapt and put to use these proven models in their own districts and schools. The initiative is part of Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona’s major points of focus to leverage the collective capacity and resources already in place around the state in order to better facilitate collaboration around common goals.
 
“Across the state districts large and small are dealing many of the same issues and challenges that have already been successfully overcome in another Connecticut district. A priority of CSDE is to focus on and share strategies that we know are working. If we can learn from each other and grow together, then we can leverage our collective capacity statewide to address some of the most prevalent hurdles facing us as educators,” said Commissioner Cardona. “This initiative supports our efforts to do a better job of creating lines of communication and sharing best practices to accelerate the most important aspect of everything we do: improving achievement, closing gaps and preparing all of our students for bright and promising futures.”
 
Learn Together, Grow Together CT consists of a social media campaign and dedicated page on CSDE’s website with an inventory of district profiles on promising practices they have implemented as well as the results that have been yielded. Learn Together, Grow Together CTwill identify and promote the most exceptional strategies and encourage districts to connect with their counterparts around the state to learn what impact these approaches are having on the success of students, educators and district operations. Districts can share with CSDE their own promising practices to be highlighted by following CSDE on Facebook and Twitter then tagging @ctdepartmentofeducation in posts and Tweeting at @EducateCT. Posts and Tweets should include the hashtag #LearnGrowCT.
 
The first installment of Learn Together, Grow Together CT will feature with two topic areas: Chronic Absenteeism and Student Attendance; and, College and Career Readiness (“CCR 2.0”). Those profiles include:

  • Thomaston - District Attendance Review Board (DARB): Four years ago, Thomaston implemented its DARB as part of a tiered attendance protocol to address chronic absenteeism and improve student attendance. The DARB’s members – which include at least one administrator, social worker/guidance counselor from each building, nurse and representatives from community agencies – attempt to build positive relationships with and become a partner to students and families who are or are on track to becoming chronically absent or truant. The DARB provides an alternative option that has led to a decrease in chronic absenteeism through improved family engagement and communication with parents/guardians.   
  • Bristol, Enfield and Middletown - College and Career Readiness (CCR): these districts’ practices around CCR are being highlighted for their improvements over the past several years, especially among students from low-income families. These districts are supporting innovative approaches by their educators including:
    • broadening the criteria for recommending students for rigorous courses like Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or dual enrollment;
    • modifying school schedules to allow for deeper and flexible learning options;
    • providing dedicated career counseling services; and
    • making continuous improvements to their partnerships with colleges and employers.
  • Bristol is articulating more of its courses with the UCONN Early College Experience (ECE) program and offering Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway courses through Tunxis Community College.
  • Enfield has a strong partnership with Asnuntuck Community College to offer programs in advanced manufacturing. They also collaborate with employers including 3M, Bushnell, VOYA, Real Art Ways, and NBC around job shadowing, skill development, and field trip opportunities.
  • Middletown is significantly increasing access to AP and ECE courses by broadening the criteria for selecting students. Teachers and staff are asked to consider not only academic readiness, but also other factors like grit and perseverance.

These districts’ strategies, as well as those happening in districts across the state, have propelled Connecticut to become the state with the third highest growth among students eligible for free-or-reduced price meals with respect to participation in the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program. AP participation among those students has increased by 64 percent from 3,372 students in 2015 to 5,533 students in 2019.  To support this trend, the CSDE will continue to pay the remainder of fees not covered by the College Board for low-income students to take AP exams; a similar approach is being considered for the IB program as well.
 
A vital component for the success of any district innovation is the commitment of the respective local board of education to provide the supports necessary so all students can achieve to their fullest potential. For more detailed insights into these promising practices, please visit Learn Together, Grow Together CT.

Peter A. Yazbak
Director of Communications
Connecticut State Department of Education
O: 860-713-6528
M: 860-471-3518

Our world is changing exponentially, and so must our system of educating students. There is a great demand for classroom learning experiences that are dynamic, authentic, and personalized. The purpose of the workshop is to provide future-focused educators with rich resources, thoughtful dialogue, and differentiated support as they engage in making the shifts in their daily lessons that align with the skills and qualities in their Portrait of a Graduate. During this interactive and highly practical workshop, participants will design engaging lessons that they can implement immediately to ensure that their students are future ready. Each workshop will be divided into the three sections.

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I am pleased to announce that beginning September 1, 2019, applications will be accepted for the 2020 Aspirations in Computing awards.  The awards are sponsored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) which is an organization of more than 1100 universities, corporations, non-profits and government organizations that works to increase women’s participation in computing and technology.
 
Aspirations in Computing High School Award:
The Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests.  Any US high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply.  Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.  Applications can be submitted anytime between now and November 5th, but I ask that you encourage your students to apply sooner rather than later.  The application includes a number of multiple-choice questions and short essays -- this should not take long to complete.

To apply, students must go to:

https://www.aspirations.org/participate/high-school
 
In April we celebrated the successes of 67 high school women from across Connecticut – the smiles of the students, their proud parents and teachers and the more than 100 Information Technology professionals attending the award event brightened the room.
 
Aspirations in Computing Educator Award:
Behind every successful student is a professional educator who challenges students to achieve and grow.  The Aspirations in Computing Educator Award publicly celebrates educators who encourage interest and participation in technology by high school women.  Educator Award recipients form a national community of peers, share practices, and empower other educators to encourage the participation of young women in computing.  Teachers, Counselors, Administrators, Mentors and other educators are all eligible and are welcome to apply – the deadline for applications is December 2nd.

To apply, educators must go to:

https://www.aspirations.org/participate/educators
 
In April we recognized teachers from Wilbur Cross High School, Conard High School and Newington High School.
 
These award programs are wonderful recognition for the recipients, your schools and your communities.  I encourage you to have all eligible students and educators apply.

Please contact me should you have any questions or comments.

Darwin Kovacs
(860) 559-2900

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About Sustainable CT

Sustainable CT is a voluntary certification program to recognize thriving and resilient Connecticut municipalities. Sustainable CT provides a wide-ranging menu of coordinated, voluntary actions that municipalities can complete to become more sustainable. Municipalities choose Sustainable CT actions, implement them, and earn points toward certification. SustainableCT.org for more.

Starting in September of 2019 Sustainable CT will expand its work to include supporting public schools, nonprofits, community groups and residents through its Community Match Fund. This is an innovative program that provides a flexible funding mechanism that will support sustainability-related projects throughout Connecticut.

We are excited to engage and support students in implementing projects in their communities!

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Matthew R. Larson, Ph.D.
Past President, NCTM; Senior Fellow, Math Solution
 
This blog post originally appeared on HMH’s Shaped blog on August 20, 2018.

Many of us, when we think of addressing equitable student outcomes in mathematics education, think of advocating for each and every student to have access to a rigorous and coherent curriculum. And this does remain a significant concern in the U.S.

Research indicates that students from marginalized groups continue to have less access to college preparatory pathways in math than non-marginalized students. Our work to ensure that all students have access to a meaningful math curriculum that supports both their professional and personal aspirations remains a critical component of our equity work. But, if we are truly committed to equitable learning outcomes in mathematics education, we must do more than just provide access.
Below are three other important aspects we must keep in mind in our efforts to better math education.

1. Fostering Positive Math Experiences and Identities
It is not enough to simply get students into the mathematics “pipeline.” We must also attend to how students experience math once they are in the “pipeline” because it is their dissatisfying experiences in the classroom that cause some students to shy away from math as a subject. Simply put, equitable math instruction must provide access and empower students to see themselves as capable learners, users, and doers of mathematics. 

How students see themselves and how they believe others see them as learners of mathematics greatly impacts their success. By implementing research-informed and equitable instructional practices, teachers can significantly enhance the experiences and learning outcomes of students in the math classroom.

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Too often we hear about Board of Education members and Superintendents in serious conflict. Sadly, such has been the case over the last few weeks in two of Connecticut’s largest school districts. Do we all understand the serious detrimental impact this has on the very students these systems serve? Are we aware of how this deepens the pervasive achievement gap? As we celebrate the birth of our country, let’s remember that our country is built on a sound education experience for every child. Surely, if the adults responsible for the children in their care continue to engage in public conflict, they deny students their inalienable right to learn in a school community with dignity and respect...

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This law allows local Boards of Education to set a firm graduation date no earlier than the 180th day of the board-adopted school calendar for that year. This means that should school be canceled due to inclement weather or for other reasons, local Boards are not required to change the graduation date even though seniors will graduate attending less than 180 school days...

For more information please contact:
Dr. Scott V. Nicol
Superintendent of Schools

Press Release

Connecticut Department of Transportation has sponsored Save A life Tour at 80 high schools to be scheduled Oct. 1, 2019, through April 10, 2019. We added new Full Motion VR Impaired & Distracted Simulators. This is fully funded no cost to the school
 
List of schools hosting below.
 
Realistic, and immersive teen driving awareness and educational program focusing on distracted driving.  The program includes the use of advanced interactive driving simulators, banners, videos, and live presentations; handling of all logistics and coordination with regional high schools; conducting Pre and Post event surveys; providing participant take-aways and pledge campaign items, and promotional efforts to include organizing media outreach and interviews.
 
9/25/2019—41484—Metropolitan Learning Center—Bloomfield—7:50 am - 11:50 am
9/26/2019—41485—Walter Fitzgerlad Campus—Fairfield—8:40 am - 1:00 pm
9/27/2019—41477—West Haven HS—West Haven—8:20 am - 1:45 pm
                                               
10/1/2019—41663—Bloomfield HS—Bloomfield—7:30 am - 2:15 pm
10/2/2019—41703—Norwalk HS—Norwalk—7:30 am - 2:00 pm
10/3/2019—41679—Bristol Central HS—Bristol—7:30 am - 2:00 pm
10/4/2019—41478—Seymour HS—Seymour—7:30 am - 2:30 pm
10/7/2019—41584—Hamden HS—Hamden—7:30 am - 2:00 pm
10/8/2019—41704—Mark T Sheehan HS—Wallingford—7:30 am - 1:55 pm
10/9/2019—41705—Wheeler HS—N Stonington—7:45 am - 2:25 pm
10/10/2019—41585—Henry Abbott Tech HS,—Danbury—8:00 am - 2:00 pm
10/11/2019—41479—Torrington HS—Torrington— 7:25 am - 2:05 pm
10/15/2019—41488—Kennedy HS—Waterbury—7:30 am- 2:30 pm
10/16/2019—41637—EC Goodwin Tech HS—New Britain—7:25 am - 2:14 pm
10/17/2019—41489—Waterbury Arts Magnet—Waterbury—7:30 am - 2:30 pm
10/18/2019—41490—Waterbury Career Academy—Waterbury—7:30 am - 2:30 pm
10/21/2019—41491—Wilby HS—Waterbury—7:30 am - 2:30 pm
10/22/2019—41752—Rocky Hill HS—Rocky Hill—7:30 am - 2:30 pm
10/23/2019—41657—Francis T Maloney HS—Meriden—7:30 am - 2:30 pm
10/24/2019—41638—Stamford HS—Stamford—7:25 am - 2:05 pm
10/25/2019—41492—Danbury HS—Danbury—7:30 am - 2:30 pm
10/28/2019—41480—Suffield West HS—West Suffield—7:25 am - 2:10 pm
10/29/2019—41741—North Branford—N Branford —7:30 am - 3:00 pm
10/30/2019—41706—Lyme Old Lyme HS—Lyme—7:30 am - 2:00 pm
                                               
11/1/2019—41622—Newington HS—Newington—7:34 am - 2:20 pm
11/8/2019—41816—Gilbert School—Winsted—8:45 am - 12:00 pm
11/13/2019—41770—Platt Tech HS—Milford—8:00 am - 11:00 am
11/14/2019—41775—Grasso Tech HS—Groton—8:20 am - 2:30 pm
11/15/2019—41487—Crosby HS—Waterbury—7:30 am - 2:30 pm
                                               
2/13/2020—41817—Bassick HS—Bridgeport—7:45 am - 2:30 pm
2/14/2020—41627—CT IB Academy—East Hartford—7:30 am - 12:10 pm
2/20/2020—41742—Williams School—New London—9:30 am - 3:30 pm
                                               
3/17/2020—41771—Wilcox Tech HS—Meriden—8:00 am - 12:00 pm
3/20/2020—41707—Enfield HS—Enfield—8:00 am - 1:30 pm
3/27/2020—41772—Acad of Science & Innovation—New Britain—8:00 am - 11:30 am
                                               
4/8/2020—41818—Greenwich HS—Greenwich—8:30 am - 2:45 pm
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A new RFP invites applications for New England communities to develop a collective vision of their graduates, a first step for designing schools with students at the center.

The Barr Foundation seeks to select up to 20 communities across New England to receive funding and technical assistance to build locally-driven portraits of their high school graduates. A portrait of a graduate articulates the community’s collective vision of what all high school students will know and be able to do. In order for all students to reach their potential, high schools must be intentionally designed to hold students to high expectations. Through the development and use of a portrait of a graduate, high schools can embrace a robust definition of student success that ensures that students are fully equipped with core academic knowledge and skills, as well as a range of other competencies that we all need to be successful in college, career, and community...

Barr Foundation Website

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company dedicated to changing people's lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K-12 education content, services and cutting-edge technology solutions, HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.

https://www.hmhco.com/

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The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE), in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), announces the launch of an innovative in-district training series targeted for all educators involved in the PPT process. This training, differentiated into three levels, is designed to address the various needs of participants and build district level capacity to ensure compliance and successful outcomes for students with disabilities.  For the 2019-20, there will be a limited number of school districts selected for implementation of this training series.
 
Please take a moment to review the one-page flyer about this training opportunity for school districts:

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The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.

www.collegeboard.org

Contact
Alan Bernstein
Senior Director
(781) 663-2736

The University of New Haven is proud to offer a series of four graduate courses specifically designed for individuals interested in obtaining certification as a public school business official (SBO). These courses have been developed in consultation with the Connecticut Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) and include instruction in the areas of responsibility as outlined by the Connecticut State Department of Education.

The University will offer the following courses on Saturdays in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020:

Fall 2019:
School Business Administration
School Personnel Administration and Collective Bargaining

Spring 2020:
School Finance I
School Finance II (Including Federal and State Grants)

The Connecticut State Department of Education recognizes the four courses as fulfilling educational requirements for certification in School Business Administration (O85), provided the applicant has met all other certification requirements.

For more information, please contact Dr. Christy Smith, Director of the MPA Program at the University of New Haven: CDSmith@newhaven.edu

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This year, 77 Girl Scouts across the state earned the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Each Girl Scout addressed an issue that they were passionate about, came up with a plan, identified a team, and spent over 80 hours completing their projects. Each Gold Award Girl Scout creates a sustainable impact, like Girl Scout Lauren from Stamford, who created an emergency evacuation plan for her local school district to help everyone in her community know what to do if there is ever an emergency in their schools. Take a look at what Gold Award Girl Scout Lauren did to make our world a better, and safer place:

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Over the past two decades, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) has helped our nation's schools and districts earn historic results in student achievement.

Knowing that teacher quality is the single biggest in-school factor for student success, NIET builds educator excellence to give all students the opportunity for success.

What We Do
NIET services are structured around our core belief that EVERY child deserves an effective educator, in EVERY classroom, EVERY day.

  • School Improvement Solutions foster a culture where educators and students excel
  • Teacher and Leader Development helps to identify, equip and empower teacher, school and system
  • leaders to drive instruction and growth
  • The TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement attracts, develops, motivates and retains high-quality educators
  • Rubric and Observation Systems define effective instruction and support teachers in refining their craft
  • Educator Preparation Partnerships prepare the next generation of effective

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We are currently renewing membership for the 2019-2020 calendar year and have had questions from districts regarding eligibility. In addition to public school superintendents, our members include those in our Executive District Leaders' Roundtable. EDLR members are comprised of any central office administrator -- such as assistant superintendent, curriculum director, special education director, assessment coordinator, etc.

For more information on membership, please contact Dawn Cole (860-236-8640 ext. 100) or Dio Markopoulos (860-236-8640 ext. 130).

Dear School Board Member/Superintendent,
     
As many of you know, The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has worked closely with CABE and CAPSS to build awareness of social-emotional learning and school leadership best practices. As part of this ongoing effort, we are pleased to invite you to participate in a School Board-Superintendent Survey powered by Yale. This survey asks questions regarding:
     

  • School climate and stress/burnout/mental health
  • Social-emotional learning (SEL) implementation
  • School Board and Superintendent leadership practices

     
All CT school board members/superintendents are invited to participate. This survey is voluntary and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be kept completely anonymous. We are not collecting personally identifying information. We plan to communicate the results of this survey in summary form through CABE and CAPSS to superintendents and school board members statewide.
     
Please plan to complete the survey without interruption. To access the survey, click or copy and paste this URL into your internet browser:
    
    Superintendent Survey

    School Board Survey
    
We appreciate your help as we work to “Make CT the First Emotionally Intelligent State”. Please feel free to contact Dr. Marc Brackett or Scott Levy with any questions.
     
    With gratitude,


    Dr. Marc A. Brackett
    Director, The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
    
    Scott R. Levy
    Executive Director, The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
    
 

Partnering to Prevent School Violence is an FBI training event being held on July 16, 2019. 9:00 am -12 noon.  This training event is FREE.

The topics listed below will be taught by FBI Special Agents.

  • Behavioral Indicators of Violent Actors
  • Countering Violent Extremism in Schools
  • Crisis Management
  •  Viewing of the FBI Video: Echoes of Columbine

The following people would benefit from the training:

  • High School Superintendents, Principals, and Administrators
  • Threat Assessment Team Members for High Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • School Resource Officers - State and Local
  • College and University Campus Security / Law Enforcement
  •  High School Campus Security / Law Enforcement

This event will be very similar to the Countering Violent Extremism training events held last summer and on April 30th of this year at Yale West Campus.  If you attended one of those trainings, there is no need to attend again.
 
This training will be held at the Connecticut Police Academy auditorium, 285 Preston Ave, Meriden, CT 06450.

Register

CAPSS is committed to ongoing efforts to share ideas regarding current effective education practices in Connecticut and around the world with the membership. The Innovation Committee will offer a regular mini-column highlighting links to interesting articles and reviews, as well as podcasts related to expansive concepts of innovation in our work.

Although it has become cliché to proclaim the accelerating pace of change will transform every aspect of human existence –it doesn’t mean it is not true.

As leaders in our field, we are so often bogged down in negotiations, problem resolution and politics of all sorts that we often have little time to explore. Innovation Wave will offer thought-provoking links to ideas and practices both in education and from outside.

Innovation Wave will be linked to our website, but will also be pushed out to you via this small column in our Leader's Report.

Please send me news of activities in your district that you would be open to having colleagues visit. An aspect of our redesigning of the education experiences of our students is to redesign the partnerships among our group.

Check out these links:

NOVA: The Design Process: From Idea to Solution | PBS Learning Media

Fast Company

Stanford Innovation Lab with Tina Seelig | Apple Podcasts

There are two key underpinnings to Innovation Wave.

1.    No one is the expert on all things ‘innovative’.
2.    We need to share our successes, our failures to launch, and our works in progress.

We can do this! Other states are committed to adapting public education to the transformations underway. We cannot afford to be the ‘land of steady habits’.

The leadership network of CAPSS can be leaders of innovation.

CONTACT

Chris Clouet
Innovation Committee Chair

 

Dear Fellow Superintendents, 

I continue to serve on the Water Safety and Awareness Legislative Task Force which is sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors (CWCS).  The purpose of this communication is to bring annual awareness to Superintendents on the seriousness of child drownings and to provide information and resources for Superintendents to disseminate.   

Please kindly forward this information (with attached links) to your School Principals, Curriculum Directors, Town Recreation Departments, Special Education Directors, Wellness Committees, Physical Education Teachers, Parents (through Principal/School Newsletters) and anyone else you deem appropriate in your district/town.  

CHALLENGE:  Approximately 800 children die yearly from unintentional drowning in the United States. Sixty-two children from birth to age 19 drowned in Connecticut from 2004-2014.  All children are susceptible to drownings, but a disproportionately higher number of minority children (2/3 of children who drown are African American or Hispanic) and children on the autism spectrum (90% of autistic child deaths are due to drowning) are represented in those numbers. Water safety awareness instruction could reduce those rates. 

SOLUTIONS:  Provide water safety information to adults and students during the month of May (National Water Safety Month).   The task force kindly requests that Superintendents forward this email and resources below to appropriate school and town leaders in hopes that the short video link (#1 below) could be used in at least a portion of one class session for all students and could also be included in the Principal’s newsletter for parents to view.

Lastly, if your district has curriculum written in this area and has experienced a successful way to deliver this important information, please feel free to pass this on to me.  I will share it with the task force.

I thank you for your attention to this critical area for our students. 

Sincerely yours, 

Robert 'Bob' Gilbert
Superintendent of Schools
Woodbridge School District
Woodbridge, CT 06525
203-387-6631

RESOURCES

CT Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Center (video)

Main link to the Pool Safely national public education campaign

Pool Safely also has videos, other general resources, and free print materials that can be ordered for events. 

CWCS website for more information on the activities of the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors (CWCS)

I wanted to reach out to you personally to share what looks like an exceptional opportunity. It’s a   one-of-a kind summit for women superintendents July 21–24 in Austin, TX. It's called Educator Power Trip: A Well-Being and Leadership Summit for Women Superintendents. The entire venue, Lake Austin Spa Resort, has been secured for this event

You may already have been sent an invitation via email, but we all know how things get lost in the deluge of incoming mail, blocked by a web filter, or fall into spam.
 
The event, for just 30 attendees, is organized by an advisory board of women leaders in education and stakeholders in national education organizations.
 
We can all use a little work-life balance, and this summit will be a unique way for women district leaders to explore and practice wellness as an integral part of their personal effectiveness in driving change.
 
Take a look at the website below. You’ll find complete details as well as a convenient way to register.

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Please join us for  our final session of the 2018 – 2019 Women in the District Office series on May 9, 2019. Our session, Resiliency and the Sisterhood, will identify the resources and privileges we have that help us to thrive in our roles as leaders. Further, we can explore how to work together and share those resources in support of other women in our professional lives. Let’s challenge ourselves and each other to consider how we can overcome barriers that may prevent us from developing a shared sisterhood with other women in educational leadership who are different from us (race, ethnicity, sexual identity, class, etc.).
 
The session will be held at Mercy by the Sea (167 Neck Road Madison, CT 06443) . Coffee and continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 am with the formal program from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please use the following link to register for the session:

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“A ball of crazy!” That’s how Aleigha Henderson-Rosser describes the technical issues around access to digital learning resources when she joined Atlanta Public Schools (APS) in 2010 as Executive Director of Instructional Technology. More than 53,000 students and 6,000 teachers didn’t have standardized login details. Precious instruction time was wasted dealing with forgotten passwords and usernames. And with no central place to access digital resources, teachers and students were in the dark about which tools were even available. It may have been the thick of the digital learning revolution in the U.S., but students in Atlanta Public Schools were not reaping the benefits.

Read the complete article on EdSurge

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A District Administration Web Seminar

Wednesday, April 24, 2019  •  2:00 pm ET

As school districts increasingly deploy digital learning tools and resources, complications and problems arise, such as password fatigue and lost instructional time due to troubleshooting and security issues.

Attend this web seminar with the CTOs of Franklin Pierce Schools in Tacoma, Washington and La Cañada Unified School District in California, and learn how establishing a robust single sign-on, analytics, and rostering platform can result in a more secure and efficient learning environment.

Topics will include:

  • Leveraging single sign-on to organize and manage instructional resources
  • Enhancing access management and authenticating user identities
  • Verifying and tracking usage of digital learning tools and resources
  • Reducing IT costs and minimizing the need for technical support

Sponsored by ClassLink

Register
 

Our national organization, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, just launched its decennial superintendent pipeline study, an effort to detail the demographics, trends, and experiences of the nation’s public school superintendents. You should have received an invitation to the survey from them. In support of this important research and in case you did NOT receive the invitation to the survey, here is the link.

We encourage you to take the time to complete the survey. You can direct any questions to AASA policy analyst Chris Rogers.

TEACHER LEADERS AS ENABLERS OF CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION, AND INNOVATION IN THEIR CLASSROOMS AND BEYOND

Three Outstanding Keynotes—Andy Hargreaves (professional collaboration), Peter Gamwell (back by demand on creativity), and Marc Brackett (social/emotional learning).

Twenty-two (22) separate Breakout Sessions lead by Connecticut’s Teacher Leaders on many topics.

Early-bird registration extended to April 29, 2019.

Monday, May 20, 2019
8am - 4pm
Central Connecticut State University
Alumni Hall Student Center

Sponsored by CCSU in partnership with CEA, AFT-CT and Duke TeachHouse

More information

Registration

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

CONTACT
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
dperry@uchc.edu
www.chdi.edu

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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

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Based on the work of HundrED, the CAPSS Innovation Committee invites every Connecticut school district to share their PK-12 innovative educational idea/practice; feel free to submit more than one! The goal is to help improve Connecticut education by contributing to a platform to share innovative school practices.

Thank you to the many districts who have already submitted their ideas, shown here.

Make sure your district is represented by uploading your innovative ideas!

Form for submittals

More information

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Oak Hill School is a private, state approved, special education school serving students ages 3-21. Programming in our classrooms focuses on teaching academic, social and daily living skills with an ultimate goal of making our students more independent in life. Our mission is to empower students to learn through meaningful, functional, and innovative educational experiences. Our classrooms are located within community settings, including public school, to allow for maximum integration opportunities based on the age and needs of the students. Oak Hill, our parent organization, provides a full range of services to individuals with disabilities.

www.oakhillct.org

Contact:
Ana Wittig
Chief Administrator

Hello. This message is from the School Safety Program of the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

The State of Connecticut has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice called the STOP Violence Grant. The purpose of this grant is to bring proven violence reduction training to schools in Connecticut at no charge. We have partnered with Sandy Hook Promise to bring the training to the Connecticut schools. We are reaching out to you now to ask if you would like this training brought to your school.

I have attached flyers to better explain the training programs, but please feel free to contact me with any questions. The “Signs of Suicide” training will be delivered to school staff members, deemed appropriate by you, in a regional delivery. The “Say Hello” and “Say Something” trainings are for grades 6-12 and are delivered in an assembly type setting about 45 minutes to one hour in length. I will be providing the list of interested schools to Sandy Hook Promise so they can work with you on scheduling the trainings.

Sandy Hook Promise would like to start contacting schools and scheduling trainings soon to determine trainers required for CT in the next school year. For most schools, the trainings will begin in the fall 2019 and continue throughout the school year.

Please contact me ASAP if you want this training for your school and who will be the main contact person (include name, title, phone number and email address).

Thank you,

Bill Turley

Signs of Suicide

Say Something - Anonymous Reporting Brochure

Start with Hello - In-Person Training

Say Something - In-Person Training

ClassLink - Single Sign-On and Rostering

Thursday, March 28, 1:00 pm ET

See how single sign-on and class rostering has been transformed from a thankless job into a catalyst for meaningful use of digital learning resources.

Join this webinar to hear directly from Dwight Bard, Director of Technology at Greencastle-Antrim School District and Kristen Landis, PhD, Director of Technology at North Penn School District as they share:

  • Why school districts are moving away from in-house and/or inflexible systems to a customizable single sign-on option
  • How this change creates a fast, easy, and sustainable win for the CIO while meeting the needs of instruction along the way
  • Why factors such as security, flexibility, and expanding resource libraries are driving districts towards next-gen platforms
  • How individualized access is leading to organizational improvements in utilization
  • How analytics as a function of single sign-on and rostering is informing strategic level decisions

This webinar cites the experiences two district leaders have had in scaling up technologies that drive access. As a result, presenters will give a first-hand account of what it’s like to evaluate, implement, and manage a robust single sign-on, class-rostering, and analytics platform.

Register to attend this webinar today!

TEACHER LEADERS AS ENABLERS OF CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION, AND INNOVATION IN THEIR CLASSROOMS AND BEYOND

Three Outstanding Keynotes—Andy Hargreaves (professional collaboration), Peter Gamwell (back by demand on creativity), and Marc Brackett (social/emotional learning).

Twenty-two (22) separate Breakout Sessions lead by Connecticut’s Teacher Leaders on many topics.

Early-bird registration ends on April 15, 2019.

Monday, May 20, 2019
8am - 4pm
Central Connecticut State University
Alumni Hall Student Center

Sponsored by CCSU in partnership with CEA, AFT-CT and Duke TeachHouse

More information/registration

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Based on the work of HundrED, the CAPSS Innovation Committee invites every Connecticut school district to share their PK-12 innovative educational idea/practice; feel free to submit more than one! The goal is to help improve Connecticut education by contributing to a platform to share innovative school practices.

Thank you to the many districts who have already submitted their ideas, shown here.

Make sure your district is represented by uploading your innovative ideas!

Form for submittals

More information

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Candidates enrolled in Fairfield University’s online Dyslexia Interventionist Certificate program with Wilson Reading System® Level I certification acquire a sophisticated working knowledge of the sound-symbol system of English (phonology) and its structure (morphology), and learn how to implement the Wilson Reading System® for the purpose of remediating the word level (accuracy and fluency) reading and spelling deficits of students in Grades 3-12, including students diagnosed with language-based learning disabilities and dyslexia.

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As New England's largest investor-owned utility, Aquarion has a special appreciation for the accomplishments of all of our state's environmental volunteers. Accordingly, we have designated one of the award categories to honor a student in grades 9-12 who has worked to protect or restore Connecticut's natural resources.

The student who wins the Aquarion Environmental Champion Award will receive statewide recognition and take home a $1,000 award. Teachers, administrators and clubs can also take part in the program and, if selected as an Environmental Champion, would win statewide honors and a $2,500 grant given in their name to a non-profit environmental organization of their choice.

The awards will be presented at a special celebration to be held on June 1, 2019 at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and other dignitaries will be in attendance to present the awards.

The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2019.

More information

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Civility is a major issue in today's society. School leaders are confronted with this issue in leading and managing schools. Education has a significant role in creating and maintaining a more civil society upon which our nation depends in its governance and operation.
 
George Goen's new book, Civility Lost: The Media, Politics, and Education, speaks to the issue of civility so that a positive and constructive dialogue can take place. Education and leadership are important in establishing a society in which civil discourse on different issues can take place. A democracy will always have conflicting ideas and debate. The question is: how can we maintain our civility and find common ground and solutions?

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Candidates enrolled in Fairfield University’s online Dyslexia Interventionist Certificate program with Wilson Reading System® Level I certification acquire a sophisticated working knowledge of the sound-symbol system of English (phonology) and its structure (morphology), and learn how to implement the Wilson Reading System® for the purpose of remediating the word level (accuracy and fluency) reading and spelling deficits of students in Grades 3-12, including students diagnosed with language-based learning disabilities and dyslexia.

View/download for complete information

Oak Hill School is a private, state approved, special education school serving students ages 3-21. Programming in our classrooms focuses on teaching academic, social and daily living skills with an ultimate goal of making our students more independent in life. Our mission is to empower students to learn through meaningful, functional, and innovative educational experiences. Our classrooms are located within community settings, including public school, to allow for maximum integration opportunities based on the age and needs of the students. Oak Hill, our parent organization, provides a full range of services to individuals with disabilities.

www.oakhillct.org

Contact:
Ana Wittig
Chief Administrator

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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.

More information

REGISTER

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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.

www.axa.com

Contact:
Mike Linehan
Northeast Regional Vice President
AXA Retirement Plan Services

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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 www.CHETDreamBig.com. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

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

Download press release for complete information

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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.

Download for complete information.

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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.

View/download this brief.

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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.

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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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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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!

More information/link to form

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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

View/download the complete report.

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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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 Cheryl.Sharp@ct.gov 
 
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
Web:  www.ct.gov/chro

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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

View/download the complete report.

2019 Prirority Recommendations page banner

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

View/download the complete report.

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This is the first doctoral program the Farrington College of Education offers, and it's the first of its kind in the state. The degree is targeted to working and licensed educational leaders such as principals, superintendents, curriculum leaders and special education directors and is also seeking candidates who have informal leadership roles such as department chairs and instructional coaches. The program will prepare doctoral candidates to lead school communities from a whole-child perspective. It will be will be directed by David G. Title, clinical assistant professor, former superintendent of schools of the Bloomfield and Fairfield school systems and the 2010 Superintendent of the Year in Connecticut. The program will include classes, doctoral seminars and a capstone dissertation, to be completed in three years.

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New England Districts Present: Eliminating Barriers to Access in K-12, Lessons learned about managing digital resources with single sign-on, analytics, rostering, and account provisioning tools.

Wednesday, February 6, 1:00 pm ET

As schools continue to increase the amount of digital learning tools and resources available within the district, new complications and barriers arise for students and administrators:

  • How do we effectively manage and organize all of these resources?
  • Are we losing valuable instructional time in the classroom due to troubleshooting accessibility and security issues?
  • Are students and teachers even using these products? Which ones are being utilized the most? Which ones aren’t?
  • How can automated account provisioning save time and money?

Catherine Orgovan, Enterprise Software Systems Manager at Norwalk Public Schools (CT) and Michael Skott, Technology Director, at Middletown City School District (CT) will share how leveraging single sign-on and analytics platforms help remove barriers to access and how you can do it too.

Register to attend this webinar today!

This is the fifth 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 the Mastery-Based Diploma Assessment.

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This is the fourth 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 Mastery-Based Learning.

View/download this brief.
 

Here is another exciting way for districts to participate in the March 8 Igniting Innovation conference.  Based on the work of HundrED, the CAPSS Innovation Committee is pleased to invite 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. We hope that every district will participate!

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Here is another exciting way for districts to participate in the March 8 Igniting Innovation conference.  Based on the work of HundrED, the CAPSS Innovation Committee is pleased to invite 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. We hope that every district will participate!

More information

The CAPSS' Innovation Committee is an evolving network of superintendents (Bethel, Bloomfield, Bolton, Branford, CREC, CCSU Teacher Leader Fellowship Program, Farmington, Granby, Guilford, Meriden, Shelton, South Windsor, Stamford, Wallingford, Windham and Woodbridge) focused on preparing our students for the challenges of the mid-to-late 21st Century in the context of innovation.

The committee will post ideas and share resources on the CAPSS website, will collaborate with each other, host the Igniting Innovation Conference and more.

Follow all the Committee's work here

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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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This is the third 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 Flexible and Multiple Pathways.

View/download this brief

This is the second 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 the Elements of Effective Instruction.

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To Connecticut 5th Grade Educators:

The Connecticut State Police Clearinghouse for Information on Missing Children & Missing Endangered Adults and U.S. Department of Justice invites all Connecticut 5th graders to participate in the 2019 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest.

The National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest is a nationwide contest designed to promote awareness among teachers, parents/guardians and children and engage them in discussions about safety. May 25 is National Missing Children's Day, dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others to ensure that child safety is a priority.

The poster contest is open to 5th graders at all schools (including home schools), school districts, local governing bodies, PTAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, or other organizations with 5th graders.  

The state winner will receive a national award certificate from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and his or her poster will be selected to go to the national judging competition. The national winner, his/her teacher and parents/guardians, and the state manager will be invited to Washington, D.C., to participate in the U.S. DOJ‛s National Missing Children‛s Day ceremony on May 22, 2019.

Missing Children’s Day Packet information can be found at:

https://ncjtc-static.fvtc.edu/resources/RS00005796.pdf

February 22, 2019, is the strict deadline for submissions to the CT State Police!

Submissions must be complete with poster, poster contest application (pages 6-7 of packet) and parent/guardian release consent form (page 8 of packet).

Each participating location will need to complete an internal selection process and mail the Top Five (5) posters per location/school with required documents to:  

Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown CT 06457

If you have any questions, email Cathy Hinsch

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The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents is pleased to announce the release of Connecticut High School Graduation Requirements Unpacked. 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.

The first brief is an introduction to the series, an outline of the updates to the statute, and an overview of the coming briefs.

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Right At School is proud to announce the launch of before and afterschool programming at Ledyard School District in Ledyard, CT. Led by a mission to inspire a love of learning, support schools and give parents peace of mind, Right At School provides safe, engaging, and meaningful in-school and extracurricular programs that enrich the lives of students and enable schools to focus on their academic mission.

Launching in January 2019, Right At School will be partnering with Ledyard School District to offer before and afterschool enrichment programs to service the Ledyard community for K-8 students.   “We are excited about providing this additional service to support our Ledyard families”, says Jay Hartling, Superintendent of Ledyard School District. “We want to make sure that our working families have quality, affordable, and flexible afterschool care available when they need it.”

Right At School’s programs provide students with enrichment activities as well as opportunities to dive into student-led projects, develop peer leadership skills, finish homework, get outside for fitness, and explore personal interests.

For more information on Right At School, visit www.rightatschool.com.

For more information on Ledyard School District, visit www.ledyard.net.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019   •   The Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, Connecticut

Are you READY to operate a federally compliant School Breakfast Program? Get your schools SET to deliver breakfast to your students, and take action to GROW breakfast participation in your schools! The 2019 CT School Breakfast Summit explores various breakfast tools, resources, and support while providing you with unbeatable peer networking opportunities to share breakfast wisdom and foster continued excellence and academic achievement for Connecticut’s students!

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SAVE THE DATE!

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 3:30 p.m.  •  Founders Hall Meeting Room in Davidson Hall

Learn about Central Connecticut State University’s Connecticut Superintendent Certificate Program

A panel of highly regarded superintendents will share insights about the rewards and challenges of the superintendency, and share their experiences serving as a superintendent mentor in CCSU’s 093 program.

Download the flyer for more information/registration

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M & J Bus, Inc. is a family-owned and operated school bus transportation business based in Old Saybrook, CT. M & J presently serves 24 school districts throughout Connecticut, with over 600 vehicles on the road each day. M & J is known for its commitment to safety and customer service, as well as being a company where its employees are appreciated and love to work.

 

www.mjbusinc.com

Contact:
Jon Hipsher
Chief Operating Officer

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Established in 1924, DATTCO, Inc. is a third-generation family-owned business headquartered in New Britain, Connecticut. The School Bus Division serves New England school systems utilizing approximately 1,300 buses and transporting over 110,000 students. We have an excellent safety record built on a quality driver-­training program and school-based safety training for students. Our state-of-the-art routing services provide opportunities to develop efficient routes to maximize savings. The Motor Coach Division, with 200 vehicles, specializes in providing personal and group travel services. In addition, DATTCO is New England's top bus dealer and leader in vehicle service including fleet and collision repair services.

https://www.dattcoschoolbus.com/

Contact:
Cliff Gibson
Chief Operating Officer

UCONN PK-3 Leadership Program

The economic, academic, and societal benefits of quality early education are well documented.
 
Contemporary research in child development shows widespread evidence investments in early childhood education programs produce lifelong benefits. Creating coherent, integrated systems from PreK to grade 3 have shown learning gaps can be reduced, achievement and opportunities for success enhanced.
 
As a participant in this program, you will become a critical spokesperson for advancements in PreK-3rd grade, which will contribute to better student outcomes at all grade levels and into adulthood.
 
But which investments are most valuable? How do I support adult learning in a systemic way? How do I communicate the value of early childhood programs in my community? How do I engage families in ways that matter?
 
This is where we come in. We’ve created an executive style program to help you bring new skills and leadership to your school, district, and community. You will: 

  • Create plans to improve coherence and quality of early learning based on a comprehensive PreK-3rd grade approach.
  • Observe classroom instruction to identify both quality indicators as well as practices that interfere with learning.
  • Lead with a focus on reduced achievement gaps and socially just classrooms.
  • Clearly and credibly communicate strategies and benefits to diverse stakeholders in schools, districts, communities, and across the state.


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If anyone was under the impression that Girl Scouting had disappeared from the landscape or was only about little girls selling cookies by the Stop and Shop, take another look at Girl Scouting today. As we think about some of the challenges that all girls face today around gender equity, self-esteem, embracing STEM studies, and becoming strong, self-determined young women, Girl Scouting has evolved to address those relevant issues bringing research-driven, evidence-based programming that complements a girl’s academic experience, but with an important single-gender lens.

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The Director of Technology for Fairfield Public Schools (CT) shared the benefits of managing digital resources with ClassLink: “By being able to present resources in a simple, easy format and making access as simple as a single click, teachers not only save time in the classroom, they have great confidence in using the resources available to them. And students are able to engage with technology in a way never before seen in the district. The transition has been comprehensive and transformative for our district.”

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Every December, public school students, parents, teachers and administrators face the difficult task of acknowledging the various religious and secular holiday traditions celebrated during that time of year. Participants will learn strategies to promote greater understanding and respect among students of different traditions by taking care to adhere to the requirements of the First Amendment. We will not confine the discussion to December; we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of increasingly diverse student bodies and what every principal should know. Participants can learn best practices, legal requirements and hear from an interfaith panel on how to create a welcoming school environment around holiday time.

This no cost workshop is sponsored by CAS, CABE and CAPSS.

Registration questions, please contact Noreen Liberopoulos at nliberopoulos@casciac.org.

Date: November 2, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Site: Connecticut Association of Schools, 30 Realty Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410 - Conference Room C2, Lower Level
Registration Deadline: October 30, 2018
Cost: No Charge

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Founded in 1998, The ECG Group provides expert consulting and design services for complex energy efficiency projects.  Service include Technical Owner’s Representation involving Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs), Microgrid and Fuel Cell Projects, Solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), Street Lighting Buy-Back Initiatives, Measurement and Verification of Energy Savings, and Energy Procurement.  ECG has successfully worked as the Technical Owner’s Representative on over 100 energy projects that have produced over $1 Billion in energy conservation improvements. Our experts lend credibility, transparency, and control to the process and will ensure your interests are protected throughout every phase of the project.

www.theecggroup.com

Contact:
Kendra McQuilton
Chief Executive Officer

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Founded in 1998, The ECG Group provides expert consulting and design services for complex energy efficiency projects.  Service include Technical Owner’s Representation involving Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs), Microgrid and Fuel Cell Projects, Solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), Street Lighting Buy-Back Initiatives, Measurement and Verification of Energy Savings, and Energy Procurement.  ECG has successfully worked as the Technical Owner’s Representative on over 100 energy projects that have produced over $1 Billion in energy conservation improvements. Our experts lend credibility, transparency, and control to the process and will ensure your interests are protected throughout every phase of the project.

www.theecggroup.com

Contact:
Kendra McQuilton
Chief Executive Officer

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CASIA is pleased to offer the 23rd ANNUAL POLICE / FIRE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS to two deserving and qualified high school seniors graduating in June 2019. Connecticut’s first prize will be $1000 and the second prize $500. CASIA’s first place winner will be automatically entered in to the Electronic Security Association (ESA) Youth Scholarship Program where the prizes are $7,500 (1st) and $2,500 (2nd).

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The Amistad replica, built in Mystic, Connecticut and launched in 2000 provides an historic backdrop for three in-class lessons for students in Grades 3 – 12 which include the journey of the Mende people, their struggle for freedom and how this journey of freedom resonates in today’s world.

Our educators provide our proprietary program on-site in your classrooms along with an interactive sail aboard the Amistad.

Read more in our flyer

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Fifth-grade teachers are invited to register their classes to participate in Connecticut's Kid Governor®, an award-winning statewide civics program created by the Connecticut Democracy Center. This free, in-class civics program teaches 5th-grade students about state government, voting and elections, and civic engagement through the annual election of a Kid Governor. The program takes place right from the comfort of the classroom and registered teachers receive Toolkits of lesson plans that guide them through the entire program. Schools can participate by nominating one student candidate in the election, voting in the election, or both.

Kid Governor is an authentic, immersive experience that teaches students about the democratic process by giving them a voice in a real election. Are schools in your district registered to participate yet? Check our participation map HERE to find out!

To learn more and to register your class, please visit CT.KidGovernor.org or email Brian.Cofrancesco@kidgovernor.org.
 

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CAPSS will advance a bold vision of student learning, organizational improvement, and executive district leadership, one that can guide the practice of the profession and deepen public debates and push toward a sound policy that supports outcomes beneficial to our students and in line with CAPSS’ strategic priorities.  In addition, CAPSS will provide high-quality and high-impact services to its membership, making sure superintendents and executive district leaders obtain necessary technical assistance and professional learning.

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ClassLink Joins CAPSS as Elite Busines Partner
ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources. ClassLink® OneClick® includes a library of over 6,000 single sign-on apps and instant links to file folders at school and on Google, Office 365, and Dropbox cloud drives. ClassLink Analytics gives decision makers the usage data they need. ClassLink Roster Server easily and securely delivers class rosters to any publisher using open technology standards. ClassLink OneSync automates account provisioning and provides bidirectional account syncing. Accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.

www.classlink.com

Contact:
Gregg Calvaruso
Director of Marketing


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Shipman & Goodwin LLP Joins CAPSS as Premier Business Partner
Shipman & Goodwin LLP has more than 170 attorneys with five offices in Connecticut, an office in New York and Washington, D.C. The firm is recognized nationally for the depth and breadth of our education practice. Our school law attorneys represent over 125 public school districts and educational entities. Our online resource, www.ctschoollaw.com is dedicated to presenting the latest developments in school law.

www.shipmangoodwin.com

Contact:
Thomas B. Mooney, Esq.
Partner


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CAPPS Welcomes SPUR as a Basic Business Partner
Spur is a staffing company for schools. We use our very own workforce management software to improve support and substitute staffing services and to save districts a significant amount on staffing costs. We are not only focused on providing a great experience for schools, but also on investing more into our workers in the form of better employee engagement, training, and benefits so they can have more control over their work life.

www.spurjobs.com

Contact:
Laura Slayton
Customer Development Rep

ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources. ClassLink® OneClick® includes a library of over 6,000 single sign-on apps and instant links to file folders at school and on Google, Office 365, and Dropbox cloud drives. ClassLink Analytics gives decision makers the usage data they need. ClassLink Roster Server easily and securely delivers class rosters to any publisher using open technology standards. ClassLink OneSync automates account provisioning and provides bidirectional account syncing. Accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.

www.classlink.com

Contact:
Gregg Calvaruso
Director of Marketing

More about CAPSS' Business Partner Program

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Shipman & Goodwin LLP has more than 170 attorneys with five offices in Connecticut, an office in New York and Washington, D.C. The firm is recognized nationally for the depth and breadth of our education practice. Our school law attorneys represent over 125 public school districts and educational entities. Our online resource, www.ctschoollaw.com is dedicated to presenting the latest developments in school law.

www.shipmangoodwin.com

Contact:
Thomas B. Mooney, Esq.
Partner

More about CAPSS' Business Partner Program

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Spur is a staffing company for schools. We use our very own workforce management software to improve support and substitute staffing services and to save districts a significant amount on staffing costs. We are not only focused on providing a great experience for schools, but also on investing more into our workers in the form of better employee engagement, training, and benefits so they can have more control over their work life.

www.spurjobs.com

Contact:
Laura Slayton
Customer Development Rep

More about CAPSS' Business Partner Program

 

Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director of CAPSS, and Abdul-Rahmaan Muhammad, Executive Director of My People Clinical Services, shown receiving The 2018 Champion of Children Award presented to Connecticut leaders who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to improving the lives of impoverished and vulnerable children in our state.

Dr. Rabinowitz was honored by the Center for Children's Advocacy at their Spring for Kids Connecticut Champion of Children Awards at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford on Tuesday evening.

Complete Press Release

Rob Rader, Executive Director, CABE, and Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director, CAPSS, were recently interviewed on Fox 61, The Real Story, discussing ideas for making Connecticut schools safer. Watch the interview (above).

Representatives from CAPSS, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) and the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), Hartford, joined together with superintendents, teachers and students at a press conference in East Hartford High School today to express concern and anger for the lack of progress made by politicians in combating gun violence in schools and to call for legislative change following the events in Florida last week.

Read the complete statement

The Center for Children's Advocacy is holding their 2018 Champion of Children Awards event on May 8, 2018 at the Infinity Hall in Hartford. Fran Rabinowitz and others will be recognized during the celebration.

For more information and to help support this event on behalf of our children, click on the image at left or visit the Center for Children's Advocacy.

CAPSS advances its 2018 Public Policy Agenda for purposes of fostering equity, excellence and innovation in Connecticut’s public schools in alignment with a vision that articulates an education that is personalized so that all children learn what they need to know and be able to do to be successful in post high school endeavors.

Priority recommendations include:

  • State Budget
  • Unfunded Mandates
  • Personalized & Mastery Based Learning

Other recommendations include:

  • Special Education
  • Acceptance of All Students
  • Alliance District Funds
  • Virtual Net Metering
  • Student Data Privacy Act
  • Disclosure of Personnel Records
  • Statutory Time Requirement Regarding the Programs Provided for Students who are Expelled
  • School District Leadership

View/download the complete report

Charting New Frontiers in Student-Centered Learning is a report meant to capture and contribute to a conversation already taking place across Connecticut. We hope it serves as a way to engage and invite others, across a diverse ecosystem of change agents and practitioners, to envision and advance the learner-centered experiences all students deserve.

We invite you to share the publication with your networks and on social media, and we welcome your feedback.

Download or view the report


This report is produced by Innovation Partners America in partnership with the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) and the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology (CET).

Fran Rabinowitz spoke with Ray Dunaway of WTIC recently voicing concerns over issues within the state budget and its profound impact on everyone from Boards of Ed through superintendents, teachers and students in Connecticut.

Audio file may be listened to below.

 

 

 

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