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DCF has created a separate unit for school reporting and made some changes in online reporting.

I am grateful to all of you and to the CAPSS Board for ensuring that our voices were heard.

Tom Mooney and Natalia Sieira Millan of Shipman & Goodman have been invaluable in this process. Attached is a post prepared by Tom and Natalia detailing the changes.

I am hopeful that this will be a major step forward.

Fran Rabinowitz
Executive Director, CAPSS

Read/Download the Policy

Conroy Reading Services

With over a decade of experience teaching special education and specializing in the area of dyslexia, Claire Conroy believes that educators need new strategies to instruct struggling readers. She provides personalized K-12 school workshops including identification and instruction of students with dyslexia, writing dyslexia-inclusive curricula, and assessing learning environments for dyslexia inclusion, both in general and special-education settings.

www.conroyreading.com

Contact
Claire Conroy
Owner/Educational Consultant
(860) 874-8624

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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
(860) 250-0870

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Audio Enhancement, Inc. began 40 years ago when a mother wanted to create equal learning opportunities for her hearing-impaired sons and all students in the classroom. Today, we continue her mission by creating innovative technology that promotes more effective classrooms. Audio Enhancement’s classroom solutions include a Classroom Audio System, SAFE System, classroom cameras, and Intercom, Paging, and Bells. Through these solutions, Audio Enhancement promotes student success, increases teacher development, and improves administrative efficiency.

www.AudioEnhancement.com

Contact
Jeff Anderson
President/CEO
(800) 383-9362

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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.

www.dattco.com

Contact

Cliff Gibson
Chief Operating Officer
860-229-4878 Ext. 4613

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IXL's K-12 personalized learning platform is used by more than 8 million students. Our comprehensive, Connecticut State Standards-aligned curriculum adapts to each student and provides specific guidance that targets their learning needs. With the Continuous Diagnostic and IXL Analytics, teachers have the insights they need to improve student performance in the classroom and on high-stakes assessments.

www.ixl.com

Contact
Brad Onken
Connecticut Educational Consultant
(781) 777-3517

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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.

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

 

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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

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

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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

 

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...

Read the entire op-ed

 

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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/

Massimo Rubini
Director of Sales
NYS   CT   RI
(845) 745-6944

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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

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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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

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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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

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.

View/download this brief.

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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 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.

View/download this brief.

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!

More information

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.

View/download this brief

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.

View/download this brief

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.


Visit our website to register

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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.

Read the Plan

 

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

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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