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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

Jon Hipsher
Chief Operating Officer


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.

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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A 3-part Series:

Session 1: December 6, 2018, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Session 2: February 7, 2019, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Session 3: April 11, 2019, 4:00pm - 7:00pm


CREC Central Building
111 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford (Rooms 101 & 102)

Space is limited to 50 participants.

District Board of Education Chairs & Superintendents must attend together.

No Cost - Presented as a Service to the Members of CABE & CAPSS


Join Peg Portscheller as she facilitates the development of these crucial partnerships vital to effectively lead district and school transformation.

  • Assessing Our Current Reality
  • Establishing A Superintendent - Board Chair Partnership
  • Reviewing Roles and Responsibilities in the "Here and Now"
  • Identifying and Managing Conflict
  • Determining and Telling Your Story
  • Marketing Your District
  • Advocating for Students and for Public Education

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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.

Kendra McQuilton
Chief Executive Officer

EDLR members are invited to attend the first session of the year. The topic is Portrait of the Graduate. Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director of CAPSS, will share her thoughts on why this work is so important and how the Portrait aligns and drives the work throughout a school district. We will also hear presentations from districts at various stages of implementation of their Portraits and finally, we will have an opportunity to assess our own districts and discuss how the Roundtable can help support this work.

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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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CAPSS is registering now for the September 21, 2018 session of Women in the District Office. This session will introduce participants to how to build an effective network of developmental relationships in their careers and to consider the unique opportunities and challenges for women in leadership.

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Exhibition booths for the 2018 CABE/CAPSS Convention are still available, and registration will close on October 5. The exhibition will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa in Groton, Connecticut and will offer exhibitors access to an audience that represents public education decision makers in Connecticut.

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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.

Gregg Calvaruso
Director of Marketing

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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, is dedicated to presenting the latest developments in school law.

Thomas B. Mooney, Esq.

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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.

Laura Slayton
Customer Development Rep

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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.




Public education leaders warn of damaging changes to education structure in the vetoed budget and call for bi-partisan budget that equitably funds all districts.

The What Will Our Children Lose Coalition calls on all parties to come together now to craft a budget that the Governor will sign and that will support our communities and our education system in a thoughtful and sustainable manner.

Read the complete WWOCL proposal to state legislators



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