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COVID-19 Sustained Communications Strategy and Tactics:
Building Constructive Relationships by Engaging Core Constituents

July 20, 2020  |  11.00am - 12:00pm

Ira W. Yellen, APR, Fellow PRSA, President, Tall Timbers Marketing and Jenny Smith, Principal, Acuity Public Relations will provide an overview of a planning guide that will help you create and sustain a communication and public relations strategy.  The reopening of your schools is an opportunity to strengthen relationships and engage primary audiences as trustworthy partners. This effort will help support your district’s evolving models of teaching and learning during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The School Reopening Guidelines are Here: What Now?
July 30, 2020   |  12:00pm – 1:00pm

Please join us for a guidance session on ZOOM with Tom Mooney & Natalia Sieira Millan as we review the most common questions superintendents have about reopening schools.

Distance Learning Framework Discussion – Columbia U
July 30, 2020  |  12:00pm – 1:00pm

Please join us for an important discussion with Liz Chu from The Center for Public Research and Leadership at Columbia University who led the development of the Distance Learning Framework.

CT Learning Hub
August 3, 2020  |  12:30pm – 1:30pm

Irene Parisi, Chief Academic Officer for the CT State Department of Education will review the content and features of the Learning Hub in a ZOOM session.

Staffing, Accommodations, Leaves and Other Personnel Issues
August 6, 2020  |  2:00pm – 3:30pm

Staffing the schools for the coming year is a significant challenge, given changes in the law and concerns expressed by many teachers about returning to school this year.  Natalia Sieira Millan, Tom Mooney and their colleague Andreana Bellach will provide guidance to the CAPSS membership on staffing, accommodations, leaves and other personnel issues with this  webinar.

How Might We Integrate the CT Learning Hub and Wide Open School to Accelerate Learning
August 10, 2020  |  12:30pm – 1:30pm

Irene Parisi, Chief Academic Officer for the CT State Department of Education will discuss Wide Open School and Common Sense Media, both components of the Learning Hub in a ZOOM session.

Concepts of Psychological First Aid
August 17, 2020  |  Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Dr. Alice Forrester, the CEO of the Clifford Beers Counseling Center will present a one hour webinar on ZOOM for you and any of your central office leadership team. The following is a quick synopsis of the webinar: The 20-21 School reopening is expected to be both a complicated and emotional time where we will be hyper-focused on safety for children, youth, and staff.  The disaster of the pandemic, economic chaos, and the social justice movement have primed us to anticipate a time of great stress and opportunity.   We will review concepts of Psychological First  Aid (PFA), tools to use when working with those in crisis, and learn ways to both care for self and others when responding to times of disaster.  You will receive links to training online for PFA certification as well as a tool kit to utilize throughout the school year.