Any public, private or parochial elementary, middle or senior high school which is approved by the State Board of Education for certification and tuition purposes is eligible for membership in the Connecticut Association of Schools. Presently, the Association represents more than 1,100 of Connecticut's elementary, middle and high schools.
What Do Schools Receive From Their CAS Membership?
Professional Development Conferences & Workshops:
CAS annually sponsors a variety of workshops and conferences to meet the professional development needs of Connecticut's educators. CAS has the staff, facilities and resources to offer quality professional development programs which engage regional and national experts in the field of education and which address critical, cutting- edge educational topics and trends. For information on specific workshops and conferences, click here
The Connecticut Principals' Center -- The newly-established Principals' Center provides professional development opportunities exclusively for principals and aspiring administrators.
Mentor/Mentee Program -- The Connecticut School Administrator Mentor Project pairs a new principal or assistant principal, the "mentee," with a veteran administrator, the "mentor." The project is designed to enhance the quality of school leadership by preparing experienced administrators to provide guidance and support to new administrators.
Legislative Services -- CAS works with a professional lobbyist to propose legislation to promote the interests of public and non-public education. CAS surveys the membership annually to assess legislative needs and to frame legislative positions which reflect the needs and concerns of its members. CAS regularly conducts mini-conferences on school law, utilizing CAS attorneys to acquaint school administrators with the newest legislation affecting schools. The CAS Legislation Committee keeps abreast of all education-related legislative initiatives and works to keep members informed of all proposed legislation which affects education in Connecticut. Committee members annually meet with the leadership of the Education Committee of the Legislature to discuss upcoming and proposed legislation affecting Connecticut schools.
Surveys -- CAS regularly surveys its membership on trends and practices in education and publishes the results to the membership.
Affiliations -- CAS oversees the activities of the CT Association of Student Councils and the CT Association of National Honor Societies both of which are affiliate CAS organizations Furthermore, CAS encourages the efforts of the CT Debate Society, Connecticut Music Educators Association, CT Math League, and the CT Drama Association.
Representation -- CAS members are selected to serve as representatives on local, regional, and national committees as well as on State Department of Education commissions and task forces.
ELEVEN REASONS TO JOIN CAS
1. CAS serves the needs of students, teachers, and administrators. It is the only such state association in the nation. CAS does not address professional status and welfare issues.
2. Members of CAS are kept abreast of the latest trends in education on a state, regional and national level.
3. The organization speaks as one for all schools K-12 to further the interests of public and non-public education through cooperative action.
4. CAS is represented on State Department of Education committees, commissions and task forces.
5. CAS represents the interests of schools at the General Assembly through the services of the central office staff and a registered lobbyist.
6. Membership in CAS provides school administrators with automatic membership in the Connecticut Principals' Center.
7. The Professional Studies committees of CAS provide administrators with up-to-date research on timely topics in education as well as providing workshops on timely topics of interest.
8. The monthly BULLETIN provides schools with information on educational issues at the state, regional, and national levels.
9. The Student Activities Board of Control develops and enforces policies regulating student activities which involve more than two school districts. Teachers and administrators have available immediate expertise and guidance on the quality and credibility of activities and contests of a commercial, business, or sectarian nature.
10. Members are provided assistance in planning for curriculum and staff development.
11. CAS provides materials and resources to assist administrators in the day-to-day operation of schools.