CAS WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBER
CAS is pleased to announce that Dr. John Sieller, retired principal of Memorial Middle School in Middlebury, has joined the central office staff as interim assistant executive director. John will lead CAS’ middle level division, taking the reins from Donna Schilke who retired last month. A 29-year veteran administrator, John was a longtime member of the CAS Professional Studies Committee and chaired the New Leaders Academy. In his various roles, John helped to assess the professional needs of our members and to shape programs and services to meet those needs. Learn more about our newest staff member!
FOR SCHOOL LEADERS
OCTOBER PD OFFERINGS – A LOOK AT THE MONTH AHEAD
The Center for Leadership and Innovation (CLI) staff have planned a rich array of professional learning programs for the new school year. The 2018-19 Leadership Series includes workshops on a broad range of topics from vaping, cyberbullying and adolescent substance use to restorative justice, special education law and teacher evaluation. Check out the October lineup:
- October 4 - Providing High-Quality Feedback to Your Teachers - Amy Tepper, ReVision Learning
October 12 - Developing a School Community Committed to Restorative Justice - Joe Brummer, Consultant
October 18 - Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation - Kim Marshall, Consultant
Click here to find out more about these and other upcoming professional learning activities.
“TEACHER LAW DAY” COMING IN DECEMBER
The CLI, in conjunction with the American Board of Trial Advocates, is offering a unique experience for social studies teachers throughout the state. Entitled “Teacher Law Day,” this day-long program will include workshops on hate speech and hate crimes, immigration law and issues of immunity for governmental entities. The workshop will be held at the CAS office on December 5, 2018, and will feature practicing attorneys and law faculty from UCONN and Quinnipiac University. A continental breakfast and a light lunch will be provided and there is no fee for CAS member schools. Please inform your social studies faculty of this coming event. Registration can be found at the following link: http://casci.ac/3814.
FOR STUDENT LEADERS
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES
Registration for the always popular elementary student leadership conferences is now open. These annual events feature unique, interactive lessons in communication, problem solving, decision-making and productive thinking. Choose from four college sites: Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on January 3; Naugatuck Community College in Waterbury on January 8; Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield on January 10; and, Three-Rivers Community College in Norwich on January 11. Each conference offers an impressive line-up of breakout presentations and hands-on activities. These events fill up quickly, so register soon!
MIDDLE LEVEL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE DATES SET
The 2019 middle level student leadership conferences will take place on January 4 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield and on January 16 at Trinity College in Hartford. Our schools are continually in need of successful, positive student leaders who can guide their peers and serve as role models. These conferences engage students in hands-on activities designed to foster leadership skills, productive thinking, decision-making, communication, and creative problem solving. Registration opens soon. Mark your calendars!
FALL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: This year's institute continued our leadership work in the area of social-emotional learning. Keynote speaker Dr. Jane Todey led CT administrators through an exploration of internal and external social emotional forces impacting school systems and student achievement.
ALT ED COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: The first session of 2018-19 Alternative Education Community of Practice Series was held on September 27th. Presenter Laura Downs from Attendance Works discussed strategies for improving attendance at alternative schools and programs.
ANNUAL LEGAL UPDATE: On October 1st, the always entertaining and enlightening Tom Mooney from Shipman & Goodwin provided updates on the latest education-related legislation from Hartford.
The Center for Leadership and Innovation (CLI), formerly known as the Connecticut Principals' Center, was established in 2000 to address the professional development and related needs of practicing and aspiring principals. Since then, the Center has expanded its programs to reach all school leaders and aspiring leaders, not just building principals. The Center is committed to supporting school leaders in their efforts to enhance teaching, learning and leading in the schools of Connecticut.
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