TOTOKET VALLEY RECEIVES CLIMATE AWARD
The CLI recently presented Totoket Valley Elementary School in North Branford with the Exemplary School Climate Award. As part of the award application process, Totoket completed a self-assessment and then hosted a visiting team of administrators who certified the assessment information by reviewing the unique climate programs and experiencing the school culture first-hand. The team met with students, administrators, and community members who all enthusiastically affirmed that their school fostered a safe and caring environment where student choice and positive climate practices resulted in outstanding student performance. Congratulations to Totoket Valley Elementary School! This recognition opportunity is open to all CAS member schools. Click here for more information.
FOR SCHOOL LEADERS
SOCIAL MEDIA DO’S AND DON’TS | NOV 7 | 8:00-11:30 AM
Don’t miss Scott Driscoll, founder of Internet Safety Concepts, who will be at CAS tomorrow to share his vast knowledge of the pitfalls of social media. What sets Scott apart from other social media presenters is his background as a youth officer in a suburban police department where he worked closely with schools. A skilled “techie” with a good understanding of public school policies and procedures, Scott employs clear and understandable terminology and a bit of levity to deliver an engaging and frank presentation on the challenges of managing the social media landscape in a school setting. There’s still time to register!
SCHOLASTIC BOOKTALK | NOV 29 | 4:30-6:00 PM
Join us for a booktalk at CAS on Thursday, November 29th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Representatives from Scholastic Books will be on site to share new titles and describe services which support administrators’ literacy efforts within our schools. Refreshments will be served. Registration can be found at the following link: http://casci.ac/3981.
TEACHERS LAW SCHOOL | DEC 5 | 8:00 AM-2:15 PM
CAS, in conjunction with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), is offering a unique experience for middle and high school social studies teachers throughout the state. Entitled “Teachers Law School,” 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 pass along this informational flyer to your social studies faculty.
VAPING AND OUR STUDENTS | JAN 8 | 8:00-11:30 AM
On January 8, 2019, CLI will host a workshop with Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, and Gregory Carver, Program Coordinator for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The workshop will address the following topics:
- What e-cigarettes are and what different types of devices are available;
- The appeal of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) to youth;
- The short and long term risks of these devices;
- How ENDS retailers are complying with the law; and,
- How to prevent access to ENDS by individuals under the age of 18.
Registration is open.
PRINCIPAL WORKSHOP SERIES: A FOCUS ON MATHEMATICS | JAN 16 | 8:30-11:30 AM
The CSDE, in partnership with CAS, is pleased to offer a workshop series to allow principals the opportunity to examine the implementation challenges of the Connecticut Core Standards for Mathematics and learn how to address these challenges in their buildings. The series will consist of the three sessions beginning on January 16th. Learn more!
FOR STUDENT LEADERS
2019 MIDDLE LEVEL STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES | Jan 4 & 16 | 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
This year’s middle school student leadership conferences will take place on January 4 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield and on January 16 at Trinity College in Hartford. These conferences engage middle level students in hands-on activities designed to foster leadership skills, productive thinking, decision-making, communication, and creative problem solving. These events fill up quickly, so register your students soon!
20TH ANNUAL ELEMENTARY ARTS BANQUET | FEB 4-5 | 5:00-7:30 PM
CAS is pleased to open registration for the 20th Annual Arts Banquet! This yearly event provides elementary schools the opportunity to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding artistic ability in performing or visual arts as well as citizenship and cooperative skills. Each elementary school is invited to select two students to be honored.
CAS Assistant Executive Director Jill Hale presents the Exemplary School Climate Award to Totoket Valley Elementary School Principal Dr. Carter Welch.
CAS hosts a delegation of distinguished educators from Guangdong Province, China.
Amy Tepper and Patrick Flynn from ReVISION Learning share strategies for collecting evidence and crafting effective feedback to promote teacher growth.
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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