CAS is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Bill Silva, the retiring principal of Farmington High School, as the new Director of the Center for Leadership and Innovation. Bill is a graduate of Amherst College and received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He began his career in secondary education at Berlin High School as a social studies teacher and department chair, during which time he received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. In 2010, Bill was appointed assistant principal at Lewis S. Mills High School in Region 10 (Burlington/Harwinton), and, in 2013, he was named principal of Farmington High School. In 2018, Bill was recognized as CAS Principal of the Year for his leadership in promoting instructional innovation, equity, and the personalization of student learning in Farmington and, through his work at CAS, in Connecticut education. Bill will be replacing Dr. V. Everett Lyons who retires later this month after eight years as a deeply respected, dedicated and celebrated member of the CAS Central Office staff. Welcome Bill!
FOR SCHOOL LEADERS
SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE – STILL TIME TO REGISTER
The Summer Leadership Institute, our flagship professional learning event, is just three weeks away. Join us at The Heritage in Southbury on June 27-28 for “21st Century Vision: Leading the Integration of Social, Emotional and Academic Learning.” Dr. Debbie Silver, noted educator and author, will be the keynote speaker and one of the breakout presenters. Other breakout sessions will feature educators from districts around the state who will highlight their work connecting social-emotional leadership and student achievement. Resource tables will provide attendees the opportunity to link up with organizations that can help with the work once they return to their buildings or districts. This event sells out every year.
CAS LAUNCHES NEW BLENDED COACHING MODEL
CAS is excited to announce a newly-designed executive coaching model which is priced significantly lower than other models, making administrative support now affordable for all districts. In the new CAS model, a veteran former principal will work with a new, or established, administrator, providing support and guidance gleaned from years of experience. Participants will engage in a personalized mentor experience within their building while strengthening their professional capacity through CAS's professional learning community. The CAS coaching model ensures alignment between district goals and both the principal’s AND teachers' SLOs.
Learn more about this innovative, affordable program!
LOOKING AHEAD – EXCITING PD IN 2019-20
The Center for Leadership and Innovation (CLI) staff has been busy planning a rich array of professional learning programs for the new school year. The 2019-20 Leadership Series includes workshops on a broad range of topics from vaping, DCF protocols, and social-emotional learning to restorative justice, school climate strategies and teacher evaluation.
Check out the line-up of upcoming workshops!
LOOKING FOR AN INNOVATIVE WAY TO SUPPORT YOUR TEACHER-LEADERS?
CAS is again offering its well-received leadership academy, Leading for Change, beginning this fall. Designed to support teacher leaders, the five-session series builds skills and competencies needed by teacher leaders in today’s schools. The Academy has a limited number of cohort participants to ensure active engagement and personalized attention for each. In addition to attending the full-day sessions, participants are required to engage in a district-based leadership project which allows them to practice the concepts and skills learned in the Academy setting.
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FALL ADMINISTRATOR EVALUATION WORKSHOP
CAS is offering a two-day administrator evaluation and support workshop on September 25 and 26, 2019, at the CAS office in Cheshire. This comprehensive workshop will cover the foundations of the administrator evaluation and support system authorized by the CSDE and will provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively evaluate and support the development of educational leaders.
Registration is now open
FOR STUDENT LEADERS
SEEKING MEMBERS FOR STATE STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
High school principals are invited to nominate a student to serve on the State Student Advisory Council on Education (SSACE). The council gives Connecticut students a voice in education planning and provides educational decision-makers with high school students’ perspectives on key issues. Please consider nominating one of your students. Applications must be submitted by June 21.
SUMMER LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Looking for a fantastic summer leadership experience for your students? Look no further! The 9th Annual New England Student Leadership Conference (NESLC) is scheduled for July 16-19, 2019, at Worcester State University (MA). This four-day, residential event allows students who participate in interscholastic athletic and activity programs to develop leadership skills, engage in hands-on community service activities, and network with some of the best and brightest student leaders across New England. Registration is open through June 10.
May 7: Assistant Executive Director Jill Hale presents the 2019 Elementary Exemplary Educator Award to Adrienne Bransfield, fourth grade teacher at Island Avenue Elementary School in Madison.
May 21: The State Student Advisory Council on Education (SSACE) wraps up another successful year of collaborating to provide student perspectives on critical education issues!
May 22: Amazing creations at the CAS 2019 Arts in the Middle Conference at the University of Hartford Art School!
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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