LEGAL QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
I am confused about the rules on the names that students can use in school. Our practice is that we go by their birth certificate, and I thought we were not allowed to change the name we use on our records unless the parents had their child’s name legally changed. Does this new law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression change the rules? Continued
CAS Executive Coaching Program Offers Support for SEED Implementation
As we prepare to finish off this school year, we must also look forward to next year and the challenges it will bring. Chief among those challenges will be the implementation of CT SEED, the teacher and administrator evaluation system that must be in place. Principals, especially new principals and struggling principals, will need assistance to develop and refine their administrative skills and abilities, and to thoroughly understand their job which is to provide effective instructional leadership. The CAS Executive Coaching Program is a valuable resource that should be considered as districts contemplate how to best offer this support. More
CAS Offers Regional Climate Workshops
Half-day workshops are now being offered to help schools create safe, successful school climates for all students. These workshops will be hosted in elementary, middle and high schools around the state. Come learn from colleagues and take a “tool-kit” of ideas back to your school. More
Last Call to Register for KiDSMARATHON 2013
KiDSMARATHON is an 8 to 10 week training program that enables kids ages 7-12 to complete a full marathon by running or walking incremental distances each week. From PE/Health classes to before and/or after school running clubs to parent supervised weekend running, kids of all sizes, shapes and abilities are encouraged to participate. KiDSMARATHON celebrations will take place at several regional sites on Saturdays in May and June this year. Additional details and registration information is available at http://www.casciac.org/pdfs/KM_flyer.pdf.
Don't Miss BandJam 2013
Help us spread the word about BandJam 2013 - the ultimate statewide high school battle of the bands! If you know of a band in your school or if you know kids who just love to play, please pass along the information at the link below.
2013 S.L.I. Focuses on School Leadership Standards and SEED
Registration is now open for the Annual Summer Leadership Institute which will be held June 27th and 28th at The Heritage in Southbury. Two significant things have occurred since the last summer leadership institute (SLI). First, a significant revision of the Common Core of Leading: Connecticut School Leadership Standards has been approved by the State Board of Education. Second, SEED has operationalized these standards by incorporating them into the new administrative evaluation guidelines. The focus of this year's SLI is to make sense of these changes and their implications for leaders throughout our schools and districts. More
Student Voices Video Contest - Looking for Volunteer Judges!
We are very pleased to announce that we received wonderful submissions to our Student Voices Video Contest. We now need volunteers to help us judge the entries. We are looking for superintendents, principals, teachers and students to serve on our judging teams - one team for the middle school entries and another team for the high school entries. Judges will be able to view the videos on the website (no meetings!). Click here if you are interested in volunteering.
CANHS Conference Registration Deadline Approaches
National Honor Society members and advisors are encouraged to attend the 15th Annual CT Association of National Honor Societies State Conference on May 20th. This year’s program will engage students in discussions and activities that will build leadership skills and lead to the development of an action plan for providing community service. The featured speaker, Brittney Cavaliere, is a former state student council president and high school valedictorian. More
Framework for Strengthening Teacher Prep Programs
Adopted by State
On April 15th, the CT State Board of Ed adopted the Educator Preparation Advisory Council’s (EPAC) recommendations outlining six principles for guiding the development of a framework for reforming educator preparation programs. “We need to ensure that the next generation of educators is optimally prepared for Connecticut’s 21st century classrooms,” said Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor.
Are You Retiring This Year?
At the end of each school year, it is custom that the Connecticut Association of Schools awards life memberships in CAS to retiring principals and assistant principals. If you are planning to retire this year or if you know of any principal or assistant principal who is so planning, please go to www.casciac.org/retiringadmins and fill in the requested fields. This task should take no more than a minute of your time.
iPad Workshops are Back!
CAS is hosting two iPad workshops in May. See how the iPad can impact the busy life of a school administrator and shape the instruction that takes place in the classroom.
Register Now for the Annual Meeting
Exercise your right to vote at the 61st Annual Meeting on May 9th! There are a number of important issues -- affecting both CAS and CIAC members -- which will come before you at the annual meeting. Their resolution is very important to the future of the association, to your school, and to you as its administrator.