LEGAL QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
We received a report that a student was posting unflattering pictures of teachers in class on Instagram, and we called him down to the office. We confronted him with our suspicions, and he twitched ever so slightly when he denied it. So I grabbed his I-phone and went right to Camera Roll, and sure enough there were a number of pictures of teachers in class, apparently unaware that they were being photographed. We asked him what he had to say for himself, and he reminded us that he wasn’t under oath when he responded to our question. Continued
Provider of Data Management Support for Educator Evaluation Offers Demos
BloomBoard, Inc. has been selected as the data support provider for the educator evaluation system. In order to give districts an opportunity to see how its system works, BloomBoard will host several webinars as well as an in-person demonstration workshop. More
Three-Team Alliance Wins Inaugural State Robotics Championship
A winning alliance of three high school robotics teams — the Robo Squad from Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven; Bobcat Robotics from South Windsor High; and the Robocats of Bacon Academy in Colchester — won Connecticut’s first-ever State Robotics Championship held May 11 at the Connecticut State Armory in Hartford.
New Legislation Raising Standards for Athletic Directors Passes
On Thursday May 16th, the Connecticut State Senate passed a bill which will raise standards and strengthen hiring practices for athletic directors. The legislation, which already passed the House of Representatives with tremendous support, will now be forwarded to the governor for his signature. A copy of the new law, which will go into effect on October 1st, can be found at: http://www.caadinc.org/2013HB-06383-R000642-FC.pdf.
Superintendents' Leadership Summit Open to Principals
The CT Superintendents' Leadership Summit organized by LEAD Connecticut will be held on May 28th and 29th at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell. This two-day event, open to all school leaders, will provide an opportunity to learn about LEAD Connecticut and the emerging initiatives designed to develop and support school leaders in the current transformative educational environment.
Seeking Middle Schools for Helmet Study
The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC) is working conducting a middle school helmet safety study. The study is funded by a grant from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development NIH) to educate kids, parents and educators about the need to wear helmets and protect one’s brain. BIAC is looking for middle schools to participate in the study. In addition to the educational benefits, participating schools can earn up to $3,000 that can be used at the school’s discretion. More
Principal Mentors Needed
The University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) is one of the premier school leader preparation programs in the nation. The internship component, which CAS has overseen for the past eight years, is the heart of the program. The key to the internship is the match between quality interns and the outstanding principal mentors who voluntarily welcome them on to their leadership teams. Please consider applying to serve in this important role. Letters of admission have just gone out to 39 superior candidates and CAS will be seeking internship placements before the end of May. More
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.