OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
We are off and running with the new teacher evaluation system. But our local teacher union president keeps coming up with new issues. First, she proposed that teachers have the right to have one’s response to an evaluation included in the evaluation file. Then, she proposed that we hire a “neutral” person to adjudicate disputes. Now, she wants teachers to have advance notice of any classroom visit, even informal observations. I told her that we would not be making these changes, and now she is threatening to file a grievance against me and the board. Can I tell her that teacher evaluation is none of her business? Continued
Convocation - Last Day to Register
Tomorrow is the last day to register for the 15th Annual CAS-CAPSS Convocation on September 10th. This year’s event will feature Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor and Tunxis Community College President Dr. Cathryn Addy. Don't miss this opportunity to kick off the new school year with your colleagues from around the state!
Tim Breslin Joins Central Office Staff
CAS is thrilled to announce that Tim Breslin, recently retired principal of Farmington High School, has joined the central office staff as assistant executive director. A long-time Connecticut principal and former superintendent, Tim is well known for his achievements in the area of leadership development.
SDE Releases "CCSS Talking Points for Principals and Teachers"
As part of its ongoing efforts to assist districts in the implementation of Connecticut's Common Core State Standards, the CT State Department of Education has released a PowerPoint presentation with “CCSS Talking Points for Principals and Teachers" to use during open houses, at parent conferences or in September school newsletters. Administrators are encouraged to take advantage of this valuable resource.
New Leaders Academy Offers Support to Beginning Administrators
The Connecticut Principals' Center invites first and second-year principals and assistant principals to participate in the New Leaders Academy. Formerly known as the Mentor-Mentee Program, the New Leaders Academy brings together experienced administrators with young colleagues in the first two years of their administrative careers. Academy sessions will feature a topical presentation followed by cohorts of new administrators who will meet with an experienced facilitator to discuss problems of practice associated with the day's topic. Register now!
First Year Principal Award Deadline Fast Approaching
Nominations are now being accepted for the CAS First-Year Principal Awards for 2013-2014. These awards recognize individuals whose instructional leadership, innovative practices, and managerial skills have had a positive impact on the school district in their first year of school administration. One award is given at each level: elementary, middle and high school. The nomination form is available online at http://casciac.org/go?690. Deadline is September 13th.
CAS Offers SEED Workshop
CAS is offering a short workshop to familiarize administrators with the components of the SEED administrator evaluation model. This orientation workshop is designed for administrators who will not be evaluating other administrators but will need to be aware of how the model will evaluate their performance. This no-cost session will be held at the central office in Cheshire on September 26th at 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered.
Breakthrough Coach is Back!
Want to work less, play more, and still get the job done in a normal week? Sounds like you're ready for The Breakthrough Coach (TBC) - and he's returning to CAS on November 21 and 22, 2013. Online registration is now open!
An Evening for Celebrating Excellence
The CAS Recognition of Excellence in Education Reception will be held on November 19, 2013, at the Aqua Turf in Southington. This important event provides principals with an opportunity to spotlight an exemplary program and/or outstanding staff members that have brought about significant school improvement, promoted school success or had a positive impact on their school.
Health & Wellness Summit Scheduled for October 7th
Don't miss the 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Summit on October 7th. Designed for students in grades 6 through 12, the summit will feature break-out sessions which promote physical and emotional health for all members of the school community. This important event will also help schools to develop student success plans that foster healthy lifestyles and lifelong wellness. Dr. David Katz, founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, will kick-start the program with a powerful keynote presentation.
BloomBoard Training Sessions Still Available
BloomBoard, Inc., the data support provider for the educator evaluation system, is still offering training sessions at CAS and the regional educational service centers. Session schedules and registration can be accessed by going to www.bloomboard.com/cttraining.