OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
With the new school year, I have had not one but two different sets of parents give me family court orders specifying that custody is to be shared equally by the parents, with one of them in my town and the other living elsewhere. They want to pick which school district their child attends; however, that seems wrong to me. If a child is to attend school in my district, I expect him or her to sleep in my district at least five nights a week. Continued
Education Legislation Summary
In its 2013 session, the General Assembly made a number of statutory changes that affect Connecticut school districts. Shipman & Goodwin has published an overview of some of the legislative changes that were made in the area of education this year. The summary can be accessed via the link below.
2013 Education Legislation Summary
CIAC Announces 2012-2013 Michaels' Cup Winners
Seventeen high school athletic programs have been named a CIAC Michaels' Achievement Cup Exemplary Program. These schools were selected based on the caliber of their overall athletic program after being evaluated on their performance in seven distinct areas - sportsmanship, participation, athletic scholarship, athletic personnel, equity, chemical free initiatives and athletic achievement.
Last Call to Join CCSS Community of Practice
How is your school or district doing with regard to implementing the Common Core State Standards? If you aren’t sure, or wish to reinforce CCSS implementation in your district, consider joining the CCSS Leadership Community of Practice sponsored by the CSDE and CAS. The first workshop is Sept 17th (subsequent workshops are October 15th, November 19th and December 17th with the option to continue January - May 2014). CCSS Leadership Community of Practice is designed to assist school/district leaders in:
- gauging the progress of their schools and districts;
- sharing best implementation practices;
- updating their plans for informing teachers and parents;
- identifying the supports needed for a successful implementation; and,
- creating a peer support network.
For details and registration information, visit http://casci.ac/729.
Do You Know an Outstanding Assistant Principal?
Nominations are now open for the 2014 CAS Assistant Principal of the Year Awards. These awards were established in 1990 to spotlight the critical role that assistant principals play in the education of our youth and to honor outstanding individuals who have demonstrated excellent leadership skills, a commitment to their staff and students, service to their communities, and contributions to the overall profession of educational leadership. If you know or work with an exceptional assistant principal and would like to nominate him or her for the Assistant Principal of the Year Award, please click on a link below for further information.
2014 CAS Assistant Principal of the Year Awards
Fall Conference for Student Activity Advisors
Are you a student activity advisor? If so, don't miss this critical professional development opportunity on October 21st. Whether your work is focused on student councils, clubs, art, robotics, debate, community service or National Honor Society, there is something here for you! This year's keynote speaker is Ann Postlewaite, director of student programs for the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
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!
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.
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.
2014 NASSP Convention Destination: Dallas, TX!