OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
Custody issues have been keeping me very busy lately. Joint custody seems to be the order of the day, but every so often I see an order that gives one parent sole custody. When I see such orders, I wonder what the non-custodial parent did wrong to lose custody. In any event, some of these non-custodial parents seem to think that they are still entitled to be treated as parents by the school. Some want school notices and even confidential educational records. What would you suggest that I say to put these non-custodial parents in their proper place?
October is National Principals Month!
Why not celebrate by inviting a legislator to shadow you in your school? This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your amazing students and teachers in action! Click on the button below to access an invitation template that can be sent to your local legislator(s). Use as is or tailor it to suit your needs.
Health & Wellness Summit:
Last Call to Register
Don't miss the 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Summit on October 7th. Designed for students in grades 6 through 12, the summit will feature Dr. David Katz, nationally renowned nutrition and preventive health expert who focuses on educating children about making healthy food choices. This event will help schools to develop student success plans that foster healthy lifestyles and lifelong wellness. Registration closes on October 2nd.
Implementing a 21st Century Student Advisory
Many Connecticut schools are choosing advisories as one vehicle for achieving personalization, connecting students to adults, developing a framework for student success plans and improving school climate. CAS is offering a one-day workshop on October 10th to help schools plan and implement a successful advisory program.
CSDE Publishes SEED Guides for SESS
The CSDE has developed a series of documents to guide the evaluation of Student and Educator Support Specialists (SESS) such as school counselors, library media specialists, social workers, special education teachers and others. These documents are designed to work as a supplement to the System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED) state model, and inform other district developed models, to assist administrators in conducting evaluations for individuals from a variety of disciplines. These guidance documents are now available on the SEED website.
The Power of Twitter
With over 500 million users, it's hard to believe that some educators are still in the dark when it comes to the power of Twitter. It is an amazing, free professional development tool; a great resource to improve student sharing in the classroom; and, a simple way to improve communication for classrooms and entire school districts. Join us on October 15th to learn from digital expert Patrick Larkin concrete ways to utilize this great resource in school communities.
National Conference for Middle Level Educators
The Association for Middle Level Education’s 40th annual conference will be held on November 7–9 in Minneapolis, MN. AMLE has created a multifaceted conference which will include:
• various session types and styles;
• one-on-one discussions with the leaders in education;
• networking opportunities;
• technology explained and explored throughout the conference; and,
• so much more!
Please join fellow middle level educators in Minneapolis for three days of innovation, creativity, and inspiration!
NFHS Rules Publications Now Available In E-Books
Rule books and case books produced by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) are now available for purchase online in electronic-book format. The NFHS, which has written and published playing rules for high school sports throughout most of its 94-year history, is offering its rules publications in e-book format through iTunes for Apple users. In addition, the Kindle version is being sold on Amazon.