OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
Every so often I get a parent complaint about one of my teachers. Sometimes it seems that the parent has a good point. However, his/her complaint is hearsay; and I certainly don’t want a grievance. So my normal practice is that I call the parent to calm him or her down and then I just put the complaint letter in my correspondence file. Lately, however, I have gotten three complaints about a teacher and I am wondering whether it is time for disciplinary action. I just worry about basing discipline on a hearsay complaint from a parent. What do you think I should do here?
Attorney Tom Mooney to Present Legal Update
Attorney Tom Mooney, well-known educational law expert, will present his annual legal update at CAS on November 13, 2013 from 4-6:00 p.m. Tom will brief members on recent changes and emerging trends that will help steer school leaders clear of legal difficulties in their schools.
Be Part of the CAS-CIAC Team!
Each year, the quality and effectiveness of our programs and services are dependent on the volunteer efforts of our member school administrators through their work on our various committees. Last year, more than 400 individuals served on over 90 CAS and CIAC committees. At the outset of the school year, we seek to recruit volunteers with a mind towards establishing balanced committee membership with respect to gender, ethnicity, district demographics and level of experience. Join your peers; exchange ideas; enrich us! We welcome new faces and new ideas! The time required of committee members is not burdensome; and you will find that the total experience of being active at the state level is valuable to you and, ultimately, your school. Click on the links below to volunteer for a committee(s) of interest!
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 technology expert Patrick Larkin concrete ways to utilize this great resource in school communities.
Please Update Your Membership Directory Information
Attention member school principals! Please be sure to update your membership directory information for the new school year. It is vital that we keep our membership data as current as possible so that mailings are sent to the appropriate individuals. This allows member schools to take full advantage of the benefits of CAS membership.
CAPSS & CAS Want to Hear Your Students’ Voices!
CAPSS & CAS are asking students in grades 6-12 to lend their creativity and talents to the 2nd Annual Student Voices in Education Contest. Last year, more than 50 middle and high school students from across Connecticut submitted short videos telling us what it would take for them to thrive in the classroom. This year, we’re excited to offer students the opportunity to submit not only original videos, but creative and cogent essays that make a case for educational transformation. The deadline for video and essay submissions is December 13, 2013.
CIAC Sportsmanship Ratings Period Begins Sunday
Beginning Sunday, October 6 and running through October 20, the CIAC carries out its fall sportsmanship ratings period. This process takes place three times per year, once during each sports season, and is an important part of the CIAC’s emphasis on sportsmanship. Schools can find and submit the reports through the CIAC on-line eligibility center, and can provide hard copies of the ratings survey to coaches.
Nominations Sought for Neag Alumni Awards
Do you know any outstanding Neag alumni? The Neag School of Education is seeking nominations for the 16th Annual Neag Alumni Awards. You are invited to nominate individuals for any of the eight prestigious awards (including Outstanding School Administrator). Click here for specific award categories, criteria and the nomination form. See a video of last year’s winners. All nominations are due no later than Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
Schools Encouraged to Complete Garden Survey
The Connecticut School Garden Resource Center is conducting a survey of schools throughout the state of Connecticut to gather information on where school gardens exist, how they are being used, what schools might like to build a school garden, and what schools would like help developing an effective school garden program. The survey can be accessed using the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CTschoolgardens. The CT-SGRC welcomes responses from teachers, principals, parents, after-school programmers, food service directors and other members of the school community interested in school gardens. Multiple responses per school are welcome. The hope is to collect at least one response from every school in Connecticut. Please share this link!