OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
I have a confession. I was talking to a parent, and I lost it. She called me to complain that her precious little daughter was bored in school, and she kept going on and on about “dimwit teachers” who aren’t smart enough to challenge her daughter with a rigorous curriculum. I tried to be polite, but her arrogance and presumption finally got to me.
CAS to Sponsor Administrator Evaluation Training Workshop
CAS will sponsor a mid-winter training session on the administrator evaluation (SEED) system. If you did not get an opportunity this past summer to engage in the training or were hired after August 2013, this three-day training session is for you! The program will be held at the CAS office on February 10, 11 and 12 from 8:30-3:30. There is no charge for this training. Seating is limited to 40 participants.
Smarter Lunchrooms Makeover Pilot - Application Deadline December 3
The Connecticut State Department of Education invites schools to participate in the Smarter Lunchrooms Makeover Pilot (SLMP). The SLMP will provide a state model for identifying effective strategies to positively influence students’ daily food choices and increase selection of reimbursable meals. Selected applicants will receive a $5,000 stipend and personalized technical assistance and training on using successful Smarter Lunchrooms strategies in the school cafeteria. Act now! Deadline for applications is December 3rd. MORE
Governor Malloy Announces Technology Grants to Support Transition to CCSS
Last week, Governor Dannel Malloy announced plans to fund over $24 million in grant requests to bring more computers into classrooms and increase Internet bandwidth. This investment provides vital support to students, teachers, and school districts as local efforts accelerate to complete the transition to the Common Core State Standards and the accompanying computer-based Smarter Balanced assessments. MORE
Last Call to Register for December iPad Workshop
Have an iPad and want to put it to better use in your work as an administrator? Learn about the productivity tools available for the iPad. Use Pages, Numbers and Keynote to create professional documents and multimedia presentations. Plus, get hands-on practice using the iPad for teacher observation and evaluation. MORE
Sportsmanship Conference Draws 620+
More than 620 students, coaches and athletic administrators gathered at the Aqua Turf this morning for the 2013 CIAC Sportsmanship Conference. Now in its seventh year, this annual event is one of the largest that the CIAC sponsors. Keynote speaker A'ric Jackson wowed the audience with his "Fearless Leadership" presentation, asking the student leaders and adults in attendance, "Do you know how juicy life can be when you are unapologetically you?" The 2012-13 overall Michaels’ Cup recipient was also unveiled. Congratulations Weston High School! Follow the day's events on Twitter @ciacsports.
Going, Going, Gone . . .
As parents and coaches strive to create elite athletes at younger and younger ages, what are the physical and mental costs? CPTV explores this issue in a new documentary, Going, Going, Gone…, premiering tomorrow at 8 p.m. The feature looks at the changes taking place within the world of youth sports in Connecticut – changes that have left student athletes exposed to more pressure, more competition and more intense training than ever before. MORE
Deadline for Student Voices Video/Essay Contest Quickly Approaching!
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, students have 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. MORE
Have You Joined the Principals' Discussion Forum Yet?
One of the highlights of the recently-redesigned CAS website is the "Principals Talk Discussion Forum", a place where member-school administrators can pose questions to their colleagues and hold rich online discussions on a variety of subjects directly related to their positions. To participate, click here and request membership in the group, after doing so you will be able to post new topics and reply to those posted by others. After you register, be sure to let administrators at other CAS member schools know about the forum. The more people who participate, the better the conversations will be.