OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
One of the teachers at my middle school may be in the soup. It all began when one of the students in her class started passing out cards before school one day. She didn’t think anything of it, because students pass things out from time to time. However, when one of the students opened the card in front of her, she noticed religious iconography and asked to see the card.
Bring Your Team to an Elementary Leadership Conference
Registration for the always popular elementary leadership conferences will close on December 20th. These annual conferences feature unique, interactive lessons in communication, problem solving, decision-making and productive thinking! Choose from four college sites: Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on January 7; Naugatuck Community College in Waterbury on January 8; Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield on January 10; and Three-Rivers Community College in Norwich on January 15. MORE
Don Gates to Receive National Recognition
Don Gates, past-president of CAS and legend in the Connecticut education community, will receive the prestigious Membership Star Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals at its upcoming conference in Dallas, TX. Don will be honored for his thirty-nine years as a dedicated member of NASSP and a tireless advocate for students. Congratulations, Don!
Finding Mission, Focus and Coherence in a Tumultuous Time
High school principals and assistant principals are invited to attend a presentation by Jonathan Costa of EDUCATION CONNECTION on Monday, December 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. The workshop will help administrators find coherence in the midst of competing and seemingly unassociated requirements like SEED, NEASC, CCSS, etc. and effectively integrate them into their core mission. MORE
Middle Level Leadership Conference Has New Location
The annual middle level student leadership conference has a new location! The 2014 conference, which is scheduled for January 7, 2014, will be held at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. Students will participate in hands-on, interactive workshops led by teachers, administrators, counselors, youth officers, and high school students. A group session will also be offered for the advisors and chaperones who attend the conference with their students. This popular event fills up quickly, so register now! MORE
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 Balanced Alignment Study Educator Opportunity
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is recruiting educators to serve as alignment study reviewers as part of the development of the mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) assessments. If interested, please review the Smarter Balanced Alignment Study Educator Opportunity letter for more information. MORE
Revisit the Fall Championships with the Latest CIACcast
The latest episode of the CIACCast takes a look back at a busy stretch of CIAC championships. CIAC Director of Media and Sports Information Joel Cookson hosts Lori Riley and Matthew Conyers from the Hartford Courant as well as the Waterbury Republican-American’s Kyle Brennan as they recap post-season highlights in several fall sports. MORE