OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
As an assistant principal at a high school, I am responsible for keeping the inventory of school property. At the end of each school year, it is a huge hassle to get back from students textbooks, library books and other school equipment that they have taken over the course of the year. This year I want to get serious. Really serious.
New Consulting Services Offered by CAS
How do you cope with the ever increasing challenges of educational administration? What do you do when you’re not sure what to do? Where do you turn when you need someone to listen objectively and in confidence, someone who will be able to ask the right questions to help you draw your own conclusions about what to do next? The Connecticut Association of Schools is offering the opportunity for you to talk through the challenges you routinely face in confidence with a leadership consultant.
Interested in Dialoguing with Your Peers about CCSS Implementation?
Join the December 17th session of the CCSS Leadership Community of Practice. The plenary and breakout sessions will focus on anticipated intervention problems and changes in current SRBI processes that will likely evolve from the implementation of CCSS. MORE
Closing The Achievement Gap: Getting PreK-Grade 3 Right
Don't miss "Closing the Achievement Gap: Getting PreK – Grade 3 Right" featuring Dr. Kristie Kauerz, Research Assistant Professor of P-3 Policy and Leadership at the University of Washington. The symposium will be held on January 3, 2014 at Central Connecticut State University. With an introduction by Mark Bogosian of the Foundation for Child Development, the program's focus will be on building strong, cohesive early childhood educational systems to give our students the best chance to succeed.
CAS Requests Your SLOs
CAS has been asked to collect administrator SLOs to use as exemplars on the SEED website. We are looking for examples of our members’ work in this area. ALL SLOs utilized in this manner will have individual, school and district identification factors removed. A view of the few samples we currently have can be seen on the SEED website; and we would utilize future examples in the same manner. Serving as guides for those administrators who are unsure of the SLO format and future school leaders who will enter the profession after this intense period of training, this compilation of administrative SLOs will serve as a reference point. If you are willing to allow CAS to use your work with the assurance of anonymity, please send your SLO samples to Ev Lyons firstname.lastname@example.org. Your help is needed and appreciated.
No-Cost Forum on CCSS
An alliance of educational organizations is hosting a no-cost forum on the Common Core State Standards, designed especially to help inform parents and community members about the CCSS, SBAC assessments, etc. The forum is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, and includes a keynote presentation by Sandra Alberti from Student Achievement Partners. Administrators are welcome to attend and are encouraged to spread the word in their school communities! MORE
CIAC Football Championship Schedule Changes
Due to the inclement weather forecast for tomorrow, the class L championship between Darien and New Canaan scheduled for 2:05 p.m. at Arute Field at Central Connecticut State will now be played at Stamford High School's Boyle Field at 11:05 a.m. The class LL final between Southington and Fairfield Prep originally scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at CCSU will now be played at 1:35 p.m. The class M and class S championships will be played as originally scheduled. MORE
Have You Joined the Principals' Discussion Forum Yet?
The "Principals Talk Discussion Forum" is taking off! The online forum is a place where administrators can pose questions to their colleagues and hold rich online discussions on a variety of subjects directly related to their positions. A number of helpful questions and answers have already been posted on topics such as online payment processing for school fees, standards-based report cards, and K-8 instrumental programs. 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. Be sure to let your fellow administrators know about the forum. The more people who participate, the better the conversations will be!
Vote for the Book You Would Most Like to Read & Discuss With Your Peers!
CAS is starting an online book club in February! We want to hear from you about which book we should read and discuss. Please take a minute to nominate the book of greatest interest to you by completing a quick survey at http://goo.gl/MMzqnd. The book with the most votes in January will become the first CAS Book Club selection!