Effective Ed Eval Implementation – Tips for Building Leaders
The Connecticut State Department of Education is publishing a bi-weekly column for CAS member school administrators to help them effectively implement the new educator evaluation requirements in their schools and districts. The focus of this third installment is the all-important mid-year conference.
OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
One of my teachers is a bit of a dolt. Over the years, I have received a number of complaints about things he says. Last year, for example, I had to talk with him twice about comments he made to female students, such as telling one girl that she “looks hot” and telling another that her tight clothes are not flattering. But after talking to him about these complaints, I am sure that the teacher meant no harm and was simply trying to be friendly and helpful.
Last Call for Principal of the Year Nominations
The deadline for submitting a nomination for the 2014 CAS Principal of the Year Awards is December 31st. If you know or work with an outstanding school administrator, please consider nominating him or her for this prestigious award. The Principal of the Year program was established in 1984 to bring recognition to high-achieving school principals and to increase public awareness of the critical role that principals play in the education of our youth. MORE
Got Twitter? Let's Chat!
Mark your calendars! CAS will be hosting two more live Twitter chats in January! Become a connected educator and join us on the 7th and the 28th from 7:30-8:30 pm ET. If you don't already have a Twitter account, create one at www.twitter.com. Then, sign up for TweetChat at www.tweetchat.com. On the evenings of the chats, login to Tweetchat and use the hashtag #caschat to join our discussion!
Are You Getting a New iPad for the Holidays?
Or, did you just update your iPad to iOS7? If so, bring your iPad® to this workshop where you’ll learn its basic operations, understand how it’s being used in schools, and get your questions answered. Learn how to navigate in iOS7 to take advantage of its new features and applications. School administrators will experience some no- and low-cost alternatives to the costly observation tools currently on the market. MORE
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.
Postponed LL Football Championship Brings Fall Season to a Close (Finally!)
Southington High School rallied to beat Fairfield Prep, 52-34, to win the CIAC Class LL championship in West Haven last night. It was the second state title for the fourth-seeded Blue Knights (12-1) who won their other state title in 1998. It took (way) longer than anticipated, but with the class LL football championship in the books, the CIAC fall sports season is now officially concluded! MORE
Registration for Early Childhood Symposium Closes Monday
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.
2014 NASSP Convention Destination: Dallas, TX!