OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
Life as a school administrator is getting so complicated these days. Sometimes I think that we should all just all go to law school or perhaps marry lawyers. But maybe there is hope. As I was lolling about on the winter break, I had a brainstorm. We should just decide what we want to do and put it in the student handbook. That way, all the students will have fair notice of our rules and will have no basis for complaint. For example, what if I include in the student handbook that all book bags and purses will be subject to search? That way, we won’t have to struggle with the complicated rules governing student searches.
Don't Miss Tonight's Twitter Chat!
Let's "chat"! How are you using technology to better manage your increased workload? We want to hear about new apps, tech tools, websites, etc. that save you time & improve efficiency. Join the CAS Twitter chat tonight (1/7) at 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. At 7:30, 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
New Leaders Academy Continues in 2014
The Connecticut Principals’ Center welcomes first and second-year elementary and secondary building administrators of CAS member schools at the principal or assistant principal level to attend the New Leaders Academy. The New Leaders Academy brings together experienced administrators with colleagues who are in the first two years of their administrative careers. MORE
Has an Extraordinary Volunteer Made a Difference at Your School?
If so, join us on March 11th for the CAS Volunteer Recognition Banquet! Every school in Connecticut is blessed with parents and other volunteers who contribute to its success. Don’t miss this opportunity to give public recognition to those individuals who have made your school a better place to work and learn. MORE
High School Arts Banquet Registration Open
The High School Arts Recognition Banquet, for seniors who excel in either the performing or visual arts, will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. Each CAS member high school is encouraged to honor two grade 12 students. This year's keynote speaker will be Edward Cummings, Primrose Fuller Professor of Orchestral Studies at The Hartt School-University of Hartford. MORE
Latest Coaches Newsletter Looks at Deliberate Practice
What better way to beat the winter chill than with the latest edition of the “CIAC Coaches Update” newsletter? The latest edition offers tips on building coaching expertise and making the most out of the time between seasons. The publication is sent monthly to high school sports coaches throughout the state.
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.
2014 NASSP Convention Destination: Dallas, TX!