Legal Question of the Week
Dear Legal Mailbag: I was happy to read your response in the June 2012 Legal Mailbag column concerning the new state teacher evaluation guidelines required under Public Act 12-116, An Act Concerning Education Reform. Do I understand you correctly that we have until the 2014-2015 school year to implement a new evaluation program in accordance with these guidelines? Getting the new plan in place and getting both administrators and teachers appropriately trained will be a huge undertaking. Thank goodness for small favors.
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Interested in Boosting Student Interest in S.T.E.M. Subjects?
Sign up for the Robotics Workshop on October 9th and learn about a great way to expand your students' interest and participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The Connecticut Student Activities Conference will sponsor a state robotics championship this spring and the October workshop will give you all the information you need to get started. See the robotics teams from Shelton and Brookfield High Schools in action on October 9th!
CIAC to Distribute Free Cleats to Deserving Programs
The CIAC has been chosen as one of 22 distribution hubs for a joint venture with Friends of Baseball and adidas to distribute $1 million in cleats to players in underserved youth baseball programs.
CAS Offers School Climate and Student Success Plan Technical Support
Positive School Climate and Student Success Plans loom large on the must-do lists of Connecticut principals and their leadership teams for the 2012-2013 school year. CAS has been a primary collaborator with the State Department of Education in creating resources and providing training. Now that we are in the implementation stage, CAS personnel are offering on-site support to middle and high schools administrators who are rolling out their programs to faculty, staff and students.
SDE Issues Guidance on Changes in PD Requirements
Late last week, the Connecticut State Department of Education issued a guidance memo on the new requirements for professional development that were enacted as part of the governor's education reform bill. The memo helps to explain the new provisions of Public Act 12-116 and sets forth expectations for the completion of professional development activities to be offered by Connecticut school districts effective July 1, 2013.
Registration Open for Fall Advisors' Workshop
Calling all student council, NHS, and student activity advisors! Register now for the annual Fall Advisors' Conference on November 1st. Don't miss keynote speaker Attorney Julie Fay from Shipman & Goodwin LLC, an expert on legal issues pertaining to student/school organizations and on student and parent rights.
Last Call for October iPad Workshop
There's still time to register for the iPad training workshop on October 11th. But, hurry! There are only a few spots left! See how the iPad can impact the busy life of a school administrator and shape the instruction that takes place in the classroom.