CASconversations – A Podcast for School Leaders by School Leaders

CAS is pleased to announce the launch of a new podcast series for school leaders!

CASconversations will be produced monthly and will feature exciting guest speakers who provide thoughtful opinions, timely research and critical information to help school leaders succeed in their ever-challenging roles.

Following its debut on September 19, 2017, each new episode will engage practitioners and thought leaders in conversations about issues, ideas and innovations relevant to today’s busy educators.

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Individual episodes can be accessed below.

CASconversations Archives


EPISODE 11

 

DATE: June 26, 2018

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Robert Rader – Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)
  • Patrice McCarthy – Deputy Director and General Counsel, CABE
  • Dr. RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek – Principal of Bristol’s Ivy Drive School | CAS President
CAS President Dr. Rosie Vojtek chats with Robert Rader and Patrice McCarthy from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. Bob and Patrice, executive director and deputy director, respectively, share their thoughts on a number of hot-button issues impacting CT’s education community. They discuss CABE’s legislative priorities, its efforts to promote diversity and cultural competence, and its powerful new initiative on civil discourse. Listen as Rosie talks with these two great friends of CAS who are also among Connecticut’s most respected thought leaders.

 



EPISODE 10

 

DATE: February 20, 2018

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Joseph Macrino – 2018 Elementary School Assistant Principal of the Year
  • Darlene Wallin – 2018 Middle School Principal of the Year
  • Joseph Masi – 2018 High School Principal of the Year
  • Dr. RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek – Principal of Bristol’s Ivy Drive School | CAS President
Meet CAS’ 2018 Assistant Principals of the Year – Joe Masi, Northwestern Regional High School in Winsted; Darlene Wallin, John Read Middle School in Redding; and, Joseph Macrino, Lewin Joel School in Clinton! These award-winning administrators share strategies for relationship-building, empowering teachers, building positive school climate, and maintaining the critical balance between work and home. Don’t miss this dynamic conversation with these extraordinary educators!

 



EPISODE 9

 

DATE: February 20, 2018

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Megan Kasperowski – 2018 CT Kid Governor
  • Brian Cofrancesco – Head of the CT Kid Governor Program
  • Allison Hine – Principal of Portland’s Brownstone Intermediate School
  • Dr. RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek – Principal of Bristol’s Ivy Drive School | CAS President
Meet the 2018 Connecticut Kid Governor® (CTKG), Megan Kasperowski from Brownstone Intermediate School in Portland! Inaugurated as the state’s third Kid Governor last month, Megan ran on a cancer awareness platform. In Episode 9 of CASconversations, Megan opens up to CAS President Dr. Rosie Vojtek about the campaign process, her election victory and her plans for affecting change during her upcoming term. “I want to help those suffering with cancer and make their days happier,” says Megan. Dr. Vojtek also engages with CTKG program head, Brian Cofrancesco, and Brownstone principal, Allison Hine. Learn how easy it is to bring the CTKG program to your school or district so your students can share in this rich, authentic educational experience!


EPISODE 8

 

DATE: February 6, 2018

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Doug Casey – Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology
  • Dr. RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek – Principal of Bristol’s Ivy Drive School | CAS President
In Episode 8 of CASconversations, CAS President Dr. Rosie Vojtek sits down with Doug Casey, executive director of the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, to talk about their mutual passion: technology. Rosie and Doug explore the exciting work that the commission has been undertaking, including its new partnership with EducationSuperHighway, its soon-to-be-released digital equity toolkit, and its history-making move to endorse the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for both students and teachers.


EPISODE 7

 

DATE: January 23, 2018

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Patricia Ciccone – Superintendent of Westbrook (CT) Public Schools
  • Dr. RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek – Principal of Bristol’s Ivy Drive School | CAS President
“Social media has created a situation where kids come to school less confident and feeling a sense of diminished value. This is really impacting the climate in our schools. Kids are torturing one another,” states Patricia Ciccone, superintendent of schools in Westbrook, CT. Pat is renowned for her work in the area of school climate and, more specifically, the restorative practices model. In 2013 Education Week named Pat as a “Leader to Learn From” for her focus on school climate while serving as the superintendent of Connecticut’s Technical High School System. More recently, she was named by Education Week as one of 18 women educators internationally that all K-12 educators should know.


EPISODE 6

 

DATE: December 12, 2017

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Robert Spector – Assistant United States Attorney
  • Dr. RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek – Principal of Bristol’s Ivy Drive School | CAS President
“If you’re an educator in this state and you’re not actively pursuing opioid education in your school, it’s a problem. The resources are there…and they are free,” urges Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Spector. In this episode of CASconversations, AUSA Spector talks about the alarming increase in opioid overdoses in Connecticut, the deadly rise in Fentanyl use, the urgent need for educating students and parents, and the free training and resources available to schools.


EPISODE 5

DATE: November 14, 2017

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Scott Driscoll – Retired Law Enforcement Officer and President of Internet Safety Concepts
  • Dr. RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek – Principal of Bristol’s Ivy Drive School | CAS President
A retired law enforcement agent, Scott Driscoll is now president and founder of Internet Safety Concepts and co-author of “www.R U in Danger.net.” A longtime public school youth officer, Scott has dedicated himself to educating students about the dangers of the Internet and empowering them to use technology safely and productively. In this episode of CASconversations, Scott offers tips on Internet safety for students, parents, teachers and administrators alike. He touches on a wide range of issues from cyber-bullying to sexting to digital footprints. He also shares useful resources to help educators and parents ensure the appropriate and safe use of technology at school and at home.

 

EPISODE 4

DATE: October 31, 2017

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Jo Ann Freiberg – CSDE Consultant and Co-Chair of the National School Climate Council
  • Dr. RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek – Principal of Bristol’s Ivy Drive School | CAS President
“You will never punish a child into behaving differently in much the same way that you will never punish a child into learning to read,” states Dr. Jo Ann Freiberg in this, the fourth, episode of CASconversations. Dr. Freiberg, CSDE Consultant and Co-chair of the National School Climate Council, is renowned in state and national education circles for her work in the area of school climate. In this podcast, Dr. Freiberg explains district responsibilities under the state anti-bullying statutes; explores the need for a cultural shift away from punishing bad behavior to teaching kids essential life skills; and, discusses restorative practices and the positive outcomes achieved by schools that are implementing them.

 

EPISODE 3

DATE: October 17, 2017

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Fran Rabinowitz – Executive Director of the CT Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS)
  • Dr. RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek – Principal of Bristol’s Ivy Drive School | CAS President
“School principals have the most difficult job in education,” states Fran Rabinowitz in Episode 3 of CASconversations. CAS President Dr. Rosie Vojtek chats with the new executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) about the state’s budget impasse; CAPSS’ ambitious plan for transforming CT’s education system; the importance of high quality early learning programs; how technology has revolutionized education; and, the ideal relationship between the superintendent and the building principal.

 

EPISODE 2

DATE: October 2, 2017

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Attorney Tom Mooney – Shipman & Goodwin LLP | UConn’s Neag School of Education
  • Dr. RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek – Principal of Bristol’s Ivy Drive School | CAS President
In the second episode of CASconversations, CAS President Dr. Rosie O’Brien Vojtek sits down with Attorney Tom Mooney to talk about a number of issues impacting school administrators, including the 2017 legislative session, teacher evaluation practices, funding of the state teacher pension system, and the importance of being disciplined in the use of social media and electronic communications.

 
EPISODE 1

DATE: September 19, 2017

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Karissa Niehoff – Executive Director of CAS-CIAC
  • Dr. RoseAnne O’Brien Vojtek – Principal of Bristol’s Ivy Drive School | CAS President
The debut episode of CASconversations features CAS President Dr. Rosie O’Brien Vojtek and CAS Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff discussing a wide range of topics, including developments at CAS-CIAC, CT’s budget quagmire, new education-related state legislation, and the threat of education policy changes at the federal level.