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 bi-weekly 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 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.