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CAS Opens Nominations for the 2019 Principal of the Year Awards

CAS Opens Nominations for the 2019 Principal of the Year Awards

The Principal of the Year Award 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. The program is designed to honor outstanding principals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, a passion forCAS Opens Nominations for the 2019 Principal of the Year Awards

Registration Open for High School Arts Awards Banquet

Registration Open for High School Arts Awards Banquet

    CAS is hosting the 24th Annual High School Arts Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. This prestigious recognition dinner, sponsored by Jostens and Horace Mann, honors high school seniors who excel in the performing and/or visual arts. Each CAS member high schoolRegistration Open for High School Arts Awards Banquet

Esports Season One - Registration Now Open!

Esports Season One - Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for Season One featuring three games: Rocket League, SMITE and League of Legends. Schools are able to build as many teams as they’d like, creating a truly inclusive activity. To get a program started at your school, sign up on this esports interest form and PlayVSEsports Season One - Registration Now Open!

STAFFING CHANGES IN STUDENT ACTIVITIES DIVISION

STAFFING CHANGES IN STUDENT ACTIVITIES DIVISION

  CAS is pleased to welcome three new part-time staff members to our student activities division! Following the departure of Assistant Student Activities Director Jenn Buckley in August, the CAS leadership restructured her position, creating stipend posts to oversee the work of the Connecticut Association of Student Councils (CASC) and theSTAFFING CHANGES IN STUDENT ACTIVITIES DIVISION

CAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

CAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, CAS hosted its annual celebration of school leadership at Saint Clements Castle in Portland. The event was conceived eighteen years ago following a resolution by the CAS Board of Directors to find ways to recognize and pay tribute to individual school leaders as well asCAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

Exemplary Educator of the Year Award for 2019-2020

Exemplary Educator of the Year Award for 2019-2020

Do you have an outstanding classroom teacher? If so, please consider submitting a nomination for the Exemplary Educator of the Year Award. The purpose of the Exemplary Educator Award is to give recognition to an elementary, middle level, and high school CAS educator who demonstrate excellence in education, leadership in the profession,Exemplary Educator of the Year Award for 2019-2020

CAS Opens Nominations for 2019-20 School of the Year Awards

CAS Opens Nominations for 2019-20 School of the Year Awards

CAS is now accepting nominations for the 2019-20 School of the Year Awards. These awards recognize a member elementary and middle school that demonstrate a commitment to continued improvement; maintain a safe and healthy school environment; cultivate positive relationships with parents and the community; and, provide students with rich learningCAS Opens Nominations for 2019-20 School of the Year Awards

William Cieslukowski First-Year Principal Award for 2019-2020

William Cieslukowski First-Year Principal Award for 2019-2020

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019-20 CAS First-Year Principal Awards. These awards recognize individuals whose instructional leadership, innovative practices, and managerial skills have had a positive impact on the school district in their first year of school administration. One award is given at each level: elementary, middle level, andWilliam Cieslukowski First-Year Principal Award for 2019-2020

20th Annual Elementary Arts Banquet

20th Annual Elementary Arts Banquet

  CAS is pleased to open registration for the 20th Annual Celebration of the Arts! This yearly event provides elementary schools the opportunity to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding artistic ability in performing or visual arts as well as citizenship and cooperative skills. Each elementary school is invited to select two20th Annual Elementary Arts Banquet

PRINCIPAL WORKSHOP SERIES: A FOCUS ON MATHEMATICS

PRINCIPAL WORKSHOP SERIES: A FOCUS ON MATHEMATICS

The CSDE, in partnership with CAS, is pleased to offer a workshop series to allow principals the opportunity to examine the implementation challenges of the Connecticut Core Standards for Mathematics and learn how to address these challenges in their buildings. The series will consist of the three sessions beginning onPRINCIPAL WORKSHOP SERIES: A FOCUS ON MATHEMATICS

John Sieller Joins CAS Staff as Interim Director

John Sieller Joins CAS Staff as Interim Director

Dr. John Sieller retired in 2017 after sixteen years as principal of Region 15’s Memorial Middle School. His administrative experiences also include principal of Gildersleeve School in Portland from 1991-2001 and assistant principal of Portland Middle School from 1988-1991. Prior to his twenty-nine years in administration, he taught scienceJohn Sieller Joins CAS Staff as Interim Director

CLI – A LOOK AT THE YEAR AHEAD

CLI – A LOOK AT THE YEAR AHEAD

The Center for Leadership and Innovation (CLI) staff have been busy planning a rich array of professional learning programs for the new school year. The 2018-19 Leadership Series includes workshops on a broad range of topics from vaping, cyberbullying and adolescent substance use to restorative justice, special education law andCLI – A LOOK AT THE YEAR AHEAD

Region 17's Donna Hayward Assumes Presidency of CAS

Region 17's Donna Hayward Assumes Presidency of CAS

Donna Hayward, principal of Haddam-Killingworth High School (HKHS), has taken office as the 38th president of the Connecticut Association of Schools. A 25-year veteran educator and active member of CAS for almost two decades, Donna has served in a myriad of critical leadership roles and has been instrumental in promotingRegion 17's Donna Hayward Assumes Presidency of CAS

CAS-CIAC Awards J. Robert Ford Athletics Grants

CAS-CIAC Awards J. Robert Ford Athletics Grants

As a new high school sports season is set to get underway, CAS-CIAC has awarded six high schools a total of $21,400 as the first recipients of the J. Robert Ford Athletic Grant program.CAS-CIAC Awards J. Robert Ford Athletics Grants

Alternative Education Community of Practice Series

Alternative Education Community of Practice Series

The CT State Department of Education - in partnership with CAS and SERC - is sponsoring a community of practice series specifically targeted to the interests and needs of alternative education program/school administrators. The five-session series provides a forum for discussing needs, sharing ideas and building networking opportunities within thisAlternative Education Community of Practice Series

Bethany Teacher Named Middle Level Exemplary Educator

Bethany Teacher Named Middle Level Exemplary Educator

The Connecticut Association of Schools is pleased to announce that Mr. Robert Fragione of Amity Regional Middle School in Bethany has been selected at the recipient of the CAS 2018-2019 Middle Level Educator of the Year Award. Chosen from among several outstanding educators, Rob’s strong connections with his students, positive energy,Bethany Teacher Named Middle Level Exemplary Educator

2018 Governor's Scholars Honored

2018 Governor's Scholars Honored

CONNECTICUT'S 2018 GOVERNOR'S SCHOLARS   Twenty-two of Connecticut’s top juniors were honored at the Twenty-Second Annual Governor’s Scholars Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club on May 24, 2018. Sponsored by Horace Mann and the Connecticut Association of Schools, the purpose of this program is to recognize academically high-achieving eleventh-grade students in schools2018 Governor's Scholars Honored

Five Administrators Honored at Annual Membership Reception

Five Administrators Honored at Annual Membership Reception

2018 Award Winners (left to right): Lisa Eells, Ralph Mayo, Neil Rinaldi, Deane Renda and Margie Williamson Despite the threat of severe storms, more than eighty brave colleagues - both active and retired - trekked to Cheshire on May 15th for CAS’ 66th annual membership reception.  The shower of weather alertsFive Administrators Honored at Annual Membership Reception

CALAS Hosts Second Annual Gala

CALAS Hosts Second Annual Gala

The Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents will host its second annual gala on June 1st. CALAS will be honoring six outstanding individuals for their efforts to advance equity and expand resources and opportunities for Hispanic/Latino students and educators.CALAS Hosts Second Annual Gala

Barbara Dalio Honored for Contributions to Education

Barbara Dalio Honored for Contributions to Education

Congratulations to Barbara Dalio, co-founder and director of the Dalio Foundation and recipient of the 2018 CAS Distinguished Friend of Education Award. The Distinguished Friend of Education Award, established in 1983, is the highest award given by the association to persons not directly involved in public education. Nominated by Dr.Barbara Dalio Honored for Contributions to Education

Dr. Karissa Niehoff Named NFHS Executive Director

Dr. Karissa Niehoff Named NFHS Executive Director

Dr. Karissa Niehoff, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CAS-CIAC) the past seven years, has been selected as the next executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), effective August 1.Dr. Karissa Niehoff Named NFHS Executive Director

Middle School Debate Tournament Sets New Participation Record

Middle School Debate Tournament Sets New Participation Record

By Jennifer Posner, CTMSDL The CT Middle School Debate League held its largest tournament to date on Saturday, April 21, at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich!  Two hundred twenty-four debaters from twenty-three schools combined into eighty-one teams to debate the motion: This House believes that Artificial Intelligence will do more goodMiddle School Debate Tournament Sets New Participation Record

Dave Maloney to be Honored for Contributions to Arts in CT

Dave Maloney to be Honored for Contributions to Arts in CT

Our very own Dave Maloney, CAS Director of Student Activities, will be honored by Arts for Learning Connecticut (AFLCT) for his outstanding contributions to arts in education. Dave will receive the 2018 Arts in Education Advocate Award which will mark the first time in its almost 40 year historyDave Maloney to be Honored for Contributions to Arts in CT

CALAS Spring Membership Meeting

CALAS Spring Membership Meeting

The CALAS spring general membership meeting, held at CAS on April 4, 2018, was one of its best meetings yet, with engaging guest speakers and rich discussions on several important topics. Marie Salazar Glowski opened the meeting with the exciting announcement that the CAS hurricane relief effort, with matching fundsCALAS Spring Membership Meeting

Vernon Administrator Named Outstanding First-Year High School Principal

Vernon Administrator Named Outstanding First-Year High School Principal

Michelle Zawawi, principal of Rockville High School, has been named the William Cieslukowski Outstanding First Year High School Principal Award for 2018-2019. Michelle was nominated for the award by her superintendent, Dr. Joseph Macary, who wrote that she is "...one of the finest educators I have had the pleasureVernon Administrator Named Outstanding First-Year High School Principal

CAS-CIAC Pilots Summer Learning Camp

CAS-CIAC Pilots Summer Learning Camp

CAS-CIAC is excited to partner with the McMikle Group and the Windsor Public Schools to offer an innovative summer learning camp that combines leadership, athletics and academic enrichment.   The D.R.E.A.M. Sports Summer Learning Camp is a six-week youth camp that is open to any Connecticut student in first through tenth grade.   DetailedCAS-CIAC Pilots Summer Learning Camp

Workshop on 504 and ADA Coming in April

Workshop on 504 and ADA Coming in April

On April 26, SERC and CAS are sponsoring a full-day workshop on Section 504 and the ADA. Presenter Perry Zirkel, PhD, JD, LLM, will provide important legal lessons for both general and special educators. Join us at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell.Workshop on 504 and ADA Coming in April

Region 17's Burr School Named Elementary School of the Year

Region 17's Burr School Named Elementary School of the Year

CAS is pleased to announce that Burr District Elementary School in Higganum has been selected as the CT Elementary School of the Year for 2018-2019. Burr is one of three elementary schools in Region 17, Haddam/Killingworth. This recognition is a direct result of the efforts of the principal andRegion 17's Burr School Named Elementary School of the Year

New Initiative Aims to Build Young Leaders

New Initiative Aims to Build Young Leaders

  This fall, the student activities division introduced a new leadership initiative at the second and third grade level called “Little Leaders.” Thus far, two “Little Leaders” conferences have been piloted with rave reviews. The first conference took place on October 5th with Joel School (Clinton) joining Totoket Valley and JeromeNew Initiative Aims to Build Young Leaders

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CAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

CAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, CAS hosted its annual celebration of educational leadership at Saint Clements Castle in Portland. The event was conceived seventeen years ago following a resolution by the CAS Board of Directors to find ways to recognize and pay tribute to individual school leaders as well asCAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

Jill Hale Joins Central Office Staff

Jill Hale Joins Central Office Staff

CAS is thrilled to announce that Jill Hale, recently retired principal of Guilford Lakes Elementary School, has joined the central office staff! Jill Hale, retired principal of Guilford Lakes Elementary School, began her work with CAS in September of 2017 serving as Assistant Executive Director of Elementary Programs and Services. Jill beganJill Hale Joins Central Office Staff

Region 6 Teacher Named CAS Elementary Level Educator of the Year

Region 6 Teacher Named CAS Elementary Level Educator of the Year

The Connecticut Association of Schools is pleased to announce that Alisa Wright, health and wellness teacher for Region 6, has been selected as the recipient of the CAS 2017-2018 Elementary Level Educator of the Year Award. Each year the Connecticut Association of Schools awards the Elementary Level Exemplary Educator Award to anRegion 6 Teacher Named CAS Elementary Level Educator of the Year

CASconversations - A Podcast for School Leaders by School Leaders

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, eachCASconversations - A Podcast for School Leaders by School Leaders

Madison Teacher Named CAS Middle Level Educator of the Year

Madison Teacher Named CAS Middle Level Educator of the Year

The Connecticut Association of Schools is pleased to announce Mrs. Martha Curran of Polson Middle School in Madison as the recipient of the CAS 2017-2018 Middle Level Educator of the Year Award. Chosen from among several outstanding educators, Mrs. Curran’s strong connections with her students, positive energy, passion for her profession,Madison Teacher Named CAS Middle Level Educator of the Year

CAS Unveils New Logo!

CAS Unveils New Logo!

Just in time for back to school season, CAS is unveiling a new logo to better connect with the growing number of millennial school leaders and parents. CAS partnered with Jostens, a leader in K-12 and college scholastic products and services, to develop its new brand mark. “As a non–profit with noCAS Unveils New Logo!

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Important Reminder: Please Update Your Membership Directory Information

Dear Member School Principal: As you are hopefully aware, we rely on our member schools to update their membership directory information each year. It is vital that we keep our membership data as current as possible so that mailings are sent to the appropriate individuals. This allows member schools to takeImportant Reminder: Please Update Your Membership Directory Information

MY TURNAROUND JOURNEY - BY ELSIE TORRES

MY TURNAROUND JOURNEY - BY ELSIE TORRES

On June 6, 2017, retired CAS Assistant Executive Director Earle Bidwell sat down to chat with Elsie Torres, supervisor of bilingual education for the Meriden Public Schools and former principal of John Barry School. With candor, passion and sincerity, Elsie shared the challenges she overcame and the successes she achievedMY TURNAROUND JOURNEY - BY ELSIE TORRES

Fifth Annual High School Robotics State Championship

Fifth Annual High School Robotics State Championship

Capping a busy season for Connecticut’s high school FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams, the Connecticut Association of Schools, in partnership with NE FIRST, hosted the fifth annual FRC High School State Championship on Saturday, May 13th, at Guilford High School. The championship provided FRC teams from the state’s high schools anFifth Annual High School Robotics State Championship

Turnaround Principals Program Ends on a High Note

Turnaround Principals Program Ends on a High Note

CAS and LEAD Connecticut have just concluded their joint Turnaround Principals Program for the 2016-17 school year. Select principals from Alliance Districts participated in this year-long initiative along with their assigned CAS coaches who provided on-site guidance and support.  Throughout the year, these "revolutionaries" worked on developing the LEAD Leadership Competencies andTurnaround Principals Program Ends on a High Note

CAS Announces Updated & Expanded Coaching Models for 2017-18
CAS Announces 2017 Principals of the Year

CAS Announces 2017 Principals of the Year

  The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) is pleased to announce the selection of the 2017 Principals of the Year.  Each year, nominations are accepted for the Elementary, Middle, and High School Principal of the Year awards. The winners are chosen by selection committees consisting of active and retired school administrators.CAS Announces 2017 Principals of the Year

Inspiring Turnaround Journey of One Commissioner's Network School

Inspiring Turnaround Journey of One Commissioner's Network School

Based on an unwavering commitment to a conviction that all children can succeed at high levels and a belief that all children can learn and exhibit appropriate behavior, the Lincoln-Bassett Community School in New Haven has been transformed from an under-achieving to a highly effective school in three years. ToInspiring Turnaround Journey of One Commissioner's Network School

CAS Celebrates School Volunteers

CAS Celebrates School Volunteers

One hundred eighty volunteers from fifty schools were honored at the CAS Volunteer Recognition Banquet on Monday, March 27th. Nearly 400 guests were in attendance at the Aqua Turf to celebrate the work of parents and other volunteers who invest their time, energy and talents in making their local schools betterCAS Celebrates School Volunteers

CAS Partners with U.S. Attorney's Office to Combat Opioid Epidemic

CAS Partners with U.S. Attorney's Office to Combat Opioid Epidemic

A CALL TO ACTION! CAS is pleased to partner with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to enlist your help in fighting the devastating opioid epidemic that is plaguing Connecticut. Projections for 2016 by the State Medical Examiner indicate that close to 900 people died of accidental drug overdoses in Connecticut. That isCAS Partners with U.S. Attorney's Office to Combat Opioid Epidemic

DONNA SCHILKE JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

DONNA SCHILKE JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

CAS is thrilled to announce that Donna Schilke, award-winning administrator and recently retired principal of Smith Middle School in Glastonbury, has joined the central office staff as assistant executive director. Donna will lead CAS’ middle level division, taking the reins from Earle Bidwell who retired last month after seventeen yearsDONNA SCHILKE JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

CAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

CAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, CAS hosted its fifteenth annual celebration of educational leadership at Saint Clements Castle in Portland. The event was conceived sixteen years ago following a resolution by the CAS Board of Directors to find ways to recognize and pay tribute to individual school leaders as wellCAS Celebrates State's Top School Leaders

Judy Sylvester Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Judy Sylvester Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

On April 20, 2016, our very own Judy Sylvester was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame! Judy was one of seven members of the 2016 class, all of whom were honored for their contributions to the enhancement of women's basketball in Connecticut - either through participation, service,Judy Sylvester Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

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Dr. Karissa Niehoff Wins Neag School's Highest Alumni Award

The University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education held its annual alumni awards celebration at its Storrs campus on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Among the seven outstanding Neag School graduates who were recognized at the event was CAS Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff, who won the “Distinguished Alumni Award.” TheDr. Karissa Niehoff Wins Neag School's Highest Alumni Award

The 2015-16 Middle School Debate Season is Underway!

The 2015-16 Middle School Debate Season is Underway!

The CT Student Activities Conference, in partnership with the very successful high school debate league, is pleased to invite any interested middle school students to participate in the CT Middle School Debate League's (CTMSDL) second year of competition! Middle schoolers are natural debaters. They love to argue and haveThe 2015-16 Middle School Debate Season is Underway!

Marie Glowski Joins Central Office Staff

Marie Glowski Joins Central Office Staff

CAS is thrilled to introduce the newest member of its central office team! Marie Salazar Glowski has just joined the central office staff as assistant executive director and co-director of the executive coaching program. Marie graduated from Latin American Institute and became a foreign export correspondent for a medical companyMarie Glowski Joins Central Office Staff

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The Power of Giving Back - CAS Executive Director Talks with BookBugs CEO

On 8-18-15, CAS Executive Director Dr. Karissa Niehoff sat down with David Rader, co-founder and chief executive officer of BookBugs, a benefit corporation that sells children's books online and donates books to underprivileged kids. For every three books purchased through its website site, BookBugs will donate one to aThe Power of Giving Back - CAS Executive Director Talks with BookBugs CEO

256 Students Honored at 2015 Scholar-Leader Banquet

256 Students Honored at 2015 Scholar-Leader Banquet

On Thursday, May 28th, more than 1,248 students, parents and educators traveled to the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville for the 31st Annual CAS Scholar-Leader Banquet. Two hundred fifty-six middle school students from around the state were recognized for their achievement in the areas of scholarship and leadership. The evening256 Students Honored at 2015 Scholar-Leader Banquet

CAS Hosts End-of-the-Year Reception

CAS Hosts End-of-the-Year Reception

More than forty members attended CAS’ 63rd annual meeting on June 3rd, enjoying a short break from the chaos and craziness that inevitably erupt this time of year. Formerly a business meeting at which we discharged the duties and responsibilities required by our Constitution, this annual event has been transformedCAS Hosts End-of-the-Year Reception

2015 Governor's Scholars Honored

2015 Governor's Scholars Honored

  Thirty of Connecticut’s top juniors were honored at the Nineteenth Annual Governor’s Scholars Luncheon at the Aqua Turf on May 21, 2015. Sponsored by CAS, the purpose of this program is to recognize high-achieving, academically gifted students in high schools throughout the state. Each of the CAS member high schools may2015 Governor's Scholars Honored

CT KiDS: Let’s Get Moving in 2015!

CT KiDS: Let’s Get Moving in 2015!

Ever since First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Campaign” was announced, children’s health, and childhood obesity in particular, has taken center stage. And for good reason. We’ve all heard the statistics: one in three children are either overweight or obese, with even higher rates among African Americans, Hispanics and NativeCT KiDS: Let’s Get Moving in 2015!

CAS Hosts Luncheon for Retired Administrators

CAS Hosts Luncheon for Retired Administrators

Nearly fifty retired administrators had a chance to reconnect and reminisce at a luncheon held at the central office on December 8, 2014. For some, the visit to CAS was their first in more than a decade! The long-anticipated luncheon, flawlessly organized by CAS Assistant Executive Director Regina Birdsell, was organizedCAS Hosts Luncheon for Retired Administrators

Consulting Services Offered by CAS

Consulting Services Offered by CAS

What do you do when you’re not sure what to do? It’s no secret that leading schools this past year has been very demanding and that it seems to become more demanding by the day. SEED and other teacher evaluation models, Common Core, and Smarter Balanced Assessments are just a fewConsulting Services Offered by CAS

CAS Launches Online Community for

CAS Launches Online Community for "Connected Educators"

CAS has launched its very own Google+ community: the CAS Connected Educators Community (CASCE)! Through this new online forum, CAS hopes to provide an easy and accessible platform where educators can connect with one other and share best practices and resources associated with the use of technology in education. Online communitiesCAS Launches Online Community for

CCSS Leadership Community of Practice Series Returns

CCSS Leadership Community of Practice Series Returns

After a successful year one, the CCSS Leadership Community of Practice series will be offered again! Whether you were part of the team last year or are a newcomer, you are most welcome. If you want to learn more, or wish to reinforce CCSS implementation in your school or district,CCSS Leadership Community of Practice Series Returns

CASC Student Board Wilderness Retreat: August 15-17, 2014

CASC Student Board Wilderness Retreat: August 15-17, 2014

The CASC board puts leadership and teamwork to the test in the wilderness Members of the Connecticut Association of Student Councils Board immersed themselves in a teambuilding, leadership and personal challenge course at Great Hollow Wilderness School. Board members spent 3 days accomplishing group initiatives, scaling rock faces and exploringCASC Student Board Wilderness Retreat: August 15-17, 2014

ATTN: High School Principals! Join the CT Drama Association!

ATTN: High School Principals! Join the CT Drama Association!

An appeal from Lenore Grunko, treasurer of the Connecticut Drama Association: The Connecticut Drama Association is not just an organization to which a school pays dues, although, it is that, too; but it creates opportunities for high theater directors and their actors and techies to come together to share their passionATTN: High School Principals! Join the CT Drama Association!

Endowment-Flanagan Grants Awarded to Fourteen Schools

Endowment-Flanagan Grants Awarded to Fourteen Schools

Fourteen Connecticut schools have been selected by the Connecticut Association of Schools as the recipients of the 2014 CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grants. Through the generosity of corporate partners, the CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grant Program was able to provide $34,550.00 in grants this year to new or existing initiativesEndowment-Flanagan Grants Awarded to Fourteen Schools

CAS Hosts Business-Free Annual Meeting

CAS Hosts Business-Free Annual Meeting

On May 29th, CAS hosted its 62nd annual meeting, but it was unlike any of the previous sixty-one annual meetings held to date! Historically, the spring membership meeting has been an event at which we conducted all of the business required by our Constitution - e.g., adoption of bylaw changes, budget,CAS Hosts Business-Free Annual Meeting

On Becoming Connected Principals

On Becoming Connected Principals

 By Dr. RoseAnne O'Brien Vojtek The classroom walls of isolation have crumbled. Teachers work together through inquiry, collaboration and PLC’s to share lessons, analyze data, and make informed decisions to help their students learn. Yet, the office of the principal, especially in elementary and small schools with only one administrator inOn Becoming Connected Principals

Educational Leadership Scholarship Named After Earle Bidwell

Educational Leadership Scholarship Named After Earle Bidwell

As Assistant Executive Director Earle Bidwell sees it, his job as a University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP) clinical supervisor is to lead by example and help students working to become a principal, vice principal, department head or other school administrator see their strengths and "bring out all theyEducational Leadership Scholarship Named After Earle Bidwell

CAS Names 2014 Assistant Principals of the Year

CAS Names 2014 Assistant Principals of the Year

The Connecticut Association of Schools is pleased to announce the winners of the Assistant Principal of the Year Awards. Congratulations to these outstanding administrators! • Elizabeth Messler, Assistant Principal, Coleytown Elementary School, Westport   2014 Elementary School Assistant Principal of the Year • Albert Sackey, Western Middle School, Greenwich   2014 Middle School AssistantCAS Names 2014 Assistant Principals of the Year

STEVE WYSOWSKI JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

STEVE WYSOWSKI JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

CAS is thrilled to announce that Dr. Steven Wysowski, recently retired principal of Bristol Eastern High School, has joined the central office staff as part-time assistant executive director for CIAC. Steve will work side-by-side with CIAC Associate Executive Director Paul Hoey and ultimately replace Paul upon his retirement. Steve began hisSTEVE WYSOWSKI JOINS CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

Former CAS Board Member Publishes Reflections on School Leadership

Former CAS Board Member Publishes Reflections on School Leadership

Reflections and Confessions of an Educational Leader by Mark Cohan Ph.D. Dr. Mark Cohan is a former Connecticut teacher, principal and superintendent. In 1990, as then principal of Farmington High School, Dr. Cohan became active in CAS, first as a member of the legislation committee and, ultimately, as a member of theFormer CAS Board Member Publishes Reflections on School Leadership

Sacred Heart Hosts First of Four Elementary Leadership Conferences

Sacred Heart Hosts First of Four Elementary Leadership Conferences

One hundred ninety six students from twenty elementary schools participated in the first of four all-day leadership conferences yesterday. Students traveled to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield to participate in hands-on activities designed to strengthen their communication, problem solving, decision making and productive thinking skills. As can be gleaned fromSacred Heart Hosts First of Four Elementary Leadership Conferences

NEW LEADERS ACADEMY CONTINUES IN 2014

NEW LEADERS ACADEMY CONTINUES IN 2014

The Connecticut Principals’ Center of the Connecticut Association of Schools 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 firstNEW LEADERS ACADEMY CONTINUES IN 2014

CAS Outstanding First-Year Principals

CAS Outstanding First-Year Principals

By Regina Birdsell, Assistant Executive Director The Connecticut Association of Schools is pleased to announce that Ms. Elsie Torres-Brown, principal of John Barry Elementary School in Meriden, Mr. Anthony M. Menard, principal of East Hartford Middle School, and Mr. Alan Strauss, principal of The Gilbert School in Winsted, have been selectedCAS Outstanding First-Year Principals

CAS Exemplary Educator Awards

CAS Exemplary Educator Awards

The CAS Exemplary Educator Awards recognize outstanding educators who have had a positive impact on their school and/or district. Nominees for these awards must have demonstrated excellence in education, involvement with students, staff and parents in and out of the classroom, and leadership in their profession. Joleen Pillar, library-media specialistCAS Exemplary Educator Awards

CAS Recognizes Excellence in Education

CAS Recognizes Excellence in Education

By Regina Birdsell, Assistant Executive Director The Connecticut Association of Schools’ Recognition of Excellence in Education celebration was held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on November 19, 2013. Over 600 guests were in attendance to honor deserving schools, programs and individuals. Wolcott’s Alcott Elementary School and Windsor’s Sage ParkCAS Recognizes Excellence in Education

Breakthrough Coach Returns in March 2014

Breakthrough Coach Returns in March 2014

If you want to learn how to work with less, produce more and still get the job done in a sensible school week then it sounds like you're ready for The Breakthrough Coach; and, he's returning to Connecticut in March 2014! In This Program You Will Learn How To… - Maintain aBreakthrough Coach Returns in March 2014

New Discussion Forum Open to Member School Administrators

New Discussion Forum Open to Member School Administrators

One of the highlights of the recently redesigned CAS website is the "Principals Talk Discussion Forum," a place where member school administrators can pose questions to their colleagues and hold rich online discussions on a variety of subjects directly related to their positions. To participate, click here and request membershipNew Discussion Forum Open to Member School Administrators

CAS To Sponsor Administrator Evaluation Training Workshop

CAS To Sponsor Administrator Evaluation Training Workshop

CAS will sponsor a mid-winter training session on the administrator evaluation (SEED) system. If you did not get an opportunity this past summer to engage in the training or were hired after August 2013, this three-day training session is for you!! The program will be held at theCAS To Sponsor Administrator Evaluation Training Workshop

Emergency Response Team Launched by CAS

Emergency Response Team Launched by CAS

The Connecticut Association of Schools has established an Emergency Response Team to provide support for school leaders in the event of crisis situations that transcend a district’s capacity to manage effectively. This team would be deployed in the same manner as Red Cross, law enforcement, and mental health teams areEmergency Response Team Launched by CAS

Tiering Strategies for Classroom Instruction & Homework

Tiering Strategies for Classroom Instruction & Homework

Co-sponsored by NELMS and Connecticut Association of Schools - Some students are ready for the first steps of a topic and others are ready for advanced projects in that topic, so how do we tier assignments in order to maximize students’ learning at any given point? Join us for a practicalTiering Strategies for Classroom Instruction & Homework

NEW LEADERS ACADEMY GEARS UP FOR SECOND SEASON

NEW LEADERS ACADEMY GEARS UP FOR SECOND SEASON

The Connecticut Principals' Center of the Connecticut Association of Schools 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, formerly known as the Mentor-Mentee Program, will bring together experienced administratorsNEW LEADERS ACADEMY GEARS UP FOR SECOND SEASON