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President Commentary - March 2017
Collaboration

First, it is necessary to state that, to a high degree of certainty, this piece is not "fake news".  What measure is used to determine this?  For starters, it is not news, fake or otherwise.  It is commentary.

"It was the most civilized of ceremonies, punctuated by smiles, the handclasps and embraces of ex-rivals.  The new President spoke calmly and earnestly, as though, in his assumption of the office, the partisan within him had at last given way to the leader."

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Executive Director Commentary - March 2017
Board Members and Superintendents Need to Focus on Their Relationship

This time of year, with so much in flux and such concern about local district budgets, it's also important to remember that the Board/Superintendent Leadership Team needs to keep focused on its internal relationships and what is doing for its students.

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Supporting Latino Students

The United States continues to change.  According to Hispanic Teacher Recruitment: Increasing the Number of Hispanic Teachers, published by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, "currently, at more than 53 million, the Hispanic population is the nation's largest, youngest, and fastest growing minority population."

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Guide on Supporting Transgender Students Available
Finding a free, helpful manual for school leaders on the issues faced by transgender students is not easy, but a number of organizations have put a good one together entitled, Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools.  It is available for free download at www.nclrights.org/legal-help-resources/resource/schools-in-transition.

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Where There's No Disagreement on Transgender Students
Transgender students, with the assistance of the federal Office for Civil Rights, are becoming more visible in our schools.  Many districts have addressed the need of transgender students, quietly and successfully, for years.  While some issues, such as facilities use, remain controversial in schools, it is helpful to start in the areas where no real disagreement should exist.

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Where are the Male Africa-American Teachers?

In preparing Connecticut students for the 21st Century, all districts have an interest in ensuring cultural competence and appropriate sensitivity for the increased diversity that they will face.  Demographic change will affect all districts no matter their current racial, ethnic or religions mix, so all Boards and Superintendents should be considering how to prepare their students of the world they will soon enter.

Diversity, of course, affects student achievement.  Research has long told us of the difficulties many African-American students have in school.  For example, in 2014, the overall percent of high school seniors who met the career and college readiness standard, according to the College Board, was 44.7 percent. The Black or African American percentage was 13.4%.

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Common Core implementation going well

Chris Seymour
Reporter, CABE

The CABE Journal recently had the opportunity to touch base with Connecticut Chief Academic Officer Dianna Roberge-Wentzell and teacher Cay Freeman of Sage Park Middle School in Windsor to get two different but equally important perspectives from the frontline of Common Core implementation.

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Minorities Underrepresented in Teacher Ranks

Robert Rader
Executive Director, CABE

A recent report from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association cast a light on an issue facing school boards across the Nation: the lack of teachers who are members of a minority.

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Best Practices: Bloomfield and Stamford shine on DPI

Chris Seymour
Reporter, CABE

When the state announced District Performance Index (DPI) numbers for school systems around the state in December, only two - Bloomfield and Stamford - managed to meet elementary and high school targets for their low-income populations.

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