2017 CABE/CAPSS Convention
"Out of the Public Schools Grows
the Greatness of a Nation" - Mark Twain

November 17-18, 2017
Mystic Marriott Hotel, Groton

Workshop Offerings As Of 6/19/17

Friday, November 17, 2017

10:45 am - 12:05 pm - Workshop Session A

A1   Policy Impacted by New Legislation (WPS, ETE, NAB)

Many board policies have been impacted by recent legislative action.  It is important to learn of the changes to be made to local policies to be compliant with the actions of the 2017 Connecticut General Assembly.  New or revised policy language is required or recommended for local boards to consider in numerous areas.  A foundational overview of the new legislation will be presented with the focus on the policy implications for boards and needed board actions. 


Vincent Mustaro, Sr. Staff Associate for Policy Services, CABE

A2   Personalizing Learning and Promoting Student Engagement through Choice Theory (CI, NAB)

To be truly effective, personalized learning requires that we inspire every student to work hard to succeed at the challenge of learning.  This session will describe the efforts that two Connecticut school districts are making to promote higher levels of student engagement and achievement through the use of a psychological model known as "Choice Theory".  Specific applications to school improvement, including leadership, lesson planning, counseling, discipline, and grading will be addressed.


Lois DaSilva-Knapton, Superintendent, Canterbury Public Schools
Jody Goeler, Superintendent, Hamden Public Schools
tephen Tracy, Managing Partner, Connecticut Youth Forward
Dakibu Muley, Partner, Connecticut Youth Forward

A3   Shared Services: Strategies and Considerations (CI, NAB)

Every district is trying to do more with less.  This session will explore various shared services strategies; address where and when it makes sense to share services with the municipality and/or another district, and considerations prior to engaging in shared services.


John Spang, Director of Finance, Town of Preston and Preston Board of Education

A4   Get On Board for Social Emotional Learning! (NAB)

This session will address the urgency of our nation's current epidemic: the high prevalence of unresolved trauma among school-age populations.  This presentation will assist districts in supporting "trauma-sensitive" school cultures.


Dave Maloney, Director of Student Activities, Connecticut Association of Schools
Jennifer Buckley, Assistant Director of Student Activities, Connecticut Association of Schools
Nicole Elbertson, Director of Blended Learning, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Jennifer Allen, 
Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence 

A5   Civility, Citizenship and Education in a Democratic Society: Implications for Boards of Education and District Leaders (WPS)

While policy makers and pundits describe public education as the bedrock of democracy, less attention has been paid to exactly what schools and districts do to prepare our future citizens, and how these activities align with the demands of the 21st Century. America's greatness is intractably linked to how well our schools develop future citizens, from the capacity to critically examine media, to the ability to engage in civic discourse.  This workshop will share results from a recent study of how Connecticut educators approach civic education, describe leading practices from across the United States and discuss practical implications for board members and district administrators. 


Richard Lemons, Executive Director, Connecticut Center for School Change
Robert Rader, Executive Director, CABE
Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director, CAPSS


A6   Moving to Action for Equitable Classrooms in Two Connecticut Districts (CI, ETE)

Creating equity that ensures that each, every, and all Connecticut students are prepared for a productive and meaningful life requires that school and district leaders actively and aggressively exercise equity-focused leadership practices to make educational institutions levers of societal change.  It requires the active participation of multiple stakeholders.  In this workshop, you will hear how two districts are leveraging inside and outside support to implement fresh equity-focused strategies in their schools and classrooms.  District leaders will share the impact of their efforts to date, including shifts and changes that are showing up at the district level, in the principal's office and most importantly, in classrooms.


Alan Addley, Superintendent, Granby Public Schools
Aresta Johnson, Superintendent, Bridgeport Public Schools
Christopher Tranberg, Assistant Superintendent, Granby Public Schools 

Evette Avila, Program Coordinator, Connecticut Center for School Change
Patrice Nelson, Program Coordinator, Connecticut Center for School Change

A7   Using MakerSpace and Video Game Design to Promote High Levels of Student Engagement, Collaboration, and 21st Century Learning (CI)

Learn how two instructional leaders in the Plainville Community Schools District have developed MakerSpace and Video Game Design programs. These innovative programs/courses incorporate Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEM) to promote 21st Century skills and lead to high levels of student engagement.


David Guignard, Unified Arts Instructional Leader, Plainville Community Schools
Deb Pikiell, Library Information Instructional Leader, Plainville Community Schools


A8   Meeting with the State Board of Education (WPS, CI, ETE, NAB)

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with members of the State Board of Education and the Commissioner of Education! We encourage you to share your views on issues of concern to you, your Board and your community, and to ask about the State Board's priorities for 2017-2018. The format will be as informal as group size permits.  Topics covered will be determined by your questions.


Dianna R. Wentzell, Commissioner, Connecticut State Department of Education
Members of the Connecticut State Board of Education


2:05 - 3:20 pm - Workshop Session B

B1   Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members and Superintendents (WPS, ETE, NAB)

Connecticut's educational leaders recognize the power and potential to improve teaching and learning in our public schools through cooperative, purposeful and professional working relationships between superintendents and boards of education. At a time when public education is under tremendous pressure from reform initiatives, tight budgets, and other community concerns, it is critical that this relationship be very strong. This workshop will communicate CABE's and CAPSS' views on the nature and expectations for Superintendent and Board working relationships. 


Greg Florio, Executive Director, CREC; President, CAPSS 
Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director, CAPSS
Robert Rader, Executive Director, CABE
Ann Gruenberg, Board Member, Hampton; President, CABE


B2   Developments in Collective Bargaining (NAB)

In this interactive session, appropriate for new and seasoned board members and superintendents, experienced practitioners will provide insights on the Teacher Negotiation Act (TNA) and Municipal Employee Relations Act (MERA).  The latest trends in collective bargaining, with an emphasis on certified contracts, will also be discussed.


Floyd Dugas, Attorney, Berchem Moses PC
Rebecca Adams, Sr. Staff Attorney, CABE


B3   The Governance Role in Creating an Innovative Culture in a Democratic Environment (CI)

In an environment shaped by stakeholders with conflicting perspectives, how does a governance team a) generate a climate of trust; b) inspire risk-taking; c) cultivate curiosity and exploration; d) seek common ground? What gets in the way? What are the implications for the role of a school board?


Mary Broderick, Past President, CABE and NSBA; Former Board Member, East Lyme Board of Education
Jack Reynolds, Retired Superintendent, East Lyme Public Public Schools


B4  When Is a Crisis a Crisis and How to Deal with It (NAB)

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the tools to identify the early stages of a crisis, as well as the importance of managing and messaging during a crisis, or any challenging situation. We will discuss what to do, when to do it and HOW to do it, presented by two people who have the experience to back it up.


Ann Baldwin, Owner, Baldwin Media
Janet Robinson, Superintendent, Superintendent, Stratford Public Schools


B5   Come Together Right Now: Encouraging Understanding and Fostering Culturally Sensitive Schools to Avoid Hate Crimes and Harassment (ETE)

Because of rising incidents of Islamaphobia, anti-Semitism, and misperceptions about Sikhism in America, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has prioritized the training of police departments, community groups, and educators regarding cultural competency. This panel discussion will focus on how school districts can foster culturally sensitive environments for all students. The panel will discuss the major tenets of Islam, Sikhism and Judaism and provide practical tips for educators and board members to help dispel misunderstandings and promote cultural competency in Connecticut’s school districts.


Sarala Nagala, U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
Marji Lipshez-Shapiro, Education Director, Connecticut Anti-Defamation League
Panelists TBD

2:05 - 4:05 pm - Clinic Session C

C1   32nd Annual Meeting of the Nutmeg Board of Education (WPS, CI, ETE, NAB)

Yet again, the Nutmeg Board meets and does all the wrong things. Designed to amuse and educate you, their actions will be analyzed from the legal perspective. This mock board meeting is based on the CABE Journal's "See You In Court" column.


Thomas Mooney, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin
Cast to be determined


C2   Where Have We Gone Wrong? Why Are We Still Failing African American and Latino Male Students? (CI, ETE)

This will be an examination and guided interactive discussion of practices for engaging youth, particularly African American and Latino males in achieving excellence in education. The impact of law enforcement in schools, provision of special education and ELL services, creating a "system of care" and other initiatives will be examined. Participants are urged to come prepared with their district information concerning evidence of engagement or disengagement, and be ready to share what has worked and what has not in helping this target population to engage fully and prepare themselves for careers and higher education.


Michelle Laubin, Attorney, Berchem Moses PC
Typhanie Jackson, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, New Haven Public Schools
Kermit Carolina, Supervisor of Youth Development and Engagement, New Haven Public Schools
Heriberto Cordero, Principal, Fairhaven School, New Haven Public Schools


3:25 - 5:00 pm - Workshop Session D

D1   Legislative Issues (WPS, CI, ETE, NAB)

A timely topic of the presenters' choosing.


Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel, CABE
Sheila McKay, Sr. Staff Associate for Government Relations, CABE


D2   Funding Innovation through a LEAN Mindset (CI)

A LEAN Mindset is characterized by learning how to increase the effectiveness of a process. As a result of the increased effectiveness, often efficiencies are identified, that lead to cost savings. This presentation will engage participants in a dialogue about the implementation challenges of innovative ideas within traditional systems and in financially trying times. By personalizing these challenges and then learning about LEAN Mindset and the power of partnerships, participants will be prepared to begin the process of charting a course for meaningful and sustainable innovation in their classrooms and districts. Drawing conceptually from LEAN philosophy and design thinking, the presenters will share concrete examples that will stimulate participants to apply these strategies not only to their teaching and learning but also to their personal and professional growth in problem-solving.


Salvatore Menzo, Superintendent, Wallingford Public Schools
Karen Veilleus, IT Director, Wallingford Public Schools


D3   Charting a Course for Growth and Achievement: One District's Journey of Implementing the "Data Wise" Process for District and School Improvement (NAB)

Danbury Public Schools has implemented the Data Wise process as a shared commitment to action, assessment, and adjustment at the district and school level in order to use data to improve teaching and learning. This session will address strategies for implementation and lessons learned regarding district and school improvement planning, targeted professional learning for fidelity of implementation, as well as monitoring student growth and achievement.


Sal Pascarella, Superintendent, Danbury Public Schools
Kristy Zaleta, Associate Principal for Instruction, Danbury Public Schools
Kara Watson Wanzer, Administrator for Data Analysis, Danbury Public Schools


D4 Coaching for Success!  Support for Educational Leaders (ETE)

Embedded coaching has shown to be a key element to the success of new and veteran leaders. Previously the model was designed primarily for principals, now there are several differentiated models to choose from. It has been determined that other school leaders such as assistant principals, special education administrators, and ESL-Bilingual administrators can benefit from coaching. Each coaching assignment is designed to meet the specific needs of an administrator as identified by the district. All of our students deserve school leaders who are focusing on their diverse needs.


Marie Salazar Glowski, Director of Executive Coaching, Connecticut Association of Schools


D5 Innovation for All: How the Future of Learning Provides Equity for All Learners (WPS, CI, ETE, NAB)

Access to technology remains pivotal in scaling personalized, mastery-based learning, yet research shows that its absence deepens the achievement gap along the lines of technology haves and have-nots. This session will highlight initiatives that members of the Connecticut State Commission for Educational Technology are enacting to ensure equal access to engaging learning experiences for all students. Attendees will leave with insights and free resources from the Commission, such as: new statewide framework for technology-enabled, mastery-based learning (developed in partnership with CAPSS), a Digital Equity Toolkit to help communities get kids online and learning outside of school; the State's new database of standards-aligned, free digital learning resources; an education software registry to streamline district data privacy compliance; and ways to empower new and veteran teachers on the use of technology to prepare students for college careers.


Doug Casey, Executive Director, Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology
Mark Raymond, Chief Information Officer, State of Connecticut
Tom Dillon, Founder of Flagship Networks
Nicholas Caruso, Sr. Staff Associate for Field Services, CABE


Saturday, November 18, 2017

9:35 - 10:45 am - Student Session I

Student Representatives on Boards of Education: Policy into Practice

This workshop is designed for students from across the State of Connecticut to better understand roles and responsibilities of being a student representative to their board of education, and how their voice can impact decisions that affect all students in their district.


Eileen Baker, Board Member, Old Saybrook Board of Education


9:35 - 10:45 am - Workshop Session E

E1   Trends (WPS, CI, ETE, NAB)

The life of someone who believes that they are not the gender that parents, teachers, and friends believe he or she is, is not easy.  How do we best help transgender students, so that they feel safe, are supported by our faculties, welcomed by other students and thrive in our public schools?  What are the legal issues districts face?  What is it like to be the parent of a transgender individual?  What is it like to be a transgender student or teacher?

Join us for an interesting and helpful workshop and help your district ensure it is welcoming to all of our students.  


Robert Rader, Executive Director, CABE
Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel, CABE
Dustin Rader, Teacher, Canton Public Schools


E2   Sanctuary School Districts: Examining Legal Rights, Responsibilities, and Policy Options Available to School Districts When Responding to Changing Federal Immigration Laws (ETE, NAB)

This presentation will offer an overview of key considerations for educators who work with immigrant populations. The presenters will discuss obligations that school districts have to undocumented students, how to respond to possible immigration enforcement actions, and how to work with immigrant populations to ensure continued trust and collaboration while educating all students.


Floyd Dugas, Attorney, Berchem Moses PC
Eric Barba, Attorney, Berchem Moses PC


E3   Implementing Universal Screening to Support Students in Need of Support (CI)

Most often school-based mental health teams (SBMHT) rely on reports of externalizing behaviors (e.g. teacher, self or behavioral referrals). However, universal screening empowers SBMHT to proactively identify students with both externalizing and internalizing behaviors, which can guide identifying, planning and assessing small group and individual interventions. This workshop will acquaint school leaders with the practice of universal screening, suggest sample screeners and provide a description of one district's three-year journey implementing the data-driven process of universal screening.


Peg Donohue, Assistant Professor, Central Connecticut State University


E4   Partnership for Innovative, Rigorous and Relevant High School Education (WPS, CI, ETE, NAB)

The session will focus on the development of curriculum for a unique course offered in Windham Early College Opportunity (ECO). Work Place Learning offers students the opportunity to develop skills that are vital in workplace learning. This course addresses the gap that industries have felt in students' preparedness for the work environment. Working within unique partnerships with industries, local community organizations and community colleges, the curriculum was developed to address the development of workplace skills embedded in projects that also encompass STEM skills.


Patricia Garcia, Superintendent, Windham Public Schools
Dr. Ana Maria Sanchez, Coordinator of Windham ECO & Business Teacher, Windham High School
Randall Prose, ECO - Workplace Learning Teacher, Windham High School
Jemiel Rose, CT ECO & RIP-TECH Industry Liaison, General Dynamics Electric Boat
Jodi Clark, Advanced Manufacturing Educational Assistant, Quinebaug Valley Community College


E5   The Purposeful Board: Bringing Board Governance to a Higher Level (WPS, NAB)

Too often the work of Boards of Education and their meetings can appear to participants, and observers alike, as mundane, trivial, contentious and unfocused, accomplishing little and frustrating stakeholders. The guidance available to volunteer board members as to how to improve board work often focuses on parliamentary procedures, FOIA, or roles and responsibilities, leaving larger questions unaddressed. What is the purpose of Board work? How does a Board of Education make a meaningful difference for its school district? Is sustained Board excellence possible and if so, what would it look like? This seminar introduces a new paradigm for boards of education; a mechanism to develop and understand their essential purpose and to purposefully design their Board and work to further its fundamental mission. Board members will leave this seminar thinking of board work in a new way, beyond the demands of the monthly meeting, envisioning new possibilities for Board work, approaching their responsibilities with purpose, and moving forward on purpose.


Gary Brochu, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin


9:35 - 11:35 am – Clinic Session F

F1   The Right to Speak: What Can and Cannot Be Said (WPS, CI, ETE, NAB)

This presentation will provide school board members, as well as their colleagues, with guidance as to what they can and cannot say, how they can balance their right to speak on matters of public concern with their obligations to act as a school board member in an ethical and responsible manner, and what steps a school board can take when one of its members engages in words and actions that put him or her at odds with the school district's interests. We will address the increasingly complex task of balancing federal and state free speech protections against the rights of school districts to maintain order and to avoid making false steps that could trigger an explosion of civil rights litigation. The workshop will consist of a brief overview of the law based upon applicable cases but primarily focus on actual situations both in Connecticut and other states. Participants will be asked to share their experiences.


Michael McKeon, Attorney, Pullman & Comley


F2   Understanding the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act and Access to Public Meetings and Records (HPBAS)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) contains open meetings and public records requirements, along with numerous exceptions. Unfortunately, the FOIA has been misconstrued, especially with the advent of new technologies and in light of the public's (and media's) interest in a school board's work. This workshop should serve to provide further guidance to board members and school administrators seeking to navigate the maze of edicts and exceptions associated with the FOIA, along with updates on the FOIA from interesting cases.


Mark Sommaruga, Attorney, Pullman & Comley
Thomas Hennick, Public Information Officer, Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission


F3   The Rx for the Pain Killer Crisis: Prevention Strategy and Awareness of the Opioid Epidemic (WPS)

The opioid epidemic is a national crisis that has hit Connecticut hard. Over 900 people died from opioid overdoses last year in Connecticut.  We will discuss the statistics and the serious problem with abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin. We will view the short film "Chasing the Dragon" created by the FBI and DEA, which is a compelling view into the depths of opioid addiction and overdose in the United States. Following the viewing of the film, we will have a powerful and impactful panel presentation on the crisis.


Robert Spector, Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
Charles Grady, Community Outreach Specialist, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Julia Perry, Doctor, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Martha Galligan, U.S. Probation Officer; Parent
A DEA Agent


10:50 am-12:00 pm – Workshop Session G

G1   Teacher Evaluations in Connecticut: Where Are We Now? (WPS, CI, ETE, NAB)

It has been nearly five years since the Connecticut General Assembly adopted Public Act 12-116 titled An Act Concerning Educational Reform, and most importantly, made changes to Section 10-151b regarding the teacher evaluation process. Changes to Section 10-151b provide that the annual evaluation of teachers must now be conducted in accordance with the guidelines for teacher and administrator evaluation, adopted by the Connecticut State Board of Education, which presents challenges and opportunities. This workshop will review the requirements concerning the evaluation of teachers and administrators and related changes in the Teacher Tenure Act. We will also discuss practical steps for addressing performance concerns in light of the new requirements.


Rebecca Santiago, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin
Richard Mills, Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin


G2   The Inclusive School - Constitutional and Statutory Rights of School Employees (ETE)

Most educators agree that students are best served in an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and free from discrimination. This presentation will focus on the legal and practical issues involved in creating a supportive and inclusive environment for a diverse community of school professionals. In particular, the panelists will discuss staff first amendment rights, both of religious expression and free speech; Title IX issues for employees, including handling of sexual harassment investigations and the rights of transgender employees; and immigration issues, including pre-employment screenings and rights of immigrant employees.


Christine Chinni, Attorney, Chinni & Meuser
Craig Meuser, Attorney, Chinni & Meuser
Joseph Macary, Superintendent, Vernon Public Schools


G3  Protecting Transgender Kids: Untangling the Web of State and Federal Guidance (ETE)

The status of legal protections for transgender students has become increasingly foggy with the advent of a new administration in Washington that has withdrawn previous federal guidance from the Department of Education and Department of Justice on this subject. The State of Connecticut has stepped in and re-invigorated State law protections on this topic, as well as the withdrawn federal guidance. The United States Supreme Court has already weighed in once and future cases on this topic may be forthcoming. Where does this leave you as a school district in sorting out your legal obligations and best practices for students? This workshop will sort through the latest developments. 


Michelle Laubin, Attorney, Berchem, Moses & Devlin


G4   Opening Minds and Transforming Lives: Journey to Coherence (CI)

A district's journey to coherence led to a transformational change to support 21st Century learning. Learn about a variety of approaches the Canton Public Schools used to shift from teacher-directed learning to student-centered learning. Examine best practices that can drive human capital in your school or district to a higher level. Engage in dialogue on how educators created a growth mindset across the district using innovation and creativity. 


Kevin Case, Superintendent, Canton Public Schools
Jordan Grossman, Assistant Superintendent, Canton Public Schools
Julie Ausere, Chair, Canton Board of Education


G5 The PreK-3rd Grade Continuum - Leaders Matter to Ensure Successful Pathways to High School Graduation (WPS)

Participants will be engaged in essential learnings related to the urgency of the PK-Grade 3 continuum in public schools and leading for early learning (K-3). We will address aligning instruction, curriculum, and assessment; brain research, executive function and social and emotional well-being; observing and evaluating teachers of your children; and family engagement. We will use a structured process to determine the next steps for your district relative to early childhood.


Andrea Brinnel, Program Specialist, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
Karen List, Project Director for PK3 Leadership Program, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

WPS - Why Public Schools? • CI - Celebrating Innovation • ETE - Excellence Through Equity • NAB - Nuts And Bolts

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