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Posted Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 
Patrice McCarthy, CABE, and Joe Cirasuolo, CAPSS, were featured on FOX 61's The Real Story. Watch Now:
Posted Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 
In these first installments Robert Rader, Executive Director of CABE and Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel, have embraced the concept of recording short videos to share with CABE member districts as well as other stakeholders interested in the topics that they are speaking about.
Posted Friday, Oct 16, 2015 
Regional and national experts shared strategies for building LGBT-inclusive school communities.
Posted Friday, May 29, 2015 
The most important benefit of attending the annual CABE/CAPSS Convention is the valuable information you take home to your community.
Posted Friday, May 29, 2015 
Connecticut is Standing Up 4 Public Schools!
Posted Friday, May 29, 2015 
Check out this new resource and share your district's Best Practices!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 
One of the major buzzwords over the last year in the media, especially the social media, is "mindfulness". That term refers to helping individuals quiet their restless minds, developing an "in the moment" way of living that allows focus, free of distractions.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 
STAND UP 4 PUBLIC EDUCATION is the new advocacy campaign the National School Board Association (NSBA) wants the over 750 Board of Education members who attended the first annual Advocacy Institute (formerly Federal Relations Network - FRN) in Washington D.C. to bring home to their districts.
Posted Monday, Mar 3, 2014 
LEAD Connecticut is an unprecedented collaboration initiated by the State Department of Education (SDE) and spearheaded by the Center for School Change. It is designed to create and sustain an educational leadership development pipeline that strengthens student learning across all Connecticut districts, schools and classrooms.
Posted Monday, Mar 3, 2014 
Happy Healthy New Year to everyone! The CABE State Relations Committee, capably chaired by Liz Brown from Waterbury, met in December to discuss the CABE 2014 Legislative Priorities.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 
My Thoughts On This The post by Professor Reardon seemed to downplay the effect of schooling on closing this gap, except when it came to early childhood education. I want to address preschool and then the larger point about k-12 education. We know that children coming into school with a much more limited vocabulary than those of their peers start with a deficit from the beginning. Over the last few years, despite fiscal concerns, the State and local school districts and towns and cities have made more seats available for early care, including all-day kindergarten.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 
As CABE has grown and added services, programs and other activities over the years, we often ask ourselves, "what can we eliminate or downsize?" This is a much tougher issue than one might expect. For example, we are loathe to eliminate a service that even just a handful of our districts find helpful. The National School Boards Association, has had to face similar choices.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 
As I boarded my flight en route to the NSBA Annual Conference in San Diego, I noticed a child jumping with enthusiasm into the window seat behind me. While browsing at the conference planner materials, the silhouette poses of four children on the cover, caught my attention. With hands outstretched, they too, showed movement. "TAKE THE LEAP . . . Leadership, Education, Achievement, Progress," the highlighted theme of this year. I was prepared to "plunge" into sessions, workshops, speakers, presentations and special events offered to me, as well as to 4,000 school leaders, administrators and attorneys from around the country.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 
One of the saddest perspectives I heard following the Newtown shootings took place at a meeting, sponsored by the Clifford Beers Clinic, between mental health care experts from Bridgeport and New Haven and experts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network in New Haven including a woman with direct experience in the Oklahoma bombing incident and the NCTSN's terrorism and disaster expert. The Clinic provides a "programs and services for families with children affected by trauma and stress that includes complete wraparound care."
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 
School board members are a highly valued and important part of our communities' social fabric. More and more, however, our work as advocates for our children involves time outside of our district, as much as the work we do in a myriad of meetings throughout the regular work week.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 
Over the years, public education has gone through many transformations. We are a long way from the one-room school-house. Education reform is revolutionizing public education. This will have huge impact on the mission of boards of education, which has long been to connect the will of the community to the education of its students.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 
While participating in the Grammy Awards program recently, Justin Timberlake made a special point to thank his teachers. This is not the first young musician to thank those teachers who inspired them. I also recently asked one of my district's high school students, "what does performing arts mean to you?" He replied, without hesitation, "the peaceful pursuit of my passion".
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 
As the Legislative Session begins and the Governor presents his budget, many of us are still focused on the Newtown tragedy. The January CABE Journal went to publication before this horrific event and I thought it might be helpful to comment from a CABE position after having had a little time to process what happened.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 
Today is a "snow day." Outside, the air is thick and silent. Inside, I sit in front of my computer screen as the day goes gray to grayer. I reflect on the highlights of the past year, accomplishments and tragedies alike while staying focused on what this new year will bring. Last winter and spring, we faced the continued educational challenges of governing our school systems.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 
As someone who suffered through three years of law school and six weeks of intense studying to pass the New York State Bar Exam, I was greatly intrigued by an American Federation of Teachers (AFT) press release which stated that, "All future teachers should be required to meet a universal and rigorous bar that gauges mastery of subject-matter knowledge, much like the bar exam lawyers must take before they can enter the legal profession, and demonstrates competency in how to teach".
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 
Zach, a high school senior, asked me if I had eaten in the cafe recently. Upon saying no, he invited me to join him and his classmates for first wave lunch one day. I accepted his offer, looking forward to sampling some of the new items on the menu and conversing with students. A wide variety of offerings were being served that day. Once I decided on my meal choices, I found Zach, Justin and Brian at the front table near the main entrance. Zach's first words to me were "Bring back the bacon!" not an uncommon statement echoed by many students across our districts. When I asked if he and his fellow students knew the reason for the new changes in the cafeteria menu, they replied, "creating a healthier generation of children; combating obesity, making an impact on healthy choices and better performance in the classroom."
Posted Monday, Feb 3, 2014 
Norwich Schools benefit from We Are Blended, a program which helps immigrant children.
Posted Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 
The end of the school year brings recognitions, honors, presentations and invites to class, the latter being a very special opportunity for me. As I walked into the gym, the teacher described the hanging apparatuses associated with the High Ropes Course and integration of health and wellness curriculum. The Leadership Ladder dangled from above. I could feel the sweat pouring from my palms. While two students with special needs attempted to climb each rung, five others on the floor directed and guided the attached ropes.
Posted Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 
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