CABE Journal Articles
President Commentary - December 2019
I Am Honored to Serve You
I would like to thank the members of the Association for putting their faith and trust in me as the President of CABE. I am proud to be able to serve the many board of education members who work passionately to make the future brighter for the children of the state of Connecticut.
Executive Director Commentary - December 2019
LGBTQ RIGHTS: Are We Moving Backwards?
I am not an expert on gay, lesbian or transgender students. I do not have the expertise and knowledge of an official representative of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) or an officer of any of the PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapters around the nation.
However, as a father of a transgender child and the father-in-law of a transgender woman, I have watched with great sadness the recent spate of news reports on the Trump Administration's battle against how LGBT individuals can be treated in our society.
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."
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.
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.
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%.
Common Core implementation going well
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.
Minorities Underrepresented in Teacher Ranks
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.
Best Practices: Bloomfield and Stamford shine on DPI
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.