School administrators from across Long Island  participated in a practical and sometimes amusing CTLE  professional development program at Hofstra University on May 7, 2019, with Dr. Todd Whitaker entitled “What Great Leaders Do Differently.” The CAS Spring Conference, the fifth in a series CAS Continuing Teacher Leader Education (CTLE) workshops offered this school year, was a resounding success.  Dr. Whitaker explored a wide variety of instructional and management challenges common to all school leaders and provided meaningful and easily replicated strategies to take back to work and implement immediately.
Special thanks to Dr. LaQuita Outlaw, our Director of Professional Development, John Nocero, our Executive Vice President, our Office Manager, Demetria Marino, and the entire CAS Executive Board for working together over the past few months putting the event together. It was truly a team effort that would not have been successful without everyone pitching in!

CAS Presents CTLE Workshop “PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR TODAY’S LEADERS”

On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Andy Greene presented another informative workshop for school administrators entitled “Practical Strategies for Today’s Leaders” at the Holiday Inn on Sunnyside Blvd. in Plainview. The workshop focused on leadership strategies, ideas, and protocols aimed at enhancing the culture of the organization. The concepts reviewed centered on the importance of leadership as well as management and provided participants with real-world approaches to improving the instructional effectiveness of building administrators.

Andy has worked closely with two of the foremost experts in the field of education, Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, and during the workshop, he shared many of their Understanding by Design learning principles.  He is the past president of LIASCD and an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University and often consults with districts on best teaching, learning, and assessment practices.

CAS is a certified NYSED Continuing Teacher Leader Education (CTLE) sponsor, and all successful participants earned two (2) hours of CTLE professional development credit applicable toward the hours needed for continuing certification.


CAS Presents “Privacy in the Digital Age”

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, Sandeep Dillon, Senior Manager of the Nassau BOCES Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Department, and Supervisor of the Nassau BOCES Network Operation Center presented a CAS CTLE Workshop entitled “Privacy in the Digital Age” at the Plainview Holiday Inn.

Sandeep shared his insight and considerable knowledge related to networks, personal privacy on the Internet and how to protect your personal information in the digital age.

The participating school administrators gained a variety of simple, common sense tools and procedures to improve and manage their passwords and reduce their unintended footprint on the web. He explored and explained many unknown functions of Google and other favorite Apps used in school and at home that gather data while tracking individual keystrokes, website history, and location. Many were unaware of the difference between security and privacy and how companies collect and use this random data. He provided many suggestions on how to better use password protected apps, limit inadvertent GPS data collection and how to create a stronger personal firewall.

Many attendees remained afterward to ask additional questions regarding smartphone, school and personal computer use.

CAS is a certified NYSED Continuing Teacher Leader Education (CTLE) sponsor, and all successful participants earned two (2) hours of CTLE professional development credit applicable toward the hours needed for continuing certification.


CAS Presents “Tech Tips and Tools to Get the Job Done”

On Wednesday, November 1, 2018, Ed Kemnitzer, Director of Technology, Innovation and Information Services for the East Williston School District, presented a CAS CTLE Workshop entitled “TECH TIPS AND TOOLS TO GET THE JOB DONE” at the Plainview Holiday Inn.

Among many informative tips, the workshop provided the participants with suggestions on how to more effectively manage social media tools like Twitter, Boomerang for Google, Voxer and Google Keep.  The many attendees walked away with a litany of social and instructional tools that can be used personally, or with staff and parents, to make the job a bit more manageable. From streamlining calendar entries and cataloging parent conferences to better communicating more personally with staff, he provided the participants with practical tools and powerful apps designed to improve workflow and reduce time on the associated tasks. Participants learned of cutting-edge instructional tools used to enhance instruction and also shared many successful programs they use in their own schools! Many attendees remained afterward to ask additional questions regarding specific social media and learning tools.

If you were unable to attend the workshop, the entire presentation along with all of the websites and apps discussed in the seminar may be found here at https://goo.gl/c8SrVt .

CAS is a certified NYSED Continuing Teacher Leader Education (CTLE) sponsor, and all successful participants earned two (2) hours of CTLE professional development credit applicable toward the hours needed for continuing certification.


CAS Presents Timely Workshop for New Administrators

On October 17th, CAS Attorneys Brad Stuhler and Michael Starvaggi presented a CAS Workshop for New Probationary Public School Administrators at the Plainview Holiday Inn at no cost to the participants.  A large number of enthusiastic recently hired school administrators attended and reflected the growing number of younger administrators entering the ranks of school administrators across Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

The first part of the workshop delved into the legal aspects of administrative tenure, seniority, and frequent workplace pitfalls confronted by new administrators. While the second part of the workshop focused on concerns regarding school safety, student discipline and some common workplace issues facing new administrators. Brad and Mike provided practical guidance, best practices and common sense strategies for success through scenarios involving students, staff and parents based upon their recent experiences.

CAS is a certified NYSED Continuing Teacher Leader Education (CTLE) sponsor and successful participants earned two (2) hours of CTLE professional development credit applicable toward the hours needed for continuing certification.

Additional CAS CTLE Workshops are scheduled throughout the school year and communicated through email and the www.casliny.com website.


CAS LAWYERS CONDUCT JANUS WORKSHOPS

CAS attorneys Brad Stuhler and Michael Starvaggi recently conducted a series of informative workshops for CAS unit presidents and executive board members entitled Janus v. AFSCME: The story behind the case and what questions need to be asked”  at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Melville on Tuesday, April  17th.

As we await the announcement of the Supreme Court verdict in Janus v. AFSCME that is expected to be announced later in June, over seventy CAS unit leaders were able to attend either the morning or afternoon workshops. The CAS attorneys pointed out that the Janus case is merely one part of a decades-long strategic campaign meant to strip collective bargaining and unionization from American workers. They stressed that we cannot afford to allow ourselves to be as easily manipulated and naive as Mr. Janus. Every public sector employee needs to be aware of the political forces behind the case and what they are looking to accomplish. They emphasized that it is imperative for every public sector teacher, administrator, police officer, firefighter, county and town worker to understand what exactly is at stake in Janus v. AFSCME and the goal of the corporate power brokers who are behind the case.

The attorneys also provided helpful suggestions to enhance local unit visibility and identity within their school communities. All in all, the many CAS local unit presidents and executive board members who attended the workshops left with helpful guidance and as practical suggestions for strengthening unit effectiveness.

Workshop materials and other information are on our Janus Resources page on the CAS  website at http://casliny.com/advocacy/position-papers/janus-information/

Please read the CAS brochure on the Value of Union Membership.  It contains crucial and timely information about major legal developments affecting all public employees.


CAS PRESENTS CTLE WORKSHOP FOR ADMINISTRATORS ENTITLED “SECURITY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 2018”

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Plainview Holiday Inn, presented a free two-hour professional development workshop for CAS members entitled “Security in Public Schools: 2018.”

Dr. Alan Groveman is currently Interim Superintendent of Garden City and formerly long-time Superintendent in the Connetquot School District. Also, Dr. Groveman has wide-ranging experience in the education field and work with local Fire/Rescue departments including the Huntington Township Tactical Rescue Team, the Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue Team, the Suffolk County Police Department, and other investigative agencies.

The workshop focused on the knowledge school leaders need to carry out their primary responsibility – the safety and security of the staff and students in their care. The workshop addressed state guidelines, local board policies, school safety plans, and working with local law enforcement agencies. Participants explored current violence prevention strategies and discussed lessons learned from scenarios that have recently occurred in schools across the nation. Attendees left with new found knowledge of robust security practices and an understanding of the steps they need to take to enhance their safety plans to better address incidents that may arise in district.

CAS is a certified NYSED Continuing Teacher Leader Education (CTLE) sponsor, and all successful participants earned two (2) hours of CTLE professional development credit applicable toward the hours needed for continuing certification.


CAS Sponsors Financial Literacy Workshop at the Marriott Hotel

On March 14th CAS sponsored another well-attended and informative after school workshop focused on Financial Literacy and Retirement Planning entitled “Will I be Ready and Able to Retire as Planned?” at the Marriott Melville Hotel.  Andrew Buttelman, from the Legend Group, along with guest speaker David Daly provided over 30 CAS members present with valuable information about their New York State Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS) pension benefits, long-term financial planning and Social Security.  David Daly was the New York Teachers Retirement system spokesperson and the Coordinator of Pre-Retirement Planning for many years and is a well-respected expert on the NYS pension system.  Topics discussed included; choosing a retirement option; understanding your in-service death benefit, prior service and out of state service; unused sick days; employer-sponsored non-elective and elective 403(B) plans; understanding all pension tiers and member benefit calculations.  The program ran from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with refreshments served and many members remaining afterward to ask Andrew and David individual questions.

CAS will continue to sponsor Financial Literacy workshops for our members focused on Retirement and College Planning, Social Security and tax shelter programs commonly offered by school districts to administrative employees such as the Roth IRA, various 403(B) and 457 plans.

Members unable to attend this workshop who wish to find out more about college and retirement planning may contact Andrew Buttelman directly at:

Andrew Buttelman, Certified Retirement Counselor
Lincoln Investment
640 Johnson Avenue, Suite 204
Bohemia, NY 11716
Office: (631) 244-8201; Cell: (631) 235-4932
Email: andrewbuttelman@legendequities.com


CAS Sponsors Financial Literacy Workshop at the Huntington Hilton

On November 16th CAS sponsored another well-attended and informative after school workshop focused on Financial Literacy and Retirement Planning entitled “Will I be Ready and Able to Retire as Planned?” at the Long Island Huntington Hilton Hotel in Melville.  Andrew Buttelman, from the Legend Group, along with guest speaker David Daly provided over 40 CAS members present with valuable information about their New York State Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS) pension benefits, long-term financial planning and Social Security.  David Daly was the New York Teachers Retirement system spokesperson and the Coordinator of Pre-Retirement Planning for many years and is a well-respected expert on the NYS pension system.  Topics discussed included; choosing a retirement option; understanding your in-service death benefit, prior service and out of state service; unused sick days; employer-sponsored non-elective and elective 403(B) plans; understanding all pension tiers and member benefit calculations.  The program ran from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with refreshments served and many members remaining afterward to ask Andrew and David individual questions.

CAS will continue to sponsor Financial Literacy workshops for our members focused on Retirement and College Planning, Social Security and tax shelter programs commonly offered by school districts to administrative employees such as the Roth IRA, various 403(B) and 457 plans.

Members unable to attend this workshop who wish to find out more about college and retirement planning may contact Andrew Buttelman directly at:

The Legend Group

640 Johnson Ave, Suite 204

Bohemia, NY 11716

Office:  631-244-8201 Fax: 631-244-8238 Cell: 631-235-4932

Email:  andrewbuttelman@legendegroup.com


CAS Lawyers Conduct APPR Workshops

Workshop 1

CAS attorneys Brad Stuhler and Michael Starvaggi recently conducted a series of informative workshops for unit presidents and executive board members over a two day period centered on the New APPR regulations. The first workshop was held after school on September 16th at the CAS Office in Hauppauge with two more workshops presented in the morning and afternoon on Thursday September 17th at the nearby Holiday Inn Express. The attorneys provided legal guidance for upcoming negotiations and fielded important questions from the participants. The attorneys also provided helpful suggestions to enhance local unit visibility and identity within their school communities. All in all, the over 75 CAS local unit presidents and executive board members who attended the workshops left with helpful guidance and sample plans for the upcoming APPR negotiations as well as practical suggestions for strengthening unit effectiveness.

Workshop materials were later sent to CAS unit presidents who were unable to attend. If you would like an additional  copy of the “New APPR: Where do we go from here?” or a copy of the “Topics of Concern for Unit Presidents and Local Units”, please contact our office manager, Demetria Marino, at casinfo@caslongisland.com and she will be happy to provide you with them.

Workshop 2


CAS SPONSORS CONFERENCE ON PART 154 – THE NEW BI-LINGUAL EDUCATION REGULATIONS

On Tuesday, March 10th, nearly 100 Long Island school administrators responsible for implementing the new Commissioner’s Regulations – Part 154 for Bi-lingual and ELL Programs had the opportunity to spend two hours with Ms. Angelica Infante, New York State Associate Commissioner for Bi-Lingual Education and World Languages. Ms. Infante is the Associate Commissioner of Education charged with overseeing the implementation of these new regulations at the local level when they become effective in September 2015.

Part 154 Workshop

Ms. Infante was welcomed to Long Island by CAS President, Tony Laurino, who noted this conference was a follow-up to the CAS Fall Conference on Part 154 that included a panel discussion with local service providers, NYS Regent Roger Tilles and Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the NYS Senate Education Committee. The program was moderated and facilitated by CAS Treasurer, John Nocero who coordinated questions previously submitted by CAS members on-line.  Ms. Infante presented an overview of the regulations with a recently revised PowerPoint presentation that provided additional information and program guidance for those in attendance. At times she stressed that providing English Language Learners equal access to all school programs and services is a civil rights issue that must be followed in each school district. She spoke passionately spoke about the need for instructional shifts and the need to schedule differently while emphasizing that all teachers are teachers of English Language Learners and therefore equally responsible for their educational growth and development.

Part 154 Workshop2

Ms. Infante reviewed the updated “Blueprint for ELL Success” that may be found on the Engage.ny website and briefly reviewed the following tenets of the Part 154 CR’s:

  • New ELL identification process
  • District responsibilities for initial entry, re-entry and exit criteria, using NYSITELL and NYSELAT
  • Identification of ELL students with disabilities
  • Parent notification, information and orientation meetings
  • Student placement and due process for parents
  • New Bilingual and ELL Program Requirements and provision of programs, including Bilingual education or English as a New Language program; impact of enrollments of 20 or more English Language Learners in same grade level and same home language other than English
  • Grade levels and program continuity
  • Support and Transition
  • Professional development of staff
  • District Reporting of English Language Learners enrolled in ELL programs
  • Certification, including bilingual extensions  – additional SED information will be published soon

The program attendees remained concerned about funding, but as the State Education Budget is currently being negotiated, that area was not addressed. Ms. Infante stated that the official release of additional guidelines scheduled for later in March may provide additional guidance and programming suggestions that may be helpful complying fully with these new regulations.

It was apparent from the depth and quality of the questions and the often thoughtful answers provided that many administrators appreciated the opportunity to interact with Ms. Infante and to discuss individual concerns at the conclusion of the program.

Part 154 Workshop3

Left to Right: CAS Executive Vice President, Skip Voorneveld; Ms. Angelica Infante, New York State Associate Commissioner for Bi-Lingual Education and World Languages; CAS President, Tony Laurino and CAS Treasurer, John Nocero

Click on link to visit videos of this workshop:  CAS Conference on Part 154

CAS Conference on Part 154 (2nd Video):  CAS Conference on Part 154 2nd Video

CAS Conference on Part 154 (3rd Video):   CAS Conference on Part 154 3rd Video

CAS Conference on Part 154 (4th Video):   CAS Conference on Part 154 4th Video

CAS Conference on Part 154 (5th Video):  CAS Conference on Part 154 5th Video

CAS Conference on Part 154 (Questions):  CAS Conference on Part 154 Questions


 CAS Sponsors Financial Literacy Workshops

On November 12th CAS sponsored a well-attended and informative workshop on Financial Literacy at the Holiday Inn Express just off the LIE in Hauppauge.  Andrew Buttelman, from the Legend Group, invited David Daley as a guest speaker to present CAS members with a good deal of important information about their New York State Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS) pension benefits.  David was the New York Teachers Retirement system spokesperson and the Coordinator of Pre-Retirement Planning for many years and is a well-respected expert on the NYS pension system.  Topics included; choosing a retirement option; prior service and out of state service; unused sick days; employer sponsored non-elective and elective 403(B) plans; understanding all pension tiers and member benefit calculations.  The program ran from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with refreshments served and many members remaining afterwards to ask individual questions.

CAS will sponsor a second workshop on November 18th that will be held at the Four Points-Sheraton located at 333 South Service Road, Plainview. For additional information, please call the CAS Office at 631-761-5451 or check out CAS website link to our events at http://casliny.com/events/upcoming-events/.

CAS Finacial Planning Workshop 11-12-14


Throughout the school year CAS sponsors Regional Network Meetings and Professional Development programs that focus on topics important to our members, like the 2% Tax Cap, APPR, School Safety and DASA.  Legal workshops presented by our Attorneys focusing on new administrators, negotiations and collective bargaining are regularly held in a central Long Island location providing easy access for our members.

Workshops

On October 15, 2014 well over a hundred school administrators from Long Island participated in a lively panel discussion of the new Part 154 Commissioner’s Regulations outlining services for pupils with Limited English Proficiency beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

The panel was moderated by CAS Vice-president, John Nocero and the panelists were Roger Tilles, NYSED Regent for Long Island; Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the NYS Senate Education Committee; Dr. James Grossane, Superintendent of the Smithtown School District; and Stephanie MacIntosh, Administrator for Federal Funds, Research and Development and Supervisor of ESL in the Sachem School District.

Here is the webinar of CAS Panel Discussion on new ESL Regulations – October 15, 2014

You can access documents on links below:

New CR154 Overview

Part 154 Document

New ELL Recommendations with Public Comments

Part154Regulations 9-14

 

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