Cheshire and West Hartford, Conn. (PRWEB) May 31, 2013
Effectively transforming education in Connecticut requires ‘student voices.’ The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) and The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) challenged students in grades 6-12 to develop short videos highlighting their best ideas for improving education back in February. Four months later, the videos have been reviewed by a panel of educational and community leaders and the finalists have been chosen. Now, it is time for the public to weigh in on which videos are their favorites.
“We received an overwhelmingly positive response to the contest,” Joseph J. Cirasuolo, Ed.D., Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, said. “The entries we received were thoughtful, creative and engaging. Many entrants even went so far as to show how their ideas could be implemented and included a discussion of the anticipated outcomes.”
Among the video themes were ideas for integrating more technology into the learning process, recommendations for new classes, suggestions for more collaborative learning and strategies for restructuring the school day so students can learn more and better.
Karissa Niehoff, Ed. D. Executive Director, The Connecticut Association of Schools, said.”I am so pleased that all the student entries were creative, thoughtful, and provided great suggestions for how we can improve schools. It is important for us to listen to students, consider their ideas, and involve them as appropriate in the work of bettering our schools. After all, schools are for kids."
The ‘Student Voices’ video contest was inspired by the CT NextEd Report, which provides a robust set of practical recommendations for how to reimagine Connecticut’s educational system. Following the public voting round, which is open until May 31, 2013, first, second and third place winners will be named in the middle and high school divisions. The winners will be determined based on a combination of the judges’ scores and public votes.
To cast a vote in the ‘Student Voices’ contest, visit: http://www.ctstudentvoices.com.
About The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS):
The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), based in West Hartford, CT, has been the voice of superintendents of schools in Connecticut for 104 years. The mission of CAPSS is to lead the continuous improvement of public education for all students by advocating public policy for children and by developing and supporting executive school leaders. To learn more, visit http://www.capss.org.
About The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS):
The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), located in Cheshire, CT, is an organization working to strengthen elementary and secondary education and athletics (CIAC) in Connecticut. Through leadership, administrative, and professional development services, CAS works to serve the collective interests and needs of Connecticut educators. CAS's mission is to provide exemplary programs and services that promote excellence in the education of all children. To learn more, visit http://www.casciac.org.