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5/29/2019 to 5/31/2019
When: May 30 - May 31, 2019
Where: Mystic Marriott
625 North Road
Groton, Connecticut  06340
United States
Contact: Sharon Bruce

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

6:00 pm—Registration & Welcome Reception

Thursday, May 30, 2019

8:00 am —Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am—Depart on bus to US Coast Guard Academy

9:00 am—The Leadership Challenge: Turning Common Sense into Common Practice

Commander Jon Heller, US Coast Guard Academy

USCGA Commander Jon Heller will explore leadership practices using “The Leadership Challenge” by James Kouzes and Barry Posner as the basis of this session.  Commander Heller will share his insight in turning common sense into common practices.  As the book explains, leadership is not about personality; it's about an observable and learnable set of skills and abilities. During this session, you will learn to turn the abstract concept of leadership in easy-to-grasp actions and behaviors that can be learned by anyone willing to step up and accept the challenge to lead.

11:00 am—Guided Tour of the US Coast Guard Academy

12:00 Noon—Depart on bus to Mystic Marriott

12:30 pm—Lunch

1:15 pm—Annual Meeting & Legislative Update

2:15 pm—Connecticut Vanguards

Eric Lehman

Noah Webster, Charles Goodyear, P.T. Barnum and Katharine Hepburn all have Connecticut in common. Like so many other residents, they had an inventive spirit and drive that changed the course of history. Some of the state's natives, like Eli Whitney and Henry C. Lee, pioneered new methods, while others, like Prudence Crandall and Helen Keller, championed the rights of the underprivileged. Some, like Frederick Law Olmsted and Sol LeWitt, changed our perception of the entire world. Author Eric D. Lehman chronicles the lives of two dozen men and women who left their marks on Connecticut and the world as a whole in his book, “Connecticut Vanguards”.  Mr. Lehman will share his insight on these change-leaders.  Participants will then examine the story of some of these Nutmeggers and determine what made them extraordinary.

6:00 pm—Depart on bus to US Coast Guard Academy

6:30 pm—President’s Dinner

Join your friends and colleagues in honoring outgoing President Vincent Masciana and incoming President Theresa Yonsky.  


Friday, May 31, 2019

8:00 am—Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am—Eight Mindshifts in Education    

Kim Marshall

Important changes have occurred in educators’ and the lay public’s attitudes on a number of key issues in K-12 schools. Kim will explore positive shifts in these old beliefs:

¨Intelligence and talent are fixed at birth

¨Poverty is destiny

¨Principals are primarily managers

¨Great teachers are born, not made

¨Teacher evaluation is mostly a waste of time

¨Students’ feedback on teachers can’t be taken seriously

¨Tests are tests

¨Teachers can’t be held responsible for student learning

With each one, Kim will describe new thinking that provides brighter prospects for improving teaching and learning for all students. Participants will ponder whether colleagues, students, and other stakeholders still hold the old beliefs, share success stories on how beliefs have been changed, and elicit specific plans for making progress in one or two key areas “back home.” 

10:30 am—Making School Finance Understandable

John Hutchinson, ASBO Representative

Are you having difficulty getting teachers, staff, the public and even your board of education to understand the basics of school finance, much less more complicated finance topics?  Explore how to avoid finance jargon and explain school finance in terms anyone can understand.  Learn proven design and presentation techniques that will help convey your message.  Clear examples and references will be presented that will engage your district’s staff and community in meaningful dialogue about school finance

11:30 am—Sticky Situations

Chris Chemerka, South Windsor Public Schools

Using situations from the “Ethic for School Business Officials” book, we will examine some real-life challenging ethical dilemmas in this interactive session.

12:30 pm—Lunch

1:15 pm—The Growth of the New London Whaling Industry

Sarah Frick

At the height of the Golden Age of the American Whaling Industry, New London, Connecticut was home to a whaling fleet second in size only to New Bedford, Massachusetts. Profits from whaling grew the city into an economic cornerstone of Southeastern Connecticut which supported residents throughout New London County. Whaling was a notoriously dangerous business sending men off to sea for months, and sometimes years, of back breaking labor all for the precious commodity of whale oil. While the sailors are credited for manning the ships, it was the community of New London who worked behind the scenes supporting them. It was the industry owners, bankers, shopkeepers, and women who made and maintained the success of New London’s economy. The full story of the Whaling City, and other maritime industry in the area, can only be told from both land and sea.

2:45 pm—Depart on bus to Mystic Seaport

Explore the historic Mystic Seaport on your own.

6:00 pm—Lobster Dinner at the Mystic Seaport Shanty

Enjoy a wonderful dinner with friends in the shanty overlooking the beautiful Mystic harbor. 

8:00—9:00 pm Bus shuttle back to Mystic Marriott

Hotel Accommodations

The beautiful Mystic Marriott (625 North Road-Rte117, Groton, CT), will be the site of Institute.  CASBO’s room rate is $159/single/double, based upon availability, until May 1st.  Reservations may be made by phone at 860.446.2600, ask for the CASBO block or using the link:

President's Dinner

The always memorable President’s Dinner will be held at the regal Officers Club at the US Coast Guard Academy.  We will recognize CASBO’s leaders, volunteers, recognition award winners, and conduct the installation of the Board of Directors

Meal Choices: Prime rib of beef au jus or cod with shrimp and crab stuffing with lemon beurre blanc.

Mystic Seaport & Lobster Dinner

Join your friends and colleagues for some fun while visiting this historic village and enjoy a casual dinner in this picturesque site.  The menu includes salad, BBQ chicken, lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes, coleslaw, and strawberry shortcake.

Program is subject to change.

Dress for the sessions and seaport is casual.  Dress for the President’s Dinner is jacket & tie and dresses.  

Registration Fees:

We are offering the following packages for members (non-members add $50), after April 15th, please add $25.

Institute I—$325

Includes the meeting sessions, breakfasts, breaks, and lunches on Thursday and Friday.

Institute II—$390

Includes the meeting sessions, breakfasts, breaks, and lunches on Thursday and Friday, and one President’s Dinner ticket.

Institute III—$455

Includes the meeting sessions, breakfasts, breaks, and lunches on Thursday and Friday, one President’s Dinner ticket, and Mystic Seaport & Lobster Dinner.

Individual Event Tickets for Guests


President’s Dinner—$65

Seaport & Lobster Dinner—$65

Lunch, President Dinner, and Mystic Seaport & Lobster Dinner tickets are not available for purchase without a member’s full registration.



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