Strengthen the Profession
- Connecticut will grant certification to teachers and educational leaders based on demonstrated competency, not on accumulation of university credits.
- The first year in a teaching or leadership role will be structured as an internship with strong, consistent coaching by experienced educators committed to transformation.
- Educator certification will provide flexibility to allow greater leadership and coaching opportunities and facilitated job-embedded professional development for teachers.
- Evaluation systems will include criteria that encourage educator collaboration and innovation rather than penalizing teachers and educational leaders for taking risks to improve their practice.23
- Performance, professional activity, and student achievement will be the determinants when acting upon a necessary reduction in force.
- In shortage areas only, a superintendent can grant a temporary certificate for up to two-years as long as the teacher enrolls in a higher education program to get that endorsement.