Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56SUMMARY OF PROPOSALS | 34 Current Status Many districts are moving towards student-centered, transformative practices. Under the law, “Unleashing Innovation in Connecticut Schools,” districts have a limited ability to apply for waivers to try new ideas, new strategies, and to customize education to their students’ needs. ACTION STEPS 4 The 2015 Connecticut Statute “Unleashing Innovation in Connecticut Schools” will be revised to expand flexibility in several areas, including certification and definitions of course credit. 4 The state and districts will streamline mechanisms for teachers and administrators to propose and receive approval for innovative practices. 4 The state and districts will set aside Research & Development funds to support innovation in education, to promote teachers in ongoing inquiry into best practices, and to evaluate the effectiveness of current programs. 4 In order to reflect how to improve teaching and learning, educators need regularly scheduled time to examine their practice with the support of colleagues. Statues and regulations should focus on the outcomes of education, not restrict the processes for supporting student learning. Until that transition, the state needs a process to review outdated regulations and should include a sunset provision in new regulations. For specific recommendations on Continue the Transformation see Appendix page 49. ◆ Commitment to continuous progress Continuous improvement is about setting clear goals, having ways to measure progress toward those goals, refining goals and strategies based on those measurements and setting new goals over time to improve student learning. The basics of continuous improvement are about involving all members of the district community at all levels to make improving student learning an inherent aspect of the way a district functions. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY | 34