Continue the Transformation
Strategies to Make the Vision a Reality
- Organizational structures foster innovation
- Regularly-scheduled time for professional learning
- Research and Development (R & D)
- Commitment to continuous progress
To ensure that students are offered the best educational opportunities, schools and districts must engage in research to understand the effectiveness of their programs and to develop new strategies to support learners. The state must engage in policy research and analysis to understand the impact of statewide policies and regulations. This research must be designed to influence the design and implementation of effective programs and policies, rather than summative judgments with penalties.
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.
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.