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Reform System Leadership & Governance


Strategies to Make the Vision a Reality

Developing transformational leaders

Schools and districts offer formal leadership roles to teachers and support them in developing leadership skills.

Developing a leadership pipeline

Schools and districts offer formal leadership roles to teachers and support them in developing leadership skills.

Evaluation aligned with mastery-based education

Evaluation of school and educator effectiveness includes criteria based on student progress rather than absolute achievement. Successful principals and teachers help students increase their mastery of knowledge and skills.

Current Status

The current educator evaluation system is based on requirements of the NCLB law. Congress passed a law eliminating the federal role in educator evaluation. This change in federal policy will give Connecticut the opportunity to rethink its teacher evaluation system to encourage professional growth and collaboration to improve student outcomes. The reduced tenure of leadership in districts, including superintendents, principal and teachers, has eroded the ability of schools and school districts to innovate policies and practices that will lead to substantial growth in student outcomes. Short-term leadership often causes leaders to focus on short-term goals.


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