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Innovation has always defined our survival as a species.  |  Our ability to adapt – our adaptability — is the sister of innovation.  |  The CAPSS' Innovation Committee is an evolving network of superintendents (Bethel, Bloomfield, Bolton, Branford, CREC, CCSU Teacher Leader Fellowship Program, Farmington, Granby, Guilford, Meriden, Shelton, South Windsor, Stamford, Wallingford, Windham and Woodbridge) focused on preparing our students for the challenges of the mid-to-late 21st Century in the context of innovation.
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CAPSS' Innovation Committee Introduces Innovation Wave

Innovation Wave

CAPSS is committed to ongoing efforts to share ideas regarding current effective education practices in Connecticut and around the world with the membership. The Innovation Committee will offer a regular mini-column highlighting links to interesting articles and reviews, as well as podcasts related to expansive concepts of innovation in our work.

Although it has become cliché to proclaim the accelerating pace of change will transform every aspect of human existence –it doesn’t mean it is not true.

As leaders in our field, we are so often bogged down in negotiations, problem resolution and politics of all sorts that we often have little time to explore. Innovation Wave will offer thought-provoking links to ideas and practices both in education and from outside.

Innovation Wave will be linked to our website, but will also be pushed out to you via this small column in our Leader's Report.

Please send me news of activities in your district that you would be open to having colleagues visit. An aspect of our redesigning of the education experiences of our students is to redesign the partnerships among our group.

Check out these links:

NOVA: The Design Process: From Idea to Solution | PBS Learning Media

Fast Company

Stanford Innovation Lab with Tina Seelig | Apple Podcasts

There are two key underpinnings to Innovation Wave.

1.    No one is the expert on all things ‘innovative’.
2.    We need to share our successes, our failures to launch, and our works in progress.

We can do this! Other states are committed to adapting public education to the transformations underway. We cannot afford to be the ‘land of steady habits’.

The leadership network of CAPSS can be leaders of innovation.

CONTACT

Chris Clouet
Innovation Committee Chair

 

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Based on the work of HundrED, the CAPSS Innovation Committee is pleased to invite every Connecticut school district to share one PK-12 innovative educational idea/practice. The goal is to help improve Connecticut education by establishing a platform to share innovative school practices. We hope that every district will participate!

Innovation Criteria

Your district’s educational innovation idea/practice should adhere to the following:

  1. Innovativeness:  The idea should provide a valuable improvement to education.
  2. Impactful:  The idea must have been established for at least one year with demonstrable evidence.
  3. Scalability:  The idea should be able to work in other school districts and you should be willing to serve as a resource regarding implementation.

Submit your innovative idea/practice online. The form is very short and easy to complete, and we've included a link below:

PK-12 Innovative Educational Idea/Practice Form
 
Essentially, you upload a photo of the innovation, a short description, contact information for the innovational idea, and any resources that may help other districts learn about and/or help them with implementation.

The on-line submission form may be saved as a draft and completed at a later date by clicking on the Save For Later button at the bottom of the form. If you decide to complete the form in more than one sitting, you will be prompted to supply district contact information and an email address. You will be sent a link to re-access the form.

Here is where your innovative practices will appear.

Questions about your submittal or the form may be directed to Paulien Rorick, (860) 236-8640 x170.