Education Reform

Post date: Jan 5, 2012 1:46:56 PM

A View from the Classroom: Proven Ideas for Student Achievement is a comprehensive education reform

plan developed by teachers that includes changing the teacher evaluation process and replacing tenure with a

streamlined dismissal process for underperforming teachers.

Without question, there's no greater asset to improving public schools than high-quality teachers. Teachers are in the

classroom every day; they know what is needed to prepare students for the economic challenges ahead. Prepared by

teachers, A View from the Classroom: Proven Ideas for Student Achievement proposes specific ideas that

can make a real difference to improve education for Connecticut students.

The plan focuses on shared accountability including teachers and the larger community to close the achievement

gap by

  • Preparing Students to Achieve
  • Reforming Teacher Accountability through Development and Evaluation
  • Creating a Positive Learning Environment
  • Encouraging Parental and Community Participation
  • Ensuring the Fair Distribution of Resources

Connecticut cannot build a strong local economy unless it provides high-quality education, and the state cannot

have high-quality schools without adequate funding, small class sizes, and the involvement of parents and

communities to transform local schools that need help. Teachers will do their part, as this plan proposes creating an

evaluation system for educators that uses multiple indicators of quality teaching and developing a streamlined

dismissal process to remove underperforming teachers.

Teachers lead classrooms, and their voice is necessary to ensure meaningful education reform. Please read this

document carefully as educators look forward to engaging in a positive, collaborative dialogue with lawmakers,

parents, and everyone who's interested in improving the quality of our public schools and preparing our students for

tomorrow's challenges.

- Endnotes to our research can be referenced here -

A View from the Classroom: Proven Ideas for Student Achievement is a comprehensive education

reform plan developed by teachers that includes changing the teacher evaluation process and replacing

tenure with a streamlined dismissal process for underperforming teachers.

Teachers encourage you to read this document carefully as they look forward to engaging in a positive,

collaborative dialogue with lawmakers, parents and everyone who's interested in improving the quality of our public schools and preparing

our students for tomorrow's challenges.