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'Plan to be better tomorrow than today, but don't plan to be finished'. Carol Ann Tomlinson US Educator

The theme for this newsletter has evolved over the past week to that of change for our office through the notification of flexibility waivers from USED. There are ten waivers from NCLB that focus around four basic principles:
• College and career ready expectations for all students
• State-developed differentiated recognition, accountability and support
• Supporting effective instruction and leadership
• And reducing duplication and unnecessary burden


Over the next few months, we will be working with stakeholders to submit a request that addresses each of the four principles, consistent with the definitions and timelines to increase the quality of instruction for students and improve student achievement in the State and our local education agencies (LEA’s).

Throughout the past year, we have been evaluating our systems to cut down on duplication and are in the process of integrating the IndiStar program in the schools receiving SIG grants. The process has just begun and we here at the State Title I office are in training. The IndiStar system provides the structure, guidance and resources for a continuous improvement process administered by a school’s Leadership Team. In the near future we will be contacting our pilot schools to begin the integration process within their schools.

During the month of October, two team members (Beth and Shawna) and I will be attending the Academy of Pacesetting Districts, a two-day training which will enable us to set up an Academy of Pacesetting Title I Districts within our state. The Academy of Pacesetting Districts is a year-long opportunity for high-level leaders in an LEA to explore current district operations with a particular focus on district support and school improvement. The Academy’s focus is on the development of LEA capacity to affect school improvement and student learning outcomes.

We are excited here in the Title office with the prospects of change to better serve our schools, and we look forward to working with you.

Regards,
Dr. Kristine Harms
State Title I Director


DIRECTORS NOTE:
Fall 2011