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Connecticut Superintendents’ Network

Overview

The Superintendents’ Network is a clinical study group focused on improving instructional practice. The 24 superintendents currently participating in the Network represent geographically and demographically diverse districts.

The Network meets 10 times per year for five hours to discuss ways to improve student achievement. Alternate sessions are clinical examinations of a school and focus on a problem related to the theme of instructional improvement that is posed by the district superintendent.  The superintendents work collaboratively to examine classroom practice, describe their observations using protocols, and suggest strategies for improvement.

Beliefs

The Network is guided by Harvard University professors Richard F. Elmore and Lee Teitel’s theoretical work that focuses on a superintendent‘s leverage points, which include:

  • Resources
  • Time
  • Accountability
  • Professional development

Goals

The Network aims to:

  • Break down the isolationism of superintendents and individual districts
  • Promote sharing and peer support
  • Connect theoretical work to actual practice to improve districts and create the conditions that foster student achievement.

Impact

As noted by North Haven superintendent Bob Cronin, former superintendent, Regional School District 14:

“It is the best professional development I have ever had. I have come to appreciate the focus on teaching and learning. As a superintendent it’s easy to move farther and farther away from that. … The consultants at the center are top notch. It’s like having an expert coming in, look at what we’re doing and making it better and it’s our own work. The Center is really a gift!”