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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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


It seems impossible that we are nearly half way through the 2011-2012 school year. As I sit here writing this letter the weather couldn’t be nicer with record highs predicted.

As we transition into 2012 it gives us a few minutes to reflect on the many changes from this past year and the expected changes for the coming year. The implementation of the Title Time calls has been a positive boost to the communication between our office and the participating districts. Next week’s call will focus around policies regarding highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals, with February focusing on parent involvement policies. If you have a topic you would like to see us cover, please let us know. The Academy of Pace Setting Districts and the Indistar web-based tool for evaluation of effective practices are in their first year of service to schools and both are proceeding along with great success.

The onsite monitoring for this year is well underway and with the end of this three year cycle you will find the next three year cycle on our website. We always enjoy visiting the schools and are very interested in the new innovations occurring in the classrooms.

As always we are interested in your ideas on how to make the compliance piece of the Title puzzle work in better and more efficient manner.

Have a great month and best regards,
Dr. Kristine Harms, EdD.
State Title I Director


DIRECTORS NOTE:
Winter 2012