STRATFORD, Conn. -- With the opening of school Thursday Stratford Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson has several key messages.
Teachers are in the process of readying their classrooms, while custodians have completed their summer work of making the schools gleam, she said.
The 2016-17 school year will incorporate eight early release days so teachers can collaborate and share ideas on innovative instruction.
"This is a key piece in our plan for continuous improvement. We are all dedicated to building a culture of thinking in the Stratford Schools that inspires our students not only be engaged learners but to also think innovatively and creatively."
There has been improvement in students achievement being done "the right way," and goals have been met, according to Robinson.
"We are not teaching to the test, but rather working to improve our curriculum and instruction, " she sad.. "Our goal of having best practices in every classroom has motivated all our educators to provide every student with the best instruction for their success."
The year's strategic planning process will have the community working towards updating and refining what district students "must have" for success, Robinson said.