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Tacoma schools want your suggestions on innovation

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Feb. 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm with No Comments »
February 21, 2013 5:54 pm

Tacoma Public Schools has launched an online application site seeking your ideas for innovation that can improve academic achievement.

The state designated Tacoma as Washington’s first district-wide innovative school zone.

In October, the School Board adopted the state’s first school district innovation policy aimed at encouraging and supporting innovative learning options for students. This application will make it possible for any community or staff member to suggest changes aimed at promoting innovation.

Not all innovations may be appropriate for Tacoma Public Schools, and the policy sets up a process to ensure that ideas are critically reviewed.

“We’re smart enough to admit that effective ideas can come from many different sources and people,” Superintendent Carla Santorno said in a news release. “With this new outreach effort, we expect to receive far more good ideas than we could ever hope to adopt. We have limitations in financial resources and staff resources that will restrict our ability to launch a host of new initiatives. But our process will at least allow us to explore and evaluate what is possible for the ultimate goal of improving the academic achievement of students.”

Applicants will be asked to fill out an online form which outlines their innovative idea. You can find it here.

To learn more, call 253-571-1036 or click here.

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