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October 26, 2010 > New Haven Unified School Board briefs

New Haven Unified School Board briefs

Submitted By Rick La Plante

The Board of Education accepted a $50,000 donation on October 19 from the Ball Foundation in support of the District's work with Instructional Leadership Teams (ILTs) at each school. The Ball Foundation, founded in 1975 by the late seed company owner G. Carl Ball, has adopted New Haven as one of a handful of districts across the country where it supports the development of high-performing schools.

Intent on transforming teaching and learning through a District-wide instructional focus, and committed to involving teachers in the leadership process, the District empowered each of its schools to create an ILT, a team of six to 12 teachers, including representatives from each grade level and/or department. The ILTs meet twice monthly to make decisions about the school's instructional program by analyzing student performance data (including student work samples) and teacher practice data. The ILTs also lead and monitor the implementation of a sound instructional focus inclusive of professional development and targeted student interventions. All ILTs are linked by the District's instructional focus on literacy; however, each ILT has the flexibility to create a narrower focus and approach the work in its own unique way.

Also, the Board received presentations from two law firms - Best, Best and Krieger, and Fagen, Friedman and Fulfrost - and selected Fagen, Friedman and Fulfrost to serve as the District's primary law firm.

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