Acknowledgements and Thanks

The documents assembled on our website represent a snapshot of our district efforts to channel planning, execution and results into the process of growth. To that end, our work has stemmed from the voices of the children we serve, the parents we partner with and our faculty who tirelessly labors to grow and improve. Our work has been formed and influenced by the impressive achievements of fellow colleagues, school districts and organizations that have set a "trailblazing" approach to improving outcomes for students. Expressly, we would like to thank Hartford Public Schools, New Haven Public Schools, Meriden Public Schools, Bridgeport Public Schools, Farmington Public Schools, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools for the inspiration their plans and documents have provided in our journey. We also thank the Connecticut State Department of Education as well as numerous other state departments, non-profit agencies and political leaders for organizational designs that have guided our current approach. To all of our contributors, both named and unnamed in this brief acknowledgement, we offer our deepest appreciation, gratitude and admiration for helping us identify our pathway forward.

Following Sir Isaac Newton's quote, we improve by "standing on the shoulders of giants."