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2018-09-12 / Front Page

KTSD Innovation Contest deadlines set

Proposals are now being accepted for the Kenmore Town of Tonawanda School District’s first Innovation Contest.

Any member of the district community with an idea for an innovative new program to implement is invited to submit an abstract description no longer than two pages by Oct. 1.

Abstracts should include an overview of a particular proposal and a high-level list of items that will carry cost, such as materials and staffing. Proposals may be sent to innova tion@ktufsd.org.

Submissions may propose any new program or approach to addressing the needs of students as long as it is not specific to an individual school. Examples include an established model, program or framework that is used in other schools and districts that may be introduced in the Ken-Ton schools; a new system for supporting students or enhancing learning; and new challenges and opportunities for students.

Proposals should be in alignment with one of the three goals of Ken-Ton Forward, the district’s new strategic plan. Those goals aim to accomplish the following by 2022-23:

• Instruction for all students — all schools in the district will provide comprehensive academic opportunities that support and extend learning in the critical areas of core instruction, academic intervention and accelerated programming, so that all students may achieve their highest potential.

• Social-emotional health and wellness — the district will provide the necessary staff, support and structures so that 85 percent of students display improvement in social emotional wellness, as compared to baseline measures.

• Technology — the district will embody a culture of innovation by providing all schools increased access to technology-rich resources to enhance every aspect of the district’s learning community.

The purpose of the contest is to generate new ideas on programs and opportunities for students from the district’s stakeholders, which include parents, teachers, staff, students, residents, alumni, business owners and other community members. All of these stakeholders are eligible to participate in the contest.

Entries will be reviewed, and a select number of entrants invited back for the next phase of the contest, which will allow finalists to fully develop their proposals and present their ideas to a panel from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 1.

Ultimately, one proposal will be selected for implementation. Depending on the nature of the proposal, this might consist of a pilot program or smaller-scale implementation to evaluate effectiveness.

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