What is a School Leadership Team (SLT)?
The SLT is the decision-making group that works to develop school-based educational policies and ensures that resources are aligned to implement those policies. SLTs play a significant role in creating a structure for school-based decision making and shaping the path to a collaborative school culture. SLTs assist in the evaluation and assessment of a school’s educational programs and their effect on student achievement
Who serves on the SLT?
There are three mandatory members of the SLT: the school’s Principal, the Parent Association President, and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Chapter Leader, or their designees. In addition to the mandatory members, SLTs must have an equal number of parents and staff from the school.
What are the responsibilities of the SLT?
The SLT is responsible for developing an annual school Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) that is aligned with the school-based budget for the ensuing school year. The school-based budget provides the fiscal parameters within which the SLT will develop the goals and objectives to meet the needs of students and the school’s educational program. The principal, who is responsible for developing the school-based budget, shall consult with the SLT during this development process so that the budget will be aligned with the CEP. The principal makes the final determination concerning the school-based budget. Service on the SLT affords parents the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with various members of the school staff on a regular basis.
All members of the SLT serve a two-year term. Parents, guardians, and persons in parental relation who have a child attending The Cinema School are eligible to serve as a parent member on the School Leadership Team. However, parents who are an employee of the school their child attends may not serve on the SLT as a parent member of the school.
School Leadership (SLT)
The School Leadership Team is comprised of elected parents, the Principal, the Vice Principal, and several teachers. It meets monthly to discuss curriculum and budgeting issues. It’s the decision-making, policy body of the school and has responsibility for the Comprehensive Educational Plan, required of all schools by the Chancellor of Education. Examples of issues discussed last year at SLT are the pros and cons of accelerated classes in the upper grades and the criteria for selection, homework inequity within grades, lack of homework completion and ways to address it, homework and testing stress, and the availability of help for underperforming students in various subject matters.
Next Meeting: SLT meeting will take place on February 7, 2017, 5 pm