|Policies and Procedures Handbook||
Last Updated: 8/1/98
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
School Improvement Team Training
The Garrett County Public Schools recognizes that a student's education is the joint responsibility of the school, familly, and the community. The Board encourages and invites parents to particapate in the education of their students through involvement in school decision making, including governance and committee work. The Board also encourages and invites community participation in the educational system through involvement in educational planning and decision making. One attempt to achieve these ideals has been the formatin of locally-based School Improvement Teams whose membership may include parents, community residents, teachers, other school staff, and administrators. As with any team, all members of the School Improvement Team must understand the purpose of the team, the rules of operation, and the parameters of decision making and governance. Additionally, Team members need basic information regarding legal and systemic mandates, current issues and research in education, and other broad-ranging topics.
To affirm the Board's commitment to the development of effective School Improvement Teams by providing a training program for all members of the Team.
The elements of the training may include, but shall not be limited to, the following topics: An overview of the Maryland School Performance Program including its goals, objectives, components, and methodology; the philosophy and rationale of site-based management; the degree and parameters of the Team's authority; the concept and elements of a school improvement plan; the timelines/deadlines for testing, reporting, budget preperation, etc.; the basic skills in interpreting data; the availability of data; trands and contemporary issues in education; skills in setting measurable goals, goal alternatives, measuring and evaluating goal achievement, and identifying obstacles to goal attainment; skills to effectively communicate with all elements of the school community and to effectively invovle all elements of the school community; information involving contemporary topics; and time for sharing success stories.
There shall be two training sessions per year. One shall occur in the early Fall while the other shall occur in the early Spring.
The training schedule, plan, organization, and implementation shall be the shared responsibility of the county's Maryland School Performance Coordinator and the Supervisor of Staff Development.
Each training session shall be evaluated by the participants so that input/suggestions for future training can be accommodated.
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