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What is the purpose of site-based decision making?
The purpose of site-based decisionmaking is to bring all stakeholders that share a vested interest in the improvement of student performance for the district or campus. it was brought about to increase the involvement of shared stakeholders in the process. The stakeholders include the principal, community members (not parents), parents, student, teachers, and central office staff. in Texas the staff must nominate and elect their representatives with 2/3 of the committe must be teachers. The committe is to represent the diversit of the district.
Name 9 areas of involvement for the committee

1. Empowerment at the local level
2. Improvement of student performance
3. Goal setting
4. curriculum
5. Budgeting
6. Staff Development
7. Staff patterns
8. School Organization
9. Campus Improvement Plan
How can the principal help accomplish implementation of a site-based team?
1. Persuade staff
2. Relieve Threats
3. Tackle Important issues
4. Define the limits
5. Watch the Size
6. Understand agreement
7. Secure support from the top
8. Broaden participation
9. Define roles
How does the school benefit from site-based decision teams?
1. Teachers feel that they are a part of the decision making that involves them instead of being on the outside looking in
2. Teachers are able to reach professional and personal maturity because of the understanding tht goes into making decisions that effect the school or campus
3. Morale and overall climate are enhanced due to the feelings that they have a voice
4. Studen learning improves due to the decisions tht they were able to bring to the table
Whate are six areas that the principal should give leadership to in making the instructional role significant?

1. Vision and community inspiration
2. Instructional organization
3. Instructional Climate
4. Staff Development or Professional Development
5. Curriculum Development
6. Program Assement
What are some ways to give leadership under vision?
1. improve collegiality and a sense of purpose
2. demonstfate the vision of purpose and involves community in creating shared values and beliefs
The vision should be shared ideal of the school culture and all stakeholders should be invovled in sharing the vision. The vision should be consistent with the culture of the community
What are some ways to give leadership under Instructional Organization?
1. Needs to ensure consistency and coordination of instructional programs and that the state mandated TEKS are being taught and addressed
2. Ensure content is being taught and extended outside of class
3. Ensure that appropriate and effective scheduling is being utilized to ensure that all students and teachers can reach their potential
What are some ways to involve leadership in Instructional Climate?
1. Make sure that the goals of the school are being translated into practice in the classroom
2. Make sure that monitoring for classroom instruction is being observed.
What are some ways to invovle leadership in Staff Development?
1. Ensure that effective teaching practices or being modeled.
2. Ensure that all pD is ongoing as needed and relevant to the staffs areas of expertise
3. promote reflections, reading research, and discussion groups
What are some ways a principal should give leadership in curriculum development?
1. Work with all stake holders to ensure that the curriculum supports and the schools and states goals
2. Ensure that the staff uses a variety of resources
3. Ensure that curriculyum programs or meaningful and applicable
4. Ensure that all objectives match the standards to be evaluated
5. Ensure vertical and horizontal alignment
What are some ways a principal should give leadership to program assessment?
1. Assess to improve
2. Analyze test data to improvwe
3. Use the staffs observations for improvement
4. Use all resources
5. Include everyone in assessing
6. Use the results of assessment for improvement
What is Curriculum Development?
It is the subject mater taught to the students. Prior to 1980 curriculum had been developed primarily at the local level. Now Texas has a state mandated curriculum of the TEKS or Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. While what to be taught is mandated how to teach it is not. The principal must have a clear vision of curriculum development tools, such as top-down, teacher-to-top, and integrated tools. The principal is in the best position to supervise and direct all aspects of curriculum development, design, alignment, and implementation to improve student performance
What is the first step in identifying and providing soluions when trying to improve the instructionla program?
Have an understanding of where the school is at currently and where it wants to go.
What are six steps to the planning process that the principal and teachers can use to solve instructional program problems, which they msut identify and provide solutions for?
1. Develop a profile of the school
2. Define the instructinoal beliefs and mission
3. Define the curriculum goals that need attention
4. Define the instructional and organization needs of the program
5. Developing an action plan (cip)
6. Implementing of the plan
What are some steps to developing a profile of the school
1. Find community needs, teacher needs, student needs, parent needs and expectations by performing needs assessment, collecting data and analyzing it are integral parts of the continuous improvement process (NEEDS ASSESSMENT)
2. Adjust leadership style to properly manage system
What are some steps in defining the instructional beliefs and mission?
1. Include all stakeholders
2. Define the direction you need and want to go
3. Find motivational keys that will help with the process
4. Benefits for community
What are some ways to define the curriculum goals that need attention?
1. Review test scores and ID seaknesses
2. Failure rates
3. Strive for student self-sufficiency
4. Relevant and accurate content of curriculum
5. High interest material
6. Real world applications
7. Learn ability
8. Feasibility
What are some ways to define the instructional and organization needs of the program?
1. Write out the student needs and how they relate to instructional and organizational needs for fulfillment of student needs. and goals
2. Examine all resources available such as the AEIS report and any other testing reports on hand
What are the steps to developing an action plan (CIP)?
1. Write out a plan to perform and make itrelevant
2. Target short term goals
3. Target Long term goals
4. Include personnel responsible for implementatio
5. Include resources needed for implementation
What steps to implementing the action plan or cip?
1. Make changes in an orderly way
2. Ongoing evaluation
3. Reflection
What are some rules to go by when trying to improve the instructional program?
Each objective should include an action plan, which "operationally defines" the objective by expressing it in terms of specific actions or operations. An action plan can help the superivisor stay organized, coordinate his or her team's activities, and keep projects on schedule. The action plan states specifically what steps or tasks will be accomplished to achieve the objective. it include a schedule with deadlines for significant actions, resources necessary to achieve the objective, and methods to measure the objective. preparing action plans addresses potential problem aras, considers the cross-functional impact of the actions, and ultimately increases productivity.
By state law each campus, the principal along with the assistance of the campus level SBDM committe must develop a CIP that does what?
1. Assesses the academic achievement for each student in the school using the academic excellence indicator system (AEIS)
2. Sets the campus performance objectives based on AEIS, including special needs populations
3. Identifies how the campus goals will be met for each studdent
4. Determines the resources needed to implement the plan
5. Identifies the staff needed to implement the plan
6. Sets timelines for reaching goals
7. Measures the progress toward the performance objectives periodically to ensure that the plan is resulting in academic improvement
How do you ensure that the CIP is going to be effective?
It must mesh with stakeholders' vision for the school, and the mission and believes as well. This plan is revised each year and presented to the board for its adoption and approval
What is school culture?
Culture is the set of values, goals, principles, procedurs, and practices that define what a school is all about. It is a set of meanings shared by a group of people:
List some things that would go under school culture
1. History or artifacts.
2. Shared values--philosophy of school set by priorities of staff
3. Assumptions--unconscious beliefs that staff possesses
4. Expectations and Attitude
5. Terminology
6. Rituals
What is school climate?
Climate is the enduring characteristics that describe the psychological characteristics of a particular school, distinguishes it from other schools and influences the behavior of teachers and students.
List some things that would go under school climate.
1. Clear goals.
2. Good communication
3. equalized power
4. Efficient use of resources
5. cohesiveness
6. moral
7. innovativwe
8. autonomy
9. adaptation
How are culture and climate alike or dislike in a school setting?
Culture and climate are interrelated because if you change the culture, you can change the climate; however changing the climate does not necessarily change the culture. Climate has more to do with the interactions between school staff, student, parents and community. Culture is the belief system of the school while climate relates to human interactions. Climate is often a reflection of the culture.