In 1996, School Leadership Teams were mandated through changes made in NYS school governance laws. These teams require parents to make up 50% of the membership. The remainder consists of teachers and other school staff with automatic representation given to the principal, UFT chapter leader, and the PA president. In addition, 2 students are required for high schools and community members may be selected to serve on SLTs.

    The FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSE of the School Leadership Team is  to determine the schools educational direction in:
    • the overall educational vision
    • goals and priorities
    • strategies that will be used to achieve that vision
    • alignment of resources to accomplish those strategies

    Major responsibilities include:
    1. the developing of the school Comprehensive Educational Plan, including annual goals and objectives and matching (aligning) the budget to meet these educational goals (and staffing plan)
    2. the evaluating and assessing the quality of the schools educational program and its effect on student achievement
    3. looking at student achievement and making informed consensus driven decisions that affect the programs
    4. governing the selection of building administrators in accordance with Chancellors Regulation C-30, the constituent groups of the SLT shall serve as the Level I Screening Committee
    5. hosting a forum in accordance with Chancellors Regulation A-665, at which parents will vote [once every three years] to determine whether the school will mandate student uniforms or opt out of the requirement Elementary schools only
    In order to ensure that all School Leadership Team members have the skills to carry out their responsibilities effectively, all levels of the system have some authority and responsibility for preparing the team members for informed participation. This includes Professional Development on:
    1. Compliance issues and By-laws
    2. Resource Allocations, Funding and Budgets
    3. Communication/Consensus and Parent Outreach, Active Collaboration with Parent Associations, the use of Title I Funds and Parent Involvement Activities
    4. Assessment and Evaluation of current methodologies/Performance Standards
    5. Evaluating and promoting the growth of CBOs and their services within the school community
    6. Monitoring protocol and accountability Processes - i.e. School Report Cards, Assessment Surveys,
    7. CEP Development and Implementation
    The Role of School Leadership Team Members:
    1.  Responsible for participating in the development of the schools CEP and budget in a manner that supports collaboration by:
    • Sharing ideas and concerns
    • Listening to the ideas and concerns of others
    • Working on constructive solutions that meet the needs of all students in the school
    2.  Responsible for attending team meetings on a regular basis and:
    • Sharing the views of their constituencies to inform the team
    • Communicating outcomes of team deliberations to their constituencies
    • Engaging in appropriate conflict resolution processes when necessary
    3.  Responsible as a Team for:
    • Communicating with the entire school community, rather than just with their own constituency group (SLT Bulletin Board)
    • Assessing the teams functioning and effectiveness through an annual assessment process
    The Role of School Leadership Team Chairperson:
    1.  Team Chairperson must establish expectations for all team members in regard to:
    • Regular and consistent attendance *referring to school by-laws
    • Active participation during meetings
    • Attention to interest of all children in the school community
    • Communication with constituencies of each membership including gathering input and feedback, as well as providing information about immediate decisions (SLTs are not exclusive, they are inclusive)
    2.  Team Chairperson should facilitate the teams review of:
    • SLT Current By-Laws
    • School Assessment Procedures
    • School Comprehensive Educational Plan including Mission Statement
    • Curriculum Programs
    • School Safety Plan
    • School Uniform Policy (Elementary Schools)
    3.  The Chairperson is also responsible for:
    • Serving as the liaison to the Regional Coordinator of School Leadership Teams
    • Providing the Region with all SLT related reports and documents
    • Serving as the contact person to the Personnel office in regard to the formation of a Level I C-30 committee (if there is no conflict of interest)
    • Overseeing, along with the teams financial liaison, the remuneration process for all SLT members
    • Maintaining complete records of SLT meetings, including attendance, minutes and agendas for the team and the principal
    • Following up on compliance issues
    • Coordinating sub- and ad hoc committees of the SLT, as well as workshops
    • Ensuring that the SLT is functioning effectively in the spirit of collaboration, cooperation and consensus.