To ensure that families and school staff participate in the decision-making processes at public schools, the Department of Education requires every public school to elect a School Leadership Team (SLT). A consensus committee composed of an equal number of parents and staff, the SLT works throughout the school year to help the school administration develop sound educational policies that reflect the needs and interests of school members.
The main SLT function is to review the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). The CEP is a document submitted annually to provide a needs-assessment of the school as well as objectives designed to address the identified needs. The SLT also reviews the school’s budget to ensure it is aligned with the CEP objectives. At PS8, the SLT also conducts surveys and listening tours to hear from parents and gauge what is working well and what needs improvement.
The SLT meets twice a month at a regularly-scheduled time (set at the beginning of the school year). All SLT meetings are open to the public, and families are encourage to attend. The meeting schedule is listed on the school calendar. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current SLT Initiatives
- Homework – The SLT consulted with school administration, teachers, and parents to revise PS8’s homework policy for the 2018-2019 school year. The new homework policy is research-based, developmentally appropriate, meaningful, and consistent across grade brands.
- Equity and Diversity – The SLT is working to support students, teachers, and families in embracing and celebrating the diversity of our community and ensure that all members of our community feel welcome and safe.
- Wellness – The SLT is expanding health education programming and exploring other wellness initiatives for both our lower and middle school campuses, building on work begun by our Garden Committee. We won the Kathleen Grimm School Wellness Council of the year for 2017-18!
- Technology – The SLT is exploring ways to enhance learning through the use of technology.
SLT Meeting Minutes
2017-2018 School Year