PCSSD - 5.4 School Improvement Teams

5.4 School Improvement Teams

All teams shall create work plans for the year, which shall include specific work products for the team to produce.  To aid in maintaining the work plan, all teams shall develop an agenda and keep minutes for each meeting.  The school principal shall be responsible for maintaining a file of the agendas, work products, and minutes of all teams.

Leadership Teams

Each school shall have a Leadership Team that consists of members that include:

  1. The Principal;
  2. The chair of each Instructional Team;
  3. The school guidance counselor;
  4. An instructional facilitator; and
  5. Other key professionals designated by the principal.

A team of five (5) to seven (7) members is recommended.  The Leadership Team shall meet for a minimum of one (1) hour at least two (2) times each month during the school year.  Based on school performance data and aggregated classroom observation data, the Leadership Team shall make decisions and recommendations on curriculum, instruction, and professional development; in addition, the Leadership Team shall serve as a conduit of communication to the rest of the faculty and staff.

Instructional Teams

The teachers in each school shall belong to an instructional team.  The instructional teams shall be organized by:

  1. Grade level;
  2. Grade level cluster; and/or
  3. Subject area.

Each Instructional Team shall appoint a chair for the school year who shall conduct the team meetings and shall be part of the school Leadership Team.  Each Instructional Team shall meet for a minimum of forty-five (45) minutes at least two (2) times a month during the school year.  In addition to the regular monthly meetings during the school year, each Instructional Team shall meet for one (1) day prior to the first student contact day.

The purpose of the Instructional Teams is to develop and refine units of instruction and review student learning data.


Legal References:
ADE Rules Governing the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability Program
Arkansas Comprehensive School Improvement Plan Indicator 36
A.C.A. § 6-17-114
AG Opinion 2005-299

Date Adopted: 1/12/16

Manual Adoption: 2/8/00