School-Based Decision Making Councils

  • The SBDM office oversees the process of School-Based Decision Making by working with the school councils to ensure educational and legal compliance. The councils are made up of teachers, parents, and an administrator. It is our office's responsibility to assist them as they work to ensure the highest possible achievement for all students.

    School councils

    The SBDM council is the governing body for a school that determines curriculum, staffing, discipline, scheduling, instructional practices, extra-curricular activities, and other matters pertinent to the operation of the school. School councils promote shared leadership among those who are closest to the students: parents, teachers, and administrators of the local schools. The council must set school policy to provide an environment to enhance student achievement and help the school reach its accountability goals. To meet this responsibility, councils should:  

    • Collect, interpret and analyze information;
    • Set priorities, goals and targets;
    • Establish committees, review committee reports and consider their recommendations;
    • Evaluate achievement;
    • Work as a team;
    • Hold regularly scheduled meetings;
    • Conduct meetings in a democratic manner;
    • Get the required SBDM training;
    • Make student-based decisions;
    • Monitor policy and program implementation.

    Training:

    Portal: Membership and training tracker

    Super Council

    The Super Council meetings are now folded into our Family University events as ongoing professional learning breakouts. This change allows more families and stakeholders the opportunity to better engage in understanding school governance in a more inclusive learning environment and at times when it is more convenient for families and community partners. 


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