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Standard 2: Governance and Leadership

Standard 2: The school operates under governance and leadership that promote and support student performance and school effectiveness.

2.1 The School Leadership Team establishes policies and support practices that ensure effective administration of school. This is accomplished through the school's policies and procedures. To ensure that all involved parties are informed, the school's handbook is discussed in depth at the first faculty and staff meeting. Also, the district provides a Code of Conduct booklet for each student. During the first week of school this book is discussed and a copy given to each student to take home to parents. Also, students and parents have to sign a form stating they have received the booklet.

2.2 The school leadership team meets regularly; however, administrators and the reading coach meet weekly to discuss issues that need immediate attention such as schedule changes, professional development needs, and behavioral challenges. Based on the outcome of these meetings, various trainings and modifications are established regarding staff responsibilities as it applies to all policies, procedures, laws and regulations.

2.3 The administration communicates regularly with district personnel to stay abreast of their roles and responsibilities to manage day-to-day operations. On a monthly basis, meetings are held at the district to inform school leaders of ways to be an effective performing school. Also, new laws, data and collaboration between school and district leadership are focused so that all schools accomplish goals for achievement and instruction.

2.4 Our culture is in alignment with our school's purpose and direction. Evidence of this is shown through communications to our staff and parents as well as surveys taken by these stakeholders. A parent liaison communicates with parents as well. The school's Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and School Advisory Council (SAC) meet regularly to collaborate for the best interests of the school and its improvement plan. The agenda from these meetings show the collaboration process. Lastly, grade group meeting agendas, school calendars and newsletters sent to parents and guardians are further evidence of how our school's culture supports the improvement plan.

2.5 The school leadership team works cooperatively and collaboratively with students, parents, and the community. The leadership team monitors and evaluates personnel to make sure they are qualified to support the school and its goals. There are different types of documentation to validate this effectiveness. It includes informal and formal observations of teachers which are devised by the state legislature and the Board of Education. Also, communications to stakeholders are evidenced through newsletters, fliers, Parent Link, emails and the school's marquee.

2.6 Staff supervision and evaluation processes result in improved professional practices and student success at Stewart Street Elementary through meetings of our school leadership team which consists of grade group chairpersons, administration, and auxiliary staff. The meetings include discussions of grade level and individual student data and grade level and school activities. These meetings also allow opportunities to measure individual student and teacher success as well as school wide progress.

The effectiveness of teachers is measured by their yearly evaluation observations and daily walk-thurs by administration. Teachers' individual professional development plans give administration an opportunity to see what staff members feel they need to focus on and how well they met their personal and classroom goals. These plans allow administration to plan for staff development as a group or individually.