District-wide Summit for School Advisory Councils

Posted by on October 08, 2012

In 2012-2013 Academic Year all of the District’s Full Autonomy Schools will be forming School Advisory Councils (please follow the link to open the list of schools.) If you are interested in joining the SAC at your school, apply NOW!

Please mark your calendar – November 3, 2012 is the District-wide SAC Summit. We invite all SAC members, as well as parents, students and community interested in serving on a SAC at their school to attend.

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Continental Breakfast/Registration served at 8:00 am
Location: Ben Franklin High School, 550 N. Broad Street

Click here to reserve your seat today.


Overview of School Advisory Councils

School Advisory Councils (or SACs) are part of the overall leadership structure at each school. Providing a forum for open discussion and problem-solving, SACs give all stakeholder groups (administrators, parents, students, staff, and the larger community) a real voice in school-based decision-making and the power to influence all aspects of the work of the school. SACs promote collaboration and understanding and build support for the school’s overall goals as well as individual programs, policies, and initiatives.

School Advisory Councils are comprised of peer-elected representatives from various stakeholder groups at the school, whose main responsibility is to collaborate with the principal on specific matters that affect student achievement and school improvement. Their primary role is to participate in the decision-making process that ensures that the needs of all students are specifically addressed in the school Action Plan and Budget—the two key documents which set the overall education plan for the school.

Recent research suggests that when properly executed, consultative planning contributes to improved school culture and a strong professional learning community. In addition, effective decision-making supports improved classroom practice and student learning.

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