Committees & Roles

"Life is not a solo act. It's a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us..."
Tim Gunn

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How Is WMEP Working Together to Support Students?

Community members and district staff collaborate together to support students through our:

  • District Curriculum Advisory Committee
  • District Equity Team
  • District Staff Development Team
  • Special Education Parent Advisory Council
  • Title I Parent Advisory Group


District Curriculum Advisory Committee

The District Curriculum Advisory Committee is governed by Minnesota Statute Section 120B.11 Subd. 3. The new 2013 Education Law made some revisions to the District Curriculum Advisory Committee.

Every school district is required to have a District Curriculum Advisory Committee.

The District Curriculum Advisory Committee must have representatives that include teachers, parents, support staff, students, and other community residents. The membership must reflect the diversity of the school district. If possible, parents and community members should comprise at least 2/3 of the advisory committee members.

The legislature has mandated that school districts form District Curriculum Advisory Committees to ensure active community participation in all phases of planning and improving the instruction and curriculum affecting state and district academic standards.

The District Curriculum Advisory Committee will make recommendations to a district administrator regarding student achievement goals, instruction, curriculum and assessment. The district administrator will report these recommendations to the School Board.

The roles of the school board and the District Curriculum Advisory Committee are purely advisory; the school board serves in an overall policy-making role. The superintendent, building administrators and the directors make specific decisions and are charged with implementing those decisions. This is the standard model for Minnesota school districts.

 Team Facilitator: Mary Haney, Principal 

              

District Equity Team

The Equity Team is a District level team of administrators and teacher leaders. The teams charge is to adopt district and school equity goals and select appropriate strategies to achieve them. The team uses data related to student performance in order to understand the district and school needs and transfers this information into goals the district and buildings will be working on. Throughout the year the team will monitor implementation of the school action plans and progress toward achieving the goals. Members of the team address specific issues across grade levels in reading, math or other areas of focus. This team recommends priorities for building teams and PLC leaders and works closely with the staff development team to align professional development practices to support building goals. The District goal is to have all staff assessment literate to increase student achievement by supporting PLCs, increasing skills in data analysis and interpretation, understanding and increasing use of formative assessment and feedback, developing and implementing common summative assessments and align equitable grading structures with equitable access to standards.

Team Facilitator:  Kayci Rush, Social Worker

 

District Staff Development Team

A district is required to reserve an amount equal to at least two percent of the basic revenue under section 126C.10, subdivision 2, for in-service education for programs (section 122A.60) that address the following:

  1. Focus on the school classroom and research-based strategies that improve student learning
  2. Provide opportunities for teachers to practice and improve their instructional skills over time
  3. Provide opportunities for teachers to use student data as part of their daily work to increase student achievement;
  4. Enhance teacher content knowledge and instructional skills, including to accommodate the delivery of digital and blended learning and curriculum and engage students with technology;
  5. Align with state and local academic standards;
  6. Provide opportunities to build professional relationships, foster collaboration among principals and staff who provide instruction, and provide opportunities for teacher-to-teacher mentoring
  7. Align with the plan of the district or site for an alternative teacher professional pay system                         

The School Board must also establish an advisory staff development committee (122A.60) to develop the plan, assist site professional development teams in developing a site plan consistent with the goals of the plan, and evaluate staff development efforts at the site level. The advisory committee must include teaching staff from a variety of grade levels, subject areas and special education, non-teaching staff, parents, and administrators.

Team Facilitator: Ian McLaughlin, Teacher

 

Special Education Parent Advisory Council

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council meets 3 times a year at different locations in the District. For PACs to be most effective in improving special education in the district, there must be true collaboration between the PAC and the school district leadership. The meetings offer families support through the special education process, providing knowledge and guidance.

Team Facilitator: Mary Kelly, Director of Special Education

 

Title I Parent Advisory Group

The Title I Parent Advisory Group is instrumental in the development of the plan for the Title services each spring. As part of a school-parent partnership, they help facilitate the annual meeting for parents of potential participants in the fall and review communications that are sent home to be sure they are understandable.

Team Facilitator:  Mary Pat Cumming, Associate Principal