Teachers, students, and parents are involved in meaningful and defined roles in decision-making that promote responsibility and ownership.
What to Look for:
- the principal models accessibility and openness to feedback from students, faculty, staff members, and parents
- the principal offers regular coffee hours, lunch time chats, and other forums to allow the voice of all constituents to be heard
- formal mechanisms are in place to provide decision-making roles for students, teachers, and parents (e.g., faculty councils, steering committees, community councils, school improvement teams)
- surveys, questionnaires, focus groups, and other vehicles are used regularly to collect data/feedback from all constituents which become part of the decision-making process
- parents, students, and staff members serve on committees that advise the principal and make decisions that improve teaching and learning
- when group decisions are made, the faculty as a whole, joins on board to support a decision