School Leadership Team
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What is a School Leadership Team?
School Leadership Teams (SLTs) are school-based organizations composed of an equal number of parents and staff. They meet at least once a month, and determine the structure for school-based planning and shared decision-making.
SLTs must include as mandatory members: the school principal, the PA/PTA president (or designated co-president), the UFT chapter leader, and an equal number of parents and staff.
SLTs’ roles in schools:
The core responsibility of each SLT is to develop the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) that is aligned with the school-based budget. SLTs are strongly encouraged to solicit input from various school community constituencies in order to ensure that all voices are heard regarding the needs of students. Functioning in a collaborative manner, SLTs also help to evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement. SLTs receive support and guidance as needed from their District Leadership Teams.
How do I join my school’s SLT?
Parent members of an SLT are nominated by the school’s PA/PTA every two years.
Under State Education Law, Section 2590, all New York City public schools are required to establish School Leadership Teams. SLTs must comply with the current Chancellor’s Regulation A–655.
Who can attend SLT meetings?
All SLT Meetings are open and non-SLT members are welcome and may participate upon recognition by the Chairperson. The Chairperson will reserve the last 15 minutes of the meeting for observers that submit a written request ahead of time.