Parents for Public Schools - SF School Governance Program

Understanding School Site Councils and English Learner Advisory Committees
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  • Lectures 5
  • Contents Video: 1 hour
    Other: 23 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

So, what is school governance and who is the ideal audience for this course?

Well, we’ll talk more in depth about “the what” of the School Governance Program in the first section of this course, but school governance is essentially the formal ways in which people come together to make decisions on behalf of California’s public schools and the students they serve. For the purposes of this course, we will focus on school governance pathways that include – and are often led by – parents.

As for “the who,” we’ve designed this course with California’s public school parents and caregivers in mind. As such, the content will be concise and relevant; key ingredients to ensuring you’ll be able to use what you learn today at your school site immediately.

We hope you enjoy this course as much as we’ve enjoyed designing this experience for you. Really like what you see? Contact Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco to learn about additional modules of the School Governance Program to broaden your understanding of these important topics.

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What are the requirements?

  • No additional materials or software is necessary to successfully complete this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the overarching concepts of school governance structures -- School Site Councils and English Learner Advisory Committees -- within the state of California.
  • Explore the important relationship between parents and the public school system as it relates to academic success and school governance. Parents will also learn specifically about how the School Site Council (SSC) and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) participates in this process.
  • Explore the needs of English Language Learners and how ELAC as well as the R30 Census are important players in ensuring that the needs of English learners are met.
  • Highlight the importance of increasing community involvement. Specifically, participants will learn how to create a community survey to determine a school community’s needs and wants. Also, participants will discuss the importance of community meetings and how to plan them.
  • Explore the budget process and budgeting practices used within school districts. Participants will explore the concept of Weighted Student Formula, funding sources and site-based budget.

What is the target audience?

  • Parents and community members interested in learning about School Governance should take this course.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: School Site Council
20:36

In this module parents will explore the important relationship between parents and the public school system as it relates to academic success and school governance. Parents will also learn specifically about how the School Site Council (SSC) and English Learner Advisory Committee participates in this process.

By the end of this module parent participants will be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between parental involvement in schools and increased student academic outcomes.
  • Summarize the purpose, roles, and responsibilities of school governance bodies.
  • Plan effective school governance elections.
  • Create robust school governance bylaws.
  • Evaluate the 2014–2016 Balanced Score Card.
  • Will nominate themselves for their school’s SSC and ELAC
Section 2: English Learners
21:18

  1. In this module parents will explore the needs of English Language Learners and how ELAC as well as the R30 Census are important players in ensuring that the needs of those learners are met.

    By the end of this module parent participants will be able to:

    • Understand the unique academic needs of English Language Learner Students.
    • Connect the history and implications of the Lau Plan to the conducting of the R30 Census.
    • Analyze R30 Census outcomes to determine English Language Learner reclassification rates on school campuses.
Section 3: School Budgets
12:41

In this module parents will discuss the budget process and budgeting practices used within the SFUSD. Parents will explore the Weighted Student Formula, funding sources and site-based budget.

By the end of this module parent participants will be able to:

  • Express how the concept of Weighted Student Formula is applied to budgeting practices in the San Francisco Unified School District
  • Differentiate between varying funding sources that fall under the categories of restricted and unrestricted funding
  • Apply key tactics when developing a site-based budget
Section 4: Survey and Community Meeting
12:39
  1. In this module parents will discuss the importance of increasing community involvement. Specifically, parents will learn how to create a community survey to determine needs and wants. Also, we will discuss the importance of community meetings and how to plan them.

    By the end of this module parent participants will be able to:

  • Develop a robust and language accessible site-based community survey.
Section 5: Example Balanced Score Card (San Francisco Unified School District)
23 pages

Students will see an example of what one school district's Balanced Score Card (or Single Plan for Student Achievement) looks like.

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Instructor Biography

Parents for Public Schools, San Francisco-based non-profit organization

Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco was founded in 1999. The organization's mission is to support student success by developing effective school-parent partnerships, strong parent relationships, and broad community support for public education. Our vision is that one day, engaged, educated, and connected parent leaders will build quality public schools for all children in San Francisco.

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