Standard 2 - Governance and Leadership
The school operates under governance and leadership that promote and support student performance and school effectiveness.
The governing body establishes policies and support practices that ensure effective administration of the school.
OUR INTERPRETATION: School By-laws & Rules/Regulations (School handbook)
Level3: Policies and practices support the school's purpose and direction and the effective operation of the school. Policies and practices promote effective instruction and assessment that produce equitable and challenging learning experiences for all students. There are policies and practices regarding professional growth of all staff. Policies and practices provide requirements, direction for, and oversight of fiscal management.
Email archives to stakeholders about policy changes (accreditation process, grading etc)
Governing body policies
- By Laws
The governing body operates responsibly and functions effectively.
OUR INTERPRETATION: School By-laws, segregation of duty
Level3: The governing body has a process to ensure that its decisions and actions are in accordance with defined roles and responsibilities, a code of ethics, and free of conflict of interest. Governing body members participate in a systematic, formal professional development process regarding the roles and responsibilities of the governing body and its individual members. The governing body complies with all policies, procedures, laws, and regulations and functions as a cohesive unit.
Email archives about program regulations
Email archives about various trainings for governing body (example accreditation awareness meeting)
The governing body ensures that the school leadership has the autonomy to meet goals for achievement and instruction and to manage day-to-day operations effectively.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Segregation of Duty, managing the day-to-day operations to provide all the required material
Level3: The governing body protects, supports, and respects the autonomy of school leadership to accomplish goals for improvement in student learning and instruction and to manage day-to-day operations of the school. The governing body maintains a distinction between its roles and responsibilities and those of school leadership.
Day to day operation checklist
Agendas and minutes of meetings - Sample meeting minutes
Stakeholder input and feedback
- Parent teacher conferences signup sheets, email archives and
- ATA syllabus feedback meeting minutes
Leadership and staff foster a culture consistent with the school’s purpose and direction.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Monthly Meetings
Level3: Leaders and staff align their decisions and actions toward continuous improvement to achieve the school's purpose. They expect all students to be held to high standards in all courses of study. All leaders and staff are collectively accountable for student learning. School leaders support innovation, collaboration, shared leadership, and professional growth. The culture is characterized by collaboration and a sense of community.
Examples of collaboration and shared leadership
Collaborate with ATA on curriculum development
Tamil association magazine
Examples of decisions aligned with the school's statement of purpose<
Learning Management System (OpenSIS) deployment
Examples of decision in support of school's continuous improvement plan
Tamil community's North American convention (FETNA 2014)
Leadership engages stakeholders effectively in support of the school’s purpose and direction.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Monthly School Board Meetings and All hands Teacher Meetings. End of semester Parent/Teacher/Student conferences
Weekly communication templates to parents
School's communication plan
Accreditation awareness meetings minutes
Involvement of stakeholder
- Accreditation compliance team
- Web/Facebook/OpenSIS admin team
-Parent as teacher volunteers
Survey results providing positive feedback on stakeholder engagement.
Leadership and staff supervision and evaluation processes result in improved professional practice and student success.
OUR INTERPRETATION: Weekly communication and progress report
ATA SURWEP teacher training
OpenSIS reports (missing attendance reports and grade/progress reports)