25. Instructional Leadership Team Decisions
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25.1 The Association and the Board desire a continued use of shared-decision making at the building level which empowers teachers to determine what works best to improve teaching and learning.
25.2 To that end, an Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) comprised of building teachers and other school leaders shall continue to guide a school-wide effort supporting the improvement of teaching and learning in every school building. At least one Association representative designated by the SEA president shall be a participating member of the ILT and shall also serve as a resource to the ILT for all questions regarding the application of this Agreement.
25.3 The ILT shall be guided by the Focus on Results document called The Instructional Leadership Team (attached to and made part of this agreement as Appendix U). Any action plan decided upon by the ILT about the improvement process and what works to make good schools better shall be forwarded to the building faculty for discussion and approval. If not approved, the ILT shall undertake further study and planning and such action play may be altered in order to secure the approval of the building faculty.7u
25.4 Any pilot program intended to improve teaching and learning shall be approved by the building faculty through a consensus making process. However, if a waiver of any part of this Agreement is necessary to implement such pilot program, then the Association shall conduct a secret ballot vote of the building membership and a 65% approval is necessary for implementation.
25.5 Evidence that a consensus decision has been implemented in a building regarding teaching and learning improvement shall be retained by the principal for verification purposes and review by the faculty and other interested stakeholders. It is strongly recommended by the Association and Board that a periodic review of any such decisions be made available to the building faculty as a regular responsibility of the ILT.
25.6 Annually, a professional development plan created by the ILT shall be submitted to the building faculty for approval. Such plan may be altered as evidence presents itself which justifies such change, and the ILT may decide to forgo additional approval processes during any given year.
25.7 The Board and the Association have agreed to the following exceptions and District level oversight regarding Instructional Leadership Team Decisions:
A. Any pilot program authorized by the District Curriculum Council shall not be subject to the approval process described above.
Any program required to satisfy state or federal mandates including restructuring pursuant to federal or state No Child Left Behind legislation shall not be subject to the approval process described above unless a contract waiver is involved.
C. All building decisions approved by the processes described above shall not be implemented until the Superintendent or designee has issued a final oversite concurrence.