Hello! Here’s helpful information about and from the NYC iSchool SLT, which is separate from the PA but has some overlap, as the PA president is an automatic member of the SLT in any school, and there’s a second rep from the PA on the SLT.
What is the SLT?
Another important iSchool body is the School Leadership Team, which is composed of the principal, PA president, teachers union chapter leader, plus elected parents, staff members, and students. The SLT meets 8-9 am on the third Thursday of each month, usually at the iSchool, but currently via Zoom. (The meeting schedule for 2020-21 is here.)
The NYC iSchool School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of representatives of the staff, administration and parent constituency of the school. We meet once a month, and are tasked with:
- Developing the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).
- Assisting in the evaluation of the school’s programs and their effects on student achievement.
- Helping develop school-based goals and policies and ensuring that resources (money, personnel, etc) are aligned to implement those goals and policies
The goals that were incorporated into the CEP fall under the following categories:
- Rigorous Instruction
- Supportive Environment
- Collaborative Teachers
- Effective School Leadership
- Strong Family-Community Ties
From the SLT chair
Welcome to the information page for the School Leadership Team (SLT) of the NYC iSchool!
As required by the New York City Department of Education (DOE), an SLT is responsible for developing the school’s educational plan, matching budget to needs, and building a sense of community. The iSchool SLT is also explicitly devoted to combating social inequality and developing the iSchool’s creative and progressive pedagogical and curricular approaches. The SLT normally meets monthly, as per DOE guidelines, but, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have met weekly or bi-weekly, as we have collaborated with students, faculty, staff, and parents about the challenges of abruptly transitioning to remote learning, addressing digital divides, minimizing emotional and academic stress, and preparing for the future.
While the role of the SLT is primarily as a deliberative body, we make decisions that impact a variety of areas, including admissions, recruitment, resource allocation, curriculum, pedagogy, and professional development. We begin each meeting by hearing from student representatives about their and their peers’ concerns, often interfacing with student groups like the Gender & Sexuality Alliance and the Black Student Union, before hearing from faculty and parents. We occasionally share readings with the team, which we would be happy to make available on the school website, along with our meeting agendas and minutes.
The DOE requires that parents make up half an SLT, but the iSchool has added more student and faculty slots in recent years to provide balance. Elections for parent members are held at the last and first meetings of each academic year—i.e. in June and September—and a spot is always reserved for the election of a parent of a first-year student. The application and selection process for student members happens at the start of the school year and Ms. Bailey can provide students more information about that. We encourage anyone who is interested in participating more fully in the SLT to run for election. If you would like to just sit in, though, SLT meetings fall under New York State’s Open Meetings Law and are open to anyone who wishes to attend. We welcome all who wish to participate.
Please let me know if you have any questions, as I am happy to provide additional information about any of our work.
Robert Cowan, Chair
School Leadership Team, NYC iSchool
SLT Members 2020-21
Isora Bailey, principal
Katy Barber, UFT chapter leader
Robert Cowan (chair)
Lambeth Hochwald (PA president)
Sue Jaye Johnson
Holly Epstein Ojalvo
SLT Subcommittees 2020-21
The SLT currently has four subcommittees:
Visible Work: posting agendas, minutes, and other info on PA website; revising bylaws
Student Government–trying to solve the issue of making the student gov’t permanent
Health & Wellness–caring for community during the pandemic and beyond
Racial Equity–DEI, Conservative Voices Project, Restorative Justice
Jody Drezner Alperin
SLT Meeting Minutes 2020-21