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Elements of a Leandro Compliant School

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This post is for those who could not attend the Oct. 21 Women’s Agenda Assembly (WAA) in Statesville. A printed copy of this material was in the folder. It is also provided by Keith Howard of the NC Legal Aid Society. Mary


Elements of a Leandro Compliant School

Instructional Staff

  1. There is a fully certified teacher in every classroom.
  2. Every certified teacher is teaching in his or her field.
  3. Teachers engage in regularly scheduled staff development on effective teaching methodologies and strategies.
  4. There are quality standards for teaching assistants.
  5. Teaching assistants engage in regularly scheduled staff development on effective instructional methodologies and strategies.

Academic Competence

  1. There is an expectation that all students will demonstrate academic competence by making Level 3 or above on end-of-grade or end-of-course exams.
  2. Students who are not demonstrating academic competence (Level 3 or above on ABCs) have a Personal Education Plan (PEP).
  3. Students with special needs have IEPs that address specific goals to help them achieve academic competence.
  4. The school provides tutoring and/or remediation for students not making Level 3.
  5. The school ensures students have access to remedial/ tutoring programs held outside of normal school hours by providing transportation.
  6. The school has a written plan for raising the achievement levels of underachieving students.

School Discipline

  1. Parents and students are provided with written discipline policies at the start of each school year.
  2. The stated goal of the school is to provide discipline in such a manner as to avoid interruption of the student’s education.
  3. Alternative education is provided for every student who is removed from the school setting.
  4. There is an annual review of discipline policies and rules with input from students and parents.

School Leadership

  1. The school principal demonstrates effective leadership, setting goals for staff, providing supervision in working towards the set goals and regular evaluation on progress made towards achieving those goals.
  2. The school leadership adheres to supporting the goals and policies of the school.
  3. The school leadership demonstrates that it supports an education policy grounded in a belief that all children can learn.
  4. The school leadership requires that instructional staff demonstrate high expectations for all students.
  5. The school leadership will take affirmative steps to encourage community involvement in the school.

Community Involvement

  1. Parents are involved in the governance of the school.
  2. There is a formal process for parents to participate in the decision making process at the school.
  3. There is a formal process for parents to address issues of concern or grievances with the school.
  4. There are opportunities for community input into the structure and operation of the school.