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PS 192 - Representatives

PA - Parent Representatives

Hilduara Abreu, Principal

Angela Vasquez, PA President

Miriam Familia-Roa, UFT Chapter Leader

Alberta Aguirre, Parent

Emily Allison, 2nd Grade Teacher

Yakira Bonilla, Parent

Kelly MacDonald, 3rd Grade Teacher

Solange Herrera, Parent

Willy Theodore, PreK Teacher

Luisa Vanderhorst, Parent

School Leadership Teams (SLTs) play a crucial role in New York City's elementary schools, embodying the spirit of collaborative leadership and community engagement fundamental to the educational ethos of the city. In schools like Jacob H. Schiff - PS 192, the SLT is not just a formal requirement; it is a vital organ of the school's body, ensuring that all voices are heard and that the school's direction aligns with its community's needs.

The importance of SLTs and their meetings in NYC elementary schools can be understood through several key aspects:

  1. Shared Decision-Making: SLTs are a shining example of shared decision-making in education. By bringing together parents, teachers, and the principal, SLTs ensure that decisions reflect a broad spectrum of perspectives, crucial for creating an inclusive and effective educational environment.

  2. Developing the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP): A primary responsibility of the SLT is to develop the Comprehensive Educational Plan, a strategic plan that sets out the school’s educational goals and plans for achieving them. This process ensures that the school's objectives are not just top-down directives but are informed by the insights and experiences of the entire school community.

  3. Strengthening Community Ties: SLTs foster a strong sense of community. By involving parents and other community members, they help bridge the gap between the school and its surrounding community, leading to a more supportive and engaged educational environment.

  4. Enhancing Communication: Regular SLT meetings provide a forum for open communication among all stakeholders. This transparency is essential for building trust and ensuring that everyone is on the same page regarding school policies and initiatives.

  5. Empowering Stakeholders: By giving teachers, parents, and students a voice in the decision-making process, SLTs empower these stakeholders. This empowerment not only enhances the sense of ownership and responsibility towards the school but also encourages a more active and engaged school community.

  6. Adapting to Local Needs: Each school in New York City, like PS 192, has its unique challenges and strengths. SLTs play a critical role in identifying and addressing these specific needs, ensuring that the school's strategies are tailored to its particular context.

  7. Professional Development: SLT meetings often serve as platforms for discussing and planning professional development for teachers. By aligning professional development with the school’s goals, SLTs ensure that teachers are well-equipped to meet the evolving educational needs of their students.

  8. Enhancing Student Achievement: Ultimately, the work of the SLT is aimed at enhancing student achievement. By focusing on collaborative goal-setting and strategic planning, SLTs contribute to creating an environment where students can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

In summary, SLTs and their meetings are not just a procedural necessity but a cornerstone of school governance in NYC elementary schools. They embody a collaborative, inclusive approach to education that resonates with the ethos of New York City, ensuring that every decision made is in the best interest of the students, staff, and the wider school