SBDM Bylaws and
A 3-hour training for experienced
SBDM Council members
What is the difference
between bylaws and policies
• Bylaws: operating • Policies: what the
rules the school school council
council sets to develops and adopts
conduct its work. concerning how the
School Council Guidelines School Guidelines
Enhancing Student Achievement
• Copies of the bylaws cannot be found.
• Hard copies of the bylaws exist, but no
• Bylaws are not reviewed on a regular
• Bylaws are not made available on the
website so everyone can access them.
Putting Bylaws to Use
The school council is going to
develop criteria for selecting a
principal and asks all the
audience members to leave the
What else is in your
What is the most
important idea about
bylaws that I can take
back to share with the
rest of my school
Policy Development Tool
Criteria Action Needed
1. Is this policy aligned 1. Do you know your
with your mission school’s mission and
and belief belief statements?
2. Is this policy related 2. Does this policy
either directly or focus on helping
indirectly to students reach their
improving student full potential?
• Policy Organization Basics
(Table of Contents, dated policies, numbered
• Statutorily Required Policy Areas
(committees, consultation, curriculum, assignment
of students, schedule of the day, staff time, school
space, instructional practices, discipline,
extracurricular, state standards, technology
utilization and program appraisal, wellness, writing,
AP, parent involvement)
• We have:
(copies in one binder, a list of required policies, a list
of best practice policies, all available electronically)
• After reviewing our policies we need to:
(have an external review, create a timeline, review
policies, method of stakeholder input, procedures for
While reviewing my school council
policies, how many monitoring
responsibilities have been assigned
to the principal? Are there some
policy areas that could be assigned
to another individual? How can I
share this information with the rest
of my school council members?
Avoiding Policy Pitfalls
An instructional practice policy calls for all
teachers to submit lesson plans for the
upcoming week every Friday to the principal.
The principal reviews each lesson plan and
What are the pitfalls?
Scavenger Hunt to
A new teacher wants to know
what content her students are
supposed to master.
Which policy area would you look?
Should your policy address this
The most important thing I
learned (or was reminded of)
Things I want to do on what I’ve
thought about today are…..