April 27, 2005
At our middle school we have a Leadership Team, which is composed of department chairs and works closely with our administrators on curriculum issues such as struggling readers. This year, the Leadership Team planned our staff development and worked with all teachers to see that effective reading strategies were being incorporated into lessons. Another group, the Middle School Council, is made up of team leaders who work on our safe and supportive environment. Our year-long focus has been on effective communication with parents and increased parental involvement, so our Middle School Council played a major role in deciding what activities could help our staff improve in that arena. Both groups meet once a week during a released class period and we meet together once a month.