Wednesday, October 22, 2014
If I am reading this excerpt from Oct. 24th Principals'Weekly correctly,the 2014-2015 Template is only now being released.The problem is that the 2014-2014 CEP is suppose to be in place since September.Apparently, a Goals and Budget alignment form was suppose to be submitted last June. The SLT should now be preparing the 2015-2016 CEP.This is just another example of how the DOE undermines and confuses the CEP process and makes the duties of the SLT difficult. Also, notice how the school's Network has an CEP liaison person, who is not an SLT member but probably has more influence. "To prepare for the upcoming release of School/Comprehensive Educational Plan (S/CEP) templates for the 2014-15 school year, you should begin working with your School Leadership Team (SLT) to complete the following steps: § Review the NYCDOE’s Capacity Framework to begin thinking about how to align your school’s goals to NYCDOE priorities and address the six elements of the framework. § Revisit the Initial Goals and Budget Alignment Form that your school submitted in June as part of your comprehensive educational planning. You can access this form by signing into the iPlan Portal. § Review this guidance memo for more information about next steps to support your SLT in continuous improvement planning." For questions, contact network accountability/CEP liaison
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
As part of your School/Comprehensive Educational Plan (S/CEP) for improving your school for the 2014–15 school year, you should develop preliminary goals aligned to your FY15 budget allocations using the following steps: Download the S/CEP Initial Goal and Budget Alignment Form (IGBAF) from the iPlan Portal beginning June 11. Discuss the preliminary S/CEP goals, programs, and related budget allocations for the 2014–15 school year with your School Leadership Team (SLT). Retain any related meeting minutes, agendas, and sign-in sheets. Upload the complete S/CEP IGBAF to the iPlan Portal by July 7. Upload a revised IGBAF based on your network leader’s feedback to the iPlan Portal by July 30; your network leader will upload feedback to the iPlan Portal by July 25. If your school has been identified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a school “In Good Standing,” you must develop three to five goals for your CEP. If your school was identified by NYSED as a “Priority” or “Focus” school, you must develop five goals, one for each school-level tenet of the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) for your SCEP. Note that NYCDOE will share a revised S/CEP template for 2014–15 in early summer that you may use to complete and submit your plan in the fall. You can find a copy of your most recent S/CEP on the iPlan Portal if you need to use it as a reference. For questions about your S/CEP, contact your network S/CEP point.
Friday, April 25, 2014
School leadership Teams should now be in the process of planning to align the budget for 2014-2015 with the CEP. Goals and action plans for the 2014-2015 CEP should have been finalized by this point. Team members should receive a copy of the budget when it is released and meet to assure it is aligned with the CEP. In addition,team recommendations that were approved when advising the principal regarding budget spending should be incorporated. If your team has been a sham this year and members have not been included in shared decision making by consensus,you should not sign the CEP and attach your reasons to the document. In addition, you should indicate the problems in the end of year survey. In addition, make sure elections are conducted for parent and teacher members whose terms are expiring. If the SLT Chairperson is up for selection, have the new team choose a member by consensus in September. The Chairperson plays a key role and should not be the principal or a member of administration. Also, make sure your by-laws are updated and in place. Finally, if your team will not have the 2014-2015 CEP in place by September, make sure there is better planning next year.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Complete Your CEP or SCEP All schools / Deadline: December 6 You are required by the State to complete your annual Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) or School Comprehensive Educational Plan (SCEP) by December 6. You should have received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org on October 30 with login information to access your customized CEP or SCEP template in the iPlan Portal. You should work with your network and School Leadership Team (SLT) to complete your CEP or SCEP, and submit it in the iPlan Portal by December 6. For technical questions about the iPlan Portal, contact CEPemail@example.com. For all other questions regarding your CEP or SCEP, contact your network CEP point, listed on the home The above is from Principal's Weekly, week of Nov. 11th. The 2013-2014 CEP should of been completed last June and put in place in September. The yearly DOE extensions undermines the CEP process, upsetting the entire timetable for a team to complete its mission.The team's objective this year is to write the 2014-2015 CEP and align the budget with it in the spring, so that it is in place for Sept. 2014.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
At the first School Leadership Team meeting in September, the following matters should be addressed. First, the Team should make sure it has an elected Chairperson (not the Principal or AP)and there is a 50% ratio of parents to staff. The PA President counts as a parent and the principal is included as an SLT member. Every Team member should be given a copy of the current CEP and bylaws. The responsibilities of the Team, to create the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) and align the budget with it, should be reviewed for the benefit of new members. Tentative dates for future meetings should be mapped out. There must be one meeting a month for a total of ten. Each meeting should be held after school for a duration of at least two hours. There is no way a functioning Team can complete its mission if it is meeting less than that. There should be a stipend of ten dollars an hour for members,up to a maximum of thirty hours($300). Members' hours can be accumulated for work done on SLT sub-committees. The job of the SLT in the fall and winter,is to create the 2014-2015 CEP. This requires a needs assessment of the school be conducted, goals are developed, and action plans written. Don't let the principal dominate this process by stating the Quality Review will determine the goals. The Quality Review is just one sample of school data. All Team members should be active in the process. The work of the Team must be reported to the staff and parents through the minutes taken of the SLT meetings. If the 2013-2014 CEP has not been completed, members should review it and make sure the current budget is aligned. The Team must have copies of all budget allocations and line item spending, as well as the Organization Sheet, which lists staff expenses and Other Than Personnel Spending (OTPS). Best Wishes, James Calantjis
Thursday, June 6, 2013
This is shameful to instruct principals in June to develop preliminary goals with SLTs that should have been completed collaboratively during the school year. You can not create a CEP from one SLT meeting in June.That is why there are ten meetings during the year. In addition, the budget should be aligned to the CEP goals. It is apparent that principals, with the help of their Learning Networks, are developing the CEPs without the SLTs.They have also allocated for the spending of their new budgets without the input of the SLTs as required. This is just another example of how the DOE has undermined the CEP process and SLT responsibilities.The 2013-2014 CEP should have been developed during the school year through conducting a needs assessment,developing goals and action plans,and aligning the budget with the action plans in May and June. Initial Plan Due for Your 2013-14 School Comprehensive Educational Plan or Comprehensive Educational Plan (Required) All schools / Deadline: June 21 As part of the annual planning process, you should develop preliminary goals and programs aligned to your budget allocations for the 2013-14 School Comprehensive Educational Plan (S/CEP) via the following steps: § Discuss goals, programs, and related budget allocations for the 2013-14 school year with your School Leadership Team (SLT). § Retain any related meeting minutes, agendas, and sign-in sheets. § Complete the Initial Goal and Budget Alignment form in the iPlan Portal and upload it to the iPlan Portal by June 21. If your school has been identified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a school “In Good Standing”, you should develop three to five goals for your CEP. If your school has been identified by NYSED as a “Priority” or “Focus” school, you must develop five goals and address each tenet of the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) for your SCEP. You can find a copy of your most recent S/CEP on the iPlan portal if you need to use it as a reference. You and your SLT will have an opportunity to revise your 2013-14 S/CEP in the fall to ensure that your goals and programs reflect student achievement data from this year, once it is available. For questions about your S/CEP, contact your network CEP point. You may also find it helpful to refer to a new document that explains the budget process for NYC public schools, A Guide to NYC Public Schools’ Budget, as you discuss budget allocations with your SLT. Chancellor Walcott will be discussing the guide with members of the City Council this week. For questions about the guide, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Principals have further reduced the role of the SLT in the development of the CEP by using the one or two day Quality Review by the DOE, as the means for completing the needs assessment of the school and setting the goals of the CEP.While the Quality Review should be one source for consideration, the SLT should establish their own needs assessment and add goals accordingly.