Stamps. Make the group truly a waste of time by
making them a rubber stamp for administration.
Don't tell anyone of the
meetings, where they are, what time they take place, or
even that you have a committee!! (District
direction to enforce the sunshine laws would help here)
in the foreign educational acronyms and glare when you get
. . . "This is the way we have been doing it
for 9 years" ...or
. . . "Why should we change?".... or
. . . "This is the way we do it here"
. . . "This is the way we did it at
DOE SAC training - MORE Communication
. . ."Great idea, but it won't work."
. . . "I've been a teacher for 10 years and
I know what's best!" (acting superior)
. . . "That's not an appropriate goal for
this school." (judging/criticizing)
. . . "He didn't come to school ready to
. . . "He should have learned
manners at home." (attacking personality)
. . . "Oh, how boring!" (avoiding)
. . . "That's a good idea, but let's go back to
what I was saying." (gatekeeping)
train your members. If they don't know what their
duties and responsibilities are, they will never
outspoken, forceful or domineering members - this could be
parents, community, principal, staff or faculty. The
chair must try to steer discussion away from this
type of meeting behavior.
faculty domination of a meeting or just the faculty part
of SAC making the decisions (more school personal
than parents /community at a meeting - fill a room with
teachers and a few token parents).
domination of the meeting and the decisions.
One way to stop a
good discussion is to tell your SAC that all decisions
will be arrived at by consensus. What that immediately
suggests is that anyone with a contrary opinion should
shut up. We'd never have the Declaration of Independence
and our Constitution in the form they are in if the
Founding Fathers had insisted on consensus. (submitted by:
Don Goodall, Pinellas Co. SAC volunteer.) (Authors
Note: Consensus is the DOE recommended way for SAC
to do business, but Don has a valid point about voting.
Sometimes I have been the only "nay" vote in a
SAC issue and I would never be able to arrive at a
consensus with that issue)
This is an unfortunately common occurrence: When a parent or community member questions an action of SAC or asks that laws be followed regarding SAC, some districts & principals have been known to suggest that they (principals/district) are only really concerned about the students (not all the rules and regulations), thus silently alluding to the fact that the parent doesn't. Intimidation. The law is not difficult to follow and this type of statement shows the lack of training in regards to School Advisory Councils.