CSC History / Background

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CSC represents what is the next step for site-based leadership within our schools.  CSC began to be implemented in the Denver Public Schools (DPS) in 2003-2004.

Collaborative decision-making (CDM) was part of Denver Public Schools for ten years.  The process of CDM was outlined in the contractual agreement between the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) and the school district.  The Board of Education and the DCTA jointly formed the CDM Commission.

The CDM process was carefully reviewed, with the end goal to take what was the best of CDM as well as insights and form a new vision for site-based leadership.   This led to the creation of the CSC which is defined in Board Policy BDFH.

The work of CDM is now divided into three separate areas.

  • The Collaborative School Committee
  • The Professional Standards Committee
  • The Personnel Committee

CSC Make-up and Selection Process

The CSC is an elected school-based advisory board at Steele Elementary School.  Members of the CSC serve a 2-year term and include the principal, 4 Teachers, 4 Parents, 1 classified employee, and a Business/Community Representative.

  • The principal of the school;
  • Four (4) teachers, elected by majority vote of the faculty in the school
  • Four (4) parents or guardians of a student enrolled in the school, elected by majority of voting parents with children in the school;
  • One (1) classified employee, elected by majority vote of the classified employees in the school
  • One (1) business/employer or community representative from the local community nominated by a member of the CSC and approved by the other members of the CSC;

Elections for Parent and Teacher positions are held each year with two positions in each group being elected.  This ensures that there will be at least two members from these groups with a previous years’ experience to ensure continuity on the committee.