Design Principles: Democratic School GovernanceEnsuring better outcomes by hearing every voice

Purposefully designed structures provide for everyone’s voice to be heard in the decision-making process with regard to hiring personnel, managing budgets, determining curriculum and pedagogy, developing students’ activities, and other policies affecting the daily life of students and faculty.

  • There are clear written descriptions of staff roles, responsibilities and expectations in decision making as well as professional development to gain knowledge and skill for leadership.
  • Using the MCNC peer review process, a ‘personnel committee’ assumes the responsibility for mentoring and supporting staff.
  • Teachers are members of instructional teams that design programs, develop curricula and select classroom materials. Issues of teaching and learning are at the center of all discussions and decisions.