• What is EIC? 
    eic EIC is acronym for Educational Improvement Council, which is the Denton ISD district site-based decision making committee consisting of representatives from across the district including a teacher from every campus as well as districtwide representatives in addition to parents, community, and business members. The purpose of the EIC is to advise the Board in establishing and reviewing the District’s educational goals, objectives, and major districtwide classroom instructional programs. And that’s what we’ve done with “Project EIC”.
     
    What is the purpose of EIC?
    The EIC advises the Board or its designee in establishing and reviewing the District’s educational goals, objectives, and major Districtwide classroom instructional programs identified by the Board or its designee.  The council shall serve exclusively in an advisory role except that the council shall approve staff development of a Districtwide nature.
     
    Who is the chairperson of the EIC?
    Chris Shade, Coordinator of District Improvement and Innovation
     
    What is the role of the chairperson?
    The chairperson of the council set the agenda, and schedules at least two meetings per year (and additional meetings may be held at the call of the chairperson).

    What rules and laws govern the EIC?

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    Who all serves on the EIC?
    District-level composition BQA (Local)
    The committee shall include representative professional staff, parents of students enrolled in the District, business representatives, and community members. Education Code 11.251(b), .253(a).
     

    District-level composition BQA (Local)
    The council shall be composed of members who shall represent campus-based professional staff, District-level professional staff, parents, businesses, and the community.  For purposes of this policy, District-level professional staff shall be defined as professionals who have responsibilities at more than one campus, including, but not limited to, central office staff.

     
    Professional staff BQA (Legal)
    At least two-thirds of the elected professional staff representatives must be classroom teachers. If practicable, the committee shall include at least one professional staff representative with the primary responsibility for educating students with disabilities. The remaining staff representatives shall include both campus- and District-level professional staff members. Education Code 11.251(e)
     
    Professional Staff BQA (Local)

    Classroom Teachers
    Classroom teacher representatives shall be nominated and elected by classroom teachers assigned to each campus and shall comprise at least two-thirds of the total professional staff representation on the council.

    Campus-based nonteaching professionals
    At least one campus-based nonteaching professional representative shall be nominated and elected by all staff.

    District-level professionals 
    At least one District-level professional staff member, other than the Superintendent, shall be nominated and elected by the District-level professional staff.
     
    Parents
    The council shall include at least two parents of students currently enrolled in the District, selected in accordance with administrative procedures. 

    Parents BQA (Legal)
    Board policy shall provide procedures for the selection of parents to the District-level committee.

    For purposes of establishing the composition of the committee:
  • A person who stands in parental relation to a student is considered a parent.
  • A parent who is an employee of the District is not considered a parent representative on the committee.
  • A parent is not considered a representative of community members on the committee.
  • Education Code 11.251(c), (e)
     
    Business and community BQA (Legal)
    The committee must include business representatives without regard to whether a representative resides in the District or whether the business the person represents is located in the District. Community members must reside in the District and must be at least 18 years of age. Education Code 11.251(b), (c), (e)

    Community members
    The council shall include at least two community members selected by a process that provides for adequate representation of the community’s diversity, in accordance with administrative procedures.  The Superintendent shall use several methods of communication to ensure that community residents are informed of the council and are provided the opportunity to participate and shall so-licit volunteers.  Community representatives must reside in the District.

    Business representatives
    The council shall include at least two business representatives selected by a process that provides for adequate representation of the community’s diversity, in accordance with administrative procedures.  The Superintendent shall use several methods of communication to ensure that area businesses are informed of the council and are provided the opportunity to participate and shall solicit volunteers.  Business representatives need not reside in nor operate businesses in the District.

    Chairperson
    The Superintendent shall be the Board’s designee and shall name the chairperson of the council from among the council’s members.

    Elections BQA (Local)
    The consent of each nominee shall be obtained before the person’s name may appear on the ballot.  Election of the council shall be held in the fall of each school year at a time determined by the Board or its designee.  Nominations and elections shall be conducted in accordance with this policy and administrative regulations. 
     
    Terms BQA (Local)
    Representatives shall serve staggered two-year terms and shall be limited to one term on the council. 
     
    What takes place in EIC meetings?
    Meetings BQA (Legal)
    The District-level committee shall hold at least one public meeting per year.  The required meeting shall be held after receipt of the annual District performance report from TEA for the purpose of discussing the performance of the District and the District performance objectives. Education Code 11.252(e)
     
    Meetings BQA (Local)
    The chairperson of the council shall set its agenda and shall schedule at least two meetings per year; additional meetings may be held at the call of the chairperson.
     
    Consultation BQA (Legal)
    The Superintendent shall regularly consult the District-level commit-tee in the planning, operation, supervision, and evaluation of the District educational program. Education Code 11.252(f)
     
    Communications BQA (Local)
    The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the council obtains broad-based community, parent, and staff input and provides information to those persons on a systematic basis.  Methods of communication may include, but are not limited to:
    • Articles regarding the work of the council in District and campus publications or on the District’s website.
    • News releases to the local media regarding the work of the council.
    • Periodic reports on the work of the council that may be posted on campus bulletin boards.
    What are the responsibilities of the EIC?
    Responsibilities BQA (Legal)
    In compliance with Education Code 11.251, the District Educational Improvement Council shall advise the Board or its designee in establishing and reviewing the District’s educational goals, objectives, and major Districtwide classroom instructional programs identified by the Board or its designee.  The council shall serve exclusively in an advisory role except that the council shall approve staff development of a Districtwide nature.

    District Improvement Plan BQ (Legal)

    District Improvement Plan BQA (Legal)
    The District-level committee shall assist the Superintendent with the annual development, evaluation, and revision of the District improvement plan.  Education Code 11.252(a) [See BQ]

    Survey
    The District shall use the results from the teaching and learning survey required by Education Code 7.064(a), conducted biennially, to review and revise, as appropriate, the District-level improvement plan, and for other purposes, as appropriate to enhance the District learning environment.  Education Code 7.064(e)

    Evaluation BQ (Legal)
    At least every two years, a district shall evaluate the effectiveness of the district’s decision-making and planning policies, procedures, and staff development activities related to district- and campus-level decision making and planning to ensure that they are effectively structured to positively impact student performance. Education Code 11.252(d)

    Staff development BQA (Legal)
    The campus-level committee must approve the portions of the campus plan addressing campus staff development needs.  Education Code 11.253(e)

    Dropout prevention BQA (Legal)
    The District-level committee of a district with a junior high, middle, or high school campus shall analyze information related to dropout prevention.

    Parental involvement plan BQ (Local)
    The Board shall ensure that the District and campus improvement plans, as applicable, address all elements required by federal law for receipt of Title I, Part A funds, including elements pertaining to parental involvement.  The District-level and campus-level commit-tees shall involve parents in the development of such plans and in the process for campus review and improvement of student academic achievement and campus performance.