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    Function of BLT

    The primary functions of the JSIS-BLT are to promote and facilitate the collaborative decision making process which affects academic achievement. All decisions will be made in accordance with the Decision Making Matrix. The JSIS-BLT serves as one of the governing bodies of JSIS, with responsibilities for leadership, advocacy, financial stewardship, and strategic planning to assure the highest standards of educational excellence and an inclusive, supportive school community. 

    Objectives of the BLT

    The BLT is to oversee the facilitation and development of:

    • The Continuous Improvement Plan (CSIP). This also includes the school’s efforts to ensure equity in discipline, learning and opportunity for all students.
    • Developing a school wide professional development plan that supports the CSIP.
    • The school’s budget.
    • Creation and yearly review of the Decision Making Matrix (DMM)

    In considering matters brought before the JSIS-BLT, the members shall have as their primary focus the best interests of the JSIS students. District policies, collective bargaining and other agreements to which JSIS or the District may be a party will be recognized and observed when formulating plans for JSIS.

    Building-wide norms

    • Maintain focus on what is best for students
    • Stay engaged, exhibit active listening
    • Speak your truth
      • Multiple perspectives
      • Constructive communication
      • Collaborative atmosphere
      • Assume positive intent
    • Experience discomfort
      • Seek first to understand
      • Evaluate ideas not individuals
    • Accept/Expect non-closure
    • Timeliness
    • Intent vs Impact


    Date: October 27, 2020

    Time: 3:10-4:00pm

    Members Present: Sarah Jones, Leslie Ramirez, Kayoko Kasai, Kathleen Gillespie, Maria Matamala, Chika Imanishi, Adriana G., Vivienne Maritz

    Rotating Notetaker: Kathleen Gillespie

    1. Agenda Item: Introductions
    2. Agenda Item: CSIP

      Allocated Time: 20 min

      Facilitator: Sarah


      Revised CSIP and Addendum revised by district and approved by BLT

    3. Agenda Item: Surveys (families, students, staff)
    4. Allocated Time: 45 min

      Facilitator: Sarah


      1. Student Survey Results = 202 students 
        • Administered by Mr Michael (school counselor)
        • 4 categories of questions
          • Reviewed questions and student survey results
      2. Family survey = 149 responses so far
      3. Staff responses = 18 responses so far


    Action Steps:

    • Will remind JSIS staff to complete survey if they haven’t already done so
    • All survey results will be shared w JSIS staff & community

    Next BLT Meeting: December 2, 2020  3:10 pm