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Official Newsletter of DCSD Principal Advisory Councils - December 2019

Official Newsletter of DCSD Principal Advisory Councils | December 2019

Fall 2019 Cross-Council Meeting 

The DCSD School Innovation Department will host the first of two cross-council meetings on Thursday, December 12th (5:30pm-8:00pm) at the Administrative & Instructional Complex.  The purpose of the cross-council structure is to provide Principal Advisory Councils and Governing Boards with timely updates from District departments and resources to support collaboration and planning. 

Facilitators for the Fall 2019 Cross-Council Meeting

Please designate 1-2 members of your Principal Advisory Council or Governing Board to attend the Fall cross-council meeting.  If you have questions or concerns, contact Marcia Campbell at or 678.676.0718.  Click here to RSVP by Tuesday, December 10th.

Date:  Thursday, December 12, 2019
Time:  5:30pm-8:00pm
Location:  AIC | Auditorium

The Opportunity Myth & Authentic Community Engagement

TNTP is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. Representatives from TNTP's Policy & Advocacy and Community Engagement teams will join us for our Fall 2019 Cross-Council meeting to discuss the organization's latest report, The Opportunity Myth, as well as TNTP's school transformation work in a learning lab of DCSD schools.  Click here to learn more about TNTP and to launch the interactive report. 

Naviance College, Career, & Life Readiness Platform

DeKalb County School District is the first of the major Atlanta-area school systems to select Naviance as its exclusive college, career and life readiness (CCLR) platform.  Naviance is the most widely adopted CCLR platform in the country, with over 13 million students in 14,000 schools across the United States using its technology.   Naviance provides information and resources that enable school counselors, teachers, students, and parents to engage in meaningful conversations about how to assess a student’s options after high school. The platform arms students with the tools to explore, apply to, and enroll in a post-secondary path that is the best fit for the student, based on education and career goals, learning style, and personal preferences regarding where and how they would like to continue their education.

For more information about Naviance and instructions for accessing your account (high schools only), please click here.

School Governance 101 Training

School Governance 101 is a mandatory training for new Principal Advisory Council members.  Training topics include the following: Council bylaws, compliance requirements, ethics, community engagement strategies, school budgeting basics, continuous improvement planning and effective meeting facilitation.  All members must complete training no later than March 5th, 2020.

Option 1:  In-Person Training at AIC.  Click here to register. 

Option 2:  Onsite Training at Your School.  Contact or 678.676.0718.

Option 3:  Self-Paced Online Module.  Click hereto access the self-paced module.   

Dec. 9:  DeKalb Board of Education Meeting | AIC | 2:00pm

Dec. 12:  Fall 2019 Cross-Council Meeting | AIC | 5:30pm-8:00pm

Dec. 13:  Deadline to address corrective actions listed in mid-year PAC compliance audits.  Websites will be re-checked the week of December 16th.

Dec. 23-Jan. 4:  DCSD Schools Closed for Winter Break

Jan. 7:  In-Person School Governance 101 Training | AIC | 10:00am-12:30pm

Jan. 13:  DeKalb Board of Education Meeting | AIC | 2:00pm