MCAT — Mitchell Collaborative Accountability Team

What is MCAT?

MCAT is a com­mit­tee of par­ents, staff, teach­ers, admin­is­tra­tors, stu­dents, and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers who work togeth­er to improve edu­ca­tion for all stu­dents at Mitchell.  We address issues that direct­ly affect aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ment and our school envi­ron­ment.  MCAT uses the coop­er­a­tive deci­sion mak­ing process to accom­plish goals.

MCAT meets through­out the school year and we invite you to join us. Our com­mit­tee works to set accred­i­ta­tion goals, review bud­get issues, and address the “school report card”, CSAP results and safe­ty issues.  In the past we have focused on imple­ment­ing ‘recess before lunch’, dress code pol­i­cy, home­work pol­i­cy and sup­port of the Health School Team and the Help One Stu­dent pro­grams.

This is a place where your voice can be heard.  Is there an issue you are con­cerned about?  Do you have ideas to help improve our school?  Are you inter­est­ed in how deci­sions are made? We wel­come you to join MCAT and help us to set our goals for this new school year. Check on the cal­en­dar when we’ll meet next.

What type of work has the Mitchell Collaborative Accountability Team accomplished?
  • Review of CSAP results and goals
  • Devel­op­ment of home­work guide­lines
  • Annu­al review of pro­posed bud­get ensur­ing that bud­get aligns prop­er­ly with estab­lished school goals.
  • Annu­al review of Account­abil­i­ty Plan includ­ing school goals tar­get­ing stu­dent achieve­ment.
  • Review of a dress code pol­i­cy
  • Sup­port of enrich­ment activ­i­ties for stu­dents.
  • Review and pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions for school safe­ty and dis­ci­pline.
How can I get involved in cooperative decision making (MCAT) at Mitchell?
  • Talk with par­ent mem­bers list­ed in the Mitchell direc­to­ry.
  • Con­tact the prin­ci­pal
  • Attend meet­ings that are announced in our Fri­day note.  These meet­ings are held on Wednes­days at 6:00pm in the school library.  There are usu­al­ly five MCAT meet­ings in the aca­d­e­m­ic year.

Mem­ber­ship should include at least one admin­is­tra­tor, four to sev­en cer­ti­fied staff, one clas­si­fied staff, five to eight par­ents, and one to two stu­dents.

CDM is governed by 10 standards of operation: 
  1. The par­tic­i­pants are broad­ly rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the school com­mu­ni­ty.
  2. The process oper­ates with writ­ten rules that are wide­ly under­stood.
  3. The roles of the var­i­ous deci­sion-mak­ing groups are under­stood with­in the CDM process.
  4. The CDM process has shared vision that focus­es on improve­ment of stu­dent learn­ing.
  5. The CDM process deter­mines what deci­sions are made and how they are made.
  6. Meet­ings are open and at con­ve­nient times.
  7. The CDM process is com­mu­ni­cat­ed inter­nal­ly and exter­nal­ly.
  8. The process is eval­u­at­ed to deter­mine effec­tive­ness.
  9. Train­ing is pro­vid­ed for all par­tic­i­pants.
  10. Assis­tance is uti­lized when need­ed.