Mitchell Elementary PTA

Every Child. One Voice – Golden, Colorado

MCAT

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. Ques­tions or input? Call Peggy Mroz at 303–279-6359.

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.

MCAT meet­ings for 2012–2013; 6–7:30p in Mitchell Library
  • Com­ing Soon
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.

MCAT Meet­ing Min­utes — Octo­ber
MCAT Meet­ing Min­utes — November

Ques­tions, com­ments con­cerns agenda items?  Please con­tact the MCAT chair.

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