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Monday, November 1, 2010

Shared Decision Making, Part 2

Question: I understand that B-P has Shared Decision Making teams. Can someone tell me more about this, including the purpose, guidelines for becoming part of a team, and the history of Shared Decision Making? I am wondering what similarities and differences there are between Shared Decision Making teams, TLC Task Force, Subcommittee's, Transition Task Force, and a Parent Teacher Organization/PTO? I am interested in learning more.

Answer: For most of your question, I'm going to refer you to the answer I gave to a similar question (click here). As for the last part of your question, about the similarities and differences between Shared Decision Making teams and other groups like the PTO, the biggest difference is that Shared Decision Making teams are state-mandated -- they'll always be around -- while the other groups you mention are initiative-specific. In fact, all of them -- with the exception of the PTO because it's an outside organization -- can be considered sub-committees of the Shared Decision Making teams.
- answered by Stephen Tomlinson, District Superintendent

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