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District Improvement Team (DIT)

Belief Statement

The purpose of the District Improvement Team (DIT) is to collaborate as an advisory committee to improve, clarify, develop, and communicate educational ideas and goals in order to enhance the learning environment for Longview ISD.
 
DIstrict Improvement Team (DIT)

In compliance with education code 11.251, the District Improvement Team (DIT) shall advice the Board or its designee in establishing and reviewing the District's educational goals, objectives, and major District-wide classroom instructional programs identified by the Board or its designee. The council shall serve exclusively in an advisory role except that the council shall approve staff development of a District-wide nature.
 
The District Improvement Team is a committee of parents, students, business and community representatives, teachers, principals, and other district staff. The formation of the DIT is required by state law (Texas Education Code, §11.251). Specific functions of the DIT include providing review and comment on:
  • District Educational Programs
  • District Performance
  • District Improvement Plan
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • District Staff Development Plan
  • Waiver Requests to the State
  • District Budget
Mission

The mission of the DIT is to promote excellence in education for all Longview ISD students through broad-based community representation. The DIT provides valuable input to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees, who ultimately have decision-making responsibility for the district.
 
Purpose

The District shall establish a district-level planning and decision-making process that will involve the parents, community members, and professional staff of the District. The District shall further establish a District Improvement Team (DIT) to assist the Superintendent in establishing, reviewing, and updating the District Improvement Plan (DIP). The DIP must focus on increasing student performance in all student population groups served. It must reflect the District three-year educational plan, goals, and performance objectives as defined and annually updated by the Superintendent and Board of Trustees. 11.251(a)(b), 11.25(b).
 
Composition
The professional staff members of the DIT will be selected through a districtwide election. Two-thirds of the elected members shall be classroom teachers. The remaining elected representatives shall be other campus- and district-level professional staff. Parents, community members, and business representatives shall be appointed with the approval of the Superintendent in a manner that provides for appropriate representation of the community's diversity. Education Code 11.251(b)(e).