The District Management Council (DMC) was founded in 2004 to help address the most pressing and important management challenges facing American educators. DMC partners with public school district leaders to improve student outcomes, operational efficiency, and resource allocation.
The DMC presented to the public and the School Board in March, 2015 and in April, 2015, the School Board hired the DMC to work with the Upper Darby School District. To view the DMC's presentation to the public and the School Board, please click here.
The DMC and the District have formed a Guiding Coalition Team to conduct diagnostic studies, evaluate best practices, and help create a detailed action plan. The DMC shared its vision with the Guiding Coalition Team at a kick-off meeting in August 2015. Additionally, Superintendent Dunlap shared the vision with district principals and teachers at their September 2015 faculty meetings. To view the DMC's kick-off presentation to the Guiding Coalition, please click here.
The DMC conducted surveys and gathered data in the fall of 2015 and released a report of their findings to the Guiding Coalition in January 2016. To view the DMC's report, please click here. The Guiding Coailition bagan analysis of the data presented in the report and shared some preliminary recommendations to the school board and the public at the Education and Pupil Services Committee Meeting held on January 26, 2016. To view the Guiding Coalition's presentation at the school board committee meeting, please click here.
In order to gather questions and feedback from the public, a special email address was established. Questions and/or feedback regarding the DMC report could be emailed during the week of February 1, 2016. The questions were consolidated in an effort to avoid repetition in both the questions and the answers provided. Answers to questions that could be answered immediately can be found by clicking here. In addition, Dr. Dunlap scheduled two meetings specifically to discuss the DMC Report with parents. Those meetings were held on Wednesday, February 10th from 9-10AM and again from 6-7PM. Input from community members and staff members was shared with the Guiding Coalition for consideration and the team updated the school board and public at the February 23rd Education and Pupil Services Committee Meeting. The Guiding Coalition reviewed the frequently asked questions of parents and staff members resulting from the meetings and special email address and, in conjunction with the DMC, created a document which categorizes and answers FAQs. That document can be seen by clicking here.
At the May 24, 2016 Education and Pupil Services Committee Meeting, a proposed elementary school schedule was discussed with the board and the public. That presentation can be seen by clicking here. The School Board voted to adopt a new elementary school schedule at the June 7, 2016 meeting.