Mandarin Immersion

Magnet School

  • Shared Decision-Making Committee (SDMC)

    • Program Description

      The Houston Independent School District (HISD) Board of Education established and approved the campus-level planning and decision-making process in 1992. This process includes the creation and maintenance of a Shared Decision-Making Committee (SDMC) at each school to review the district’s educational goals, objectives, and major district wide classroom instructional programs. Each committee is designed to involve professional and non-professional staff, parents, community members, and business representatives in establishing academic and other performance objectives of the school for each academic excellence indicator adopted in the Texas Education Code (TEC §11.253, TEC §39.051). The SDMC was authorized to fulfill the following responsibilities:

      1. Implement all pertinent campus-level planning processes;
      2. Develop recommendations for the school budget;
      3. Submit recommendations for the school curriculum;
      4. Recommend changes in the school’s staffing patterns;
      5. Develop and approve the campus staff development plans;
      6. Develop, review, and revise the School Improvement Plan (SIP) for the purpose of improving student performance for all student populations (after principal approval of the SIP, the SDMC presents the plan to staff for approval);
      7. Review and make recommendations regarding the school’s organizational structure, and
      8. Establish procedures to periodically obtain broad-based community, parent, and staff input.

      The SDMC is required to meet at least once a year to discuss the performance of the school and the school’s objectives. A record of all decisions and significant discussion items must be maintained by the committee. This information should be disseminated to appropriate school and district personnel as well as be available upon request for public review.

    SDMC Reports

    Current members are: 

    Jie Qiu

    Classroom Teacher

    Xian Xia 

    Classroom Teacher

    Troy Gonzalez

    Classroom Teacher

    Ya Ling Lin

    Classroom Teacher

    Simon, Elizabeth 

    School-based Staff

    Gina Colión 

    School-based Staff

    Caroline Garcia

    Non-Instructional Staff

    Everette Penn

    Business Member

    Thomas Nguyen

    Community Member

    Junfeng Tan, Pastor

    Community Member

    Samir Sinha 


    Maggie Brown


    Tanna Brown


    ChaoLin Chang



    We usually meet on the first Monday of each month.  If you have any questions or comments regarding school policies, you can:
    (1) participate in SDMC in person during the open forum; or 
    (2) forward your ideas to SDMC members in writing with your signature. 
    SDMC Minutes 9/26/16 - SIP Special Session
    SDMC Minutes 9/12/16 
    No December or January Meeting 
    No February Meeting