ARTICLE IV — STRATEGISTS
4.1 Role
As the leadership team of SDA the strategists shall
  1. advance the purpose and direction of SDA through business meetings and professional development opportunities.
  2. establish and act upon organizational goals that build membership capacity and accomplish targeted and specific support for schools.
  3. align and sustain resources to meet the needs of the organization.
  4. create an organizational environment that is welcoming and collaborative.
  5. cultivate professional relationships and networking through purposeful activities.
  6. facilitate internal membership communication as well as two-way communication between SDA and other educational partners (e.g. ESUPDO affiliates, ESUCC, NDE).
  7. select members to serve as strategists.
  8. coordinate end-of-year recognition.
  9. provide a representative presence on the ESUPDO planning committee.
  10. update the bylaws within each five-year strategist rotational cycle to reflect current organizational structure and practice as well as the current educational landscape.

4.2 Meetings
Strategists shall meet as needed to address the responsibilities identified in 4.1. Special meetings shall convene upon request of the chair or one-third of the strategists. Strategist meetings entail
  1. communicating with members of the ESUCC professional development committee regarding strategist meeting dates, agendas, and other information as requested.
  2. working with an NDE liaison to prioritize and select departmental personnel who wish to address the membership at business meetings.

4.3 Quorum
A simple majority of strategists assembled for the purpose of conducting a meeting shall constitute a quorum.

4.4 Strategist Positions and Duties
  1. There shall be five strategist positions: past chair, chair, recorder, reporter, and representative.
  2. Each position is a one-year term. The rotation sequence begins with representative and concludes with past chair.
4.4.1 Past Chair
  1. provide historical perspective
  2. collaborate with the chair as needed and requested

4.4.2 Chair
  1. serve as the point of contact for all matters pertaining to SDA
  2. create agendas for strategist and SDA business meetings
  3. facilitate strategist and SDA business meetings
  4. communicate information to the membership in a timely and efficient manner
  5. coordinate the strategist selection process
  6. articulate SDA budget requests to the ESUCC executive director
  7. monitor activity on the SDA electronic mailing list (with recorder)
  8. attend ESUCC/NDE collaborative meetings (with recorder)

4.4.3 Recorder
  1. record minutes at SDA business meetings
  2. review and update the SDA membership list, including the electronic mailing list
  3. monitor activity on the SDA electronic mailing list (with chair)
  4. keep SDA Google Site updated
  5. attend ESUCC/NDE collaborative meetings (with chair)

4.4.4 Reporter
  1. record minutes at strategist meetings
  2. provide strategist meeting reports at SDA business meetings
  3. coordinate mentoring of new SDA members (with representative)
  4. serve on the ESUPDO planning committee

4.4.5 Representative
  1. coordinate mentoring of new SDA members (with reporter)
  2. serve as the SDA NWEA lead consultant

4.5 Strategist Selection
The strategists shall annually appoint a new member to the representative position according to the criteria outlined in Appendix D. Once acceptance of a strategist appointment is secured, the chair shall communicate the selection to the membership on or before the last SDA business meeting of the year. The newly-appointed strategist's term shall commence following the last business meeting.

4.6 Vacancies
In the event a vacancy should occur in a strategist position, the strategists shall determine the best approach to addressing the vacancy, including
  1. appoint a member to the representative position with the current strategists advancing their positions accordingly
  2. appoint a member to fill the vacated position for either the balance of the term or as a replacement for the position
  3. leave the position vacant with the remaining strategists temporarily assuming the responsibilities for the balance of the term.
The chair shall notify the membership once an appointment has been accepted.