The Pittsfield School District discovered they needed to re-vamp their school systems. With a grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation they started research into how they could transform their schools. The main focus was designing a community conversation to help uncover teh underlying issues and develop possible solutions. This is the beginning of what plans to be a long-term plan of change.
Representative Town Meeting is a method of participatory self-government applied to municipalities. It is common in New England in the United States, and has its origins in congregational self-government exercised within the English Independent or Congregationalist churches.
A Constitution is the top-most governing document of an organization. It defines the various types of autonomy (the roles) people have. It limits powers of the main leaders. It allows for amendments. It provides various rights either implicitly or explicitly. It provides measurable processes, whether in elections, decision-making, who does what work, or otherwise.