Research has shown that a major factor attributing to student success is parental involvement. Sometimes it is hard to believe that your children actually want you to be involved when they try to convince you otherwise. So, what can you do? Get involved…
Join your school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
What: The PTA is a child advocacy association that brings a closer relationship with home and school so that you and your child’s teachers may cooperate together in your child’s education.
Who: Parents, teachers and community members are encouraged to join.
How: There is a contact parent, usually the PTA president, for each school. The school principal or office assistant will help you contact the parent.
Why: PTA activities are specific to each school and support a variety of functions.
Join your school’s School Site Council (SSC)
What: Each school has a SSC. It plays a crucial and active role in planning, budgeting and monitoring the educational program at the school.
Who: The School Site Council is comprised of parents, community members, the school principal, teachers, other school staff and students (when appropriate).
How: members of the SSC are elected each year. Even if you are not a member, you may attend meetings to provide support and voice your opinion. Each SSC has a chairperson. Your child’s school principal or school secretary will help you contact the chairperson.
Why: Each school in our district is required to have an active School Site Council that meets on a regular basis. Without the SSC, the school would lose the help of many funding sources that provide programs and materials your child currently enjoys.
Join your school’s English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
What: Most schools’ students who speak languages other than English have an ELAC. This committee plays a critical role in overseeing the English Language Development (ELD) program at the school.
Who: Each school’s ELAC is comprised of parents whose children may or may not be in the school’s ELD program, community members, the school principal, teachers and other school staff, and students (when appropriate). Members are elected to serve on the committee. Similar to the School Site Council, you do not have to be a member to attend a meeting.
How: Each school has an ELAC chairperson. The school principal or school secretary will help you contact the chairperson.
Why: Some schools are required to have an active ELAC committee. The ELAC meets on an ongoing basis. Without the committee, many funds would not be available to support the ELD programs and materials vital to learning English as a second language.
By joining the Parent Teacher Associate, School Site Council, and/or English Leaner Advisory Committee, you send a strong message to your children that you are concerned about them and are active in their education. Membership on the SSC and ELAC allow you to have meaningful input to the governance of the school ad help the school to meet the legal requirements necessary to continue critical funding