Parent Involvement Committees
Tips for running effective Parent Involvement Committees (PIC) Meetings
A Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is an important advisory body to the school board. A PIC is a formal structure and a key vehicle at the board level to enhance parent involvement in support of student achievement and well-being.
These tips will help to ensure effective PIC meetings.
- Select the meeting dates for the entire year
- Find a meeting location that is central for all attendees or consider alternative ways for members to participate e.g. teleconferencing
- Create an agenda for each meeting and circulate it to members in advance
- Record minutes and keep financial records
- Inform all participants of the operational procedures of the PIC meetings at the start of the first meeting of the year
- Facilitate meetings so that all members are given the opportunity to participate
Characteristics of effective PICs
Effective PICs are those that:
- Keep student achievement and well-being first
- Focus on the needs and interests of all students
- Are composed of members who represent the diversity of the board
- Are actively involved in assisting school councils to engage parents, creating a welcoming environment, and recognizing the diversity of the parents in their school community
- Promote effective, ongoing communication among all partners in education
- Establish a positive relationship with the director of education and trustees
- Provide feedback to parents, letting them know how their advice and ideas have been used
- Have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities
- Have a clear and consistent process for decision making and conflict resolution
- Are familiar with funding opportunities and resources provided by the Parent Engagement Office (PEO) and the Ministry of Education, and with the initiatives of the PEO
- Maintain high ethical standards
How can I get involved?
Contact your local school board or call the Ministry of Education Regional Office for your area. Either can put you in contact with your local Parent Involvement Committee.