The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) of the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) invites parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in one of the WRDSB schools OR community members who do not have children currently enrolled in a WRDSB school to apply for positions on the WRDSB Parent Involvement Committee.
The mandate for the WRDSB Parent Involvement Committee is to:
- Provide information and advice on parent engagement to the WRDSB;
- Communicate with and support school councils of the Board through the Waterloo Region Assembly of Public School Councils (WRAPSC);
- Undertake activities to help parents support their child’s learning at home and at school.
The committee meets at least six times per year to advise the WRDSB on policies and issues of concern to parents and to make suggestions to schools, School Councils and the Board regarding parent engagement that supports student achievement.
The committee is established according to Ministry legislation and members must be prepared to attend each meeting and participate in a minimum of one PIC subcommittee. Current subcommittees include: Immigrant Engagement; Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools; Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant Event; Membership; and Governance. Members may also be asked to review materials for PIC or the Board and provide feedback.
PIC meetings are generally held on Tuesdays at the Education Centre from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The first meeting date for the new mandate will be held on November 8. Scheduled meetings are November 8, 2017, December 5, 2017, January 30, 2018, March 6, 2018, and May 22, 2018. Please note, there may be other meetings scheduled.
The committee is comprised of 14 parents, the Director of Education, one Trustee, one elementary and one secondary administrator, one teacher and one community representative. Nine parent members will be selected through this application process and five parent members will be selected through the steering committee of the WRAPSC. The WRAPSC Steering Committee selection will occur on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at Forest Heights Collegiate Institute. All 14 parent members will be members of PIC, representing the parents of the WRDSB. PIC members have the option to apply for a one or two year term. The community representative position is a one year term with the option to renew for a total of three terms. For more information on the WRAPSC Steering Committee, please visit wrdsb.ca/wrapsc.
The goal of PIC is to have members who are committed to engaging all parents in supporting their children’s learning, enthusiastic about education and representative of our region. Strong communication and leadership skills and the ability to work as part of a team are also valued. You do not have to be a member of school council to be a member of the Parent Involvement Committee.
An information session for those interested in learning more about PIC will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Cambridge Room at the WRDSB Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener. Following the information sessions, a regular PIC meetings will be held. Those interested are welcome to stay and observe the meetings.
All applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017.
Interviews will be conducted with selected applicants between October 21 and 26, 2017. Successful applicants will be informed by November 1 and should be prepared to attend the first PIC meeting on November 8, 2017. All applicants will be contacted.