Parent Involvement Committees – new report from People for Education

February 10, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

People for Education has released a new report titled Parent Involvement Committees: Supporting links between Ontario’s schools boards and Ontario parents. 

Here are some of the findings from the survey, as per the announcement page:

  • “74% of the respondents said that they are making a difference in terms of reaching parents and increasing student academic success and well-being.
  • The main activity undertaken by PIC/CPPs is the organization of events, conferences, and workshops for parents, with the aim of supporting and promoting parent involvement in their children’s learning.
  • The size of PIC/CPPs ranges from 2–70 members, with an average of 20.
  • 25% of PICs report that school council chairs are automatically part of the PIC/CPP. Only 13% of respondents said that PIC/CPP members are appointed by the board.
  • A significant number of PIC/CPPs raised concerns about their limited ability to communicate with school council chairs, including limited/no access to school council chairs’ email addresses.
  • Many PIC/CPPs were concerned that their membership did not reflect the diversity of the community.
  • A number of respondents said that school boards exert too much control over the PIC/CPP.
  • 63% of PIC/CPPs report meeting 4–5 times annually, with the number of meetings per year ranging from 2–10.
  • 89% of PIC/CPPs report two-way communication with their school councils, and 95% report two-way communication with senior board administration.
  • 53% of PIC/CPPs reported applying for a Parents Reaching Out grant from the Ministry of Education. All of the applications were successful, but 45% got less funding than requested.”

I have to confess that I did not know about PICs and wondered how different they were from school councils. Page 8 of report describes the role of the PICs:

“PIC/CPPs are important advisory bodies to the school board. According to Regulation 612, the mandate of the PIC is to “support, encourage, and enhance meaningful parent engagement at the board level in order to improve student achievement and well-being” by:

  • Providing information and advice to the board on parent engagement;
  • communicating with and supporting school councils;
  • and  undertaking activities to help parents support their children’s learning at home and at school. “

Check it out!


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