Parent Advisory Council
Contact: Jill Mason
email jillmason [at] getschools [dot] k12 [dot] wi [dot] us
The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Parent Advisory Council is being developed for parents to give feedback to educators and administrators on how the whole special education system and process is working within their community. Special Education encompasses the entire spectrum of a school system and the families who have children with disabilities. The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau PAC will be composed of parents, educators and community members who are interested in improving services and education for children and their families with special needs in our community.
- Collaboration among parents and the school community to continually improve the education opportunities available within and outside schools that promote improved education outcomes for children with disabilities.
- Communication and programs with the community to encourage greater understanding, acceptance and inclusion of children who have diverse needs.
- Outreach and a network of support for parents that includes access to information.
- Communication among parents and schools about district policy issues that impact the education of children.
- Unification of parents, school personnel and community agencies to influence statewide systems.
What are the Benefits?
- Provides an opportunity for parents, educators and community members to collaborate.
- Provides support to parents and educators in developing informational programs and ongoing training.
- Encourages proactive problem solving and moving toward mutual goals.
- Provides a forum for educational staff to discuss program ideas.
- Gives parents an opportunity to share in their children's learning and development.
- Supports improved student outcomes in academic achievements.
Who Should be Involved?
- Parents and/or guardians of children who receive special education services.
- Parent Advisory Liaison
- Special and regular education teachers
- School board members
- Director of Pupil Services and Special Education
- Representatives from community agencies and/or organizations
- Regular education parents
- Other interested people (i.e. paraprofessionals, related service providers)
Activities and Functions
- Bring in speakers to provide information on certain topics.
- Provide input and review the district Special Education Plan (SEP) and grants.
- Facilitate positive parent-school and parent-teacher relationships and assist in communication among parents, schools and community.
Why Should a Parent Get Involved?
- To have input into programs that could affect children.
- To learn to navigate the special education maze and district culture.
- To communicate the concerns and opinions of parents and guardians to the director of Special Education in a mutually supportive setting.