Standard 4: Involving Parents in Student Learning

As a Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC) member, I actively participated with key stakeholders (administration, teachers, parents, community members, and students) in order to impact student learning. Over the course of the school year, I have participated in four PAC meetings. The outcome of these meetings has resulted in an increased awareness for students’ needs by collaborating with parents. As a collaborative team, we have developed effective budgeting practices by allocating funds to remediate at-risk students. Additionally, we have worked with parents to identify ways to support our children outside of school through extracurricular activities and events.

Through this rewarding experience, I’ve have gained several skills that will be essential to leading a school. After observing the administrators during these advisory meetings, I was able to see how the school leaders accept advisory from key stakeholders and additionally, guide the council’s way of thinking to meet the vision and needs of the school. These skills are essential to actively involving key stakeholders in decision-making, yet guiding them towards a decision that is best for you and your school.

In the future, I will use these acquired skills to facilitate a productive advisory council. I will continue to actively involve parents and families in their students’ learning by allowing them to participate in decision-making that impacts their child’s learning. When working with parents or families, it is imperative to see from the point of view of the parents and in turn, allow them to see your point of view. If both parties are able to see from the other party’s point of view then the decision-making process will be more negotiable and beneficial.

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