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Parent and Community Advisory Boards

School Year 2019-2020 Parent and Community Advisory Boards Applications Now Open!

Introduction

DC Public Schools (DCPS) Leadership is looking for parents and community members to serve on advisory boards to learn more about DCPS priorities and guide DCPS leadership in their implementation of policies and initiatives over the 2019-2020 School Year through an external partnership lens. Candidates will be evaluated on their ability to exhibit a strong connection to DCPS, a thoughtful approach to issues of equity and diversity, the ability to communicate well with other parents and school community stakeholders, and critical thinking toward the district-wide impact of DCPS decisions.

The DCPS Parent and Community Advisory Boards will meet once a month for two hours in the evening from September 2019-June 2020. Please consider your availability to attend a monthly meeting before considering a position on an advisory board.

  • Chancellor’s Advisory Board (Parents Only)
  • System Operations Advisory Board (Parents and Community Members)
  • Communication and Community Engagement Advisory Board (Parents and Community Members)
  • Special Education Advisory Board (Parents Only, must have a child receiving special education services)

To apply:

DCPS Office of Family and Public Engagement
1200 First St. NE. Floor 12
Washington, DC 20001

All applications are due by 11:59 on Friday, June 14, 2019.
Application also available in Spanish, French, Amharic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

 

All boards will meet once a month from September 2019 through June 2020 from 6 - 8 pm.

Advisory Board Descriptions

Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Board

Overview and Purpose: The Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Board will serve as a mechanism for parent leaders to directly inform the Chancellor about their perspective on the vision and direction of DCPS, with a focus on equity, race and diversity in DCPS, and the role of parents in schools. Topics may include but will not be limited to the following: early literacy, attendance, DCPS policies, and college and career pathways.

Composition: The Chancellor’s Advisory Board will consist of 24 DCPS parents or guardians who have at least one child in DCPS (or who are prospective DCPS parents). The group will include representatives from every ward.

 

System Operations Advisory Board

Overview and Purpose: The System Operations Advisory Board will assist DCPS in identifying improvements to equitably align systems and resources as well as provide feedback on program creation and expansion to best meet the needs of our schools. Topics of focus may include but will not be limited to the following: overcrowding, school budgets, enrollment growth, and operations.

Composition: The System Operations Advisory Board will consist of 24 members, with a focus on DCPS parents and community leaders. The group will include representatives from every Ward and membership should be majority parents.

 

Communications and Community Engagement Advisory Board

Overview and Purpose: The Communications and Community Engagement Advisory Board will assist DCPS in identifying improvements to equitably communicate with families and community members about DCPS policies and initiatives and building strategies to better engage with families in all 8 wards. Topics of focus may include but will not be limited to the following: crisis communication, language access, and electronic communication.

Composition: The Communications and Community Engagement Advisory Board will consist of 24 members, with a focus on DCPS parents and community leaders. The group will include representatives from every Ward and membership should be majority parents.

 

Special Education Parent Advisory Board

Overview and Purpose: The Special Education Parent Advisory will listen to parents’ insights and recommendations for how DCPS can better communicate with families and inform strategic work that is centered on the successful inclusion of students with disabilities.

Composition: The Special Education Parent Advisory Board will consist of 24 DCPS parents that represent students across the continuum of students, grade levels and specific disability categories to ensure that high level communication from DCPS is meaningful.