Prez for parents advisory group
Presentation for Edubridge Parents' Group (EISPAC) from December 2013 outlining goals of the group.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Parents Advisory Council
A Brief History
The dream began in February 2003 when the founders first encountered programmes
run by the International Baccalaureate Organization. They were excited to discover
that international schools emphasize education both inside and outside the classroom,
just as Rabindranath Tagore envisioned a century ago. The IBO’s educational
programmes reminded them of Takshashila and Nalanda, highly reputed centres of
learning within ancient India. Their own career paths, travels and business
associations made them realize the importance of a balanced curriculum and global
Edubridge International School will furnish for its students a
world class education and holistic development which will inculcate in
● A global perspective with a social conscience
● A sense of fulfilling individual dreams
● Responsible thought and action
● An awareness of diversity and appreciation for multiculturalism
● A goal to make significant contributions to the global society.
Parent Advisory Group:
a representative and inclusive
group of Edubridge Parents that
gives an authentic voice to parents
in advising and making
suggestions to the school’s
What are the parameters?
There are a few “non-negotiables”. We are committed to:
● the IBO and its philosophy, including the Learner Profile
● diversity and multiculturalism
● holistic development, including sports and arts and
social and emotional wellness
● world class education
The Parent Advisory Council is NOT
● a complaint forum
○ propose solutions, not problems
● a place to attack teachers
○ we have a system for supporting teachers
● for personal agendas
○ try to represent the enitre school
The Learner Profile
What do we need to do?
1. Write a mission statement and a set of by-laws.
2. Introduce yourselves to the broader parent community and give them opportunities
to be heard.
3. Meet with the school’s administration regularly (2, 3 or 4 times per year?) and give
recommendations about how to improve the school.
4. Include a rationale with each recommendation: how this recommendation will
improve student learning at Edubridge and enhance the Learner Profile.
What are by-laws? (Example)
1. The PAC meets four times per year.
2. The PAC elects a Chairperson on a yearly basis, and the Chairperson runs the PAC meetings.
3. Minutes from PAC Meetings are carefully documented and, when appropriate, made public.
4. The agenda for a PAC Meeting is published and distributed with sufficient advanced notice.
5. Each member of the PAC treats all other members respectfully.
6. All PAC members agree not to bring personal agendas and to remain focused on the long-term well-being of
7. The PAC tries to make decisions by consensus.
8. When the PAC reaches an impasse on a major decision, the PAC will, if possible, postpone the decision until
the next PAC meeting, possibly appointing a subcommittee to analyze the decision and make
9. Before a major decision is taken by the PAC, the PAC reviews the question: “how does this decision benefit
student learning at Edubridge International School?”
10. Once a decision is taken by the PAC, all members of the PAC will publicly support it.
11. No individual has the authority to take a decision for the PAC, unless specifically designated to do so by the
Parents Advisory Council
EISPAC, pronounced “Ice Pack”
1. The vision, mission and policies of the school (including IBO)
2. Election of a chairperson or group leaders
3. Rules, by-laws, or a constitution, including time commitment
4. Discussion about concerns / suggestions (1 or 2)
1. Sports Day: January 13th, 2014
a. we would like parents to organize refreshments
2. Email ids for Middle Years parents
a. ready for trying out
3. University and Career Guidance
a. 1:1 sessions will begin for MY4
Scope or Charter?
The purpose of the Edubridge International School Parent Advisory
Council is to advance the school’s vision and mission and to enhance
the education of every child at the school. We do this by promoting
teamwork and sharing ideas between the school’s parents, teachers,
Our values are:
The Learner Profile
from the National PTA (USA)
Collaboration: We work in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to
accomplish our agreed-upon goals.
Commitment: We are dedicated to promoting children’s health, well-being, and educational
success through strong parent, family, and community involvement.
Accountability: We acknowledge our obligations. We deliver on our promises.
Respect: We value our colleagues and ourselves. We expect the same high quality of effort
and thought from ourselves as we do from others.
Inclusivity: We invite the stranger and welcome the newcomer. We value and seek input
from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints and experiences as possible.
Integrity: We act consistently with our beliefs. When we err, we acknowledge the mistake
and seek to make amends.
1. A President and/or Leadership team and structure
2. A Mission, Scope, or Constitution
3. Next meeting and expectations about meetings