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Parent & Student Advisory Committee

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Who We Are

The Office of the Student Advocate works to help families navigate the complexities of the DC public education system. Our goal is to provide more access to resources, boost parent engagement, and make the public school system more accessible for all stakeholders involved.

The mission of the Office of the Student Advocate is to support and empower DC residents to achieve equal access to public education through advocacy, outreach, and information services. In our work, we provide step-by-step assistance for students, parents, families, and community members to be informed, be connected, and be empowered.

Parent & Student Advisory Committee

The collaboration of all stakeholders in the DC public education system is necessary in order to create a more effective, responsive, and equitable system for all students and their families. Understanding parent and student voice is essential, it is important to create a space that allows parents and students to express their thoughts and concerns about a system that functions through their participation only. The Office of the Student Advocate has created a Parent & Student Advisory Committee to do just that. This committee’s purpose is to provide an outlet for parents and students to assist the Office of the Student Advocate in better serving families throughout DC and to foster conversations and uncover solutions about the issues all stakeholders face within DC’s public education landscape.

Structure

The Parent & Student Advisory Committee shall be composed of one (1) parent(s)/guardian(s) (of a current DCPS or public charter school student) and one (1) student, from a DC Public School or public charter school, from each ward for a total of 16 members. 

Notes:

  • Parent and student representatives for each Ward do not have to be related.
  • The student should be in the eighth grade or higher.  

In addition to the 16 members – one (1) parent/guardian and one (1) student – from each Ward of the city, the committee shall also have one additional parent and student representative from Wards 7 or 8. (Note: This is done to provide proportional representation for the number of students they constitute in the DCPS and CPS system.) 

The total membership of the advisory committee shall not exceed 20 members.

Membership breakdown:

Ward 1 – one (1) parent and one (1) student representative
Ward 2 – one (1) parent and one (1) student representative
Ward 3 – one (1) parent and one (1) student representative
Ward 4 – one (1) parent and one (1) student representative
Ward 5 – one (1) parent and one (1) student representative
Ward 6 – one (1) parent and one (1) student representative
Ward 7 – one (1) parent and one (1) student representative
Ward 8 – one (1) parent and one (1) student representative

Additional members:

At-Large for Ward 7/8: one (1) parent and one (1) student representative

All members must be residents of the District of Columbia.

General Duties

Committee members should be able to:

  • Commit time to one (1) meeting, every other month for the duration of a complete school year
  • Promote active student and family engagement
  • Assist with the planning and logistics of current and future engagement initiatives specific to students, parents, and various communities
  • Help with the brainstorming and development of both equity and family engagement frameworks
  • Assist in the development of effective communication and outreach methods for students and families
  • Provide suggestions about voids or areas in the DC public education system that are not functioning well or lack a focus on students and families
  • Identify problems while maintaining a focus on solutions
  • Collaborate with parents and students from different backgrounds with unique perspectives

Additional notes:

  • The Office of the Student Advocate is looking for parents and students from all backgrounds.
  • Commitment to the Parent & Student Advisory Committee is on a volunteer-basis only. There is no financial compensation for participation. Participation does not come with reimbursement for expenses.

Please contact our office by calling (202) 741-4692 or emailing [email protected] for further information.

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