Parents/guardians play an important role in the success of their children in school. Studies show that student achievement improves when parents play an active role in their children’s education, and that good schools become even better schools when parents are involved. The Ottawa Catholic School Board is proud of the collaborative relationship it has with the parents on our Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), our school councils, and the Catholic School Parents' Association (CSPA), and supports the vision of parents as partners in their children’s education.
Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants
The Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants is a grassroots initiative from the Ontario Ministry of Education to support parents in identifying barriers to parent engagement in their own community, and finding local solutions to help more parents get involved. There are two components to the PRO Grants – school council grants and regional/provincial grants. PRO Grants for school councils support school-based projects that focus on engaging parents who may experience challenges in becoming involved in their children’s education. These challenges may include recent settlement to Canada, level of language proficiency in English/French, socio-economic difficulties, physical challenges, or difficulty in getting transportation to the school. School councils work with their school and the PIC to identify potential project opportunities to help parents get involved. Schools and their school councils may apply for PRO Grants to aid the development of projects that increase parent engagement. PRO Grant applications are usually due in the spring, and the announcement of funding allocation takes place in the fall.
The Ministry has just released the list of successful PRO grant applications for the 2012-2013 school year, and the Ottawa Catholic School Board school councils have received 42 individual PRO Grants totaling $39,715! Congratulations to these 42 schools on your successful applications!
Sean Jackson, PIC Committee Chair
Ottawa Catholic School Board
PIC Committee Attn: Committee Chair
570 West Hunt Club Road
Nepean, Ontario K2G 3R4
In 2010, the Ontario Ministry of Education produced Parents in Partnership: A Parent Engagement Policy for Ontario Schools. This document provides the supports needed to connect parents at the local level and to help ensure that they have the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to engage fully in their children's education and in the life of their schools.
In a December 2005 discussion paper entitled Developing Partners in Education, the Ministry of Education introduced the concept of a Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) as a formal structure to link parents with a school board’s Director of Education and trustees. In the years that followed, many school boards, including the Ottawa Catholic School Board, formed PICs, although there were no formal regulations governing their composition or function. In September 2010, the government formalized the existence of PICs by releasing a policy on parent engagement. Ontario Regulation 612 on school councils was also amended to include the requirement that each Board have a PIC, and describe the composition and functions of a PIC.
The Catholic School Parents' Association (CSPA) strives to seek an education of the highest quality for each child in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. See how the CSPA works closely with our Board to help engage parents/guardians in our schools.