Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)
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 program provides funding to district school boards and school authorities to lead projects with a focus on the identification and removal of barriers that prevent parents and families from participating and engaging fully in their children’s learning. New for this year, district school boards and school authorities will receive a predetermined funding amount for parent engagement projects.
Projects will be required to demonstrate a commitment to respecting the role of parents in students’ educational experiences by working with parents or seeking parent input on how schools can:
- Provide a safe and welcoming school environment;
- Maintain open communication with teachers;
- Respect parents as valued partners within the education system in relation to decisions
- about their child’s education; and,
- Parents are informed about the content of the Ontario Curriculum Guidelines.
Changes to the program were made for the 2019-20 school year from an application-based funding model to an allocation-based grant provided to each district school board and school authority. This funding will continue to help district school boards and school authorities address local needs and priorities connected to enhancing parent engagement.
Members of the PIC Committee
The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s PIC was formed in 2006. The committee membership is as follows:
- PIC Chair: Roxeanne Marberl
- Parent members: Adrienne Charlton, Erinn Ladouceur, Theresa McGowan-Beard, , Karyn Standen
- Community member: Susan Muleme Kasumba (SEAC Chair)
- OCSB administration: Thomas D’Amico, Director of Education
- OCSB member: Jody Prevost, Principal, St. Cecilia Elementary School
- OCSB Board Trustee: Sandra Moore, Trustee
- OCSB committee resource: Sandra Falcomer, Communications Assistant; Stephanie Dunne, Executive Assistant to Director of Education
Meeting agendas and minutes
All PIC meetings are held at the Board office in Nepean and are open to the public. Upon arrival, please sign in with reception and you will be guided to the meeting location.
2018-2019 PIC Meeting Agendas and Minutes
|Date of Meeting||Agenda||Minutes|
|Tuesday, May 28, 2019||View Agenda|
|Tuesday, April 9, 2019||View Agenda||View Minutes|
|Tuesday, December 11, 2018||View Agenda||View Minutes|
|Tuesday, October 2, 2018||View agenda||View Minutes|
|Tuesday, May 29, 2018||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, March 6, 2018||View agenda||View minutes|
|December 12, 2017||View agenda||View minutes|
|October 31, 2017||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, May 30, 2017||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, April 11, 2017||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, January 24, 2017||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, October 4, 2016||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, May 17, 2016||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, March 8, 2016||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, November 17, 2015||View agenda||View minutes|
|Tuesday, October 20, 2015||View agenda||View minutes|
|Wednesday, May 27, 2015||View agenda||View minutes|
|Wednesday, February 25, 2015||View agenda||View minutes|
More PIC resources
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.
- Making a Difference: A Practical Handbook for Parent Involvement Committee Members
- Frequently Asked Questions on PICs
- Fact Sheet on PICs
- Regulation 612, O.Reg. 330/10: School Councils and PICs
- Procedural By-Laws governing PIC
- Letter from Director of Education re: Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) Grants for 2019-2020 (October 2019)