Parents participate on many levels at Stevenson PACT Elementary School. For parents looking to take on a leadership role at the school, there are three primary groups that work together to support the mission and vision of the school:
- Stevenson PACT Elementary School Site Council (SSC)
- Stevenson PACT Elementary English Language Advisory Council (ELAC)
- Parent-Teacher Organization - PACT Foundation
Parents are also engaged through school-wide committees (managed by the PACT Foundation), classroom volunteer support, and parent education classes.
Site Council (SSC)
This group is comprised of the principal, classroom teachers, other personnel, and parents or members from the community. The roles of SSC are to: 1) oversee the school budget and expenditures and 2) help develop and monitor the implementation of our school site plan for the year. As a site, School Site Council is our governing board.
English Language Advisory Committee serves to oversee English Language Development (ELD) at our school and provides input on how second language students best learn English and grade level content.
The PACT Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, supports the mission and vision of Stevenson PACT’s progressive education program through organizing parent volunteers and providing financial support made possible by the generous donations from Stevenson PACT families. Parents and legal guardians of children enrolled in Stevenson PACT Elementary School, teachers, and staff are automatically eligible to be members of the PACT Foundation.
Stevenson PACT is proud to be a community of learners where parents continue to explore and strive to understand the school’s dynamic teaching methodologies. Parent education is key component of building this collaborative and inclusive community and an important part of growing a whole child. At Stevenson PACT, each family takes at least 10 hours of formal Parent Ed when they enter school. Parent Ed is divided into three modules that explore the school's mission, vision, and educational philosophy, help to create a common language that is used in the classroom by both teachers and parents and is based on the principles of Responsive Classroom, and gives parents practical tools for working with students in small groups and understanding different learning styles.
The classes are taught by parent volunteers with support from teachers and the school principal.