Parent Advisory Councils Overview
The Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE) oversees the running of the Bilingual Advisory Committees (BACs) at each school with a Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) Program, and one citywide Chicago Multilingual Parent Council (CMPC) made up of BAC members from across the District. The BACs and CMPC advise individual schools and the district as a whole on issues pertaining to bilingual education and world language.
Bilingual Advisory Committees
Every school implementing a state-mandated Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) Program is required to form a Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC), according to the Chicago School Reform Act. It is also recommended that schools implementing a Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) encourage parents to participate in BAC meetings since issues regarding the education of all English Learners (ELs) are discussed and decided at these meetings.
OLCE’s goals for the BACs are to:
- Ensure the organization and training of the BAC members at the local and citywide level
- Provide technical assistance to the EL Program Teacher and existing BACs
- Empower each local BAC to ensure their participation in the education of their children
- Encourage parents to take on leadership roles within the school community and other parent committees, such as the Local School Councils
- Engage parents and families in the overall governance of bilingual education.
For more information about how each BAC is organized, OLCE has created the BAC Handbook, which is available in the following languages:
Chicago Multilingual Parent Council
The Chicago Multilingual Parent Council is made up of the members of the BACs at each school throughout the city. Meetings are held regularly at which members learn about topics of interest to them, such as the Common Core State Standards, the PARCC Assessment, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Early Childhood Education, and other topics that are voted upon during each meeting for future meeting presentations. OLCE staff assists with planning the meeting logistics and providing presenters to speak about each of the topics.
The CMPC is organized to meet the following goals:
- To make parents aware of and facilitate their participation in local committees pertaining to the needs of English Learners (ELs), other committees, and events related to bilingual/ESL education
- To identify needs and determine priorities regarding education programs and ELs
- To facilitate communication among the multiethnic communities involved in EL educational programs
- To support and educate members of the local schools pertaining to any needs addressing the EL population
The CMPC will soon be holding elections to decide on the delegates to serve during the upcoming July 1, 2017 through May 31, 2019 term. Candidates interested in serving must file their Candidate’s Application with OLCE by March 6, 2017 in order to appear on the list of candidates that OLCE will publish by March 20, 2017. Voting will take place on April 6, 2017 at each of the BAC parent meetings held that day
The Candidate’s Application is available in the following languages: