As the first teachers of each School District 21 students, parents are critical to the cognitive and social and emotional growth of their children throughout their lives. Parents and teachers collaborate to ensure that each child has advocates and is challenged and supported through her or his education.
In addition to working with teachers individually, there are also a number of formal ways for parents and families to be involved in School District 21.
Parent-Teacher Organizations/Parent Teacher Association
Each District 21 elementary and middle school has a Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). Participation in these organizations, as well as their regular meetings, is open to all parents. PTOs raise money to provide for schools’ additional needs, and PTOs create student and family events within the school community.
Parent Advisory Council/Principal’s Advisory Council
Each school has a Parent Advisory Council (also called Principal’s Advisory Council). These groups, which feature a different make-up from school-to-school provide the school administration with an opportunity to provide information to parents on topics that they request as well as to gain information from parents on a range of issues.
McKinney-Vento Program: Families in Temporary Living Situations
For more information on the McKinney-Vento Program, please click here.
Title I Family Learning Opportunities
Through the Title I program, learning opportunities are are provided to parents as well as to families. These opportunities range from formal classes for parents to family field trips to cultural institutions in and around the region.