In September 2002, the Hon. Christy Clark, Minister of Education, announced the formation of a provincial Task Force on Student Achievement.
The Task Force on Student Achievement was established with an overall mandate to “consult with B.C.’s education community and recommend ways to improve the achievement levels of all students in all areas of learning.”
In 2003, the task force initiated an extensive review of available research on educational and student achievement, conducted or participated in several forums concerning the issues and received oral and/or written submissions from a variety of individuals and groups (Appendix C).
Education Partner, BCSSA’s IEP Guide.
Reading for Families: Helping Your Child Learn
Parents and guardians are a child’s first and most important teachers, and helping your child learn to read is one of the most important things you can do. This is because reading opens the door to lifelong learning. Set aside time each day to read to your child. Read all kinds of things, like storybooks, poems, magazine and newspaper articles, non-fiction books, comic books and letters. Continue reading to your child even after they have learned how to read.
Reading aloud fosters a love of reading and builds your child’s vocabulary. Ask your child to read aloud. Take turns reading pages or using different voices for different characters. Talk about words, stories and books. Visit a public library, read recipes, create grocery lists and play word games. Be creative, and have fun!
Available in English, Chinese and Punjabi.
About this handbook
BC public schools and school districts are learning communities, places where students, parents, educators, support staff, and community members respect and support each other’s roles, and share in the responsibility for student learning.
A students’ success in the public school depends on the relationships among all the education partners and the involvement of parents.
Parents play an important role and have the right and the responsibility to be involved in their children’s education. These rights co-exist with the rights and responsibilities of the people who work in schools and school districts.
In 1996, the handbook Building Partnerships in Schools helped parents with their first formal advisory role in their schools, giving parents information about the legislation, policy and practice that helped them in their interactions with others in the system. It also gave educators and parents a starting point to work together to improve parents’ access to the system.
Todays version, uses and expands on information from the first handbook. It is not meant to create new policy, suggest how parent involvement should happen, or replace the roles of the legislature, ministry, or school boards. This handbook intends to help parents and parent leaders understand the roles and responsibilities in the public education system and the different ways parents can be involved in their children’s learning. It includes information about:
- Parent involvement in public education,
- Roles and responsibilities of the partners involved in public education,
- Coming together in the best interest of students,
- Parent and community partnerships in BC’s schools and districts
- Governance and legislation.
This hanbook is also useful to other education partners, as they continue their collaboration with parents to create positive learning communities where parents are actively and effectively involved at all levels to support students’ learning.
Many parents are not sure what to expect at an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting. When they meet school staff on behalf of their child, they may feel vulnerable or even frightened. Often, they don’t know what to do and are not clear about their role in the process. In this guide, our focus is to help you understand how an IEP meeting works and how you and your child, working together with the school, can get the most out of this process for the benefit of your child.
You know more about your child than anyone else. The school needs this information to tailor its teaching to your child’s way of learning. A good IEP brings together your knowledge about your child with the school’s knowledge about teaching. The IEP meeting will produce a plan of what the school will do to teach your child and help her succeed.
BCCPAC is pleased to provide this valuable resource in several languages. Every effort has been made to ensure these translations are correct. If you find an error, please let us know by contacting the office.