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Interschool Council (ISC)

Overview

The InterSchool Council (ISC) is a unique forum for collaborations between parent representatives, district staff and community groups serving our mutual school families in Robbinsdale Area Schools (RAS). The collaborative environment fostered by ISC cultivates district-wide community resilience and identity through idea exchange, parent engagement and staff involvement. Participants in ISC explore questions with the intent to understand and share the context and perspective of decisions made and events held within our district. This council directly supports Goal #3 of the Unified District Vision by engaging families and community members as partners.

Purpose

ISC meetings provide participants an opportunity to network, share news, ideas, ask questions, and understand current developments while offering professional development opportunities for parent members, possibly with (and by) other parents. The meetings seek to provide RAS with an annual manifesto detailing the needs and wants of parents regarding the district’s yearly operation. Membership in this group allows participants opportunities to compare (and contrast) practices between parent groups and supporters, as well as gather new ideas. ISC works to embrace the diversity that exists across RAS. Meetings are attended by our district’s Superintendent, Dr. Carlton Jenkins, as well as district staff members, school board representatives and others who may be asked to give presentations on behalf of community organizations. Questions for district staff members or other presenters should be emailed in advance (preferably at least 3-5 days) so answers can be researched and prepared in time for the meeting.

 

Role

ISC representatives include parents from individual schools, programs and affinity groups in RAS. These representatives act as communication liaisons between the district administration and their own schools, groups, and/or boosters. Representatives attend their respective meetings to share meeting highlights and bring questions, concerns and accomplishments back to the council.

Getting Involved

Guest speakers are frequently invited, providing information which affects our entire district. Past guests include district staff and representatives of Community Education, PRISM, African Career Education & Resource, Inc. (ACER, Inc) and The Seven Dreams Foundation. In order to truly embrace the diversity within RAS, ISC aspires to open opportunities to educate ourselves about the many cultures within our community.

If you wish to be a guest speaker at an InterSchool Council meeting, want to become an attending representative for your school or booster organization (or just want to listen in on a meeting), please contact the current Chair (Aiysha Mustapha) at rdaleisc@gmail.com. Translators are readily available during meetings for some languages; requests can be made for those not represented and needed during meetings. Please email ISC leadership at least three days in advance of meetings so arrangements can be made.

Meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Education Service Center (ESC) Boardroom. The ESC is located at the corner of 42nd and Winnetka Avenue. (Meeting times will be added to the current one, please check back in April for a second meeting time and venue.)
  
ISC’s growth areas:
• Explore alternative dates, times and locations to foster greater alignment with Unified District Parent Engagement Goal
• Identify Monthly meeting Themes
• Encourage and share cultural celebrations; participate in the development of community events.
• Offer Professional Development ISC style; ACEs, Cultural Competency, Schoology, Naviance etc.
• Explore programs, roles and responsibilities:
• Cultural and Climate Specialists
• Behavior Specialists
• Departmental budgets and goals
• Topics current and relevant to attending representatives


2019-2020 Meeting Dates

September 11, 2019
October 9, 2019
November 13, 2019
December 11, 2019
January 8, 2020
February 12, 2020
March 11, 2020
April 8, 2020
May 13, 2020

 

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