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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 parent policy 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.
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.

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. The date and time is tentative as we are looking to find a time that is more sufficient for all members to foster greater alignment with the Unified District Vision’s parent engagement goal.
*This time is tentatively changing, please check back in October for a new meeting time and venue.


New this year, we will be adding:
• Themed Monthly meetings, which allow for providing information, which can be shared back at the meetings of PTSOs, creating stronger partnerships with Family and Community Engagement
• Investigating the prospects for connecting participants to more district-wide events, which could foster more parent and community engagement. These events might include meetings in different buildings through-out the year, cultural events and/or celebrations.
• Revised meeting times and/or dates
• Podcasting, Facebook Live, etc. Offering more options for communicating on different platforms could better engage parents who are unable to physically attend ISC meetings.
• Professional Development ISC style; ACEs, Cultural Competency, Schoology, Naviance etc.
• Exploration of programs, roles and responsibilities: Cultural and Climate Specialists, Behavior Specialists, and other different topics (including departmental budgets and goals).
In order to truly embrace the diversity within RAS, we must educate ourselves about the many cultures within our communities as we make efforts to better embrace and understand our district. 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.
 


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