Thank you for your interest in raising new ideas for the PAC! It’s these ideas that help fuel our growth and achieve success.
All of our ideas fit within the PAC’s mission:
- Helping Capitol Hill deliver lifelong learning and excellence in well-rounded education to our children.
- Ensuring the well-being of our students.
- Establishing meaningful engagement of parents, students, and the community as partners in education.
Raising New Ideas
The leadership team certainly understand the challenges that may come with raising new ideas! Note that the person who has the idea is not required to lead a team to implement it. The process of raising a new idea are as follow:
Step 1: Explore it!
You are invited to explore your idea with Paulus or Anne-Marie. As we explore, we will examine the details of your idea and learn of its fit into the school community.
Example: You may want to explore the idea of bringing in an after-school drama program from an Arts school.
Step 2: Share it!
We’ll share your idea anonymously online to gain potential interest from other parents! When there is a high interest, we can connect you to the members of this group.
Example: Our website will inform parents that there is an interest of bringing in a drama program from a parent. When a high interest for this program is expressed, we’ll connect you to all the parents who have expressed interest. You now have a supportive team to help bring a drama program forward.
Step 3: Develop it!
You and the team of parents have a new idea to harness as well as examine its details in order to further develop. We can then bring it to the PAC for further development and consideration.
Example: Space rental, cost of instruction and what the schedule permits.
Step 4: Initiate it!
Once the details and logistics have been developed, the proposal is put on the website for all members to consider. It is then added to the PAC meeting agenda and voted on at a meeting.
Example: Proposal of a drama program will be posted on the website. It will include a program and class description, program cost, a schedule, registration process, and the subsidy requested from the PAC funding. Items are put up for a vote. Discussion at the next PAC meeting will take place. A spokesperson from the working group or one of the Chairs on behalf of the group can raise the idea at the meeting for general discussion.
Step 5: Implement and plan it!
If the idea has been approved, then the PAC moves forward with forming an implementation team/committee.
Example: We determined that this needs the involvement for 5 volunteer parents. A call is made to get these volunteers, with a full description of what they have to do – Volunteer 1 to call Shadbolt to book the sessions; Volunteer 2,3,4,5 to greet the facilitator when they come in after school and stay for the sessions to close-up after wards.