ELA Parent Advisory Committees

As a parent or guardian of a DPS student, you have opportunities to get involved. The ELA Parent Advisory Committee (ELA PAC) at your school is an opportunity for parents of English Learners to engage with teachers and school leaders to discuss issues that affect their students. The ELA District Advisory Committee (ELA DAC) meets monthly during the school year and features presentations and discussion around district-wide topics that affect families of English Learners in DPS.

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Next ELA DAC: December 13

Please join us for the next ELA DAC meeting on Thursday, December 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver, 80211. The topic of the meeting will be Transformational Leaders in Equity, with discussion and resources to help families enhance their leadership skills and become stronger advocates for equity at the home, school and district levels. Interpretation, meals, and childcare (age 3-12) provided at no cost to participants.

For more information, download the event flyer

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ELA District-wide Advisory Committee (ELA DAC)

Be a voice for English learners at the district level.

  • The ELA DAC is a regular meeting where parents whose children speak a language other than English learn about how the district is supporting the success of English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • ELA DAC representatives will also learn about their rights and responsibilities as parents and how to best advocate for their student(s). ELA parents are able to create positive change in their school and the district by being a voice for English Language Learners.
  • ELA DAC representatives receive valuable information and tools to help support their children’s success at school and at home.
  • ELA DAC representatives are given tools to share information from the DAC with their school principal, ELA PAC (Parent Advisory Committee), CSC/school governance council and other ELA families.
  • Some ELA DAC meetings include resource fairs, with community organizations and resources for families and students.
  • Free interpretation, on-site child care and refreshments are provided.
  • Transportation to the ELA DAC may be provided. Contact your school’s parent liaison for more information.

ELA Parent Advisory Committee (ELA PAC)

Every DPS school maintains an ELA PAC, either as a stand-alone committee or as a subcommittee of another parent group. ELA PACs:

  • Provide ELA program information.
  • Increase communication between ELA parents, the school, and the district.
  • Review implementation of the ELA program with parents.
  • Provide a forum for schools to listen to parent concerns and address issues.
  • Generate topics of interest for DAC meetings.

To get involved with your school’s ELA PAC, please contact your school or the Office of Family and Community Engagement.

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