The Parent Leadership Council (PLC) is a committee that serves as a liaison between parents and school officials to help monitor the implementation of the META/DOE Agreement in the School District. The Agreement works to ensure that all students have equal access to education.
In that spirit, the PLC works to facilitate parental involvement, which is key to improved performance by English Language Learners (ELL). For the growing number of parents with limited or no English proficiency, their involvement in the educational process is of the utmost importance.
Research shows that parental involvement is one of the key factors in student achievement. This involvement is critically important to ensuring a positive experience of ELL students facing a new language and culture.
The Consent Decree, the state of Florida’s framework for compliance with federal and state laws and jurisprudence regarding the education of ELL students, requires parent involvement by establishing a PLC at each school and at the District level.
“The goal of the PLC is to develop partnerships between parents, the community, and school staff,” said Nadilia Charles, the new Instructional Specialist tasked with leading the District PLC. “This collaboration requires all parties involved to work together to achieve goals such as providing social and emotional support, as well as working to implement strategies that facilitate academic success for ELL students.”
The District’s PLC is comprised of parents who speak Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese. Each District school with ELL students sends representatives who participate at the District level, then later report back to their school’s PLC.
PLC meetings are held quarterly at the District headquarters, and each school conducts their own PLC meeting once per semester. PLC members receive information about various organizations, committees, and volunteer opportunities available. This enables them to recruit parents in the community who need the services offered by the PLC, and encourages more active participation from those parents.