Parent Advisory Committee

Welcome to the PAC Website

 

Mission Statement  |  Vision Statement  |  Meetings  |  Resources

Introduction

The Parent Advisory Committee is a group of parents of children with disabilities. Members are recommended by their public school agency for appointment by the WISD School Board. We meet the third Tuesday of every month during the school year to discuss special education programs, issues and ideas on how to be of assistance to parents.

The Parent Advisory Committee is mandated by Michigan law. It is our responsibility to review and provide input on the WISD's special education plan.

Most parents feel overwhelmed at some point in their journey through the special education system. We want to remind parents that they are the best advocates for their children. The importance of parent input and involvement in a student's education is emphasized by both Federal Law IDEA and Michigan's Rules for Special Education.

We are happy to share our experience and help parents trying to find their way through the special education maze. We welcome questions and concerns, and refer parents to appropriate administrators, school personnel, and support groups.

The WISD Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) exists to serve two basic functions:

  1. To advise the WISD Board of Education on matters pertaining to special education; and
  2. To fulfill those responsibilities designated in PA 451. The PAC also facilitates communication, awareness, and involvement between parents, local districts, Boards of Education/Boards of Directors and the Intermediate School District.

 

Mission Statement

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) consists of parents of students with special needs. We advise the WISD concerning the planning and implementation of special education programs and services. We work to ensure student success by strengthening the capacities of our local schools, families and communities through collaboration, use of best practices, technology, and a wide variety of strategies.

 

Vision Statement

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), in partnership with families, the WISD, local public school agencies, and communities, will facilitate the education of all students to ensure that they maximize their potential and become contributing members of society, living, working, and participating in their communities.

 

PAC Meetings

The WISD PAC meets monthly, usually on the third Tuesday from 6:30pm-8:30pm from September to May at:

Washtenaw Intermediate School District: Teaching & Learning Center
1819 S. Wagner Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 994-8100

Click here for directions.

2017 - 2018 Meeting Dates

  • September 19, 2017
  • October 17, 2017
  • November 21, 2017 (meeting cancelled)
  • No December meeting
  • January 16, 2018
  • February 20, 2018
  • March (date tbd)
  • April 17, 2018
  • May 15, 2018 (final meeting)

 

Resources

PAC Representatives (PDF) 

Special Education Administrators (PDF)

Parent Handbook (PDF)

Procedural Safeguards Notice (PDF)

Washtenaw County Area Family Support Groups (PDF)

Washtenaw County Special Education E-Information Listserv