Serving on Groups That Make Decisions: A Guide for Families: Home

This is a guide to support anyone, especially families, to more actively participate on decision-making groups in their child's school or in the community.


This resource was created by the Parent Leadership Hub as part of the Wisconsin State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

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This guidebook has been designed to help you to participate "at the table" with other decision-makers.  We hope this guidebook inspires you to volunteer and to become active on groups in a variety of ways.  You can make a difference!

Introduction to Serving on Groups That Make Decisions


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"Wisconsin needs committed parents who are passionate about helping not just their own children, but all children succeed in school", said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers.  In appointing a parent advisory council for the DPI, Dr. Evers charged the members to encourage more parents and community members to be involved in education.  He asked that they advise the department in its efforts to focus programs and policies on helping parents be effective advocates for children and their education. 

As part of that effort, the DPI welcomes you as you engage in decision making with others on behalf of your child and other children.  This publication will help you identify the purposes of groups that aim to improve the lives of children, and become confident about your role in such a group.  The Guide will introduce you to common processes and tools that groups use to make decisions together.  It will show you how to organize your skills so that you can communicate effectively in a group, represent other families, and bring the voice of a parent or family member to the table.  Whether you serve on a group that addresses education, or a group that addresses health, safety or other important aspects of children's lives, we hope that you find useful information and assistance in this unique Guide for Families.

-Stephanie J. Petska, Director

Special Education Team

Division for Learning Support:  Equity and Advocacy

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Family Engagement Matters

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