Parent Advisory Committee


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:

  • To advise the WISD Board of Education on matters pertaining to special education; and
  • 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.

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.

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.

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

WISD Teaching & Learning Center

1819 S. Wagner Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 994-8100

Seminars 3 & 4

Upcoming Meetings:

September 19, 2023

October 17, 2023

November 21, 2023

No Meeting in December

January 16, 2024

February 20, 2024

March 19, 2024

April 16, 2024

May 21, 2024

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ADA & Accessibility

Our School Strives To Ensure Our Website Is Accessible To All Our Visitors 

Washtenaw ISD is committed to providing a website that is fully accessible and we are currently in the process of developing a new website to better meet the needs of our customers. Our new website will include improvements to ADA compliance and accessibility, and during this transition, we remain committed to maintaining our existing website's accessibility and usability. 

ADA Compliance

Non Discrimination

It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.

Non Discrimination Information

ADA and Title IX Coordinator ADA and Title IX Coordinator
Brian Marcel
Associate Superintendent
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1402
Cassandra Harmon-Higgins
Executive Director, HR & Legal Services
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1311