Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee

If you are the parent or legal guardian of an English Learner, you are invited to participate in the District 401 Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC).

All other members of the District's EL community, including anyone involved in Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) programming or Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) services, are invited to participate as well.

BPAC Schedule for 2019-20

Four BPAC meetings have been scheduled for the 2019-20 school year. The first meeting took place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 27 at the Elmwood Elementary School Library

The locations and times for the other meetings will be announced later this year. To learn more, click below to download a BPAC flyer in English, Polish or Spanish:

BPAC flyer in English


BPAC flyer for 2019-20


BPAC flyer for 2019-20


Contact Information

The District's contact person for additional information about BPAC is Dr. Leah Gauthier, Director for Curriculum & Instruction. She can be reached by phone at 708-452-5835 or by email at

What Is BPAC?

BPAC is a committee required for public school districts that have TBE programs.

The committee consists of bilingual program parents, legal guardians of ELs, TBE/TPI teachers, counselors or other school personnel and EL community leaders.

The majority of members are parents/guardians of children in the program. Membership is representative of the languages served by the District.

Our activities include the following:

► We review the District's bilingual service plan.
► We receive training from the District to make informed decisions.
► We provide information regarding the English learner program for the D401 community.
► We participate in the planning, operation and evaluation of bilingual and EL programs.
► We meet to plan parent evenings.

After forming, the committee operates autonomously, including the election of officers and the establishment of internal rules and procedures.

Our Goals

BPAC's goals are to:

► Advocate for students in the bilingual and EL programs in District 401.
► Help make decisions regarding the bilingual and EL programs in District 401.
► Connect with other parents in District 401.
► Support the academic achievement of EL student(s) by attending workshops, conferences and other events for bilingual parents.

Our Meetings

BPAC meets four times a school year.

As noted above, our 2019-20 meetings will be held on the following dates:

► Aug. 27, 2019 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Elmwood Elementary School Library
► Oct. 15, 2019 | Time & location to be determined
► March 3, 2020 | Time & location TBD
► May 6, 2020 | Time & location TBD

Times and locations for the final three meetings will be posted here when they become available.