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The Division is Edmonton Public Schools, which includes the Board of Trustees, central service departments and all schools.
Stakeholders are people who contribute to, and have an interest in public education and supporting student achievement and well-being within the Division. The Education Act uses the phrase “partner(s) in education” to describe stakeholders. Stakeholders include but are not limited to:
Stakeholder Relations is how the Division relates to, and interacts with, our stakeholders. The Division’s approach to stakeholder relations focuses on best practices in communications, engagement and collaboration to support meaningful stakeholder participation, as well as strategic and mutually beneficial relationships between the Division and its stakeholders. The Division relies on recognized standards for public participation practice, such as the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum for Public Participation. It provides a framework for increasing levels of public engagement depending on the purpose of stakeholder participation and degree of impact a decision or initiative may have on stakeholders. The levels of engagement from IAP2 are: inform, consult, involve, collaborate and empower.
Stakeholder Relationships are defined by the manner or role in which stakeholders engage with the
Division. There are different expectations and parameters for interactions with a student, parent, staff member, community connection, donor, funder, partner, sponsor, school council, tenant, vendor or volunteer. However, all stakeholder relationships require varying degrees of support and communication, and a common understanding of each party’s role and responsibilities.
Definitions for the following terms and for terminology for all other policies related to AE.BP Welcoming, Inclusive, Safe and Healthy Learning and Working Environments are found in a Glossary of Terms (linked in References).
The Board believes education is the foundation for a democratic and civil society, and that everyone has a vested interest in education. A thriving education system that engages all students to their capacity is a shared responsibility between the Division and members of the community. In order to serve the diverse needs of students and support their full development and well-being, the Division needs the help of all education stakeholders in:
• supporting our Vision, Mission, Values and Priorities;
• enhancing the educational opportunities and supports available for students;
• supporting early childhood development and preparation of children for success in school;
• supporting the smooth transition of students from high school to the next phase of their lives;
• creating school environments that provide additional supports for children, families and communities;
• contributing ideas and perspectives to inform Division decision making at the system and school level;
• creating efficiencies in the use of public and community resources through the coordination and integration of services; and
• advocating support for the Division, publicly funded education, and community initiatives focused on students and families.
• align with our Vision, Mission, Values, and Priorities;
• preserve the Division’s reputation;
• reflect the objectives and goals of all parties;
• clearly define and appropriately communicate and/or document expectations, roles, responsibilities and authorities of all parties;
• provide conflict resolution processes to address issues;
• provide resources and services to complement, not replace, public funding for education;
• do not require an exclusive endorsement of products or service, nor exploit students or the Division commercially, politically or otherwise; and
• ensure the Division’s responsibilities are acknowledged with respect to student safety, personal information, management of financial resources and infrastructure, and compliance with legislation, staff collective agreements, board policy and administrative regulations.
The Superintendent of Schools shall implement this policy by assigning roles and responsibilities, and developing administrative regulations, processes and best practices aligned with recognized standards of practice for public bodies. This work must include Division standards and guidelines for:
The Division shall report on strategic initiatives with stakeholders through the Annual Education Results Report to Alberta Education and the Division’s annual results review process.
(please see Sections 31, 33(1)(d))