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School council training is a great way to start the new school year. Edmonton Public Schools, in partnership with Alberta School Councils' Association (ASCA), will host three free virtual training sessions in late October and early November. The sessions will be held via Zoom.

All Edmonton Public Schools' current and prospective school council members are encouraged to participate in the virtual training. The sessions provide a variety of information that council members can benefit from.


Review the session descriptions and complete the 2021 School Council Training Registration form

Submit your registration at least two days prior to each session.


Session 1: School Council's Purpose 

Thursday, October 28
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Understanding the legislated role of school councils including which topics are open for discussion, and which require caution, helps to prevent tension and dysfunction within school councils and the school communities. Learning how to identify the work of school councils, how to frame a “personal issue” from a school council perspective, and how to broach sensitive topics is essential to new and returning members.

Session 2: The Work of School Council

Tuesday, November 2
7:00-8:30 p.m.

School councils often struggle with identifying the types of activities and work they should be doing in order to truly fulfill their legislated role. In this workshop, school councils are encouraged to examine what they are doing in relation to their intended purpose and the intended result of their work, and then consider how to connect with their school community.

Session 3: Partnerships with Fundraising Associations 

Thursday, November 4
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Fundraising Associations (FRAs) are separate, legal entities with distinct rules to follow, responsibilities to comply with and liabilities to consider. Positive, collaborative, mutually respectful relationships with the principal and school council are integral to the success of each, and in the best interests of students. Clarity of who has authority for what is essential.