Families can now choose how their child learns, in person or online in Quarter 2. Read more about how to make your choice by the October 19 deadline.
School council training is a great way to start the new school year. This year, Edmonton Public Schools in partnership with Alberta School Councils' Association (ASCA), will be hosting four free virtual training sessions on four separate evenings in October. The sessions will be held via Zoom.
ASCA instructors will cover information on a variety of topics to help your school council get off to a great start. You will also have the opportunity to virtually network with council members from other schools. All school council members, potential members and principals are encouraged to participate in the virtual training. All four sessions provide a variety of information that council members can benefit from.
Once you have selected the session(s) you are interested in virtually attending, you will be sent a confirmation email with details of how to sign in to sessions on the assigned dates and times.
Session 1: The Work of School Council (Tuesday, October 20, 7-8 p.m.)
Session 2: School Council's Purpose (Thursday, October 22, 7-8 p.m.)
Session 3: Partnerships with Fundraising Associations (Tuesday, October 27, 7-8 p.m.)
Session 4: Tools for Effective School Councils (Thursday, October 29, 7-8 p.m.)
Review the session descriptions below and register for school council training online.
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.
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.
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.
Resources, tips, templates and tools will be provided to help participants to understand the culture of their local school community and basic volunteer psychology. Strategies to increase the effectiveness of school councils will be offered.