How do we make the most of our School Councils?
Last night I was part of our second meeting of our Belvedere Parkway School Council and Parent Fundraising Association (PFA). A team from the Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA – http://www.albertaschoolcouncils.ca/) came out to work with us on a session around what is the role of a school council and how do we utilize it to enhance the learning of students. I thought I knew a lot about the work and contribution of school councils, but I was very impressed by the knowledge that Karen and Marilyn shared and guided us through.
There were a number of things that I learned that were very helpful:
A School Council is a means for parents and community members to work together with the school to support and enhance student learning. A SC is legislated to advise the principal respecting matters to the school.
The Responsibility of School Councils are to:
- Foster, develop, maintain, and reflect the culture of the school
- Provide the opportunity to participate in the advisory role
- Create the forum for discussion
- Seek and represent school community views
A School Council needs opportunity to provide advice on the development of the school’s:
- Mission, vision, and philosophy
- School development plan
- Annual results report
A great quote I pulled from our session was:
“The School Council is a leader of parents…”
Probably the best thing that we got out of this, though, was this meeting helped us as a School Council in the creation of a School Council culture and the development of a sense of team, setting up how we will work together in the future…
I highly recommend having them out to your school council, as it was hugely beneficial for us! Check out the workshops from the ASCA at http://www.albertaschoolcouncils.ca/?page=Workshops
Work hard and learn tons!