How do we make the most of our School Councils?

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:

  1. Mission, vision, and philosophy
  2. Policies
  3. School development plan
  4. Annual results report
  5. Budget

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!
D

 

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