ASCA is committed to effective school councils in Alberta and working with school districts to maximize efforts.
Workshops are free of charge for School Districts sponsoring their school councils' membership in ASCA.
Benefits of ASCA District Membership for School Boards
ASCA provides ongoing training and supports that enable parents to build respectful, appropriate relationships in schools. Benefit to the school staff is the parent focus on student performance and achievement which leads to collaboration and productive outcomes.
School boards are assured that all school councils within their district/division have access to an established set of resources and supports, with training workshops delivered on-site at the councils’ convenience, and included in the cost of membership.
ASCA sessions contain consistent messages to promote parents working with the school board in a collaborative manner, and supporting the goals established by the board related to school improvement and student achievement.
Specific sessions and services are available to the school division that sponsors district-wide membership on behalf of all of their school councils, including:
• School council establishment services (for schools where no school council currently exists);
• School-based administrators presentations on parental engagement practices and school council effectiveness;
• Council of School Councils (COSC) establishment and supports;
• School board presentations promoting best practices for working with school councils.
Opportunity for district school council parents to attend the ASCA conference and Annual General Meeting at a reduced rate. Trustees and superintendents of sponsoring boards also receive the discounted rate for conferences and the Annual General Meeting.
Provision of factual information on provincial curriculum, programs, and initiatives through emails, bulletins and website. Specific informational research can be provided to members by request.
ASCA is recognized by Alberta Education and other education organizations as the association bringing the provincial parent perspective on education issues to government and others. School councils can support their school board’s advocacy efforts through ASCA’s issue resolution policy process.