President's Message June 2017
It is hard to believe we are at the end of another school year! Final exams, graduations, summer holidays around the corner…the end of June already.
This has been a very active year in Education – with Ministry initiatives, consultations and announcements keeping us busy - including Bill One: An Act to Reduce School Fees, Transportation regulations, the Nutrition program, Playground funding, Curriculum development, Student learning Assessment and a new teacher contract deal. Visit https://education.alberta.ca/
We can expect updates and more information on these topics to continue in the fall.
Thank you to everyone who attended our conference and AGM. It was wonderful to see so many of you over the weekend event. The AGM had significant representation from our membership, along with a record breaking number of proxy votes.
Planning is now underway for the 2018 event – scheduled for April 20 – 22 at the Delta Edmonton South.
The Call for Issue Resolutions Form is posted – with a deadline to submit by December 19, 2017 – in order for issues to be considered at the 2018 AGM.
Information on the School Council Engagement Task force for the 2017-2018 school year is also available, and I encourage you to participate in this valued effort to inform the Board, and the education Ministry.
From all of us on the Board of Directors, we wish you a wonderful summer spending time with family and friends. Before you know it, we will be back to school in September and gearing up for another exciting year!
Thank you for your support and contributions to excellence in education through school council.
President's Message January 2017
As we head into the last half of the school year, I wanted to reach out and share some important items.
I would like to personally invite all of you to attend our Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA) Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM). It is April 28-30, 2017 at the Delta Edmonton South. We have some exciting speakers, including the Minister of Education, and a variety of valuable sessions for parents on school council. In addition to the sessions, there are many great opportunities to network with other school councils from across the province. The AGM has a number of resolutions for the membership to debate and vote on, and we will have elections for five board member positions.
I know many of you participated in the Curriculum Development sessions and online survey this fall. ASCA supported many school councils in the consultation process and will continue to do so as the initiative rolls into the next phase: Scope and Sequence, in May and June.
I have had the opportunity to meet regularly with Education Minister Eggen and discuss provincial initiatives such as Student Learning Assessments (SLA’s), Nutrition programs and the Education Act. As well, he met with the entire ASCA Board of Directors in October. We will continue to meet and ensure the parent voice through school councils is heard.
ASCA continues to support school districts and school councils around the province with skill and knowledge development. Please contact the office and set up a workshop booking (at no cost to ASCA members). And don't forget about Webinar Wednesdays -- sessions are offered on Inclusion, Careers, Meeting Management and a variety of other topics. The great part is, you can attend the sessions from the comfort of your home - after the kids are off to school (mornings at 9:30 am) or in bed (evenings at 8:30 pm).
President's Message September 2016
Due to the dedication and commitment of people like you - school councils continue to have positive impacts on the learning success of children in public schools.
School councils are the legislated platform for parent engagement in K-12 public education and a fundamental vehicle for communication. The school council role represents the link between the school administration and the parents in the school community.
With the help of ASCA, opportunity to gain shared knowledge enables all partners to work together to benefit all students in the school. Access to the same information about the education system as the principal, superintendent and school board trustee means discussions at school council or at Councils of School Councils (CoSC) meetings are balanced, informed and solutions focused on student learning.
Resources available on the ASCA website are for everyone in the school community. The website offers conversation starter topics for school council consideration, information about provincial initiatives at Alberta Education, how to participate in the ASCA School Council Engagement Task Force, as well as workshops and materials to create effective school councils.
The majority of school councils in the province are members of ASCA through sponsorship from their school districts. ASCA provides information on K-12 education and engaging school councils in Alberta to all parents, school council executive members, principals, teachers, trustees and superintendents. Support is available through a variety of methods ranging from one-on-one conversations to province-wide webinars, to onsite facilitation and presentations.
As you start planning for the school year, please review our services and resources, and contact us with any questions. We would be happy to come to your school and assist with a workshop!
Welcome back to a new school year - we look forward to hearing from you soon!