Executive Director's Report
We have just come through another successful Conference and Annual General Meeting! On behalf of the Alberta School Councils’ Association, many thanks for your strong parental voice in education! Almost 300 delegates joined us for learning, networking and fun at the Delta Edmonton South, April 28-30.
As part of the organization’s commitment to the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the ASCA Conference offered the experience of the Blanket Exercise which many participated in for the first time. Delegates told us it was an awakening experience where many learned more about Canadian history than they ever did in school.
We want to thank our partners in education, particularly Charlene Bearhead, for helping us provide an experience that many won’t soon forget.
We encourage school councils to join in the movement of Truth and Reconciliation by acknowledging Treaty lands at your meetings, hosting cultural activities at your school or placing a Treaty flag in your school foyer. More information about First Nations, Metis and Inuit can be found at First Nations in Alberta .
At the AGM, we said goodbye to three of our esteemed Board members and welcomed three new Directors. Thank you to Past President, Brad Vonkeman and Directors Tyla Savard and Dena Friars for your service.
Our newly elected ambassadors are Directors Rick Sakundiak (Peace Wapiti), Shelley Odishaw (Red Deer Public) and Lisa Arlint (Peace Wapiti).
Your provincial Board for the 2017-2018 year are:
· President, Allison Pike - Lethbridge Public
· Vice President, Dawn Miller - St. Thomas Aquinas Roman (STAR) Catholic
· Jacquie Surgenor - Elk Island Public
· Lisa Arlint - Peace Wapiti
· Laura Andreas - Red Deer Catholic
· Brandi Rai - Edmonton Public
· Judy Ducharme - Peace River
· Alana Sala - Westwind
· Rick Sakundiak - Peace Wapiti
· Hollie Tarasewich - Lethbridge
· Shelley Odishaw - Red Deer Public
· Lorna Spargo - Fort McMurray Public
In May, Alberta Education will launch the next phase of the Curriculum Development. This phase is “Scope and Sequence” and will take a more in-depth look at curriculum across all subject areas in the K-12 system. As with the first phase of this initiative, there will be face to face consultation sessions as well as an online survey for parents and the public to participate in.
Please contact your local consortium to see how you can participate in a face to face session geared towards community consultation and understanding the on-line survey. To find your area consortium go to the Alberta Regional Consortia website at www.arpdc.ab.ca. If you are interested in hosting your own face to face session at your school council or in your community, your local consortia can facilitate that planning with you.
Bill One: An Act to Reduce School Fees has passed third reading and soon there will be a regulation to accompany the Bill. ASCA will provide links on our website as we learn more about changes to school fees in the 2017-2018 school year.
From the ASCA office to your school councils, we wish you a restful and relaxing summer with your families.
Remember, we are here to assist you in your school council effectiveness, so please do not hesitate to call.