JUNE Message from the ASCA Executive
In the final month of the 2019-2020 school year, we, like you, could never have imagined that our last weeks of school would look the way they do. We acknowledge the hard work families have put into navigating the past two and a half months through remote learning, relationships and general wellbeing.
We also know that school councils have been supporting their communities during this time and we greatly appreciate their dedication. Our Board is very proud to represent the voice of parents on school councils in this province.
The Board has been working hard since its formation at the end of April. In orientation sessions, our new Directors learned about how the Association is guided by our Bylaws, Governance Policies, Vision Path and Advocacy Policies. Advocacy, Governance, Internal Finance, Legacy, Member Engagement, and Recognition and Awards are the Board committees formed to execute our roles, communicate with, and advocate for, our members.
During the past month, Directors have been representing ASCA in a variety of ways:
School re-entry discussions with Alberta Education are ongoing. We are grateful for the responses from across the province in our recent school re-entry survey. The data is helping our Board advise and advocate on matters relating to Covid-19 and school re-entry in the fall. Survey responses are also helping to shape the plan for student transportation on re-entry. Your voices, experiences, and input have been crucial during this unparalleled time.
June is Pride Month. ASCA understands that educators need resources to support the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities in our classrooms. One of our Directors serves on the SOGI 123 advisory group. Free resources are available on the SOGI 123 website for parents, students, and educators.
June is also National Indigenous History Month. ASCA is committed to advancing the process of reconciliation through an increased awareness and understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit histories and perspectives. ASCA’s website contains resources and links for learning and sharing First Nations, Métis and Inuit information.
ASCA recently partnered with the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC) to host a parent night with Dr. Jody Carrington. ASCA knows that adult learning supports the educational experience for students. ASCA Directors are members of Boards that govern seven regional Consortium that provide professional learning opportunities - valuable resources for administration, teachers, support staff and parents in our province. You can visit the ARPDC website for upcoming sessions and registration information.
We hope that summer vacation gives you the necessary time to recharge from the hectic chaos that has been the past three months. While this time has not been ideal, hopefully it will give our children, and us, a sense of resiliency.
Through hard times, all of us together, are preparing our children to be leaders in our world. Have a wonderful summer!
Brandi and Shelley
MAY Message from the ASCA Executive
Looking to the future, we want to build on ASCA’s past year successes and create innovative ways to advocate for, and serve, our members.
Parents are partners in education; a relationship that has been made so very clear over the past three months. Parents are working closely with teachers, and are keeping their school councils active. Parents participated in our online forum with the Education Minister, and engaged in ASCA advocacy during our recent AGM.
We are very proud of the work parents have accomplished since remote learning began - whatever that looks like for each family. We acknowledge the hard work of families across our province as they juggle work, help students learn, maintain community relationships and overall wellbeing.
ASCA’s first ever virtual AGM was held online out of necessity. We were pleased to be able to report on the good work our Board and Association achieved during the year. We were excited to welcome three new Directors to the Board, and a new Executive team, adding fresh skills for an energized and focused future. The new Directors have completed orientation, and we are diving right into our advocacy work related to the fall school re-entry plan for students.
The ASCA survey on school re-entry planning received more than 66,000 responses from parents on school councils in Alberta, representing every school division in the province. The responses will help the Board to inform discussions in our consultations with the Minister and Education Ministry. Results from the survey will be available for our members, partners and the public. Please check our website and social media for the survey posting information.
We are grateful for our members' engagement and encourage ongoing connections with school board trustees, local MLAs, and the Minister, to share experiences, ideas, and concerns related to education.
“We are all in this together”. We hear it said often, and at ASCA, we believe it to be true. Our Board is proud to serve the membership, and even more so during these challenging times together.
President Brandi Rai and Vice President Shelley Odishaw