Event Calendar

Dec 02

K-3 Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Doing Through Picture Books

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: FFCA - Learning Centre 110 - 7000 Railway St. SE, Calgary, AB

This session will focus on how Indigenous ways of knowing can be infused in the K-3 ELA curriculum using specific Indigenous picture books and learning approaches. The session will demonstrate how literature can meet and connect numerous curricular outcomes as well as increase student and teacher foundational knowledge of Indigenous histories, cultures, and values. A list of free recommended literature and foundational knowledge resources will be shared with participants.

About the Presenter(s)

Rosalind Schnieder is an Instructional Coach with Golden Hills School Division and is a Member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. She is passionate about assessment, authentic learning opportunities and embedding Indigenous ways of knowing and doing into any curriculum.

Information and Registration

Central Alberta Regional Consortium

Dec 06

The Dance of Attachment

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Online

Attachment is the deep emotional bond between a caregivers and children. This paradigm also continues to endure and shift into the arena of adult relationships and has a lasting impact on our psychology. An attachment relationship that is characterized by warm, sensitive, attuned, and consistent caregiving lays the foundation for resilience, security, compassion, emotion intelligence, and healthy relationship— it is considered the hallmark of psychological well-being.

In this workshop with Tammy Schamuhn , attendees will be introduced to attachment research, develop a better understanding of attachment styles in both children and adults and outcomes related to each style, how the brain’s development is contingent on the quality of care a child receives, and interventions that promote a more secure attachment style in children.

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

Information and Registration

Central Alberta Regional Consortium

Dec 07

Self-care for Educators

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Online

In this refreshing and highly compassionate workshop,Tammy Schamuhn, will debunk the idea of conventional self-care before creating a new framework to guide well-being. We will explore foundational concepts in well-being, with a focus on concrete tools and strategies to optimize physiological needs (stress and sleep), connection needs, and self-growth. This workshop will discuss ways in which to shift your “happiness set-point”, increase self-esteem, and establish healthy boundaries.

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

Information and Registration

Central Alberta Regional Consortium

Dec 08

Social Media and our Youth

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Online

Social media has been around for decades and is commonly used by all. These digital platforms allow any user to create or share content in forms of posts, photos, videos and connection.

This session will explore social media use among youth, highlighting the risks and benefits of use, impact on mental health and strategies that can be implemented by parents and service providers.

Presenter(s): Calgary Health Promotion Services (CHPS)
 
 
Calgary Regional Consortium
 
Dec 08

What to Do When Kids are Throwing out Their Lunches and Saying "I'm So FAT"!

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Online

A workshop on disordered eating, poor body image, and how you can help as a teacher.

Since the pandemic, eating disorders and disordered eating have risen sharply. Often, educators notice behaviours in school before parents are even aware there is a problem. Teachers are reporting whole classes of elementary students who are throwing out their lunches, engaging in restriction, and commenting negatively on their bodies. What can you do when you see these troubling warning signs in your students?

This workshop will steer you in the right direction and provide resources to foster body positive conversations with your students, work effectively with parents, and help shape your school culture to embrace health at every size.

Facilitator - Sue Huff

Sue is a parent mentor at the Alberta Wellness Center for Eating Disorders (www.albertaWellnessED.com)

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

Information and Registration

Central Alberta Regional Consortium

Dec 09

Building Inclusive Workplaces and Practices

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This interactive workshop will focus on tools to recognize, articulate, understand, examine, challenge, and change workplace practices with the lens of using curiosity, collaboration, and conversation as a response and reinforcing that learning organizations use these moments (of potential constructive conflict) as learning opportunities.

Supervisors and employees will consider their separate but interconnected roles in creating and maintaining inclusive workplaces. Participants also will have the opportunity to apply these concepts in the context of their personal life in addition to their work, as we know that the ‘person’ and the ‘worker’ are one and the same, and that there are no clear boundaries between what we bring to work and what affects us in environments outside of the workplace. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of key concepts around diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Learn how to apply the EDI framework to build stronger and more productive teams
  • Work in groups on goal setting around creating and maintaining an inclusive and effective organizational culture

Registration

Dec 15

Improv for Conflict Resolution

Time: 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Location: Online

(Alternative Dispute Resolution) ADR Institute of Alberta

Co-hosted by ADRIA and the Foundation of Administrative Justice (FOAJ)

ADRIA/FOAJ Lunch and Learn Webinars

Intro to Improv for Mediators – Comfort in Uncertainty, Joy in Collaboration

As mediators, we aim to solve problems without preconceptions of what should happen. It’s an improvised process. But improvising isn’t always easy. We can get caught up in our own thoughts, try to create solutions too quickly, or feel lost when things don’t go as expected. Improv training helps us build our comfort in uncertainty, reduce our fear around relinquishing control, and find joy and ease in collaboration.

Get a taste of improv training, learn about the fascinating overlap between the principles of improv and principles of conflict mediation, and leave with some ideas for applying improv to your own work.

Presenter: Zoë Barrett-Wood

Information and Registration (at no cost)

 

Jan 09

The Assurance Framework NEW* ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

The Assurance Framework, introduced with the Weighted Moving Average Funding Model in February 2020 and implemented provincially in September 2020, is designed to demonstrate to Albertans that the education system is meeting student needs and that students are successful.

The Assurance Framework is based on the importance of stakeholder engagement (i.e., parents on school councils) in a more meaningful planning process.

School boards are responsible for the engagement of the parents of their students, and to provide the opportunity for school council engagement / involvement in developing the education plan, results report, and other items critical to student success. Principals are often expected create similar opportunities specific to the local context of their own school communities.

All education partners share the responsibility of student growth - including parents and school councils!

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Jan 11

K-3 Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Doing Through Picture Books - REPEAT

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Online

This session will focus on how Indigenous ways of knowing can be infused in the K-3 ELA curriculum using specific Indigenous picture books and learning approaches.

The session will demonstrate how literature can meet and connect numerous curricular outcomes as well as increase student and teacher foundational knowledge of Indigenous histories, cultures, and values. A list of free recommended literature and foundational knowledge resources will be shared with participants.

Presenters: Rosalind Schnieder & Kim Tackaberry

Information and Registration ($25.00)

Calgary Regional Consortium

Jan 11

The Work of School Council: It’s NOT About the Meeting ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

School Councils often struggle with identifying the types of activities and work they should be doing in order to truly fulfil their legislated role.

School councils are encouraged to examine what they are doing in relation to the Assurance Framework, their intended purpose and the intended result of their work, and then consider strategies to enhance school council’s role in the school community, supporting expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Jan 12

Fundraising Association Partnership Purpose ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Fundraising Associations (FRAs) are separate, legal entities with distinct rules to follow, responsibilities to comply with and liabilities to consider.

Positive, collaborative, mutually respectful relationships with the principal and school council are integral to the success of each and in the best interests of students. Clarity of who has authority for what, is essential.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Jan 17

The Work of School Council: It’s NOT About the Meeting ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

School Councils often struggle with identifying the types of activities and work they should be doing in order to truly fulfil their legislated role.

School councils are encouraged to examine what they are doing in relation to the Assurance Framework, their intended purpose and the intended result of their work, and then consider strategies to enhance school council’s role in the school community, supporting expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Jan 18

Understanding Childhood Depression

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Online

Depression can significantly impact a child, and those caring for them are often left with questions about how to best help. In this workshop parents and professionals will learn more about childhood depression and how to best help children and teens manage it.

All strategies are science-informed, and practical for working with children and youth. This workshop will empower adults to be agents of change in a child’s life offering concrete ways in which they can support the children in their lives.

Facilitator: Tania Johnson

Information and Registration

Central Alberta Regional Consortium

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

Jan 19

Understanding Teen Depression

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Online

Depression causes physiological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral impacts. Parents, teachers, and caregivers will learn about the causes of depression, symptoms, and how they can help.

Facilitator: Melissa Prins

Information and Registration

Central Alberta Regional Consortium

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

Jan 19

School Council Purpose ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Understanding the advisory role of school councils through a review of the legislation, exploring rights, responsibilities and choices including which topics/areas are open for discussion helps to guide school council and its work in the school community. Learning how to identify the work of school councils, how to frame a “personal issue” from a school council perspective and how to broach sensitive topics is essential for new and returning members.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Jan 21

ASCA Board of Directors Meeting

Time: All Day
Location: Online

Jan 22

ASCA Board of Directors Meeting

Time: All Day
Location: Online

Jan 23

School Council Policies and Practices ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

School council policies should reflect legislation, the context of their communities, and the work their members choose to do. Topics include; communication - internal and external, record-keeping, fundraising and accounting, privacy, location of meetings, official mailing address, new member orientation, group evaluation, social media and conflict resolution.

Understand how to create Draft Policies on your own or with additional ASCA assistance, using wording and clauses relevant to your school community.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Jan 25

The Assurance Framework NEW* ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

The Assurance Framework, introduced with the Weighted Moving Average Funding Model in February 2020 and implemented provincially in September 2020, is designed to demonstrate to Albertans that the education system is meeting student needs and that students are successful.

The Assurance Framework is based on the importance of stakeholder engagement (i.e., parents on school councils) in a more meaningful planning process.

School boards are responsible for the engagement of the parents of their students, and to provide the opportunity for school council engagement / involvement in developing the education plan, results report, and other items critical to student success. Principals are often expected create similar opportunities specific to the local context of their own school communities.

All education partners share the responsibility of student growth - including parents and school councils!

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Jan 26

Tools for Effective School Councils ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Resources, tips, templates and tools will be provided to help participants to understand the culture of their local community and basic volunteer psychology. An exploration of school community culture/barriers, volunteer motivation, and strategies to increase the effectiveness of school councils will be offered.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Jan 31

School Council Policies and Practices ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

School council policies should reflect legislation, the context of their communities, and the work their members choose to do. Topics include; communication - internal and external, record-keeping, fundraising and accounting, privacy, location of meetings, official mailing address, new member orientation, group evaluation, social media and conflict resolution.

Understand how to create Draft Policies on your own or with additional ASCA assistance, using wording and clauses relevant to your school community.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Feb 02

Building Positive Partnerships ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

Building positive partnerships within the Education and general community can help school councils to be more effective in their advisory role. With a focus of supporting and enhancing student learning, Positive Partnerships are informative, collaborative, and respectful of boundaries and authorities. Discussion includes an examination of relationships, expectations, and protocols.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Feb 06

The Assurance Framework NEW* ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

The Assurance Framework, introduced with the Weighted Moving Average Funding Model in February 2020 and implemented provincially in September 2020, is designed to demonstrate to Albertans that the education system is meeting student needs and that students are successful.

The Assurance Framework is based on the importance of stakeholder engagement (i.e., parents on school councils) in a more meaningful planning process.

School boards are responsible for the engagement of the parents of their students, and to provide the opportunity for school council engagement / involvement in developing the education plan, results report, and other items critical to student success. Principals are often expected create similar opportunities specific to the local context of their own school communities.

All education partners share the responsibility of student growth - including parents and school councils!

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Feb 08

Fundraising Association Partnership Purpose ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Fundraising Associations (FRAs) are separate, legal entities with distinct rules to follow, responsibilities to comply with and liabilities to consider.

Positive, collaborative, mutually respectful relationships with the principal and school council are integral to the success of each and in the best interests of students. Clarity of who has authority for what, is essential.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Feb 09

Effective Engagement in Your School Community ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

School councils would like their school community to be dynamic, exciting places, where parents feel authentically engaged in supporting and enhancing student learning. Using local context, define effective engagement, identify existing challenges, explore possible solutions and learn how to create goals and plans focused on creating engagement opportunities for the school community which align with the expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Feb 14

The Work of School Council: It’s NOT About the Meeting ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

School Councils often struggle with identifying the types of activities and work they should be doing in order to truly fulfil their legislated role.

School councils are encouraged to examine what they are doing in relation to the Assurance Framework, their intended purpose and the intended result of their work, and then consider strategies to enhance school council’s role in the school community, supporting expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Feb 16

The School Council-Trustee Relationship ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Understanding the relationship is vital to assist you in successfully furthering your role in the school community. School councils should understand the role of the school board Trustee, and the Trustee should be aware of their role with school council.

A Trustee is a valued partner who can share school board information with parents they represent, and gather valuable parent perspectives from division school councils.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Feb 21

Effective Engagement in Your School Community ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

School councils would like their school community to be dynamic, exciting places, where parents feel authentically engaged in supporting and enhancing student learning. Using local context, define effective engagement, identify existing challenges, explore possible solutions and learn how to create goals and plans focused on creating engagement opportunities for the school community which align with the expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Feb 22

School Council Policies and Practices ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

School council policies should reflect legislation, the context of their communities, and the work their members choose to do. Topics include; communication - internal and external, record-keeping, fundraising and accounting, privacy, location of meetings, official mailing address, new member orientation, group evaluation, social media and conflict resolution.

Understand how to create Draft Policies on your own or with additional ASCA assistance, using wording and clauses relevant to your school community.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Feb 23

Mental Health First Aid

Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Online

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the support provided to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis.

Participants will learn how to recognize signs that a person may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis and encourage that person to:

- Talk about declines in their mental well-being
- Discuss professional and other supports that could help with recovery to improved mental well-being
- Reach out to these supports
- Assist in a mental health or substance use crisis
- Use MHFA actions to maintain one’s own mental well-being

Please note that participants will be required to complete an online 2 hour independent module before the February 23rd online session. 

Facilitator: Linnea Vendittelli

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

Information and Registration ($200)

Central Alberta Regional Consortium

Feb 23

Tools for Effective School Councils ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Resources, tips, templates and tools will be provided to help participants to understand the culture of their local community and basic volunteer psychology. An exploration of school community culture/barriers, volunteer motivation, and strategies to increase the effectiveness of school councils will be offered.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 01

Fundraising Association Partnership Purpose ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Fundraising Associations (FRAs) are separate, legal entities with distinct rules to follow, responsibilities to comply with and liabilities to consider.

Positive, collaborative, mutually respectful relationships with the principal and school council are integral to the success of each and in the best interests of students. Clarity of who has authority for what, is essential.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 02

School Council Purpose ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Understanding the advisory role of school councils through a review of the legislation, exploring rights, responsibilities and choices including which topics/areas are open for discussion helps to guide school council and its work in the school community. Learning how to identify the work of school councils, how to frame a “personal issue” from a school council perspective and how to broach sensitive topics is essential for new and returning members.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 07

Creating School Council Plans ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

Meaningful involvement, recruitment and effective engagement require planning and goal setting. A plan should be simple to communicate and achievable - given the time and resources available. Exploration of the value of goal setting, planning, idea sharing, open discussion, consensus building. 

Aligning with the Assurance Framework, evaluation and potential modification are vital to the creation of ongoing plans. Learn about schools’ Annual Education Plan, and how to identify areas where your school council may assist in achieving identified targets, as well as ongoing school council professional development. Understand how to create a Draft 1 Year Plan specifying actions, resources, outcomes, and evaluation methods.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 09

The Work of School Council: It’s NOT About the Meeting ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

School Councils often struggle with identifying the types of activities and work they should be doing in order to truly fulfil their legislated role.

School councils are encouraged to examine what they are doing in relation to the Assurance Framework, their intended purpose and the intended result of their work, and then consider strategies to enhance school council’s role in the school community, supporting expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 13

Building Positive Partnerships ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Building positive partnerships within the Education and general community can help school councils to be more effective in their advisory role. With a focus of supporting and enhancing student learning, Positive Partnerships are informative, collaborative, and respectful of boundaries and authorities. Discussion includes an examination of relationships, expectations, and protocols.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 15

The School Council-Trustee Relationship ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Understanding the relationship is vital to assist you in successfully furthering your role in the school community. School councils should understand the role of the school board Trustee, and the Trustee should be aware of their role with school council.

A Trustee is a valued partner who can share school board information with parents they represent, and gather valuable parent perspectives from division school councils.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 16

School Council Operating Procedures ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

A school council has discretion to decide what works best for them, within the context of legislation and their community. Topics include; model of governance, membership, decision making, terms of office, conflict resolution. Understand how to create Draft Operating Procedures on your own or with additional ASCA assistance, using wording and clauses relevant to your school community.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 18

ASCA Board of Directors Meeting

Time: All Day
Location: Online

Mar 19

ASCA Board of Directors Meeting

Time: All Day
Location: Online

Mar 21

Tools for Effective School Councils ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Resources, tips, templates and tools will be provided to help participants to understand the culture of their local community and basic volunteer psychology. An exploration of school community culture/barriers, volunteer motivation, and strategies to increase the effectiveness of school councils will be offered.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 23

School Council Policies and Practices ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

School council policies should reflect legislation, the context of their communities, and the work their members choose to do. Topics include; communication - internal and external, record-keeping, fundraising and accounting, privacy, location of meetings, official mailing address, new member orientation, group evaluation, social media and conflict resolution.

Understand how to create Draft Policies on your own or with additional ASCA assistance, using wording and clauses relevant to your school community.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 27

Effective Engagement in Your School Community ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

School councils would like their school community to be dynamic, exciting places, where parents feel authentically engaged in supporting and enhancing student learning. Using local context, define effective engagement, identify existing challenges, explore possible solutions and learn how to create goals and plans focused on creating engagement opportunities for the school community which align with the expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 29

Managing School Council Meetings ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Meaningful school council meetings require strong leadership and clear, easy to follow processes for all participants. Having a solid Agenda, some simple Rules of Order and learning how to Direct Discussion will help to ensure the school council meetings are not a waste of anyone’s valuable time. Exploration of some common challenges for school council meetings and introduction of important solution-oriented tools are provided.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Mar 30

Creating School Council Plans ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

Meaningful involvement, recruitment and effective engagement require planning and goal setting. A plan should be simple to communicate and achievable - given the time and resources available. Exploration of the value of goal setting, planning, idea sharing, open discussion, consensus building. 

Aligning with the Assurance Framework, evaluation and potential modification are vital to the creation of ongoing plans. Learn about schools’ Annual Education Plan, and how to identify areas where your school council may assist in achieving identified targets, as well as ongoing school council professional development. Understand how to create a Draft 1 Year Plan specifying actions, resources, outcomes, and evaluation methods.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Apr 03

Fundraising Association Partnership Purpose ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Fundraising Associations (FRAs) are separate, legal entities with distinct rules to follow, responsibilities to comply with and liabilities to consider.

Positive, collaborative, mutually respectful relationships with the principal and school council are integral to the success of each and in the best interests of students. Clarity of who has authority for what, is essential.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Apr 05

School Council Purpose ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Understanding the advisory role of school councils through a review of the legislation, exploring rights, responsibilities and choices including which topics/areas are open for discussion helps to guide school council and its work in the school community. Learning how to identify the work of school councils, how to frame a “personal issue” from a school council perspective and how to broach sensitive topics is essential for new and returning members.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Apr 06

The Work of School Council: It’s NOT About the Meeting ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

School Councils often struggle with identifying the types of activities and work they should be doing in order to truly fulfil their legislated role.

School councils are encouraged to examine what they are doing in relation to the Assurance Framework, their intended purpose and the intended result of their work, and then consider strategies to enhance school council’s role in the school community, supporting expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Apr 11

Effective Engagement in Your School Community ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

School councils would like their school community to be dynamic, exciting places, where parents feel authentically engaged in supporting and enhancing student learning. Using local context, define effective engagement, identify existing challenges, explore possible solutions and learn how to create goals and plans focused on creating engagement opportunities for the school community which align with the expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Apr 13

Creating School Council Plans ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

Meaningful involvement, recruitment and effective engagement require planning and goal setting. A plan should be simple to communicate and achievable - given the time and resources available. Exploration of the value of goal setting, planning, idea sharing, open discussion, consensus building. 

Aligning with the Assurance Framework, evaluation and potential modification are vital to the creation of ongoing plans. Learn about schools’ Annual Education Plan, and how to identify areas where your school council may assist in achieving identified targets, as well as ongoing school council professional development. Understand how to create a Draft 1 Year Plan specifying actions, resources, outcomes, and evaluation methods.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Apr 17

Managing School Council Meetings ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Meaningful school council meetings require strong leadership and clear, easy to follow processes for all participants. Having a solid Agenda, some simple Rules of Order and learning how to Direct Discussion will help to ensure the school council meetings are not a waste of anyone’s valuable time. Exploration of some common challenges for school council meetings and introduction of important solution-oriented tools are provided.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Apr 19

Tools for Effective School Councils ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Resources, tips, templates and tools will be provided to help participants to understand the culture of their local community and basic volunteer psychology. An exploration of school community culture/barriers, volunteer motivation, and strategies to increase the effectiveness of school councils will be offered.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Apr 20

The School Council-Trustee Relationship ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Understanding the relationship is vital to assist you in successfully furthering your role in the school community. School councils should understand the role of the school board Trustee, and the Trustee should be aware of their role with school council.

A Trustee is a valued partner who can share school board information with parents they represent, and gather valuable parent perspectives from division school councils.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Apr 23

ASCA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Time: All Day
Location: Online

Apr 25

Building Positive Partnerships ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

Building positive partnerships within the Education and general community can help school councils to be more effective in their advisory role. With a focus of supporting and enhancing student learning, Positive Partnerships are informative, collaborative, and respectful of boundaries and authorities. Discussion includes an examination of relationships, expectations, and protocols.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

Apr 27

Effective Engagement in Your School Community ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

School councils would like their school community to be dynamic, exciting places, where parents feel authentically engaged in supporting and enhancing student learning. Using local context, define effective engagement, identify existing challenges, explore possible solutions and learn how to create goals and plans focused on creating engagement opportunities for the school community which align with the expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

May 01

Tools for Effective School Councils ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Resources, tips, templates and tools will be provided to help participants to understand the culture of their local community and basic volunteer psychology. An exploration of school community culture/barriers, volunteer motivation, and strategies to increase the effectiveness of school councils will be offered.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER

May 03

Creating School Council Plans ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Meaningful involvement, recruitment and effective engagement require planning and goal setting. A plan should be simple to communicate and achievable - given the time and resources available. Exploration of the value of goal setting, planning, idea sharing, open discussion, consensus building. 

Aligning with the Assurance Framework, evaluation and potential modification are vital to the creation of ongoing plans. Learn about schools’ Annual Education Plan, and how to identify areas where your school council may assist in achieving identified targets, as well as ongoing school council professional development. Understand how to create a Draft 1 Year Plan specifying actions, resources, outcomes, and evaluation methods.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

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May 04

School Council Operating Procedures ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

A school council has discretion to decide what works best for them, within the context of legislation and their community. Topics include; model of governance, membership, decision making, terms of office, conflict resolution. Understand how to create Draft Operating Procedures on your own or with additional ASCA assistance, using wording and clauses relevant to your school community.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

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May 09

Fundraising Association Partnership Purpose ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Fundraising Associations (FRAs) are separate, legal entities with distinct rules to follow, responsibilities to comply with and liabilities to consider.

Positive, collaborative, mutually respectful relationships with the principal and school council are integral to the success of each and in the best interests of students. Clarity of who has authority for what, is essential.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

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May 11

School Council Policies and Practices ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

School council policies should reflect legislation, the context of their communities, and the work their members choose to do. Topics include; communication - internal and external, record-keeping, fundraising and accounting, privacy, location of meetings, official mailing address, new member orientation, group evaluation, social media and conflict resolution.

Understand how to create Draft Policies on your own or with additional ASCA assistance, using wording and clauses relevant to your school community.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

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May 15

School Council Purpose ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Understanding the advisory role of school councils through a review of the legislation, exploring rights, responsibilities and choices including which topics/areas are open for discussion helps to guide school council and its work in the school community. Learning how to identify the work of school councils, how to frame a “personal issue” from a school council perspective and how to broach sensitive topics is essential for new and returning members.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

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May 17

The Work of School Council: It’s NOT About the Meeting ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Online

School Councils often struggle with identifying the types of activities and work they should be doing in order to truly fulfil their legislated role.

School councils are encouraged to examine what they are doing in relation to the Assurance Framework, their intended purpose and the intended result of their work, and then consider strategies to enhance school council’s role in the school community, supporting expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

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May 18

Effective Engagement in Your School Community ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

School councils would like their school community to be dynamic, exciting places, where parents feel authentically engaged in supporting and enhancing student learning. Using local context, define effective engagement, identify existing challenges, explore possible solutions and learn how to create goals and plans focused on creating engagement opportunities for the school community which align with the expectations of the Assurance Framework.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

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May 23

Managing School Council Meetings ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Online

Meaningful school council meetings require strong leadership and clear, easy to follow processes for all participants. Having a solid Agenda, some simple Rules of Order and learning how to Direct Discussion will help to ensure the school council meetings are not a waste of anyone’s valuable time. Exploration of some common challenges for school council meetings and introduction of important solution-oriented tools are provided.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

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May 25

Tools for Effective School Councils ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Resources, tips, templates and tools will be provided to help participants to understand the culture of their local community and basic volunteer psychology. An exploration of school community culture/barriers, volunteer motivation, and strategies to increase the effectiveness of school councils will be offered.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

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May 29

Creating School Council Plans ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Meaningful involvement, recruitment and effective engagement require planning and goal setting. A plan should be simple to communicate and achievable - given the time and resources available. Exploration of the value of goal setting, planning, idea sharing, open discussion, consensus building. 

Aligning with the Assurance Framework, evaluation and potential modification are vital to the creation of ongoing plans. Learn about schools’ Annual Education Plan, and how to identify areas where your school council may assist in achieving identified targets, as well as ongoing school council professional development. Understand how to create a Draft 1 Year Plan specifying actions, resources, outcomes, and evaluation methods.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

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May 31

The School Council-Trustee Relationship ASCA Workshop

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Understanding the relationship is vital to assist you in successfully furthering your role in the school community. School councils should understand the role of the school board Trustee, and the Trustee should be aware of their role with school council.

A Trustee is a valued partner who can share school board information with parents they represent, and gather valuable parent perspectives from division school councils.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

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Jun 01

Fundraising Association Partnership Purpose ASCA Workshop

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Online

Fundraising Associations (FRAs) are separate, legal entities with distinct rules to follow, responsibilities to comply with and liabilities to consider.

Positive, collaborative, mutually respectful relationships with the principal and school council are integral to the success of each and in the best interests of students. Clarity of who has authority for what, is essential.

Registration cut-off is 12 noon one week prior to the scheduled workshop.

REGISTER