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Join us for an evening of School Council Training on October 25. Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA) instructors will cover a variety of topics to help your school council get off to a great start. You will also have the opportunity to network with council members from other schools. All school council members, potential members, and principals are encouraged to attend and participate in the school council training.


Thursday, October 25, 2018
5:45 – 9:15 p.m.


Centre for Education
1 Kingsway (blue building across from the Royal Alexandra Hospital)

Acess free underground parking at front of the building, down the ramp to the parkade. 


Review the workshop descriptions below and register for school council training online


5:45 – 6:15 p.m.: Welcome and Intro in McCauley Chambers – Support for your school council!
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.: Session #1 - Choose from Workshop 1 or Workshop 2.
8:00 – 9:15 p.m.: Session #2 - Choose from Workshop 3 or Workshop 4.

Encourage multiple members of your school council to register to benefit from all four workshops.


WORKSHOP 1 – School Council’s Purpose

Understanding the legislated role of school councils including which topics/areas are open for discussion, and which require caution, helps to prevent tension and dysfunction within school councils and the school communities. Learning how to identify each, how to frame a “personal issue” from a school council perspective, and how to broach sensitive topics is essential to new and returning members.

WORKSHOP 2 – The Work of School Council: It's NOT about the Meeting 

School councils often struggle with identifying the types of activities and work they should be doing in order to truly fulfill their legislated role. In this workshop, school councils are encouraged to examine what they are doing in relation to their intended purpose and the intended result of their work, and then consider alternative means of including their school community.

WORKSHOP 3 – Partnerships with Fundraising Associations

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.

WORKSHOP 4 – Meeting Management

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. Every participant will benefit from this workshop.


For more information, contact Cathy MacDonald at 780-429-8435 or cathy.macdonald@epsb.ca