Calling all school council members and prospective members!

New to the school council? Or a returning member looking for new ideas? School council training is a great way to start the new school year!

Alberta School Councils' Association instructors will cover information on a variety of topics to help your school council get off to a great start. Plus you will have the opportunity to network with council members from other schools. School councils are encouraged to have all members/potential members of their council participate.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. - Welcome and introductory support for your school council
                            - McCauley Chambers
6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. - Session #1 (Workshops 1 and 2)
8:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. - Session #2 (Workshops 3 and 4)

WHERE: Centre for Education, Main Floor, 1 Kingsway NW (blue building across from the Royal Alexandra Hospital)

PARKING: Free underground parking (front of building, down the ramp)

WHAT: You will be able to choose one workshop in each of the two sessions when you register. See below for full session descriptions. Encourage multiple members of your school council to register to benefit from all four workshops! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more Information: Cathy MacDonald at 780-429-8435 or
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 for 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 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 how to connect with 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
Managing School Council Meetings

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 meeting participant will benefit from this workshop!

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* 1. Last name 

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* 2. First name

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* 3. Phone number (daytime)

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* 4. Email address (mandatory for confirmation purposes)

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* 5. School(s) you're associated with

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* 6. Choose ONE workshop to attend from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. (Session #1)

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* 7. Choose ONE workshop to attend from 8 - 9:15 p.m. (Session #2)

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* 8. Will you also be attending the main session in McCauley Chambers from 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.?
This session will include general information to support your school council.

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* 9. Which category applies to you?

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* 10. Do you have any allergies / food sensitivities?
  (light snacks and refreshments will be provided)

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* 11. Would you like to be added to our list to receive information of interest to parents, families and school council members? If so, please check below.