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School councils foster harmony

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In the intricate landscape of education, school councils stand at the forefront, playing a pivotal role in fostering community harmony within schools. This sense of togetherness goes beyond mere coexistence; it's about creating a shared space where students, parents, families and teachers feel valued and connected. The historical influence of the Alberta School Councils' Association (ASCA) adds depth to this narrative, with 95 years of commitment to parent engagement and community collaboration.

Why school community harmony matters

  1. Supportive atmosphere: School community harmony creates a supportive backdrop for individuals to thrive, offering a sense of safety and encouragement.
  2. Increased learning: A connected community cultivates an environment that is conducive to learning, one that fosters focus, growth and academic success.
  3. Inclusivity: School community harmony strengthens the opportunity for every member, regardless of their role or background, to feel a genuine sense of belonging.
  4. Positive energy: Students, families and teachers can all contribute to generating a positive atmosphere that translates to a learning experience.
  5. Improved communication: Effective communication becomes seamless when individuals share common understanding, goals or actions, enabling collaborative problem solving.

How school councils make harmony happen

  1. Advocating for all: Serving as the voice of parents, school councils ensure that the perspectives of all stakeholders are considered in discussions and advice provided to decision makers.
  2. Engaging parents: Bridging the gap between home and school, school councils incorporate parents into the educational community, fostering a sense of togetherness.
  3. Organizing cooperative events: From family learning nights to cultural celebrations, school councils orchestrate events that bring the school community together, creating a welcoming atmosphere.
  4. Prioritizing well-being: Collaborating with educators, school councils champion initiatives that prioritize the overall well-being of all students, contributing to a harmonious educational environment.
  5. Disseminating information: Serving as conduits of information, school councils ensure transparency and keep everyone informed, encouraging active participation within the school community.
  6. Facilitating collaborative decision-making: School councils steer away from unilateral decisions, opting for inclusive and collaborative decision-making processes involving parents and teachers.

ASCA's enduring legacy

The influence of ASCA in Alberta's education spans an impressive 95 years, evolving from the Alberta Federation of Home and School Associations in March 1929 to the Alberta School Councils' Association in 2014. Throughout its history, ASCA has been a steadfast advocate for parent engagement, supporting school councils across Alberta in fostering community connections and collaboration in their local communities while fulfilling their legislated advisory roles.

Architects of harmony

In the ongoing journey to create a harmonious educational environment, school councils have emerged as the architects of community togetherness. Their role, intertwined with ASCA's enduring legacy, secures the foundation for an inclusive education system where every voice matters. As we celebrate ASCA's 95-year influence, it stands as a testament to parents in Alberta exercising their right to be engaged in their children’s education, and the Association's commitment to advocating for that right, and supporting school councils in shaping vibrant connected, and harmonious school communities across Alberta.

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Wendy Keiver

Wendy Keiver is executive director of the Alberta School Councils’ Association.

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