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School Councils : Creating Vibrant School Communities
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School Councils

Creating Vibrant School Communities

One of the most important ways you can make a meaningful difference in the lives of CBE students is by participating on school councils. By connecting students, schools and your community, school councils help nurture and inspire students to achieve their full potential.

The Role of School Council

Established in 1995 under the School Act, Alberta Education defines school councils as a collective association of parents, secondary students, principal, teachers, and community representative(s) whose purpose is to advise the principal and the Board of Trustees respecting matters related to the school. School councils have legislated advisory and decision-making authority defined within the School Act and the School Councils Regulation 113/2007.

They are different from Parent Societies & Associations, whose main function is to raise funds for the school.

What You Need to Know

For school councils to be well represented in school decision-making, they need to know how things work. This is all explained in the School Councils Regulation 113/2007, the Alberta School Council Resource Manual, the CBE Comprehensive School Council Handbook and AR5001 – School Councils and School/Parent Societies.

Meetings - Council of School Councils (COSC)

The Council of School Councils (COSC) is comprised of school council chairs (or an appropriate designate), members of the Board of Trustees and other CBE leaders. Its purpose is for CBE leaders and parents to have an opportunity to work together, to share information, discuss concerns and plan for the future.

We value the contribution of parent leadership and have formalized a program to keep the lines of communication open between the CBE as a public education system and parent leadership in individual school communities.

View the meeting schedules and information in Meetings.

​ASCA Memberships for CBE School Councils

The Board of Trustees will pay the cost of Alberta School Councils' Association (ASCA) memberships for any interested CBE school councils. ASCA provides valuable support and services to school councils across the province.
To learn more about ASCA, please visit their website.
To obtain a membership for the 2015-16 school year, just fill out this form. Once the form has been filled out, you are able to take advantage of ASCA's resources and services for the rest of the school year.

COSC Online Forum

School councils can connect with one another outside of COSC meetings through the COSC Online Forum. The forum provides an opportunity for CBE school councils to share best practices, ideas and information. It also provides the CBE with a place to gather input and feedback from school council members.

See the terms of use on the right (Supporting Documents) for more information.

Join the forum

System News for School Councils

The Key Communiqué e-newsletter is e-mailed to school council contacts twice a month. Find out what they include and how to subscribe in Key Communiqués.

RSS Feed

Sometimes there is news and information that cannot wait two weeks. The best way for school councils to stay up to date with the most current news and information is to subscribe to the CBE’s RSS feed. It will send you the latest news directly to your in-box within 24 hours. This information is also sent to school websites immediately, appearing on the sites as “System News.”

 

 Contact Us

 

Communication Services

t | 403-817-7986
e | schoolcouncils@cbe.ab.ca

 

 2015-16 Contacts

 

​School council members change from year to year. To make sure we're emailing school council news to the right people, we update our circulation list each year. Please fill out the form below to confirm your 2015-16 contacts (chair and one other council member). 

 

School Council Contacts Form

 

 Share Your Ideas

 

​If you have comments or feedback about CBE school councils or the Council of School Councils (COSC), please fill out our online form. We welcome your ideas and suggestions.

 

Share Your Ideas Form

 

 Supporting Documents

 

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 External Resources

 
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