School Councils

Volunteer for your school council and make a meaningful difference in your school community!

School councils are collective associations of parents/guardians, teachers, principals, staff, students and community members. They foster cooperation and enhance student learning by promoting the well-being and effectiveness of the entire school community.

School councils provide valuable advisory assistance to the school principal and the division Board of Trustees. We highly encourage parents and guardians to participate in their school council meetings.

To find the next meeting date, please contact your child’s school.

For more information and resources, visit the Alberta School Councils’ Association.

Alberta School Council Engagement (ASCE) Grant

For the 2021-2022 school year, Alberta’s government is providing more than $1 million directly to school councils through the Alberta School Council Engagement (ASCE) Grant to enhance collaboration between parents and schools on education priorities. This grant gives each school council in the province $500 this year under a new direct funding approach.

To help facilitate accessing this grant, Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA) created Division Services Packages to enable school divisions to provide support to school councils at discounted prices. Sturgeon Public Schools has purchased 3 Foundational Workshops (zoom presentations) for our school councils. The workshops are open to current school council members, prospective school council members and/or any Sturgeon Public parent/guardian or community member  interested in learning more about school councils. 

School council training is a great way to start the new school year!

Session 1:  School Council Purpose 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 

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 the work of school councils, how to frame a “personal issue” from a school council perspective, and how to broach sensitive topics is essential to new and returning members.

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

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 

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 how to connect with their school community.

 Session 3:  Fundraising Association Partnership Purpose

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 

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.


2021 School Council Workshop Registration

Submit your registration at least two days prior to each session.

After attending these initial basic workshops, school councils then have the opportunity to use the remaining grant dollars for other opportunities which may include accessing ASCA’s Enhanced (or more advanced) Workshops to fulfil legislated responsibility, build capacity and strengthen engagement and parental voice in schools.  

Please refer to the ASCA website for more information on training available:
Alberta School Councils’ Association

Examples of parent engagement activities and projects that funds can be used for include:

  • workshops for parents to increase capacity for school council members
  • information sessions on how parents can support student learning at home and at school
  • parent resources and workshops on important topics such as, mental health and well-being, cyber bullying, healthy living, etc.
  • programs to support families including, English language and of indigenous learners
  • parent resources and tools in multiple languages
  • events to engage parents on important local issues
  • parent engagement in promoting the value of arts
  • trainer or facilitator costs for the professional development, workshops or sessions associated with the above

School councils must report on the receipt, handling and use of ASCE Grant in their annual report to the school board as per section 13(2) and 14 (1) of the School Councils Regulation.