“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” ~ Paulo Friere
Education plays a key role in determining your life chances and a better education means better health, higher earnings and a longer life.
Making education equitable means ensuring that everyone has access to the resources, opportunities, power and responsibility they need to reach their full potential. It also means making changes so that unfair differences may be understood and addressed.
For 64 years the PEI Home and School Federation has provided support to local home and school associations in their work toward an equitable and quality education system across Prince Edward Island. The grassroots model means that the Federation receives direction for its work from resolutions that have been brought forward by local associations. When resolutions that are relevant to all Islanders are passed at the Annual General Meeting, they become policy that we can act on together.
The AGM will be held on April 8 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. A thorough and lively discussion and voting on resolutions is always a central feature of the meeting. The seven resolutions submitted this year include requests for improved access to counseling services in schools, increased support for school libraries, shortened time frame for class periods, and healthier school food environments. The speakers will discuss a variety of ways to address equity in schools, including school food programs (Rachel Schofield Martin), flexible learning (Mitch Murphy) and citizen engagement in decision making (Bill Whelan). The afternoon workshop will be led by our newly certified Collaborative Leaders and will focus on the meaning of equity and the possibilities that are available to ensure an equitable education for each child. We will develop ideas for how we might work toward a more equitable system together.
The federation continues to lead in the development of a provincial school food strategy and to collaborate with other agencies to attain that goal. An update of our work on that project can be found on our website and our video of Chef Tony Geraci’s visit will be unveiled at the Annual Meeting.
The nomination deadline for the School Crossing Guard of the Year Award is April 28, 2017. This award recognizes a school crossing guard on Prince Edward Island for their service in keeping our students safe as they travel to and from school each day.
The nomination deadline for the School Bus Driver of the Year Award is May 12, 2017. This award recognizes school bus drivers on Prince Edward Island for their service in keeping our students safe as they travel to and from school each day. For more information on our annual awards, check the federation’s website.
The Welcome to Kindergarten program (WTK) offers resources and strategies for families in support of children and early learning. Primary and elementary schools will be hosting WTK family orientation sessions. Check the school or Public Schools Branch website for dates and times. More information is also available online at peihsf.ca or through the P.E.I.HSF office at 902-620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664.
The “Home and School and You” column is written by Lisa MacDougall, President of the PEI Home and School Federation and published monthly by The Guardian newspaper.
Posted by Shirley Smedley-Jay on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.