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Update on Advisory Councils

A brief update on all matters “advisory” from PEI Home and School Federation.

Family of Schools District Advisory Councils

I’m happy to report that our membership has risen to the challenge, and a large majority of schools have identified a representative for the Family of Schools District Advisory Councils in advance of the December 31, 2015 deadline.  

Thank you for rising to the challenge: in a perfect world there would have been more time for a more considered process for identifying the representatives, and I encourage you to work with your membership to fine-tune the process for the next time a representative needs to be selected. This would be a good process to include in your local association’s bylaws or guidelines so that future cohorts of home & school members have a ready reference for the process.

Home and School and the Learning Partners Advisory Council

In the November 5, 2015 announcement of changes to education governance in the province, in addition to the Family of Schools District Advisory Councils, the Premier announced the formation of a Learning Partners Advisory Council, a coaltion to take a broader, longer-term look at education – both before, during, and after public school.

In a letter of November 27, 2015, Premier MacLauchlan and Bill Whelan, who will act as co-chairs, invited PEI Home and School Federation to select a representative to the Council.

English Language School Board adopts new School Change policy

The English Language School Board released a Proposed Board Governance Policy - School Change in June 2015 and offered the public an opportunity to comment until October 2, 2015. PEI Home and School Federation submitted feedback in advance of the deadline, and the board went on to formally adopt the policy at its meeting on October 27, 2015.

The followed sections of the policy were changed between the draft policy and the policy that was adopted, based on feedback provided by PEI Home and School Federation:

Submission to English Language School Board on Draft "School Change" Policy

The English Language School Board released a Proposed Board Governance Policy - School Change in June 2015 and offered the public an opportunity to comment until October 2, 2015. The following was the response of the PEI Home and School Federation:

Fred Osborne, Chair
English Language School Board
PO Box 8600,
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 8V7

Dear Chair Osborne,

I am writing on behalf of the PEI Home and School Federation to provide you with feedback on the draft “Proposed Board Governance Policy - School Change.”  Our member associations have been encouraged to offer you additional feedback, sensitive to local school concerns, and you may receive this, in addition, directly from those associations.

Time to Start Thinking About Resolutions!

Policy resolutions are the Home & School superpower: the way that our network of parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff can effect policy and operations in the education system by speaking with a powerful collective voice.

Our Leadership Training Workshops, being held this week and next in locations across the province, include a workshop on writing resolutions, and we include two slide presentations, one on the “ins and outs” of writing and submitting resolutions, and the other a review of the 2014-2015 that was presented to the English Language School Board.

Resolutions Presented to English Language School Board

The nine resolutions adopted to delegates at our 2015 Annual General Meeting were presented to trustees at the April 28, 2015 meeting of the English Language School Board.

The slides presented to trustees, which summarize each resolution, are available online for review.

We have requested a formal written response from the trustees, as per tradition in previous years, and have offered to meet with the trustees or with the Superintendent and her staff to discuss context and implementation details of any resolution.

Election Questions for Candidates

As part of the Annual General Meeting of PEIHSF, delegates collaboratively developed questions for a “Leaders Debate on Education.” The questions were then collated and boiled down to 11 questions that were asked to the candidates. This document contains all of the questions that were developed; we also have a printable version that you can distribute to members of your school community.

Food and Nutrition

Food insecurity: we know it impacts how children learn. We know it touches every school in the English Language School Board. How do you propose to address it?

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