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Presentation to English Language School Board

At the regular monthly meeting of the English Language School Board held November 24, 2015 at Stratford Board Office, Peter Rukavina, President, PEI Home and School Federation made the following remarks in a presentation to the Official Trustee:

Trustee Hood, Superintendent Fleet, Board staff,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you this evening on behalf of the PEI Home and School Federation.  We wanted to take a few minutes to update the Board on our current projects and concerns.

Provincial School Lunch Program

This April our members unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of a Provincial School Lunch Program, under which every student in every school on the Island would be provided with a healthy lunch at no cost.

The Learning Partnership, District Advisory Councils and Home and School

By now you’ve no doubt heard about the changes to the way education is governed and organized in Prince Edward Island announced this morning by Premier MacLauchlan.

The new model, dubbed the “Learning Partnership,” has some significant implications for home and school associations.

Productive discussions at semi-annual association meeting

Forty-eight members of home and school associations from across the province, along with 18 guests from the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture, the English Language School Board, education sector unions and others gathered at Three Oaks Senior High School on October 20, 2015 for the Semi-Annual Meeting of the PEI Home and School Federation.

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:

Feedback from 2015 Semi-Annual Meeting

The Federation held our Semi-Annual Meeting at Three Oaks Senior High School on October 20, 2015. The meeting was attended by 48 members and 18 guests and, beyond the business meeting, the heart of the event was a series of three roundtable discussions: a dialogue with Hon. Hal Perry, Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture and his Deputy Minister Susan Willis; a dialogue with Chair Osborne and trustees from the English Language School Board, and a conversation led by Katie MacDonald who works with Communications PEI on education-related communications.

Feedback

A feedback form was circulated with the meeting kits, and 41 members submitted feedback. A summary of the feedback received follows:

Building relationships: Details announced for semi-annual meeting of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation

Over the past month at schools across P.E.I., Home and School members have gathered for leadership training workshops, workshops focused on helping our local home and school associations become even more effective.

 

Home and School is a broad-based movement of parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff; to be an effective forum, local associations need local leaders, leaders who know how to run a meeting, keep track of the money, build relationships. Its those skills that our workshops have been focused on.

 

It’s that final point – building relationships – that will be the focus of this year’s Semi-Annual Meeting of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation, being held at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m.

 

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.

Bringing together education partners to start off the school year...

We were happy to organize a successful event this afternoon at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown that saw the Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, the chairs of the English and French language school boards, the Superintendent of the English Language School Board, the President of the PEI Teachers Federation, the heads of the CUPE Local 3260 (Educational Assistants, Youth Service Workers, Student Attendants and Work Place Assistants), CUPE Local 1145 (School Bus Drivers and Mechanics) and CUPE Local 1775 (School Cleaning and Maintenance) and selected trustees and senior staff together for an informal coffee-and-biscuits meeting.

Make the most of the annual meet-the-staff night

In the weeks to come, as we begin this new school year, the yearly “meet the staff” night will be held at each school across the province.  “Meet the staff,” though, is a misnomer, for these events are as much an opportunity for staff to meet families as they are for families to meet staff. If home and school is, at its core, about the ongoing conversation among parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff, then these meetings are an important start to that conversation, an opportunity for setting the scene for a year of engagement.

In this spirit, all members of the school community are encouraged to rethink “meet the staff” night and to create opportunities, beyond “everyone gathers in the gym to hear about when the bells ring” toward building the relationships upon which successful home and school partnerships are built.

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