November 25, 2013

Peel board hosts Great Start training event for school council members

Parents learn how to foster student success in their school community

Nearly 200 school council members from the Peel District School Board will attend Great Start: An orientation and training evening for school council members on Nov. 28 at West Credit Secondary School in Mississauga. The event features a buffet dinner prepared and served by students at West Credit and 10 workshops facilitated by Peel board staff.
"School council plays an important role in both school and student success. The work they do advising principals and connecting with parents is paramount in building a strong school community," says Tony Pontes, director of education. “As a board, we want to do whatever we can to provide councils with the support they need."

Following dinner, Janet McDougald, chair of the Peel board, will present her keynote presentation, Fix the Formula: Fund Peel students fairly. Participants will then attend their chosen workshops. Workshop topics include:

• What every school council treasurer needs to know
• Celebrating faith and culture in your school…and how you can help
• Everything you need to know about school councils
• Great meetings – great minutes
• Quick tips for communicating with parents
• Safe and inclusive schools in Peel— the role of school council
• BYOD—how parents can support technology used in Peel schools
• Student mental health—the role of school council
• Working with your trustee
• Make your PRO Grant project a success

In addition to this orientation event, school council members also have access to a dedicated section of, which includes a resource guide featuring tip sheets and templates to support school councils in their role.
Great Start begins at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner. The keynote presentation starts at 6:15 p.m. and workshops run from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. and again from 7:55 to 8:55 p.m. West Credit Secondary School is located at 6325 Montevideo Rd. in Mississauga.

Reference: Anne-Marie Brown, Communications Officer, 905-890-1010, ext. 2626, [email protected]

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