Great Start - an orientation and training evening for school council members
West Credit Secondary School, 6325 Montevideo Rd., MississaugaWednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Great Start is an annual opportunity for School
Council members to learn about the function of School Council and network with
other School Councils. The event is open to three school council members
per school and each member can register for two workshops.
At the event, council members will:
Registration for the event is currently closed.
- gain proven, practical tips and strategies for success
- get their questions answered
- network with other council members
- enjoy a hot dinner, prepared by students in the food service program
|5 to 6 p.m.||Registration and buffet dinner|
|6 p.m. ||Welcome remarks|
|6:20 p.m.||Keynote presentation|
|6:50 to 7:50 p.m.||Workshop A|
|7:55 to 8:55 p.m. ||Workshop B|
KeynoteRusul Alrubail, Executive Director, Parkdale Centre for Innovation
l is the
Executive Director of Parkdale Centre for Innovation. She is also an education
writer, and a social justice advocate. Alrubail has taught English composition
and literature to high school, college, and undergraduate students for 10
years. She has written with Edutopia, Education Week, The Guardian, PBS
Newshour, The International Literacy Association, EdWeek Teacher, Teaching
Tolerance, ASCD's Educational Leadership, Edsurge, Annenberg Learner
Foundation, Medium and other prominent education publications. She's a TEDx
speaker and a social media influencer on education, inclusion, and
1. Everything you need to know about school
Based on the Peel board's 15+ years of experience with school
councils, this workshop will highlight what you need to know about running an
effective school council.2. Five steps to communicating effectively
in a digital world
One important mandate of school councils is improving
communication between parents and the school. Participants will learn proven
ways to effectively communicate with school communities in today's busy,
digital world. This workshop will provide quick tips on communicating with
parents with a focus on audiences, goals, key messages, tactics and evaluation.
3. CANCELLED --Understanding the importance
of developing an equitable and inclusive curriculum
As educators, it is important for us to diversify school curriculum and
think more broadly about how our pedagogies contribute to, or detract from,
ideas of inclusion and equity in the classroom. In this workshop, we will
discuss the importance of culturally responsive pedagogy to provide both
mirrors that reflect the diverse identities within our classrooms
and windows that open up into the global community beyond our
schools. Together, we will look at how Equity and Inclusion, Climate and
Well-Being all work together to engage our modern learners and support the
development of critically engaged global citizens. In this interactive
workshop, participants will co-create a safe space to ask questions, learn and
un-learn about the many ways that Equity and Inclusion support student success,
especially for our most marginalized students.
4. What every school council treasurer
needs to know (Part 1)
Intended for new treasurers, this workshop will explain what every school
council treasurer needs to know about the Ministry of Education's financial
reporting requirements for school councils.
5. What every school council treasurer
needs to know (Part 2)
Already attended last year's treasurer workshop? This more advanced workshop
expands on Part 1, further explaining the Ministry of Education's
financial reporting requirements for school councils.
6. Great meetings – great minutes
Ideal for council chairs and secretaries, this popular workshop
covers two essential skills that are important for every school council. The
first half of the workshop provides tips and techniques to help you effectively
chair a meeting—including reaching consensus, establishing and sticking to an
agenda, and how to participate in the meeting while chairing it. The second
half of the presentation focuses on successful minute-taking strategies.
7. CANCELLED -- Safe and inclusive schools in Peel— the
role of school council
The work done by the board's Climate for Learning and Working team
focuses on creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive places to learn and work. In
this session, participants will learn about the frameworks that outline our
work, including promoting healthy relationships, teaching and modeling
character attributes, bullying prevention and intervention, and restorative
practices. Participants will discover how their school council can
contribute to student success by engaging in opportunities to support safe and
8. Understanding and Building Resilience:
Helping Our Kids Thrive!
Join us as we learn about resilience and
why it matters for our children and youth. Develop a greater understanding of
how resilience is being cultivated for students in schools and classrooms, and
learn about the vital role parents and caregivers play in building skills,
attitudes and habits that promote resilience, positive mental health, and help
our kids thrive. 9. Working with your trustee
Hear practical tips from experienced chairpersons on how to
effectively chair meetings, and learn how to build a positive relationship with
10. Empowering Modern Learners
This workshop will include the board's vision for
teaching and learning in the 21st century. In a modern world of constant
change and technological innovation, students will face
new challenges and opportunities in learning, employment and civic
engagement. Come and learn how the Empowering Modern Learners vision
is inspiring success, confidence and hope for all
Peel students, today and for the future.
11. Encourage parent involvement at your
Interested in learning ways to improve parent involvement at your
local school? This workshop will be led by members of the Peel board's Parent
Involvement Committee (PIC) and will include a panel discussion on ways to
improve engagement and collaboration between parents, teachers, students and
community partners. Speakers will share their expertise and best practices.
12. CANCELLED --Help revamp our board and school websites
looking for your input to help refresh the board’s website (www.peelschools.org) and school websites.
Attend this focus group to provide feedback on the existing board and school
websites, and to let us know what content you’d find helpful in your role as a
School Council member and as a parent.