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District Advisory Councils

The mandate of the Family of Schools District Advisory Councils is to help shape an education system that is focused on and meets the needs of learners, by advising the Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture on education matters.

List of current members, meeting highlights, and upcoming meetings

Family of Schools District Advisory Councils

District Advisory Councils will:

  • Advise the Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture on education issues

  • Identify education priorities within their own district Engage school communities in discussions

  • Foster collaboration among school councils, home and school associations and the community

 

“Youth have a unique perspective and important things to say. They are highly capable of making a valuable contribution to education governance. The voice of youth needs to be heard on an ongoing basis. Students are the reason the system exists.” - Charting the way, PEI Education Governance Commission (2012)
The councils will consider a balance between local issues brought forward by council members and topics that the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture is seeking advice on. For example:

 

  • Student attendance

  • Length / time of school day

  • Rezoning

  • Learner supports

  • Technology in learning

  • Experiential learning opportunities

  • Student transitions from primary to secondary levels

 

    These councils will consist of:

  • One parent from each school council/home and school association in the family of schools

  • Two students from high schools within the family of schools

  • A Regional director of the PEI home and school federation for the family of schools
  • Each advisory council will select its own Chair

 

Discussion ideas

What are our priorities and what do we value?

Suggestions for growth or change.

Learning Environments - physical environment, schedules and timetables, culture and climate

Programming for Student Differences - programming required to meet the needs of the learner

Assessments - process of collecting information on student achievement and performance

Curriculum - outcomes and expectations for student achievement

Leadership - all layers of leadership from all stakeholders-students, parents, educators

Student wellness and engagement

Parent wellness and engagement

21st Century skills: such as literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, innovation.

In the spirit of transparency and accountability, the councils’ minutes, meeting notes and reports will be made public.

As we move forward, we will ensure there will be a collaborative and inclusive approach to including the French language learning system in advisory councils.

These eight district advisory councils are loosely based on the existing families of schools.

Family of Schools  Enrolment 
Bluefield  3,017 
Charlottetown Rural  3,796 
Colonel Gray  3,178 
Three Oaks  3,054 
Kensington/Kinkora  680/445 
Montague  1,863 
Morell/Souris  554/587 
Westisle  2,143 


Highlights from meetings

Each meeting began with a brief introduction of school representatives to each other followed by a discussion on the role of the District Advisory Council members.

The Engagement Officer provided information on the new model of education for the province in a folder of materials including:

  • background information on all advisory councils,
  • readings from 21st Century Skills, Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel
  • the article "Making the Most of Accountability Policies” by Lyn Sharratt.

Representatives were encouraged to bring any information forward to the Council meetings that may be of interest to other parents and students.

After that, there was an open and broad discussion. DAC representatives brought forward issues, concerns, celebrations and wonderings about education in our province.

At the end of the meeting, representatives were encouraged to go back to their school community and gather information on the priorities for their school and areas that might be discussed at our next meeting.

Feedback surveys were completed by Council members as input on ways to improve the process and set up agenda items for next meetings.

The following links include an overview of each discussion. It is not a comprehensive record, but an attempt to pull out key themes from each group. A full record of discussion will be returned to each DAC for consideration before posting online.

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