School Council meetings taking place this weekend

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils (NLFSC) will hold its Annual General Meeting and Conference in Grand Falls-Windsor this weekend. 
The meetings will take place at the Mount Peyton Hotel April 4-6. Representatives from School Councils in all regions of the province are expected to attend.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils (NLFSC) will hold its Annual General Meeting and Conference in Grand Falls-Windsor this weekend. 

The meetings will take place at the Mount Peyton Hotel April 4-6. Representatives from School Councils in all regions of the province are expected to attend.

Officials from various educational agencies will bring greetings at the opening on Friday evening and Jim Dinn, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association will be the keynote speaker.

The theme of the conference “Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Reality” aims to bring to the forefront a greater focus on education advocacy and the impact it can have on the lives of students.

The conference will also allow School Councils to discuss the Provincial Budget and its implications for education in NL, and set future goals for the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils Board of Directors.

“We have worked tirelessly to advocate on behalf of our membership for the human resources that are required to see our children achieve their full potential,” said Nathan Whalen, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Schools Councils. “We are hearing loud and clear that the current system is failing our students.

“We need more Instructional Resource Teachers (IRT), specialist teachers, administrators, guidance counsellors, mental health and addictions supports, and regular classroom teachers to support the overwhelming needs that our schools are faced with on a daily basis. There is much work to do in order to advance education so that our children and our province can flourish well into the future. We will only achieve this by working together and by making education a top priority for Newfoundland and Labrador.”

On Saturday morning Whalen will facilitate a workshop on the importance of education advocacy, School Council roles and responsibilities, and the importance of parent and community engagement in learning.

Other presenters for the conference include: Brenda Stamp, president, Schizophrenia Society NL and Dave Banko, executive director, Schizophrenia Society NL on the topic “Partners for Mental Health” and Michael Walsh, Department of Education on “Teaching Digital Citizenship: Respect, Educate, and Protect.”

An election for the positions of 1st vice-president and secretary will take place during the Business Meeting on Saturday afternoon. The Annual General Meeting sets directions and goals for the NLFSC for the coming year.

“We are looking forward to the discussions at this AGM,” said Whalen. “I am asking that throughout the 2014-2015 school year, School Councils help us break this culture of silence and get talking about education and what is happening in our school communities. I encourage all School Councils to make an extra effort to participate in our 34th AGM and conference this coming weekend.”

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Federation, School Councils, Mount Peyton Hotel Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association Schizophrenia Society NL and Dave Banko Department of Education

Geographic location: Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador

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