Parental involvement is one of the most significant factors contributing to a child’s success in school. When parents are involved in their children’s education, the level of student achievement increases. Students attend school more regularly, they complete more homework in a consistent manner, and demonstrate more positive attitudes towards school. The partnership of school and community representatives on a school council helps to build mutual understanding and interaction between a school and its community, resulting in benefits for both. By giving information to parents and community representatives, getting feedback from them, and presenting their views to the school and the school board, a school council involves the community in the discussion of educational issues and helps the school identify and respond to the educational needs of the community. Membership on a school council also benefits the individuals involved.
The personal advantages of becoming a school council member include: being an important partner in the education system, whose views are valued; contributing to the shared goal of improving student achievement; having a vehicle through which to express opinions. Its about Making a Difference, being able to be informed about what is happening at the school and the board, and at the provincial level of education. Participating on the school council will be a rewarding experience for all those who value the opportunity to make a difference in their children’s education.