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Minister's Parent Advisory Council provides another opportunity for parents to be involved in education

A new council means parents have another opportunity to contribute their ideas and perspectives about education to the provincial government.

“We recognize that when parents are actively involved in their child’s education it leads to improved student learning,” said Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. “Establishing the Minister of Education’s Parent Advisory Council provides an additional channel to share information more directly with parents and to hear more directly from them.”

The council will consist of 20 parents of different backgrounds and perspectives from across Alberta. They will engage with other parents to share information and solicit feedback on education priorities. They will also meet with the minister a few times each year to share their thoughts about what they have heard at the local level.

The Alberta government recognizes the Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA) as the official voice for parents in the public education system. This new council complements the work of the ASCA around parent engagement.

“We are pleased the minister is creating another opportunity for parents to share their perspectives on education issues,” said Marilyn Sheptycki, President of the Alberta School Councils’ Association.

“This initiative demonstrates his commitment to parents and the steps he’s taking to broaden opportunities for them to be heard.”

Applications for volunteer members are being accepted for the 2012-2013 council. Interested parents can find the terms of reference and apply online under Parents - Have your say at

The Alberta government believes parents are valuable partners in shaping the future of Alberta’s education system. Creating a stronger voice for parents in the education system is a key component of the Minister’s 10-Point Plan for Education. Recent related initiatives include My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource, a new online tool which demonstrates what children are learning at school, parent teleconferences with the Minister and online information sheets about school board funding and performance.


Media inquiries may be directed to:

Greg Kuzniuk
Alberta Education Communications
780-920-3368 (cell)

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.