School Council Engagement

Engaging Parents and Caregivers in your School Council

How do we get parents interested in our School Council?  

More parents are attracted to School Council when the council is a body that supports families. Make your council a welcoming place that embraces positive relationships and collaboration with your school community. Draw parents to your council by focusing on why they may want to be involved:  helping students thrive. School Council planning should incorporate the two arms of your mandate (as defined in O. Reg. 612):  improving student achievement, and enhancing the accountability of the education system to parents. Evaluate the needs of your school using the School Improvement Plan (SIP) (PDF, 2.3 MB), staff & family input, your School Profile, and feedback from School Committees.

Research has shown that what parents and caregivers do at home is what improves student achievement. Find out who your parents/caregivers are so you can choose meaningful council activities that support student success. Build parent capacity using communication methods and times that are appropriate to your community. Bring the parent/caregiver voice to school by representing parent knowledge on the required School Committees.

Supporting families and building trusting relationships within your WHOLE school community will lead to broader Parent/Caregiver Engagement.  Consider the information in this Inclusive Engagement workshop video for ideas on how to look beyond traditional ideas of family engagement for your School Council.

Developing Deeper Parent/Caregiver Engagement

Incorporate some of these ideas into your School Council meeting schedule to build family capacity.

Watch this workshop video for an in-depth look at engaging parents/caregivers.

Promoting your School Council

Connecting with parents/caregivers and recruiting new members can be a challenge for any School Council. Take every opportunity to let your families know what you’re doing to support student success.

The TDSB Parent & Community Engagement Office (PCEO)

​School Councils are supported by the Parent & Community Engagement Office (PCEO). This office also supports Community Liaison Groups (CLGs), Community Advisory Committees (CACs), and Community Support Workers (CSWs).