Stakeholder Engagement [G.SE]

Trustees promote stakeholder engagement practices and utilize stakeholder assurance to monitor progress and to plan in a manner that cultivates a shared vision for student success and well-being.

Exploring the Context

This assurance element provides stakeholders with trust and confidence that the Board attends to effective, ongoing stakeholder engagement.

The Education Act legislates that “33(1) A board, as a partner in education, has the responsibility to: 

(c) provide, where appropriate, for the engagement of parents, students, staff and the community, including municipalities and the local business community, in board matters, including the board’s plans and the achievement of goals and targets within those plans.”

Parkland School Division’s Board Policy 2: Role of the Board outlines engagement and communication as specific areas of responsibility. The Board:

  1. Establishes processes and provides opportunities for input from its constituents;
  2. Promotes positive community engagement within the Division.

Avenues for Development

  • Trustees demonstrate an ongoing commitment to system leadership within the province’s Assurance Model for planning and reporting.
     
  • The Board of Trustees attends to stakeholder engagement events that provide an opportunity for:
    • Topic-specific trends, issues and events as prudent to do so;
    • At least one evening and one full-day engagement;
    • Student advisory meetings as required; and
    • Participation in School Councils and the Council of School Councils.
       
  • The Board of Trustees explores the needs and successes of our rural students and families.
     
  • Trustees support school council members in their efforts to expand the membership and representation of parents through the Council of School Councils, and also support the Council of School Council’s efforts to expand membership from rural schools.
     
  • Trustees commit to ensuring representative engagements occur with neighboring jurisdictions and independent schools in matters of mutual concern.

Milestones

Trustee involvement in stakeholder engagement processes leads to increased trust and confidence that the Board remains committed to a shared vision for student success and well-being. As we attend to this Element, we see the growth of trust through transparency and positive relationships.

Measures

  • Board self-evaluation reveals examples and exemplars that stakeholders were effectively engaged to provide feedback regarding the impact of trends, issues and events.