priority one: Special Kit
As Members of the PSBAA, you determined the Association priorities and work plan and identified to “Promote the formation of a new single Public Inclusive Education System in Alberta” as the Association's most important initiative.
Over the last 24 months, our Association has been working on a number of different initiatives to help move this priority forward and wanted to provide you with some resources to help you on your journey to help promote the formation of a new, single, Public Inclusive Education System in Alberta.
In this toolkit, you'll find a number of elements to help you in your individual efforts as well as elements that you can share with your division's communications team to help them spread the message. You'll also find some suggestions on how you can use this content.
Here are the pieces to your toolkit:
- Key Messages
- MLA letter
- What is the Cost of Choice report
- Social Media content
Other available resources:
Key messages have been drafted to help you get a clear understanding of the Association's stance on the development of a single public education system. These key messages will also help you understand what messages your Public School Board Trustee colleagues are saying across the province.
If we are all conveying the same messages, our voices will have a much greater impact.
Where to use Key messages:
- Discussions with parents
- Conversations with other Trustees on your Board
- Meetings with MLAs and other government stakeholders
- On social media
- The Members of the Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta (PSBAA) propose one inclusive Public Education system that serves all Albertans, including members of all faiths.
- The PSBAA and its Members are not calling for the end of private of Separate Roman Catholic Schools.
- The PSBAA believes that families who wish to send their children to private schools should pay for it themselves.
- The PSBAA believes that Catholic schools are for Catholics. By having one single Education System, Catholics would maintain their constitutional guarantee.
- In many rural communities across Alberta, taxpayers are paying for redundant services to multiple school systems.
- This is demonstrated by the quality of programming, sports teams, transportation, etc.
Key messages & conversation guide:
We have also created this two-page "cheat sheet" to help you during your next conversation with your local MLAs.
The first step to dialogue is outreach and this letter will help you connect with the MLAs in your area to schedule a meeting and get the conversation started on how we can work collaboratively for Alberta's students.
This letter is available for you to download and use, however, we do ask that you do not alter the contents of this letter. Of course, you are able to put this on your Board's letterhead and add in the appropriate names and signatures, but by keeping the body of content the same, it will ensure that all of our Members are sharing the same Key Messages when connecting with MLAs across the province.
What to do with this letter:
- Download a copy of the letter.
- Insert your MLA's contact information, your name and signature and print and enclose the Alberta Education Framework for Establishing a Separate School District in Alberta.
- One week after sending your letter, follow up with your MLA's office to confirm a date and time for your meeting.
- Prior to your meeting, be sure to print and review your Key Messages and Conversation Guide Cheat Sheet to prepare yourself for the discussion.
- By clicking on the blue "Download a Copy of the MLA Letter" button, a link should automatically download to your computer.
- If the document does not automatically download to your computer, simply copy and paste it's contents into your Board's letterhead.
This report was commissioned by the PSBAA and represents the view that a public school system is an efficient and an inclusive way to educate Alberta students.
In no way, intentional or otherwise, does this report attempt to comment on the quality of education delivered by any of the various educational providers of Alberta. Additionally, this report does not advocate for the elimination of any particular program or choice from existing. This report looks at the costs and availability of choice for Albertans as they relate to affordability and inclusivity.
What to do with this report:
- Take it with you to your MLA meeting to provide to your local MLA.
- Print a copy (or save a copy to your iPad!) so that you always have quick and easy access to it's contents.
- Share this report through your online channels.
- Further down on this page, you will find social media content that you can share on Twitter and Facebook reinforcing some of the messages from this report.
To help you promote the Cost of Choice report, we have pulled together a number of pieces for you to use on your social media channels. Feel free to share these pieces with your Division's Communication Team so they can share this content as well.
images to share:
Right click and "Save As" the images below and post them to your Facebook Page and tweet them out on Twitter.
Feel free to attach any of the above images to your tweets! And keep your eyes open for the PSBAA Twitter account - retweeting the Association's content is always encouraged.
- In AB, publicly funded schools aren't necessarily Public Schools. http://bit.ly/2skkTct #costofchoice #abed
- What is the Cost of Choice? Read this commissioned report by @PublicSchoolsAB http://bit.ly/2skkTct #costofchoice #abed
- DYK AB taxpayers currently support four different school systems? This is the Cost of Choice: http://bit.ly/2skkTct #costofchoice #abed
- Let's encourage an education system that serves AB students. http://bit.ly/2skkTct #costofchoice #abed
- Creating 1 Publicly Funded School System in AB would provide greater opportunities to our students http://bit.ly/2skkTct #costofchoice
- Imagine a 🌎 where all students come together under one roof to go to school. http://bit.ly/2skkTct #costofchoice #abed
- One Inclusive Public Education System. That's what we're working towards. http://bit.ly/2skkTct #costofchoice #abed
- To me, Public Education education means opportunity and choice. http://bit.ly/2skkTct #costofchoice #abed
- Do you understand the Cost of Choice to AB students? http://bit.ly/2skkTct #costofchoice #abed