Parent involvement with their children's education greatly enhances student achievement.
- Involvement takes many forms - from reading books and talking about school at home to volunteering in the classroom and participating in school councils.
- Good two-way communications between schools and parents are essential. Schools and the School Board must take the lead on reaching parents who are not yet engaged.
- Schools can provide parents with tools to support in-school learning at home.
Chris has supported parent engagement by:
- working with the school administration on outreach to Somali and Arabic communities;
- securing school grants to bring parents together and provide tools to support student literacy and numeracy;
- coordinating and contributing to events for parents, including multicultural potluck dinners and First Nations, Metis and Inuit events;
- advising parents on how to address individual issues with their schools and the School Board, including student transportation, conflicts with school administrations and advocating for student and school resources.
"Chris Ellis is an exceptional trustee. He is committed, approachable and delves deep in to the issues that affect his constituents. His positive attitude, genuine commitment and leadership skills combined with his extensive knowledge of process and policy make him an excellent fit for the position of trustee. Chris has done an excellent job in his position as trustee and he deserves to continue in this important role."
Cindy Harrison, Parent