To assist it in the business of the Association, Provincial Executive Council maintains a number of standing committees on topics of concern to teachers. These committees, which range in size from six to 18 members, generally consist of at least one Council member (as chair), at least one staff officer (as secretary) and a number of practising teachers selected on the basis of their expertise, their commitment to the Association and, in some cases, their geographic location and area of specialization. Standing committees meet about four times during the school year. Whenever possible, meetings are scheduled on Saturdays rather than on school days.

Applications for service on these committees are accepted each year from the beginning of February to March 31.

Area Field Experiences Committees Top of page

Area field experiences committees (AFECs) monitor all aspects of the practicum component of the teacher education programs offered at Alberta universities. The Association has four field experiences committees, one associated with each education faculty in the province: the Calgary Area Field Experiences Committee (associated with the University of Calgary), the Edmonton Area Field Experiences Committee (associated with the University of Alberta), the Campus Saint-Jean Area Field Experiences Committee (associated with the Campus Saint-Jean) and the Lethbridge Area Field Experiences Committee (associated with the University of Lethbridge). Each AFEC consists of representatives from locals that accept practicum placements from the affiliated faculty of education, a member of the relevant student local, a practicum associate from the faculty, one or two members of Provincial Executive Council and an Association staff officer (as secretary).

Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) Committee Top of page

The CTF committee coordinates the Association's involvement with its national affiliate, the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF). CTF is active at the interprovincial, national and international levels in promoting high-quality education, the status of teachers, and equality of opportunity through education. The CTF Committee is composed of Alberta members on the CTF Board, the Association’s table officers, delegates to the previous CTF Annual General Meeting and Association representatives on CTF committees.

Communications, Advocacy and Public Education Committee Top of page

The Communication, Advocacy and Public Education Committee recommends activities designed to highlight the importance of public education and the essential role of teachers in delivering it. It consists of three members of Provincial Executive Council (one as chair), two practising teachers and three members of executive staff (one as secretary).

Curriculum CommitteeTop of page

The Curriculum Committee monitors curriculum changes and developments affecting student evaluation and receives reports from Association representatives serving on Department of Education program, curriculum and assessment advisory committees. (To help find suitable representatives for these positions, the Association maintains a Curriculum and Student Evaluation Name Bank). The committee is composed of six practising teachers, two members of Provincial Executive Council (one as chair), two curriculum specialists, observers from the Department of Education and the College of Alberta School Superintendents and two Association staff officers (one as secretary).

Diversity, Equity and Human Rights CommitteeTop of page

This committee studies diversity, equity and human rights issues in education and proposes initiatives to address inequities related to gender, race, sexual orientation and other differences that give rise to discrimination. It consists of two members of Provincial Executive Council (one as chair), four practising teachers, one faculty of education representative and two Association staff officers (one as secretary and one as the Association’s representative on the Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities Board of Directors).

Finance CommitteeTop of page

The Finance Committee oversees the Association's finances. In doing so, it performs such tasks as producing a consolidated budget for consideration by Provincial Executive Council and the Annual Representative Assembly, advising the Association on investment matters, and determining the amount that the Association will charge for such services as printing, evaluating teacher qualifications for salary purposes and renting meeting rooms. The committee is composed of a vice-president (as chair), the past president, four members of Council, the executive secretary and the Association’s chief financial officer (as secretary).

Pension Committee Top of page

The Pension Committee studies and monitors all pension issues of concern to the Association and receives reports from the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF) Board. The committee consists of two members of Provincial Executive Council (one as chair), four practising teachers, one of the Association’s representatives on the ATRF Board of Administrators (non-voting), the chair of the Pension Committee of the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (non-voting) and an Association staff officer (as secretary).

Political Engagement CommitteeTop of page

The Political Engagement Committee advises Council on political issues and strategies and coordinates the Association political activities at the local and provincial levels. It consists of three members of Provincial Executive Council (one as chair), three practising teachers and an Association staff officer (as secretary).

Professional Conduct Committee Top of page

The Professional Conduct Committee is a panel made up of 17 Association members and three public members. Each time the executive secretary determines that sufficient evidence exists against a teacher to warrant a hearing into possible unprofessional conduct, between three and five members of the panel are selected to constitute a hearing committee. The hearing committee decides the guilt or innocence of the person charged and, in the case of those found guilty, assesses an appropriate penalty.

Professional Conduct Appeal Committee Top of page

The Professional Conduct Appeal Committee, which consists of four Association members and one public member, hears appeals from teachers convicted of unprofessional conduct by a hearing committee of the Professional Conduct Committee. The committee is empowered to hear appeals on the verdict, the penalty or both.

Professional Conduct Complainant Appeal CommitteeTop of page

The Complainant Appeal Committee, which consists of two Association members and one public member, hears appeals from complainants who are dissatisfied with a decision not to proceed with a hearing in the case of a teacher charged with unprofessional conduct. The committee may order a hearing.

Professional Practice Review Committee Top of page

The committee is made up of at least seven Association members (including teachers, principals and central office administrators) and three public members. Each time a superintendent or the Complainant Appeal Committee requests an assessment of a teacher’s professional competence, five members of the committee (two teachers, one principal or assistant principal, one central office-based administrator and one member of the public ) are selected to hear the case against the teacher. The hearing committee decides whether or not the teacher is meeting the Teaching Quality Standard. If the committee finds that the teacher’s professional competence does not meet the standard, the committee may cancel or suspend the teacher’s membership in the Association, recommend that the Minister cancel or suspend the teacher’s teaching certificate, or declare the teacher ineligible for Association membership.

Professional Practice Appeal CommitteeTop of page

The Professional Practice Appeal Committee, which consists of three to five Association members and one public member, hears appeals from teachers whose professional competence has been assessed by a professional competence hearing committee and found to be substandard.

Professional Practice Complainant Appeal Committee Top of page

After investigating the performance of a teacher whose competence has been called into question, the superintendent may conclude that the evidence is insufficient to warrant a hearing. The person who originated the complaint can appeal the decision not to hold a hearing to the Professional Practice Complainant Appeal Committee. The committee consists of two to four Association members and one public member.

Resolutions CommitteeTop of page

The Resolutions Committee processes all resolutions submitted by Provincial Executive Council, locals and specialist councils for consideration at the Annual Representative Assembly. Following each Assembly, it recommends to Council on the disposition of approved resolutions, which are then incorporated into policy. The committee consists of a vice-president (as chair), three other members of Provincial Executive Council and one Association staff officer (as secretary).

School Administrator Issues and Concerns CommitteeTop of page

The School Administrator Issues and Concerns Committee advises on all matters affecting school administrators and helps coordinate the services provided to them. The committee consist of two members of Provincial Executive Council (one as chair), six practising teachers who are school administrators (including the president of the Council on School Administration [CSA] and at least one CSA regional president), two practising classroom teachers and two Association staff officers (one as secretary).

Strategic Planning Group Top of page

The Strategic Planning Group identifies, studies and provides advice on emerging issues of potential concern to the Association. It consists of the president, one other member of Provincial Executive Council (as chair), the executive secretary, three practising teachers, a consultant and one Association staff officer (as secretary).

Substitute Teachers CommitteeTop of page

The Substitute Teachers Committee studies the unique concerns of substitute teachers and organizes an annual conference for them. The committee consists of one member of Provincial Executive Council (as chair), three substitute teachers, one in-school administrator, one non-school administrator and one Association staff officer (as secretary).

Table Officers CommitteeTop of page

The Table Officers Committee makes decisions on administrative matters, structures the agenda of meetings of Provincial Executive Council, communicates Association policy to the government and other bodies, and acts on behalf of Council in emergencies or when time is of the essence. The committee comprises the president (as chair), the two vice-presidents, the past president, the executive secretary and the associate executive secretary (as secretary).

Teacher Education and Certification CommitteeTop of page

The Teacher Education and Certification Committee studies all matters related to the education and certification of teachers and administers the Association's fellowship and scholarship program. It consists of two members of Provincial Executive Council (one as chair), seven practising teachers, one education student, two Association staff officers (one as secretary), the Association's representative on the Council on Alberta Teaching Standards, two representatives from Alberta Education and a representative from each of the Alberta faculties of education.

Teacher Welfare Services CommitteeTop of page

The Teacher Welfare Services Committee provides advice on collective bargaining, education finance, employment insurance, workers' compensation and such financial services as group-life insurance, auto and home owners insurance, and group RRSPs. It consists of two members of Provincial Executive Council (one as chair), seven practising teachers and an Association staff officer (as secretary).

Well-Being of Children and Youth CommitteeTop of page

This committee studies such issues as the integration of children’s services in schools, the negative impact of poverty on learning and the importance of early intervention. It also recommends ways in which the Association can serve as an advocate for children and youth. It consists of two members of Provincial Executive Council (one as chair) three practising teachers and one Association staff officer (as secretary).