Advice on Administrative and Personnel ConcernsTop of page

The Association has established the position of Associate Coordinator, Member Services—Administrator Assistance to provide administrators with advice on procedural issues related to discipline, transfers and terminations and to help administrators resolve internal disputes with their school staff. In addition to helping administrators resolve difficulties related to their own employment, the Association provides administrators with advice concerning their role in personnel and/or legal matters involving their staff members.

The acting associate coordinator, who works out of Barnett House (the Association's Edmonton office), is Joyce Sherwin, who can be contacted at 780-447-9453 (in Edmonton) or 1-800-232-7208 (elsewhere in Alberta). Administrators in southern Alberta can contact Keith Hadden, who works at the Southern Alberta Regional Office. Mr Hadden can be reached at 403-265-2672 (in Calgary) or 1-800-332-1280 (elsewhere in Alberta).

In addition, all Member Services executive staff are able to provide advice to individual administrators about their particular concerns.

The Educational Leadership Academy (ELA)Top of page

The ELA is a four-day summer program designed to provide training for principals, assistant principals and others in leadership positions. Participants are shown, among other things, how to become ethical leaders, communicate effectively and develop healthy working relationships. ELA is sponsored by the Association and is supported by its Council for School Leadership. Participants can seek credit from the University of Alberta.

When: August 8–11, 2017

Where: The Crossing at Ghost River, Cochrane


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Leadership Essentials for AdministratorsTop of page

When: November 20–21, 2017

Where: Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel, Calgary

Open to administrators who are in the first five years of their appointment or administrators new to the province of Alberta.

Registration: There is no registration fee. Space is limited; apply early. Online registration is available at

Grant-in-aid for Association members is available (as per Association guidelines).

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LISA is a seminar intended for system administrators and focusses on the exchange of information about a particular subject of study. School-based administrators will also find the seminar interesting and relevant.

When one or more staff members engages in bullying behaviour, it can cause other employees to suffer emotional and sometimes physical distress. It can also create legal issues for the employer. When students are the target of bullying, including homophobic bullying behaviour, it can result in liability issues for the district. Teachers and school employees are sometimes the target of bullying behaviour by parents or community members, and this too can result in a very stressful work environment and legal problems. In recent years, courts and tribunals have applied increasing scrutiny to bullying behaviour and administrative responses.

The goal of LISA is to unpack the complex topic of bullying and equip administrators with knowledge to identify potential risks, avoid legal proceedings and identify situations where they may need to commence appropriate actions or legal actions.

The structure of each day will include presentations by key experts, a panel discussion with an opportunity to have questions addressed, and facilitated focused conversation allowing participants an opportunity to add to and benefit from the collective wisdom of all participants.

When: 2015 10 19–20

Where: Barnett House, Edmonton


Workshops and PresentationsTop of page

The Association offers a variety of workshops and presentations designed to help administrators fulfil their leadership responsibilities and to help school staff work together more effectively.

Council on School LeadershipTop of page

The Association has 21 specialist councils, which are intended to foster the professional development of teachers with common interests in curriculum areas. One of these councils, the Council on School Leadership, sponsors a range of programs and activities for administrators, including the Western Canada Educational Administrators Conference (WCEAC) and the Banff Leadership Seminar. Further information about the council is available from Jeff Johnson, who can be contacted by telephone (toll-free) at 1-800-232-7208 or by e-mail at

The ATA LibraryTop of page

Administrators are encouraged to use the Association's extensive professional library, which has materials in both English and French. Library staff will research topics, gather information and send library materials to members upon request. Library staff can be contacted at

PublicationsTop of page

The Association has produced several publications that may be of interest to administrators. Click here for a complete listing of Association publications:

Each year, several organizations in Canada and the United States sponsor conferences specifically tailored to address the needs of administrators. For further information, consult the Association's Events Calendar.