The first Alberta School Week (Education Week) was held December 2–8, 1928. Its purpose then, as now, is to call attention to the importance of education and to show the public the good things happening in Alberta schools.
Education Week is an excellent opportunity to advocate for public education and to:
- Illustrate the important role that schools play in communities;
- assure taxpayers that public funds are being put to good use;
- invite the public into classrooms for first-hand experiences;
- highlight the partnership between teachers, parents and students;
- demonstrate the important leadership role that the teaching profession plays in student learning;
- and celebrate the contribution that all staff and volunteers make in the school.
Learning is a Journey
Every three years, the ATA, in collaboration with Alberta Education, chooses a theme to help schools and locals plan activities that send consistent messages supporting public education to the community.
The theme from 2017-2020 is “Learning is a Journey,” and intends to profile the role that education plays in all of our lives in shaping the province’s future. It’s a great time to celebrate teachers’ proud legacy in public education and work toward an inspired future that includes the following:
- Optimal learning conditions for every child
- Creative and innovative learning programs
- Students who enjoy learning and who achieve their learning goals
- Parents and communities that are involved and supportive of learning
- School leaders who are also teachers
- A well-thought out curriculum delivered by well-prepared professionals
- Opportunities for teachers to continue developing their skills as professionals
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