Issues

Learn about hot topics in education and the perspectives of the teaching profession on those issues.

Charter Schools

Charter schools have been in place in Alberta since 1994 as part of an initiative to provide choice in the education system.

Curriculum and the Profession

The following documents offer a summary of the Association's recent research and positions related to curriculum development and implementation.

Distributed Learning

Distributed learning (DL) refers to non–face-to-face communication between students and teachers through such modes as correspondence, online learning, outreach schools, teleconferencing and video conferencing.

Inclusive Education

Prompted by a myriad of concerns from teachers and administrators in Alberta schools, the Alberta Teachers’ Association established a Blue Ribbon Panel on Inclusive Education in Alberta Schools. Read about their work and recommendations.

Kindergarten

The 2003 Alberta Commission on Learning recommendations called on the government to establish new junior kindergarten programs on a phased-in basis and to establish full-day kindergarten programs in schools.

Northland School Division

Read the Association’s response to the 2011 report of the Northland Inquiry Team.

Teacher Workload

An independent study on teacher workload found that teachers in Alberta work an average of 48 hours a week during regular school weeks and that the average Alberta teacher puts in nearly two full weeks of work during the summer months, bringing their annual total to 2016 hours of work.