2014

ATA President Applauds Delay on Bill 10 - December 4, 2014

Alberta Teachers’ Association President Mark Ramsankar is encouraged by Premier Jim Prentice’s decision to delay passage of Bill 10.

School principals face new and heavy demands, says new national study - September 16, 2014

New expectations and emerging social issues are dramatically changing the work and role of school principals, according to a new study released September 16 by the Canadian Association of Principals and the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

ATA President Says New Minister of Education Has Work to Do - September 15, 2014

ATA President Mark Ramsankar is looking forward to meeting soon with Gordon Dirks, new minister of education in Premier Jim Prentice’s cabinet.

Alberta teachers mark Honourable Dave Hancock’s departure from government - September 12, 2014

For departing premier and former education minister, "Children First" was more than a slogan.

Support Lacking for Special Needs Students, says New Report - September 10, 2014

A new report on inclusive education in Alberta finds an increased need for supports and services as schools become more inclusive of students with special needs.

Award-winning ATA locals engage and advocate - August 13, 2014

Teachers honoured locals from across the province for excellence in political engagement; public relations; and diversity, equity and human rights at the ATA’s annual Summer Conference August 13 in Banff.

Teachers' employment information is not the minister of education’s business, says ATA - July 2, 2014

The Alberta Teachers’ Association today asked Alberta’s information and privacy commissioner to determine if school boards can legally disclose to Alberta Education 10 years’ worth of sensitive personal information, as demanded by Education Minister Jeff Johnson.

ATA Response Provides Way Forward for Teacher Excellence - June 15, 2014

Despite having serious concerns about Education Minister Jeff Johnson’s Task Force for Teaching Excellence, the Alberta Teachers’ Association has submitted and simultaneously released a response to the report’s recommendations.

Minister Jeff Johnson’s Task Force Attacks Teaching Profession - May 5, 2014

From the beginning, Johnson’s task force has lacked transparency and legitimacy.

Gay–Straight Alliances Must Be Supported, Says ATA President - April 4, 2014

Alberta Teachers’ Association President Mark Ramsankar is calling for support for students wishing to form gay–straight student alliances (GSAs) in schools.

Education budget fails to protect classrooms - March 6, 2014

Alberta’s 2014 budget will do little to improve eroded classroom conditions.

Bill 10 Will Not Change the Status Quo, Says ATA President

Alberta Teachers’ Association President Mark Ramsankar is urging teachers not to let renewed focus on “parental rights” exert a chilling effect in their classrooms, saying that the provisions of Bill 10 should not change their current teaching practice.