Alberta teachers to debate looming challenges of next school year at annual meeting

Release Date 2018 05 17

May 17, 2018

The Alberta Teachers’ Association holds its Annual Representative Assembly (ARA) in Calgary this weekend. Starting Saturday morning, more than 300 resolutions will be passed, reaffirmed or amended by teacher delegates through the processes of debate and voting.

Topics of key resolutions up for debate include

  • maintaining the Association’s status as a unified teacher organization with both professional and union functions (3-92/18 and 3-93/18);
  • persuading Alberta Education to extend and expand funding it provided to the Association to develop and implement the Walking Together professional development project for the purpose of meeting commitments related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action (3-94/18); and
  • achieving class size recommendations by establishing, funding and enforcing pupil–teacher ratio standards (3-97/18).

The more than 450 teacher delegates attending the assembly also will make time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alberta Teachers’ Association at a banquet Saturday evening.

“There definitely will be challenges in the upcoming year, so I expect debate at this year’s annual meeting to be quite spirited. We will be debating the always-growing issues of class size and complexity, which continue to negatively affect teaching and learning conditions in this province. Sadly, we will also be discussing the need to fight off attacks from those who want to break up our organization. That said, having a banquet in the middle of our annual meeting this year to celebrate 100 years of the ATA as the voice and advocate of teachers in this province, I think, will be very welcome indeed.”

—ATA president Greg Jeffery

Attached are the ARA schedule and the Additional Resolutions document containing the resolutions referred to in this release. All other resolutions can be found in the Resolutions Bulletin.

ARA establishes policy and approves the Association’s budget. Its delegates are teachers who represent by population each of the Association’s 55 locals.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association, as the professional organization of teachers, promotes and advances public education, safeguards standards of professional practice and serves as the advocate for its 46,000 members.

Media at ARA

ARA takes place May 19–21 (note: Monday session will not take place if the business of the assembly is completed by Sunday). Each day starts at 0900. Members of the media are invited to attend any portion of ARA, with the exception of the budget session, which begins Sunday at 1145 and may proceed for the remainder of the day.

Members of the media planning to attend in person any portion of ARA are to notify Laura Harris by e-mail (laura.harris@ata.ab.ca) or text (780-977-6766).

Those members of the media not attending ARA, but wanting to arrange an interview with ATA president Greg Jeffery, may also contact Laura Harris.