ATA News 52:4

October 10, 2017
Standardized Tests in Alberta

Standardized Tests in Alberta

The ATA opposes the use of standardized tests to compare and rank schools. 800 randomly selected Albertans support this view in a recent poll.

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IN FOCUS— PEC: Boring as dirt, important as heck

The first instalment of In Focus, focuses on PEC and the long hours reps spend in council in the name of guiding the teaching profession.

Curatolo Cartoon

New cartoon from Curatolo.

Teachers mount historic rally

Oct. 4, 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the 1997 teachers’ rally when thousands upon thousands of classroom teachers raised their collective voices in support of public education.

In the Beginning

500 Teachers from northern Alberta cam to Edmonton for the 2017 Beginning Teachers' Conference September 18 to 30.

World Teachers' Day

Teachers' celebrate World Teachers' Day on October 5th.

Orange Shirt Day

In remembrance of the experience of former residential school students, educators and students all over Alberta celebrated Orange Shirt Day on Friday, September 29.

Community partnerships keep at-risk kids fed

8 years ago, when Fred Hines became principal at Amiskwiciy Academy he initiated a breakfast and lunch program that has increased student success. 

Poor Excuse—Let's get real about poverty in Alberta

Poor Excuse— a collection of articles initiating a conversation on the issue of child poverty in the province and its impact on student learning. 

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Teachers Seek School Board Seats

The ATA invited teachers and retired teachers who are running for school board positions in the Oct. 16 to provide their names and photos for publication in the ATA News.

From the field

From Facebook; teachers comment on the impacts of poverty, the initiatives occurring at their schools and what more should be done.

New campaign raises awareness of ongoing problem

The Alberta Teachers’ Association has partnered with PIA for From Poverty to Progress, a province-wide campaign educating the public about the widespread prevalence of poverty in Alberta. 

Province plans to double funding for school nutrition

A $10 million school nutrition program that’s rolling out provincewide this fall will double next year.

Viewpoints: Let’s build inclusive communities for students

Kris Wells from the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies at the U of A shares ideas on how to create inclusive communities in schools.

Editorial: Let’s focus on education inputs

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the Fraser Institute’s annual ranking of Alberta schools based on standardized testing results came out—spurring thoughts from the ATA News editor.

Q & A: When in doubt, follow the code

ATA Executive Secretary answers a question regarding teachers' obligations under sections 13 and 14 of the Code of Professional Conduct.

Your Views

Reflections from Social Media on World Teachers Day, Beginning Teachers Conference and the 20th anniversary of the 1997 rally .

ATA president applauds further protection for LGBTQ youth

ATA president, Greg Jeffery applauds government plan to make it illegal for schools to out children who join a GSA.

PEC Points: Council pledges hurricane relief   

Highlights of the Provincial Executive Council meeting held Sept. 21–22, 2017, at Barnett House, in Edmonton.

Pitfalls and Precautions: Teachers—Think before sending email

Teacher found guilty of violating article 13 and article 14 of the Code of Professional Conduct by venting through schoolwide email communications.

Stories and photos wanted

The ATA News is always on the lookout for interesting articles, photos and cartoons.