Teacher Wares

February 28, 2013

Teachers and principals have opportunity to share experiences

In March 2013, Alberta will be participating in the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS). Organized by OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, TALIS is the only international comparative survey on teaching and learning conditions in schools with students in Grades 7–9. This survey represents a unique opportunity for Alberta teachers and principals to express their perspectives on issues that affect their work. Two hundred schools from across Alberta will be randomly selected for participation in this study, which will be conducted between March 1 and May 31, 2013. Should your school be selected, your support and participation is critical to ensuring the success of this survey in Alberta. A provincial TALIS 2013 summary report will be available to stakeholders, including the Alberta Teachers’ Association and school boards. In addition, an international report, comparing Alberta with 32 participating countries, will be accessible online in 2014. Letters have been sent to principals notifying them that their school has been selected to participate, and inviting them and their teaching staff to complete the respective surveys. Teachers are also encouraged to let their principals know that they are interested in completing the survey. These are online surveys and will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Responses are completely confidential.

Resources For Teaching Somali And South Sudanese Children

The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation and the Alberta Teachers’ Association, with funding from Alberta Culture and Community Services, have released two new resources for teaching immigrant children: Teaching Somali Immigrant Children: Resources for Student Success and Working with South Sudanese Immigrant Students—Teacher Resources. Many children from recent immigrant families face special challenges in school—cultural, linguistic and social. Those challenges become their teachers’ challenges. These two resources have been developed by teachers and community resource people with the assistance of a professional development consultant. The booklets are available free of charge on the Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation website (www.cmef.ca).

New ATA Publications Available

Featured here are only a few of the Alberta Teachers' Association’s newest publications. Additional publications are featured on the ATA website (www.teachers.ab.ca). To order a copy of a publication, send an e-mail to distribution@ata.ab.ca.

Voices: Teachers’ Aspirations for the Future of Teaching

In 2011, the Association participated in research jointly sponsored by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and the Canadian Education Association that asked the questions: (1) what conditions help teachers teach in a way that resonates with their beliefs about teaching and learning (2) what professional conditions help teachers teach the way they aspire to and (3) how can we create those conditions? This report is an analysis of the answers to those questions from three focus groups of Alberta teachers. (PD-151 2012 11, 20 pages)

Creating Possibilities, Balancing Priorities—The 2012 Professional Development Survey

An ATA Research Report: November 2012

This study reports the results of research the Association undertook during the 2011/12 school year on teachers’ perspectives of professional development activities and opportunities across the province. (PD-86-25 2012 11, 31 pages)

At Our Best for Students

This brochure highlights the conditions of professional practice required by teachers in order to maximize their effectiveness in the classroom. (COMM-193EXT, 2012 08, 6 pages)

Download the ATA iPhone app

The ATA’s mobile application connects teachers with personalized information from their professional association. The iOS app is available for download from the Apple App Store for use on iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads. (Download the app by searching “Alberta teachers” in the App Store.) The My Info section of the app connects teachers to their ATA local, teachers’ convention and specialist council. Teachers can also access their collective agreement. Another feature allows teachers to search for ATA events and to download them directly into their phone’s calendar. The News tab contains news from the ATA and headlines on relevant education issues. Next advancements for the app are likely to include greater integration for Association subgroups, conversion to other mobile operating systems (like Android or Blackberry) and optimization for mobile tablets.

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