ATA News 46:2

September 13, 2011
A Sizable Issue: Reducing class size matters

A Sizable Issue: Reducing class size matters

The fallout from education funding shortfalls has parents, teachers and trustees concerned about possible increases in class size.

Meet and eat

Meet the Teacher Night at Mother Teresa Catholic School, in Edmonton, took the form of a Multicultural Potluck Supper.

Beginning Teachers

Information for Beginning Teachers.

Professional development programs

September is here and it’s time to ensure you’re on track for a year of rewarding professional development.

Chalk talk

A student from Notre Dame School, in Leduc, uses chalk to work on a math lesson.

Class size hiccups

The impact of the loss of 1,000 or more teaching positions is each teacher’s reality this week in Alberta classrooms.

Cartoon by Aaron Bacall

“My class is so large and my seat is so far back, I feel like I’m taking a distance-learning course.”

Q & A - Question from a first-year teacher

Question: I’m a first-year teacher and I’ve just secured a teaching position. What do I need to do to ensure that I receive my salary and benefits in a timely fashion?

Fact or Fiction - 67 million children shortchanged

September 8 is International Literacy Day.

Media campaign to counter education funding cuts

Cuts to education funding erase more than just deficits.

The teaching profession and collective bargaining

This is the first article in a new series by the Teacher Welfare (TW) program area of the Alberta ­Teachers’ Association.

Changes made to teachers’ Health Spending Accounts

Be advised that the Canadian Revenue Agency has revised its list of eligible expenses and has removed massage therapy as an eligible expense.

Pension plan changes: substituting after pension

As of September 1, 2011, the 60 per cent cap on substitute service was removed from the rules of the Teachers’ Pension Plan (the Plan).

Class Acts - Teachers, schools and students across Alberta are tops

Eight Alberta students will complete their high school education at campuses around the world through the Alberta government’s Grant MacEwan United World College Scholarships.

Transformation meetings planned

The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) and Alberta Education (AE) are holding joint meetings this fall to advance the transformation of Alberta’s K–12 ­education system.

Employment Insurance

During a teacher’s career, there are certain times when the support of the Employment Insurance program is available.

Notices & Events

A collection of notices and events.

Quick Facts

Percentage of Alberta’s university graduates who are currently employed: 93