Public education refers to any K to 12 educational program that is paid for entirely by public funding and governed by publicly elected school boards.
Education in Alberta is governed by a number of acts, including the School Act and the Teaching Profession Act.
To teach in Alberta, a person must have a valid teaching certificate. Teachers hired by a publicly funded school board must become members of the ATA. Once hired, teachers should apply to the Teacher Qualifications Service to have their years of education assessed for salary purposes.
Parents play a crucial role in their child's education. To help foster the parent-teacher relationship, the Association produces a number of resources for parents and school councils, including The Learning Team.
In the Association's vision of public education, highly educatated teachers provide students with a broad range of learning experiences that allow them to develop their potential and become contributing members of society.
Read about the major events and developments that shaped public education in Alberta from 1905 to 2000. This information comes from an Association monograph entitled A Brief History of Public Education in Alberta.
Alberta has 63 public, separate and francophone school boards. Links to the website of each board are available here.
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