Volunteering for field work

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Teachers can train to do field work in one of three volunteer groups:

  • Professional development facilitators help create school-based programs.
  • Administrator instructors give workshops to school leaders and staff, as well as, at teachers' conventions.
  • Association instructors give workshops requested by teachers.

Interested? Fill in the application to join the Association Professional Development Corps.

ATA standing committees

Each year a call goes out for volunteers to serve on ATA committees. Teachers apply to serve on these committees.

Area Field Experiences Committees (AFECs)

AFECs work with faculties of education on student practicums. The ATA has four AFECs:

  • Calgary Area
  • Edmonton Area
  • Campus Saint-Jean
  • Lethbridge Area

Bargaining Advisory Committee (BAC)

This committee works with the Central Table Bargaining Committee (CTBC). BAC members collect data and create lists of bargaining items. The Bargaining Advisory Committee informs ATA members about bargaining results.

Benefits, Insurance and Pension Committee (BIPC)

The BIPC works with the Alberta School Employee Benefits Plan, Johnson Insurance, Capital Estate Planning, the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association and the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund to study, monitor and advise Provincial Executive Council on issues of note.

Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) Committee

The CTF is a national organization of all provincial teachers’ organizations. CTF Committee members work on issues that affect teachers nationwide.

Central Table Bargaining Committee (CTBC)

Members represent the Association’s central bargaining position.

This committee works under two laws:

  • Public Education Collective Bargaining Act
  • Labour Relations Code

This committee negotiates central and local bargaining lists. It also finalizes the central table agreement.

Communications, Advocacy and Public Education Committee (CAPEC)

This committee advocates for public education. CAPEC highlights the essential role of teachers and plans advocacy campaigns and events.

Curriculum Committee

This committee works with Alberta Education’s program, curriculum and assessment advisory committees. Members of this committee work with external stakeholders and partners.

Diversity, Equity and Human Rights (DEHR) Committee

DEHR Committee members work to highlight diversity, equity and human rights issues in education. The committee’s initiatives work to address gender, race, sexual orientation and other forms of discrimination.

Finance Committee

This committee keeps track of the Association’s money. Committee members produce the budget, and ATA members approve that budget at the Annual Representative Assembly (ARA). The committee also advises the Association on investments and fees.

Indigenous Education Committee

This advisory committee interacts with First Nations, Métis and Inuit community leaders. Other external stakeholders and partners include

  • Alberta Education,
  • Indigenous Advisory Circle and
  • Rupertsland Institute.

Political Engagement Committee

The Association is nonpartisan but does engage with the Government of Alberta. Committee members advise on political issues and and help develop strategies. The committee also coordinates political activities at the local and provincial levels.

Professional Conduct Committee (PCC)

Members of the ATA and the public serve on this committee. The committee hears cases of unprofessional conduct and applies penalties.

Professional Conduct Appeal Committee (PCAC)

Teachers have the right to appeal a decision of the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC). The PCAC consists of four Association members and one public member. The committee hears appeals on the PCC decision, penalties, or both.

Professional Conduct Complainant Appeal Committee (PDAC)

The Association investigates all discipline complaints. Investigations result in a decision to hold a hearing or not to hold a hearing. If the decision was not to hold a hearing, the PDAC hears appeals from the complainant requesting a hearing. The committee reviews the decision and may order a hearing.

Professional Practice Review Committee (PPRC)

Teachers must meet the Teaching Quality Standard. The PPRC reviews members who fail to meet the standard. The PPRC may

  • cancel or suspend the teacher’s membership in the Association,
  • recommend that the minister of education cancel or suspend the teacher’s teaching certificate, or
  • declare the teacher ineligible for Association membership.

Professional Practice Appeal Committee (PPAC)

Teachers found to have failed to meet the Teaching Quality Standard by PPRC can appeal to the PPAC.

Professional Practice Complainant Appeal Committee (PPCAC)

School boards may investigate a teacher’s competence. That investigation will result in a decision to hold a hearing or not to hold a hearing. The complainant may appeal the no-hearing decision to this committee. The committee consists of two to four Association members and one public member.

Resolutions Committee

This committee prepares all resolutions debated at the Annual Representative Assembly (ARA). Resolutions come forward from Provincial Executive Council (PEC), locals and specialist councils. After ARA, this committee advises on the disposition of approved resolutions. Approved resolutions become Association policy.

School Leaders Issues and Concerns Committee

This committee advises on issues affecting school leaders and coordinates services to school leaders. Members of this committee includes members of the Council for School Leadership (CSL).

Strategic Planning Group (SPG)

SPG members advise Association leaders on emerging issues of concern to the Association. SPG helps the Association remain responsive to current events and trends in education.


Substitute Teachers Committee

This committee evaluates substitute teachers’ unique concerns and plans the annual Substitute Teachers’ Conference.

Table Officers Committee (TOC)

The TOC consists of members of Provincial Executive Council (PEC) and senior ATA staff. Matters decided by TOC include

  • Association administration,
  • PEC agenda,
  • communication of Association policy to the Government of Alberta,
  • communication with education stakeholders and
  • emergent situations.

Teacher Education and Certification Committee (TECC)

This committee evaluates teacher education and certification. It also administers the Association’s fellowship and scholarship program.

Women in Leadership Committee

This committee promotes women’s participation in professional leadership. Committee members also advise on efforts to advance women’s representation in educational leadership.

ATA Members Committee Appointments

The Association appoints members to various joint stakeholder committees.


ATA Educational Trust, Board of Trustees

The Trust is a charitable organization that funds classroom projects and educational research. The Association appoints four teachers to this board. Other members are

  • a representative from the Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA),
  • a representative from the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA) and
  • a member of Association executive staff.

Membership Eligibility Board

Board members establish ATA membership eligibility principles that govern the eligibility of individuals for membership in the Association. The Association names three teachers to this board. These teachers serve with faculty of education representatives.

Membership Eligibility Committee

This committee hears appeals from teachers denied membership in the Association. The Association names one teacher to this committee. Other members include 

  • a member of Association executive staff,
  • a faculty of education representative and
  • the ATA staff manager of the Teacher Qualifications Service.

Teacher Salary Qualifications Board (TSQB)

The TSQB administers the Teacher Qualifications Service evaluation principles. These principles govern evaluation of years of teacher education for salary purposes. The ATA names one teacher to this board. Other members include

  • two representatives from the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA);
  • two representatives from Alberta Education; and
  • one representative each from the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge.

Teacher Qualifications Committee (TQC)

Teachers may appeal their TQS evaluation to this committee. The Association names two teachers to the TQC. Other members include

  • a member of Association executive staff;
  • the ATA manager of TQS;
  • one representative from Alberta Education; and
  • one representative each from the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge.