Council aims to support gender equity
Highlights of the Provincial Executive Council meeting held Dec. 1–2, 2022, Barnett House, Edmonton.
- Selected Gail-Anne Wilson and Terra Kaliszuk to fill two positions of executive staff officer, professional development, with duties to commence mid-February 2023.
- Authorized an overexpenditure of $25,000 for the 2023 Political Engagement Seminar.
- Referred a recommendation to host two Beginning Teachers Conference events—one in Edmonton and one in Calgary—to the December meeting of Finance Committee for consideration.
- Referred a proposed resolution to the December meeting of Finance Committee to consider a grant program in the amount of $20,000 to support teachers, groups of teachers and local women in leadership committees to establish projects that support gender equity in schools and in the teaching profession.
- In lieu of sending Christmas cards, approved a $2,000 Christmas charity donation to the Alberta division of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
- Approved the name of one teacher for addition to the Indigenous Education Professional Development Facilitators name bank.
- Approved the names of four teachers for addition to the Association Instructors name bank. The bank is used as a source of appointments to the Association instructors corps as the need arises.
- Appointed a field member to the Status of Racialized Teachers Working Group for a term to June 30, 2023.
- Received the report of a hearing committee that found a teacher guilty of one charge of unprofessional conduct for which the teacher was convicted of an indictable offence under section 151 of the Criminal Code of Canada for unlawfully touching a student, under the age of 16 years, for a sexual purpose. The hearing committee ordered a penalty of a declaration that the teacher is permanently ineligible for membership in the Association and a recommendation to the minister of education that the teacher’s teaching certificate be permanently cancelled.
- Received the report of a hearing committee that found a teacher guilty of three counts of unprofessional conduct for using an inappropriate word while assigning project work to students, for making an inappropriate statement while coaching a student and for speaking to a teacher colleague about a student in an inappropriate way. The hearing committee imposed a penalty of a letter of severe reprimand to encompass all three charges and a fine of $1,000.
- Received the report of a hearing committee that found a teacher guilty of two charges of unprofessional conduct for slapping a student on the cheek and for using the cultural values of colony lifestyle to rationalize the striking of a student. The hearing committee ordered a penalty of a letter of severe reprimand for both charges, a declaration that the teacher be ineligible to hold membership in the Association for two years and a recommendation to the minister of education that the teacher’s teaching certificate be suspended for two years.
- Received the report of a hearing committee that found a teacher guilty of two charges of unprofessional conduct for grabbing a student by the shoulders and physically repositioning them and for swearing in the presence of students. The committee ordered a penalty of a single letter of reprimand for both charges and a fine of $500.
- Received the report of an appeal committee that considered a matter of appeal costs and ordered the $1,000 appeal deposit be returned to a teacher but made no other order with respect to payment of costs. ❚
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