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ATA has little tolerance for incompetent teachers


  |  Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014 06:00 am

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On behalf of the teachers of ATA Local 73 (St. Albert Public Schools), I would like to provide further information on the opinion piece published May 10 with the headline, “Good teachers have nothing to fear.”

Since 2009, the government of Alberta has asked the Alberta Teachers’ Association to adjudicate teacher competency. Following the model set by Alberta Education, the association has a strong protocol in place that assesses whether or not a teacher meets the criteria of teaching quality standard. Under this protocol, the superintendent forwards any concerns to the professional practice review committee, which includes a member of the public appointed by the minister of education.

There are steps and strategies that may be employed before a superintendent feels this is warranted. These strategies include professional growth and supervision, and monitored mentorship. If it becomes clear that a teacher should pursue another career path, he or she is provided with representation to assist with achieving a smooth and dignified exit from the teaching profession.

We are fortunate that in Alberta this supportive professional atmosphere leads to a resolution of the challenges before they reach the pinnacle of persecution.

We would like to assure Albertans that teachers have as little tolerance for incompetency as they, and that while the structures to deal with issues are not publicized, it is our goal to have excellent teachers in our children’s classrooms.

Ellen Snaith, president, ATA Local 73, St. Albert


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