Education Act, Section 18(1)

Pursuant to section 18(1) of the Education Act, the Minister may authorize learning and teaching resources for use in schools.

Learning and teaching resources are those print and digital resources used by students and/or teachers to facilitate learning and teaching. Many learning and teaching resources are available on LearnAlberta.ca for use in implementing school programs.

Authorization indicates that the resources meet Alberta Education’s evaluation criteria (e.g., curriculum congruency; instructional and technical design; Guidelines for Recognizing Diversity and Promoting Respect; preference for Canadian content; and Guiding Voices: A Curriculum Development Tool for Inclusion of First Nation, Métis and Inuit Perspectives Throughout Curriculum); however, the use of authorized resources is not mandatory for program delivery.

Under section 53(2)(b) of the Education Act, a school board may develop or acquire instructional materials for use in programs or in schools, subject to section 18. In developing/acquiring instructional materials, the school board should take into account such criteria as curriculum congruency; instructional and technical design; Guidelines for Recognizing Diversity and Promoting Respect; preference for Canadian content; and Guiding Voices: A Curriculum Development Tool for Inclusion of First Nation, Métis and Inuit Perspectives Throughout Curriculum.

Alberta Education does not prescribe any one method of teaching over another. Teachers use their professional judgement and knowledge to select the most appropriate methods of teaching that best meet the needs of their students. However, the Teaching Quality Standard describes expectations for teachers who work directly with students. The ministry authorizes student and teacher resources to assist teachers in identifying instructional materials to support student learning. The use of authorized resources is not mandatory. Student and teacher resources may include print and digital formats used in a variety of settings and delivery modes to facilitate the implementation of provincial courses and programs of study, and educational initiatives.

For more information on authorized English and French learning and teaching resources, contact the Digital Content Management and Delivery Branch by emailing [email protected].

Distributed Learning Resources

Distributed learning resources are available for students and teachers in Alberta on LearnAlberta.ca. These resources, designed in a modular format, are student-centred and motivate and guide students as they work through a variety of learning experiences, assessment opportunities and integrated multimedia. Distributed learning resources meet the evaluation criteria and address the general and specific outcomes of a course as outlined in the provincial programs of study.

Services for Children/Students with Visual Impairments

Services for Students with Visual Impairments (SSVI) manages the braille transcription of authorized student basic textbooks within the four core subject areas (English language arts, social studies, science and mathematics) and an assistive technologies equipment loan program (e.g., braille note takers, embossers) for ECS to Grade 12 students.

For more information on accessing the services, visit Support for students with visual impairments on Alberta.ca.

Digital Textbook Repository for Students with Disabilities

The digital repository on LearnAlberta.ca houses grades 4 to 12 student basic textbooks in the four core subject areas. School staff can access digital, PDF textbook files by agreeing to follow a specified terms of use agreement. By agreeing to the terms of use, teachers can access these resources for their eligible students with learning, cognitive, physical and vision-loss-type disabilities. For more information on the repository, visit Support for students with visual impairments on Alberta.ca.

Prevention of Abuse, Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination in Schools

Respect in School is an online training program available to all Alberta school employees to help prevent abuse, bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools. It educates participants on their legal duty of care and supports the goal of creating safe and respectful learning environments for all students. All school staff are encouraged to complete this training, and it is available in both English and French.

Brain Story Certification Training

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) has developed an online Brain Story Certification course to make the science of brain development and its connection to addiction and mental health available to professionals and the public. The course is designed for those seeking a deeper understanding of brain development and its consequences for lifelong health.

For more information, visit the Brain Story Certification web page.