New standards to help build more inclusive schools
New educational standards will support student mental health, ensure educators have the tools they need to teach about Indigenous culture and boost student success.
The new quality standards specify what competencies teachers, principals, school leaders, and superintendents must demonstrate to teach and lead in Alberta’s education system. In addition to renewing the focus on establishing safe and inclusive learning environments, the new competencies will ensure teachers can apply foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit to enrich the learning experience of all students.
“These new standards reflect our expectations for education professionals, while recognizing the amazing work already happening in our classrooms. This will lay the groundwork for much of our work to continue to improve Alberta’s incredible education system. These standards set a common vision for what it takes to deliver high-quality education in Alberta’s classrooms.”
The competencies in all three standards are connected, ensuring a consistent set of skills for teachers and leaders at all levels of the system. These connections mean classrooms will be designed by all educators to anticipate, value, and respond to the diverse strengths and needs of all students.
“As the professional association of teachers in Alberta, we are committed to upholding high standards of professional practice. These updated standards reflect the significant changes that have been occurring in education over the past 20 years. We will continue to work with our members to ensure these standards are brought to life in all of Alberta’s classrooms.”
Alberta was the first province to introduce a Teaching Quality Standard in 1997, and this is the first update of that standard in 20 years. Alberta will now be the first province to have professional practice standards aligned across all professional educator roles.
“Identifying distinct expectations for superintendents, all system leaders, and school leaders is a positive step for education in our province. The superintendent standard is the first such standard in the world according to renowned researcher Dr. Michael Fullan. Educators looking to move into leadership roles will now have guiding expectations and competencies to chart their path. Alberta continues to lead the work in its innovative practices with a clear alignment of all professional practice standards, ensuring student success for all.”
The standards will come into effect in September 2019. Alberta Education has been working with stakeholders on the development of the standards for three years.
More information about supports for teachers, principals, school leaders, and superintendents will be available soon, including details on the new certification process for principals and superintendents that was introduced as part of the School Amendment Act. Training programs, symposia, and local initiatives to help educators prepare for the new standards will be announced in the coming months.