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1.  A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning---BRAD HENRY
2.  One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen--PHILIP WYLIE
3.  To this end the greatest asset of a school is the personality of the teacher--JOHN STRACHAN
4.  The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires--William Arthur Ward
5.  They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don't know it.--Nicholas Sparks, Dear John
6.  If you are planning for a year sow rice; if you are planning for a decade plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people--Chinese proverb.
7.  Education breeds confidence,  Confidence breeds hope.  Hope breeds peace.--Confucious
8.  Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.--Benjamin Franklin

Check out the following article about the characteristics of a great teacher:
www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/nine-characteristics-of-a-great-teacher



Teachers are asked to keep up to date with the activities of the local and provincial association.  Information for teachers can be found on the Association's website(www.teachers.ab.ca)  Please take the time to access  the site and find out what your association is doing to promote teachers and public education in Alberta.  Consider getting involved at the Local and Provincial levels.  Information on how to get involved can be gotten from the Local School Rep in each school.

Teachers:  Are you having problems writing your Professional Growth Plan?  If you are go to the Association's website(www.teachers.ab.ca) and check out the tutorial on writing Professional Growth Plans.


 
Teachers and the Board have ratified the Collective Agreement.  The Collective Agreement is in effect from 2012 to 2016.  For further information contact the Economic Policy Committee Representative in your school. To look at your collective agreement, at the top of the page scroll over to Local Services and click on Salaries and Benefits

MEETING DATES: 

LOCAL COUNCIL MEETINGS 2015 - 2016:

September 30, November 12, January 21, March 9 and May 26.  All meetings are held at E.W. Pratt School in High Prairie and start at 6:30 pm.  Local Council Reps are reminded to meet for supper at 5:30 pm

As per the terms of the agreement between the government and The Alberta Teachers' Association, a C2 Committee has been formed for the local.  The committee will meet with the board with its main goal being to reduce the workload of teachers.  If you have any concerns about teacher workload or how to reduce the workload contact a member of the committee.  The committee members can be found in the ABOUT THE LOCAL section of this website.  CLICK ON COMMITTEES.  This committee will be meeting soon this year.

ARE YOU A MEMBER OF A SPECIALIST COUNCIL?  To find out more about Specialist Councils and how to become a member of one, go to
www.teachers.ab.ca. and click on Sign up for a Specialist Council Membership.  Are you interested in going to a Specialist Council Conference?  If you are, then go to www.teachers.ab.ca and access the Upcoming Events section to find out information about the dates of the conference you would like to attend and how to register for the conference.

Do you know your Code of Professional Conduct?  To read over the Code of Professional Conduct click on the link below.  If you have any questions about the Code you should contact Member Services of The Alberta Teachers' Association.

http//www.teachers.ab.ca/About%20the%20ATA/UpholdingProfessionalStandards/ProfessionalConduct/Pages/CodeofProfessionalConduct.aspx

ATA EDUCATIONAL TRUST:

The ATA Educational Trust is a registered charitable organization closely affiliated with the Alberta Teachers' Association. Each year, the Trust offers bursaries and grants to Alberta teachers and educational researchers. Through its bursary program, the Trust encourages teachers to advance their knowledge and teaching skills by enrolling in courses of study. The Trust’s grant program encourages teachers to attend specialist council conferences, and develop resources or undertake research in education that will be of practical value to colleagues.

To find out more about the Trust go to www.teachers.ab.ca; open up Teaching in Alberta; and then click on ATA Educational Trust.


YOUR LOCAL NEEDS YOU!!....The Local is looking for teachers to sit on the Liaison Committee.  To find out more about this committee go to POLITICAL ADVOCACY and click on EDUCATIONAL ISSUES or talk to your Local President, Debbie Reid(ph.:  780-849-3064)