Alberta Task Force recommendations deeply flawed without essential teacher voice in its structure

May 08, 2014

OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is dismayed to see the recommendations coming from the Alberta Task Force on Teaching Excellence.

“The Alberta Task Force used a flawed process that excluded those knowledgeable about education including teachers,” says CTF President Dianne Woloschuk.

“The Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD) and other world leaders in education have long recognized the excellence of education in Canada and of Canadian teachers,” she explains. “OECD has also recognized the necessity of involving teachers directly in discussions intended to improve education. This experience and wisdom were ignored in the structure of the Task Force as were existing effective practices and processes for supporting teacher professional growth and ensuring teacher competency and ethical conduct.

“Alberta has a long history of strong educational leadership and of cooperation between the Department of Education and The Alberta Teachers’ Association. It is to be hoped that that history will see all parties through these flawed recommendations,” she concludes.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is an alliance of nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary educators from 17 organizations (15 Members, one Affiliate Member and one Associate Member) across Canada. From 1962 to the present, CTF has worked in partnership with National Teacher Organizations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America to improve access to free quality education for all. Follow CTF on Twitter: @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (EI).

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Dianne Woloschuk, CTF President

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