Media Advisory: The Canadian Teachers’ Federation turns 90, returns to its birth province of Alberta to hold President’s Forum and Annual General Meeting

July 07, 2010
Ottawa…To launch its 90th anniversary celebrations, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is returning to Alberta to hold two major events – the CTF President’s Forum (July 12-13) and the Annual General Meeting (July 14-16), in Edmonton.

“While these two events are different in purpose and approach, they complement each other very well as far as venues to debate on issues related to public education and the teaching profession in Canada,” says CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly.

“Rather than searching for specific solutions, the CTF President’s Forum will be a sharing of perspectives as we look at external forces for change, particularly in regard to funding” adds Donnelly. “Speakers will represent points of view on education finance from such diverse organizations as the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Fraser Institute, the National Education Association, Education International, and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.

“As for the CTF Annual General Meeting, 100 delegates of Member organizations will map out the Federation’s priority work for the coming year and discuss issues that have an impact on public education, students and teachers nationally. CTF will also be releasing findings of its biennial National Issues in Education Poll during the course of the Forum and Annual General Meeting.

“CTF is extremely grateful to The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), one of our founding Member organizations, for hosting both events. We are certainly honoured and pleased to launch our 90th anniversary celebrations in the province where the first organizational meeting took place on July 27, 1920,” concludes the CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly.

Here are the key details of both events:

Here are the key details of both events:

Here are the key details of both events:

CTF President’s Forum
July 12-13, 2010
Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton

Theme: “Funding the Promise of Public Education”

CTF Annual General Meeting
July 14-16, 2010
Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton

Theme: “90 years: Building Canada Through Education”

Monday, July 12
9 am Recent national and international trends in demographics and education funding – CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly
9:40 am National perspectives in funding priorities – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Fraser Institute
1:30 pm International perspectives in funding priorities – National Education Association on the USA’s Race to the Top initiative and Education International with a global overview

Tuesday, July 13
9:30 am Panel presentation on the challenges fulfilling the promise of public education
1:30 pm Fulfilling the promise of public education – Assembly of First Nations
3:15 pm Forum summary
Wednesday, July 14
7:30 pm Opening ceremonies including CTF President’s address on the Federation’s 90 years anniversary

Launch of new citizenship education program Imagineaction

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

Thursday, July 15
11:45 am Launch of new Research Award sponsored by the Canadian College of Teachers and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation
12 pm Awards presentation including CTF Recognition Awards, Public Education Advocacy Award and Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award

Friday, July 16
11 am  Election of Executive Committee including President-elect (who assumes presidency in 2011)

CTF speaks for nearly 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. More on the CTF history.

CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International.

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Comments: Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President

Media Contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 or 613-899-4247 (cell)