INITIATIVES

Task Force for Teaching Excellence

Inspiring Education envisions an education system that supports students into the future; an education system that explores new ways to support educators and ensure every student benefits from an excellent teacher.

To best support these students, we need to examine the roles and responsibilities of teachers and educators. So, Alberta’s Minister of Education established a Task Force for Teaching Excellence, a dedicated group of educators, school leaders, educational consultants and community leaders who used their combined knowledge and experience to make recommendations to achieve teaching excellence and to ensure the best chance of success for every student.

Extensive research from Alberta and top-performing education systems around the world and significant consultation with close to 3,000 Albertans, informed the Task Force as it made bold recommendations to build capacity and empower teachers and leaders.

 

Report

Task Force for Teaching Excellence Part 1: Report to the Minister of Education, Government of Alberta

Task Force for Teaching Excellence Part 1: Report to the Minister of Education, Government of Alberta – French

Task Force for Teaching Excellence Part 2: What We Heard – Community and Stakeholder Consultation

Task Force for Teaching Excellence Part 1 & 2: Full Report

Recommendations

For a quick summary of all the recommendations in one place, check out our placemat reference.

Next Steps

Albertans have shared their feedback on the Task Force for Teaching Excellence report. This input will be reviewed and considered before decisions are made in responding to the recommendations.

 

Learn More

Blog: read Premier Hancock’s thoughts on the Task Force for Teaching Excellence

Blog: read Education Minister Jeff Johnson’s Task Force blog update

Letter: read Task Force Chair Glenn Feltham’s letter to Albertans

Letter: read Task Force Member Ron Young’s letter to teachers

Video: learn about the Task Force for Teaching Excellence

Video: the student voice on the Task Force for Teaching Excellence

Audio: listen to the Education Minister Jeff Johnson’s discussions with parents about the Task Force for Teaching Excellence

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is “teaching excellence”?

Excellent teaching revolves around the student—around teaching, thinking and behaving in a manner that showcases the best of themselves and brings out the best in their students. 

Excellent teachers are passionate masters of the art and science of teaching – engaging students with their enthusiasm and instilling a thirst for knowledge.

Excellent teachers are:

  • Masters of their subjects – well versed in curriculum and the subjects they teach.

  • Experts in learning – able to personalize the education experience to accommodate each student’s learning style, background and maturity.

  • Actively engaged in student learning – helping students understand what they are learning and why.

  • Lifelong learners.

  • Able to create and maintain strong, healthy and collaborative relationships.

  • Risk takers – always trying to improve their practice.

  • Respected by students, peers and the community.

  • Inspirational – bringing out the best in their students.

Why was the Task Force created? 

Albertans have told our government that, as the education system changes, educators will need to be more flexible, innovative and learner-centred than ever before.

The Task Force was established to explore new ways to support educators and ensure every student benefits from an excellent teacher. 

The Task Force was asked to consult with Albertans and to provide recommendations for the future of the teaching profession in Alberta.

Why do we need the Task Force?

Alberta Education and the Task Force for Teaching Excellence consistently praise teachers for the quality of work and high levels of achievement students have demonstrated. Alberta Education’s annual Excellence in Teaching Awards are the most recent example of that.

The world is evolving at an unprecedented rate. This means our education system, including educators, need to adapt along with it in order to prepare Alberta’s students for their future. 

We owe it to every student and parent to provide excellent teachers. The Task Force was asked to ensure Alberta’s educators maintain their position as some of the best in the world.

How many Albertans participated in the consultation?

Thousands of Albertans participated in the Task Force consultations, including students, parents, teachers, administrators and others.

How did the Task Force consult with Albertans?

Albertans were invited to share their views in a number of ways:

  • Regional consultations.

  • Online bulletin boards.

  • Online survey.

  • Focused dialogues.

  • Written submissions.

  • One-on-one meetings.

  • Through the Inspiring Education Symposium held on February 19, 2014 .

Did the Task Force include stakeholder group representation?

Every Albertan is a stakeholder in our education system – not just one organization or association.  Members of the Task Force included two practicing principals, many former teachers, and a student currently studying to be a teacher.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association and all teachers were invited to participate in the two-month public consultation.  The ATA also accepted an invitation to meet with the Task Force one-on-one and submitted written comments, which are included in the What We Heard section of the Task Force Report to the Minister.