Education Sector Workforce Planning

Attracting, developing and engaging Alberta’s K-12 education workforce

A Transformation in Progress: Alberta's K-12 Education Workforce 2012/2013 provides a snapshot of Alberta's current student and teacher demographic portraits and projections. This snapshot includes information regarding student population growth, teacher supply and demand, information on specific student populations (i.e. students who speak English as a second language and those who are First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and other education workforce data. 

Education Sector Workforce Planning Framework for Action 

This Education Sector Workforce Planning Framework for Action is a 5-year strategic plan designed to provide proactive solutions to emerging demands in the education sector workforce. It is intended to serve as a roadmap for change in the endeavour to provide students in Alberta with access to high quality education professionals, now and in the future. The development of this comprehensive document represents the education sector’s commitment to attract, develop and retain professional teachers in Alberta’s education system. It articulates key challenges facing the education sector workforce and offers strategic recommendations aligned with the vision of having the right people with the right skills in the right places at the right times to meet the needs of learners.

Developing Possibilities and Potentials: A Mentorship Journey

mentorshiphandbookforeducators    A new mentorship resource is available for educators. Developing Possibilities and Potentials: A Mentorship Journey outlines who mentors are, the benefits and challenges of mentorship and various models of mentorship. The research-based resource includes reflective questions and considerations regarding the essential elements of mentorship. This document is intended to be used digitally.


Foreign-Prepared Teacher Bridging Program Manual - Calgary Model

Foreign_Prepared_Teacher_Bridging_Program_Manual_image    The Foreign-Prepared Teacher Bridging Program Manual presents a program model that can be offered by education partners to successfully bridge foreign-prepared teachers to certification and employment in Alberta. For further information regarding this manual and bridging programs for foreign-prepared teachers contact
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Teacher Induction Programs to Support Beginning Teachers and Improve Teacher Retention in Northern Alberta

The Supporting Beginning Teachers Program aims to retain beginning teachers and increase beginning teacher success by supporting innovative teacher induction programs. 

Since 2009, Alberta Education has funded eleven school authorities in the north to support the implementation of formal teacher induction programs designed to retain teachers new to the profession and new to Alberta.  These induction programs will help beginning teachers transition from their post-secondary teacher preparation program and into the classroom. 

While the long-term effects of this initiative will take time be evident, the short term, anecdotal evidence is positive, and indicates that this initiative is:

  • Supporting beginning teachers as they transition into the community and the classroom.
  • Retaining teachers in northern Alberta. 

For more information contact us at or phone 780-644-8328 (dial 310-0000 first for toll-free access).

Northern Student Teacher Bursary (NSTB)

Education students can receive $16,000. Take your teaching career to a whole new level.  

Are you in your second last year of an education program leading to a Bachelor of Education with a specialty? Apply for the Northern Student Teacher Bursary for $16,000. Students may also be eligible for practicum funding of up to $4,000 from the Rural Practicum Program. Application deadline is October 15, 2013. For more information: 

To apply, visit or contact your faculty.

Programme de Bourse de stage dans le Nord pour les futurs enseignants (NSTB)

Du futurs enseignants peuvent recevoir 16 000 $. Propulsez votre carrière en enseignement.  

Vous êtes en avant-dernière année d'un programme d'études menant à l'obtention d'un baccalauréat en éducation avec spécialisation?  Postulez pour la Bourse de stage dans le Nord d'une valeur de 16 000 $ pour les futurs enseignants. Les futurs enseignants pourraient également recevoir jusqu'à 4000 $ de financement en participant au Programme de stage en région rurale. La date limite est le 15 octobre 2013. Application deadline is October 15. Pour ensavoir davantage: 

Et pour postuler, rendez-vous sur ou contactez votre faculté.

Teacher training opportunity: Adobe Master Teachers

Last year, technology teachers from around the province were trained as Adobe Master Teachers to help build teacher capacity within Alberta. The teachers worked with a variety of Adobe tools that enable them to create and manipulate graphics and text and use them in a variety of media.

A community of practice professional learning model was established, allowing the group to meet online to share classroom success stories, division-wide technology plans and professional learning activities

This fall, an additional 20 teachers will form a new cohort. The program will enable teachers to engage students in innovative learning experiences, learning the importance of working together as a team in researching a problem, exploring a solution and implementing an idea.

Check out this video showing the powerful impact that Adobe Master Teachers have on their students and colleagues.

For further information, please contact Tim Jeffares, Manager, Workforce Planning and Development Branch, at or 780-644-3092 (dial 310-0000 first for toll-free access).

New Pathways for First Nations, Métis and Inuit teachers

Alberta Education continues to support education paraprofessionals as they study to become teachers

The Community-Based Teacher Education Program is a pilot program designed to attract and retain increased numbers of First Nations, Métis and Inuit teachers, and will support student success in Alberta’s northern and First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.

Since 2009, Alberta Education has worked with Northland School Division and six other northern school authorities to provide financial support to up to 40 FNMI education paraprofessionals as they study to become teachers. Upon graduation, these teachers will continue to live and work in northern Alberta, and a majority of the participants will be entering the education workforce in the fall of 2013.

The video series, New Pathways, shares some of the participants’ stories and celebrates the positive impact these future teachers will have on northern and First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and their students.

 Learn more about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) education:


CTS Bridge to Teacher Certification

The University of Alberta offers a Career & Technology Studies (CTS) teacher preparation degree. Under this program journeypersons and other specialists may be eligible to teach under a Letter of Authority while completing their Bachelor of Education. Please see Questions & Answers for details.

For further information, please contact Lynn Anderson Cook, Senior Manager, Workforce Planning and Development Branch, at or 780-415-9104 (dial 310-0000 first for toll-free access).


Alberta School Leadership Framework

The School Leadership Framework supports the Education Sector Workforce Planning Framework for Action, and it aims to attract, prepare, retain and engage leaders within the education sector workforce. It was developed by a committee made up of representatives from Alberta’s education sector stakeholder organizations and institutions. The framework reflects a strong consensus among Alberta’s education sector stakeholders about school leadership issues and the reforms needed to effectively address them.

Alberta School Leadership Framework

Rural Practicum Program

Experience Alberta in a new and exciting way. The Rural Practicum Program provides funding to Alberta student teachers who do their final practicum term in a rural Alberta school authority.

Students who meet specific criteria could receive $2,000 to help with the costs of accommodation, moving and transportation. Student teachers who do their final practicum in Fort Chipewyan could receive $4,000. For more information:

Contact your Field Experience Coordinator, Field Services Manager or contact Tim Jeffares, Manager, Workforce Planning and Development Branch, at or 780-644-3092 (dial 310-0000 first for toll-free access).










Program de stage en milieu rural

Découvrez l’Alberta sous un jour différent et intéressant. Le Rural Practicum Program (Programme de stage en milieu rural) offre un financement aux futurs enseignants albertains qui choisissent d’effectuer leur dernier stage dans une commission scolaire albertaine rurale.

2000 $ seront versés aux stagiaires choisissant d’effectuer leur stage en milieu rural afin de couvrir les frais d’hébergement, de déménagement et de transport. Les futurs enseignants choisissant d’effectuer leur dernier stage à Fort Chipewyan recevront 4000 $.

Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Tim Jeffares, Alberta Education, par courriel à, ou par téléphone au 780-644-3092 (pour appeler sans frais, composez d’abord le 310-0000).

Curriculum Coordinator Corner

The Curriculum Coordinator Corner is a resource that facilitates the twice yearly Curriculum Coordinator meetings. These meetings:

  • Are held during each school year in each of the six zones across the province.      
  • Bring together educational leaders who are responsible for curriculum implementation in their school authorities.
  • Provide an opportunity for these educational leaders to better understand new programs and share feedback.