2010 News Releases
Tuesday, December 07, 2010Alberta’s 15-year olds place among world’s best in reading, scientific and mathematical literacy
Alberta’s students continue to rank among the best in Canada and the world, according to the results of the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Alberta students placed second in the world in reading and scientific literacy, and eighth in mathematical literacy.
Thursday, October 28, 2010Transformed education an investment in future: Hancock
Investing in education and human development as a strategy for economic recovery is the focus of Alberta Education Minister Dave Hancock’s two-day mission to the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD) in Paris, Nov. 4 and 5.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010Alberta unveils online training tool to help allergic students
Knowing what to do and how to do it can mean the difference between life and death for a student experiencing a severe allergic reaction.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010More students achieve excellence in provincial testing
More Alberta students are achieving excellence on provincial achievement tests, according to the latest provincial accountability report.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010New program to increase specialty teachers in Alberta classrooms
More certified journeypeople, health-care professionals and information technologists will be seen in Alberta classrooms as the province attracts more career specialists to the teaching profession.
Monday, August 30, 2010Doors open to 18 new schools in Calgary and Edmonton
More than 12,000 students will be filling the classrooms, hallways and gymnasiums of an unprecedented 18 new elementary and elementary-junior high schools this school year as a result of government’s largest-ever new schools project.
Monday, June 28, 2010More Alberta students complete high school
Thanks to joint efforts between government and school jurisdictions to keep students engaged and motivated to stay in school, Alberta’s high school completion rate increased in 2009. The rate rose to 71.5 per cent in 2009, from 70.8 per cent in 2008.
Friday, June 11, 2010Province moves forward on inclusive education system
To improve outcomes for students with special education needs, the Alberta government will begin to implement its response to 12 recommendations contained in the Setting the Direction Framework. This includes providing improved learning and teaching resources, more professional development for teachers and educational assistants, and developing a regional service delivery model to support all students
Wednesday, June 02, 2010Transforming education in Alberta: Inspiring Education Steering Committee Report released
Inspiring Education, a report outlining high-level direction and a vision for education over the next 20 years, was released by the 22-member Steering Committee of Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with Albertans. Approximately 4,000 Albertans participated in this unique public engagement project last year through facilitated community sessions, a conversation kit, a provincial forum and various social media tools.
Thursday, May 20, 2010Twenty-three teachers recognized for excellence in Alberta classrooms
Twenty-three outstanding Alberta teachers will receive prestigious 2010 Excellence in Teaching Awards for their impressive work with Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in classrooms across the province.
Thursday, April 29, 2010Province-wide initiative ‘maps’ child development
A new province-wide, five-year research project will examine factors influencing healthy childhood development. The Early Child Development (ECD) Mapping Initiative will give the Alberta government a better understanding of the relationships between children’s development and the support and resources available in their communities.
Thursday, April 22, 2010Construction of 10 new schools begins in Edmonton and Calgary region
The Government of Alberta has signed an agreement with B2L Partnership to design, build, finance, and maintain 10 new schools in Edmonton and the Calgary region through a public-private partnership (P3).
Tuesday, April 20, 2010Hancock pleased new Peavine school now open to students
Education Minister Dave Hancock issued the following statement about the successful negotiations to open the new Peavine school in the Northland School Division. The construction of the $12.5-million school on the Peavine Métis Settlement was completed in April of 2009. The school will accommodate up to 300 Kindergarten to Grade 9 students.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010Province recognizes 136 Alberta teachers for outstanding job
Teachers and principals from across Alberta are being recognized as 2010 Excellence in Teaching Awards semi-finalists for their remarkable job of inspiring Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. This year’s 136 semi-finalists were selected from 338 eligible nominations.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010Historic partnership to strengthen First Nation education in Alberta
The Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs in Alberta have signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) on education. The MOU provides a common vision for strengthening learning and educational success for First Nation learners.
Monday, February 08, 2010Conference showcases a decade of Alberta school success
Educators from across the province and around the world are celebrating 10 years of Alberta-made ideas for improving student learning at the annual Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) Conference, February 8-9 in Edmonton.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010Arbitration decision settles teacher salary question
Education Minister Dave Hancock and Alberta Teachers’ Association President Carol Henderson are pleased that a decision regarding the use and application of Alberta Average Weekly Earnings for teacher salary purposes has been reached. An arbitrator ruled that teachers working in the province’s public, separate and francophone schools should receive an increase amounting to 5.99 percent, reflecting the average increase in the weekly earnings of Albertans from 2008 to 2009.
Thursday, January 21, 2010Official Trustee appointed to Northland School Division
An Official Trustee has been appointed to the Northland School Division by the Alberta Government as an interim measure to address concerns over student achievement results across the jurisdiction.