The ATA Educational Trust supports ATA members in costs to provincial specialist council conferences such as our Social Studies Conference.
Link: Council Conference Grants
Social Studies Virtual Conference Opportunity
The ATASSC will not be holding a conference this year due to COVID 19 but we are still working to provide you with professional development.
We are pleased to offer all our members the opportunity to participate with social studies teachers from across the country in a virtual conference along with partner organizations.
The Teaching History and Social Studies in the Time of COVID event will take place on Friday, October 23rd, 2020. The recorded sessions will be available for 90 days after the event for all registrants.
The Agenda includes a keynote, The Honourable Jean Augustine, and presenters from across Canada. As well, as a number of exhibits.
CONFERENCE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY:
The council has allocated some funds to cover the cost of the conference registration and sub costs for the day for council members.
If you are interested in participating in this conference please contact our president, Jennifer Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org), about how to participate.
Please make contact with Jennifer by this Friday, Oct. 9th, 2020
ATASSC Handbook/Constitution UPDATE
Focus Newsletter- New Edition
Your ATASSC has published another edition of our Focus Newsletter. Volume 48 Issue 2 is available here. Check it out!
Provincial Conference 2020 POSTPONED
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation your ATASSC has decided to postpone the October 2020 conference to October 2021. For further information or questions please go to our conference page.
Your ATASSC Statement on Anti-Racist Education and #BlackLivesMatter
ATA Response to Bill 15
Your ATASSC supports the ATA response to Bill 15 The Choice in Education Act. For up-to-date information go to the main ATA website.
One World in Dialogue 2019 V5 No1 is now available.
The Fall 2019 Focus Newsletter is here!
2019 Condensed/Mini Conference: FACING THE FUTURE
Happening this October 18/19 in Airdrie. Will you be there?
This is the best Social Studies focused PD you will get in Alberta. Check out the conference website for more information.
As well, this will be an opportunity for all ATASSC members to participate in our Annual General Meeting. Your voice is important to the goals of the council.
Facing The Future Conference
Black History Month
On January 31, 2017, Premier Rachel Notley officially proclaimed February as Black History Month in Alberta. To help teachers, students, and families learn about, recognize, and honour the histories, cultures, and contributions of people of Caribbean and African descent, Alberta Education has posted online content of teaching and learning resources that highlights “Black History Month 2019: Stories of Courage” on its website.
The content can be viewed in English and French at the following links:
English: Black History Month 2019: Stories of Courage; and
French: Le Mois de l'histoire des Noirs 2019: Récits de courage
Your ATASSC Constitution
The constitution we use to guide our council has been amended after consultation with our membership. At our annual AGM in October 2018, we provided our membership with the opportunity to examine and amend components of the constitution.
2018 ATASSC Celebration and AGM
We are celebrating Social Studies Friday, October 12, 2018, at our conference in Edmonton. Starting time will be 5 pm.
All ATASSC Members are encouraged to attend. We will be providing wine and cheese (and other light food) while we enjoy networking with Social Studies educators, present ATASSC Awards, and host a short AGM.
At the Annual General Meeting, the Council’s Board will be proposing a number of amendments to the SSC’s constitution. All of these proposed amendments can be found highlighted in red throughout the document found in the link below. (then provide the link below) Each of these amendments is subject to ratification by a two-thirds vote of the members present at the AGM.
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION UPDATE
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2018 Grounded in Truth: Soaring With Knowledge
We are pleased to announce that your ATASSC is co-hosting our conference with the ATA FNMI Education Council (FNMIEC).
October 11 to 13, 2018
River Cree Resort, Edmonton, AB.
Further Information: Grounded in Truth: Soaring With Knowledge
Our newest Focus Newsletter is now available.
(Volume 45 No. 1, November 2017). Thanks again to David Scott and all contributors. Take a read and enjoy.
Annual General Meeting
Now that we are having our conferences every 2nd year (even years) we will be hosting our AGM in conjunction with the ATA First Nations Metis Inuit Education Council Conference in Calgary (Deerfoot Inn). The date of our AGM is November 18, 2017, at noon.
Please join us. Register at ATASSC AGM.
We also encourage our members to attend the FNMIEC Conference "Soaring With Knowledge"
Updated ATASSC Constitution now available. (click the box)
Alberta Education has a collection of resources and information that may be useful in your classroom. Check it out.
Who would you nominate?
The Teaching Award strives to recognize excellence in the teaching of Canadian history, to inspire teachers and schools to strive for excellence in Canadian history education and to promote and facilitate the sharing of best practices and innovative teaching ideas within Canada’s teaching community. The deadline is April 24th, 2017. Read the Rules and Criteria
The Community Programming Award aims to inspire small, volunteer-led community organizations in the creation of innovative programming that promotes and encourages community engagement in history. The deadline is June 30, 2017. Read the Rules and Criteria
The Governor General’s History Awards are administered by Canada’s History Society. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the awards program or the submissions process, please contact Joanne DeCosse at email@example.com
Our newest Focus Newsletter is now available. (Volume 44 No. 2, Winter 2017). Thanks again to David Scott and all contributors. Take a read and enjoy.
Historical Thinking Summer Institute
Many Alberta Social Studies educators have participated in this PD opportunity, finding it to be an excellent opportunity for learning and collaboration.
Monday, July 17 to Saturday, July 22, 2017
Further information at:
Reconsidering Social Studies Education
Symposium at Congress considers the future of the subject in the classroom
On June 1, 2016, the Werklund School of Education, in partnership with the Canadian Association of Foundations of Education and the Alberta Teachers’ Association, hosted an evening symposium at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning entitled Reexamining Foundations in Social Studies Education in Canada: An Invitation to Dialogue.
Audio recordings of the event are now available. Check it out!
link: Werklund School of Education
Our Newest One World in Dialogue: A Peer Reviewed Journal is now available. Check it out!
The Future of Social Studies – The Voices of Alberta Teachers
The public release on Friday, October 14 of the research study The Future of Social Studies – The Voices of Alberta Teachers is the culmination of the work of a research team led by Larry Booi and Hans Smits who developed and administered a survey of almost 500 social studies teachers across the province in the spring of 2015.
Links to further info:
Full Study Document (PDF)
Join the discussion in these videos:
Participant Insights from the Workshop
Interview with Joel Westheimer
Time for Action: Next steps and implications for curriculum change
A discussion with Hans Smits (emeritus, University of Calgary), Carla Peck, University of Alberta; John Tidswell (President of The Social Studies Council and Robert Twerdoclib (Provincial Executive Council liaison to the Social Studies Council).
Thank you to J.C. Couture, Hans Smits, and Larry Booi for assisting the ATASSC in this major endeavour.
Our new Focus Newsletter is now available. (Volume 44 No. 1, Fall 2016). Thanks again to David Scott and all contributors. Take a read and enjoy.
We are pleased to invite you to the upcoming symposium entitled "Reexamining Foundations in Social Studies Education in Canada: An Invitation to Dialogue" that will be held on Wednesday, June 1st from 5:00-8:00 pm in the Alberta Room at the University of Calgary. Jointly sponsored by CAFE (Canadian Association of Foundations of Education) and the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the theme of this event will be to discuss key issues, opportunities and challenges in Social Studies education today, as well as what foundations in Social Studies should look like in the coming decades.
The symposium will begin by highlighting results of a recent comprehensive survey of Alberta Social Studies teachers, followed by a panel discussion by leading scholars and curriculum leaders in the field of Social Studies education: Dr. Dwayne Donald and Dr. Carla Peck from the University of Alberta, Dr. Hans Smits from the University of Calgary, Raphaël Gani from the University of Ottawa, and Lori Gale from Robert Thirsk High School in Calgary. In small group table conversations, participants will then have an opportunity to discuss themes that emerged during the panel discussion.
There will be a “meet and greet” with appetizers at the conclusion of the evening.
Registration for this event is free, however, we ask that you RSVP in advance through the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reexamining-foundations-in-social-studies-education-an-invitation-to-dialogue-tickets-24881551390
If you have any questions about the symposium please e-mail David Scott at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Association for Canadian Studies
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