Thank you for visiting us! 

We sponsor a great collaborative forum for Alberta Social Studies teachers . The Alberta Social Studies NING is run by Alberta teacher Kevin Gilchrist. 

Check it out:


Do you know about the ATA Educational Trust? 
This Trust supports Professional Growth opportunities through Social Conference grants, continuing educational bursaries and grants to support special projects.  Please apply or donate now.

ATA Educational Trust


May 2016

ATASSC Conference 2016

Final Call for Presenters

Are you or your colleagues interested in sharing an engaging unit, lesson or strategy with other Social Studies teachers? 

The 2016 Social Studies Conference Committee is still seeking presenters for the upcoming conference. The conference theme of Advocacy, Activism, Action aligns with many of the objectives within the Program of Studies and lends itself to a variety of session proposals. 

The deadline to apply to present has been extended to May 31.

Link: Conference Session Proposals


Link: 2016 ATASSC Conference Info

May 2016

Social Studies Symposium opportunity at U of C

Dear Colleague, 

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:

If you have any questions about the symposium please e-mail David Scott at:



May 2016

Career Opportunity for Social Studies educators

The Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) seeks a Contract Writer to help create a new education program to support the Grade 10 Alberta Social Studies curriculum (working title: ‘Living in a Globalizing World: Exploring Global Climate Change and Climate Leadership.)’ This part-time contract position will report to the ACEE Executive Director.

ACEE is a robust and well-managed non-governmental organization with innovative programs that support environmental education stakeholders; our mission is to work in collaboration with others to advance environmental education in Alberta.

More information on this contract opportunity at

April 2016

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April 2016

Our new Focus Newsletter is now available. (Volume 43 No. 4, March 2016). Thanks again to David Scott and all contributors. Take a read and enjoy.


   January 2016       


Conference 2016- Edmonton

October 13-15, 2016 @ River Cree Resort & Casino

Our Conference Website is now live. Registration is also now available, Check it out!

Link: 2016 Conference

Twitter @social_aaa

January 2016

Canadian Teachers Federation Project Subsidy

Imagine Action, a project under the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, is offering subsidies to those who may wish to initiate social action projects. Please see link below for more information. You might also contact Joni Turville at for further information. 

Link: ImagineAction

Canadian Teachers Federation

 Truth and Reconciliation Resources

Link: Truth and Reconciliation

December 2015

Opportunity to Support Member Involvement in Research

Dear Specialist Council Members:

The Association would appreciate if you could support the profession by participating in a provincial research survey on the impact of digital technologies on the health, development and learning of Alberta’s children and youth.

This research activity, known as Growing Up Digital (GUD) Alberta, is being led by the Alberta Teachers' Association in partnership with faculty from Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health and researchers from the University of Alberta.

GUD Alberta is a comprehensive and long-term study of the scope of physical, mental and social consequences of digital technologies in areas such as exercise, homework, identity formation, distraction, cognition, learning, nutrition and sleep quality/quantity.

This voluntary survey should take no more than 10 minutes and is to be completed on or before December 21st, 2015

Thank you for participating in this survey and adding your professional voice to the Growing Up Digital (GUD) Alberta Study. Your perspectives as teachers with an interest in your specialty is essential to this historic research study and your contributions and greatly appreciated!


November 2015

The 2015 Survey has been completed and results are available here:

Data Charts
Open-ended Questions
Survey Instrument
Thematic Analysis of Comments

November 2015

New Focus Newsletter available. Thanks Dave Scott for your diligence.

November 2015

Reminder of the AGM; Dr. Joel Westheimer; CARC Inservice

 See below  or

September 2015

Renewing the promise of Social Studies in Alberta: An invitation to a dialogue

Message from our Past President:

Social Studies Specialist Council Members,

It has been almost a year since we had an occasion to get together and we wanted to invite you to a meaningful event, which will give us the ability to connect and consider the present and future directions of social studies education in Alberta. On Thursday November 5, 2015 you are invited to the Black Knight Inn in Red Deer where we will hold our Annual General Meeting for our Social Studies Specialist Council. The event is scheduled to go from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Supper will be provided to those that attend. This is an important time for us to have the feedback of our membership as we look to you to help guide our council in providing subject specific professional development, as well as undertake a role in advocating for a strong social studies program in Alberta.

After the AGM we want to invite you to a public engagement presentation put on by the Red Deer Local ATA and the provincial Real Learning First initiative. Dr. Joel Westheimer will be presenting on the topic of, “What kind of citizen in the next Alberta?” There will be a book launch, reception, and Dr. Westheimer’s presentation. This event promises to be an excellent professional development opportunity you will not want to miss.

On Friday November 6, 2015 we’d like to invite you to a full day workshop at the Black Knight Inn from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event is titled: "Renewing the promise of Social Studies in Alberta: An invitation to a dialogue.” The event will be facilitated by J-C Couture, Larry Booi, Hans Smit, and Joel Westheimer. The centre of the workshop will be a survey of almost 500 social studies teachers in Alberta that was conducted in June 2015. Dr. Couture welcomes our participation as follows:

"In this context you are invited to participate in a reflection on the past and current situation of social studies teaching in Alberta as a research team reports on two questions: What did we hear from teachers? And what are the implications of what they told us?"
In short the event promises to be a practical look at social studies education which demands our committed participation.

As the event is sponsored by your specialist council there is no registration fee, so please plan to join us as we explore the findings of the research, identify implications, and engage in enhancing curriculum and its delivery in social studies classrooms in Alberta.

Hope to see you there,

Aaron Stout (ATASSC Past President)

Link to Thurs. Nov 5th Keynote Registration:

Link to Fri Nov.6 Registration: 

Agenda for Social Studies Forum: (click) Social Studies Forum Agenda Nov 6.docx

September 2015

We have an opportunity to celebrate a great upcoming session with youDon't miss out!

My name is Lea Marinelli and I am one of 33 Canadian teachers to receive a Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) Fellowship since the program’s inception in 2002.  

This is an opportunity to learn how you too can experience the TOP Fellowship. 

Please note that space is limited to the first 40 teachers and administrators to register.

Link to Session Poster (PDF)

For more information on TOP watch this Youtube video: TOP: An Introduction

JULY 2015

**NEW** One World in Dialogue Vol 3 No 2 is now available.

JUNE 2015  

**NEW**  May 2015 Focus Newsletter (click) is now out. 

JUNE 2015

The SSCATA is evolving along with our membership. Social studies teachers are expressing interest in a whole new level of involvement in provincial curriculum and policy development. Your Social Studies Council is your professional voice. When we are at the table with our government, help our voice be "on-track" and valid, add your say to our survey. 

As Larry Booi and Hans Smit (developers of this survey) say, here's an opportunity for you to share your social studies world be it elementary, junior high, senior high, exclusively social studies, social studies with other all matters. This survey is intended for all teachers who have taught a social studies course at some time during the course of the school year.

In consultation with experts in the field, your Social Studies Council wants to give you a voice. The following survey is designed to allow your curriculum and classroom experiences to be expressed. We invite you to join us in a conversation with our government and provincial community by taking 15 minutes and answering this survey: (click on link)


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