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     ATA Specialist Council Conference Grants ($500)

The ATA Educational Trust supports ATA members in costs to provincial specialist council conferences such as our Social Studies Conference. 

Link: Council Conference Grants


December 2019

One World in Dialogue 2019 V5 No1 is now available.


October 2019

The Fall 2019 Focus Newsletter is here!



September 2019

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


 February 2019

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

November 2018

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.




September 2018



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. 

Proposed Amendments


June 2018




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Further Information for presenters, vendors, and attendees: Grounded in Truth: Soaring With Knowledge





Early Registration is to June 30th

If you are trying to register, click on the ATTEND button in the bottom left of the Conference page


March 2018

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


November 2017

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.



September 2017

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"


June 2017

Updated ATASSC Constitution now available. (click the box)




April 2017

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge


Alberta Education has a collection of resources and information that may be useful in your classroom. Check it out.


April 2017


Who would you nominate?

The Governor General's History Awards for Excellence in Teaching

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 Governor General's History Awards for Excellence in Community Programming

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

March 2017

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.


Topics include:

  • President’s Message
  • Editor’s Note
  • Social Studies Council Awards
  • Teaching For Diversity
  • Exploring Possibilities for the Flipped Classroom


March 2017

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:


January 2017

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

January 2017

Our Newest One World in Dialogue: A Peer Reviewed Journal is now available. Check it out!



October 2016

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:


Join the discussion in these videos:

Thank you to J.C. Couture, Hans Smits, and Larry Booi for assisting the ATASSC in this major endeavour.





October 2016

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.


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:


  Resource of the Month

Governor General Awards for History

The Governor General’s History Awards are Canada’s top honours in the field of history and heritage. They celebrate the very best in Canadian achievements to ensure our national past has a vibrant presence in our society today. 


Do you know an individual or organization that should be recognized?


 Video of the Month

 ATASSC Twitter Feed

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  8. Social StudiesSocial Studies FYI: Virtual Conversation with Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power…
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