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.

Link: ATA Educational Trust


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:

April 2016

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