The Government of Alberta is asking for input to develop a single code of professional conduct for all teachers and teacher leaders in the province. They are inviting Albertans to fill out a survey available here until October 7.
“This is another step that improves the quality of classroom education in Alberta. We’re building on our important work to enhance oversight of the teacher profession and ensure the safety and wellbeing of students so they can get the education we know they deserve,” said Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education and MLA for Red Deer North.
In addition to the public survey, the government continues to engage with a broad spectrum of key education system stakeholders who will provide valuable feedback and insight on the unified code of professional conduct. This includes the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools, the Alberta School Boards Association, the College of Alberta School Superintendents, the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta and the Association of Alberta Deans of Education.
Consultations have also included focused engagement with victim advocacy groups including the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and the Respect Group Inc. During the review of the teacher discipline process, which informed the Education Reforming Teacher Profession Discipline Amendment Act, stakeholder engagement also included victim advocacy groups. Continued engagement with victim advocacy groups will ensure that standards in the new single code of conduct consider important perspectives on student safety.
It is anticipated that the new code of conduct will be implemented on January 1st of 2023.
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