Diversity, equity and human rights are for everybody.
The ATA believes that all students should have an equal opportunity to achieve their academic potential, regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, first language or other identifiers.
Alberta’s demographics are changing quickly, and our schools must adapt. The ATA strives to ensure that Alberta’s classrooms are safe and caring and that they promote success for every student.
The ATA’s Diversity, Equity and Human Rights (DEHR) Committee supports this work in these ways:
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Sexual orientation and gender identity
An introductory guide for teachers who want to form a GSA in their local.
This guide helps break the silence that still surrounds the experiences of sexual and gender minority (SGM) teachers. It provides information and support for SGM teachers who have questions or concerns about matters related to their employment.
Safe Space poster—Bilingual
The PRISM toolkits help elementary and secondary school teachers explore content related to sexual orientation and gender variance.
PRISM Toolkit for Safe and Caring Discussions About Sexual and Gender Minorities for Secondary Schools
PRISM Toolkit for Safe and Caring Discussions About Sexual and Gender Minorities for Elementary Schools
Working with refugee students and families
Each day, teachers have an opportunity to make a significant impact in the lives of refugee students and their families. This guide will help teachers understand the refugee experience, understand trauma, and build their capacity to attend to the needs of refugee students and their families.
En tant qu’enseignant, vous avez le privilège de créer des liens avec les réfugiés de l’Alberta, des familles qui ont connu une migration forcée et qui se sont établies dans notre province. Chaque jour, vous avez une occasion unique et extrêmement importante d’exercer une influence marquante sur la vie des élèves réfugiés et des membres de leur famille. Travailler avec des élèves ayant des besoins divers apporte ses propres récompenses.
Working with students from immigrant families
Many children from recent immigrant families face special challenges in school—cultural, language and social. The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation and the ATA have developed a series of resources that will be useful to teachers as they work with students and their parents.
Working with faith communities
A Guide for Teachers New to Hutterian Colony Schools
With an increasing number of Hutterite colony schools in Alberta, there is growing awareness in government, postsecondary institutions and the ATA of the unique professional development needs of Hutterite colony teachers. This monograph specifically addresses those needs.
A Guide for Teachers New to Working with Low German-Speaking Mennonite Students and Communities
There are vibrant and growing communities of Low German Mennonites across Alberta. The Low German Mennonite students in Alberta schools are forming their identities and navigating two worlds simultaneously. This resource provides information about the history and cultural and religious background of the Low German Mennonites and strategies for working with these students in the classroom.
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