About the Calgary City Teachers Convention
Acknowledgement of Traditional LandsThe Alberta Teachers’ Association and Calgary City Teachers’ Convention Association acknowledge that Calgary and its surrounding areas are located in the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy, consisting of the Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika Nations; as well as the ancestral lands of the Tsuu T’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The traditional territories of these First Nations are located within the boundaries of Treaty 7, a vast area encompassing most of Southern Alberta from the Red Deer River south. Treaty 7 was signed at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877 and now encompasses the lands of these first nations.
As educators, citizens, and allies, we wish to acknowledge the traditional knowledge holders and elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us.
Teachers who would like to learn more about Alberta's indigenous peoples and cultures are encouraged to download a copy of Education Is Our Buffalo: A teacher's resource for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education in Alberta. This resource was made through a collaboration between the Alberta Teachers' Associations and multiple diverse partners. It contains a wealth of information and multiple activity ideas for students of all ages.
Mission and Purpose of the CCTCA
Teachers’ conventions were established through legislation in the province for the purpose of providing teachers with forums whereby they can renew their professional skills on an annual basis.
Given that teachers’ attendance is obligatory, the Calgary City Teachers’ Convention Association should develop annual programs of general interest to teachers at all levels and in a variety of curriculum areas. Convention planning should take into account the needs of individual teachers to become aware of new knowledge and trends in teaching and school organization and to establish and broaden communications with other teachers on matters of professional concern.
The general nature of the conventions should be emphasized by choosing themes with broad appeal, by retaining keynote speakers whose message will interest the majority of teachers and by restricting presentations by outside special interest groups.
The CCTCA strives to provide opportunities for teachers to:
This said, teachers' conventions are general conferences that attempt to provide sessions for all teachers. ATA Specialist Council conferences are better able to provide sessions related to specific subject-areas. Every teacher in Alberta is able to register for one council membership free of charge through the ATA website. To help Calgary teachers connect to specialist councils, the CCTCA website includes a menu that includes link to all councils and the specialist council conference schedule.
The Calgary City Teachers' Convention Association (CCTCA) is made up of teacher-members from Calgary's two public school boards. Teachers from ATA Locals 38 (Calgary Board of Education teachers) and 55 (Calgary Catholic School District teachers) elect members to sit on the CCTCA for three year terms.
*Members who move into the position of president may have their term extended automatically as they are expected to fulfill the role of president and then past-president the following year*
To contact CCTCA executives, please see the Contact Us page.
Every spring, new CCTCA members are needed as terms end. Other spots may become available as members resign from the committee for various reasons (maternity leaves, administrative promotions, etc.)
Your school ATA representative will let you know when positions become available. To put your name forward for consideration, you must contact your Local office and ask for a nomination form.
Replacement of members whose terms have expired happen the last week of February and the first week of March. New members will be either acclaimed or elected at the regular Council of School Representatives meeting for each Local. If there are more nominees than there are open seats on the CCTCA, nominees will have a chance to speak to the CSRs before the vote occurs.