ERIC Number: ED397019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Teaching: Quality Education for Alberta Students. A Discussion Paper for Consultations on Enhancing the Quality of Teaching.
Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
This report provides the second year update to the Alberta (Canada) government's 3-year plan to restructure the province's education system. Key strategies for improving teaching are put forth, including: updating teacher preparation and certification requirements to reflect the most current understanding of effective teaching; establishing competencies for beginning and experienced teachers; and developing a coordinated approach to delivery of professional development opportunities for teachers. Principles underlying the report's recommendations are listed and include: the key role of teachers; competency should be the primary criterion for qualifying an individual to teach; teachers professional growth is facilitated through the collaborative action of all stakeholders; and school boards are responsible for having teacher evaluation policies that conform to the Provincial Teacher Evaluation Policy. Memoranda of Agreement are proposed to establish and facilitate partnerships between campus-based and field-based educators. Other major proposals include a shift toward more flexible, competency-based certification guidelines and establishment of more detailed guidelines for use in teacher evaluation practices. Recommendations for changes to the provincial Teacher Evaluation Policy are detailed. The background and implications of each of these proposals is discussed, and a call is made for commentary and input. Appendices include an outline of suggested competencies and a reader opinion survey. (PB)
Descriptors: Competency Based Teacher Education, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Instructional Improvement, School Restructuring, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Improvement
Teacher Certification and Development Branch, Alberta Education, 11160 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K OL2.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.