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Student Locals

What Are Student Locals?

Student locals are subgroups that the ATA maintains for the purpose of delivering services to education students. The ATA operates 14 student locals, each affiliated with a university or college offering a program leading to a degree in education.

What Are the Benefits of Belonging to a Student Local?

Here’s what membership in a student local entitles you to:

Receipt of various ATA publications, including the ATA News and the ATA Magazine that provide current information on issues of concern to education students and teachers throughout the province

Access to ATA Library materials, reference services and online periodical databases through TNET

FREE membership in all ATA specialist councils

Receive preferred rates at the following:

  • City of Edmonton Recreation Centres - Enroll in the Corporate Wellness Program—bring proof of employment (ID card or pay stub) and receive a 15–20% discount.
  • Eddie Bauer - 15% discount with valid teacher ID (in store only)
  • Glass Bookshop - 15% off every purchase—place an order using your school board email address and use the promo code TEACHER15
  • Mastermind Toys - 10% discount, with valid teacher ID, on top quality educational toys, learning aids and books
  • Michaels - 15% discount
  • Staples - Teacher Appreciation e-mail program
  • Eyecon - 20% discount on glasses; corporate value card sign-up program for additional savings
  • Telus World of Science - 25% discount off annual membership

Membership in a professional organization

Advice and consultation on professional matters

Opportunities to serve on your local’s executive and, in turn, to attend the annual Student Local Conference that the ATA organizes each fall to help members perform their executive functions.

Student Local Conference

Lead, Connect and Share—Student Local Conference 2022

The 2022 Student Local Conference (SLC) is a meeting of student local executives from across the province of Alberta.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) is hosting student locals from across Alberta to share best practices for leading student members at post-secondary institutions. The ATA will present various speakers who will provide both functional, but also aspirational information to support student locals in the year ahead.

What can you expect? A brilliant talk on bias and discrimination in schools from Gail-Ann Wilson, Cultural Diversity Education Consultant, a discussion on organizing and managing a local by Heather Quinn, president of Edmonton Public Teachers Local 37, a presentation from Andrea Berg, executive staff officer - government, on using social media as a tool for communication, Chris Gonsalvez and Monique Gravel, executive staff officers – professional development, and more!  Some sessions will be available in French.

Join us for the 2022 Student Local Conference!

When: 2022 09 23–24 1800-2130 Friday 0845-1530 Saturday
Where: Barnett House, 11010 142 Street NW, Edmonton, AB

Register HERE!

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Nikki Cloutier in Teacher Employment Services at 780-447-9400 (in Edmonton) or toll free 1-800-232-7208. You can also reach her via e-mail at nikki.cloutier@ata.ab.ca.

Registration is free to active ATA members and includes all resource materials, breakfast and lunch. Participants are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.

The deadline for cancellation of your registration is September 13, 2022. If you are unable to attend the workshop please e-mail nikki.cloutier@ata.ab.ca. Cancellations made after the deadline and no shows will be charged a $100.00 fee.

What Other Services Does the ATA Provide to Students?

In addition to organizing and maintaining 14 student locals, the ATA regularly arranges for members of staff to speak to university classes on such topics as the rights, roles and professional obligations of teachers. The ATA also arranges for guest speakers to make presentations at education events organized by, or of interest to, students. To book a workshop or presentation for your students, click here.

Student Locals

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How Do I Join a Student Local?

If you are an education student who is enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program leading to eligibility for a teaching certificate, you qualify for membership in a student local. However, to join a local, you must first become a member of the Education Students’ Association (ESA) or the Education Undergraduate Society (EUS) operating on the campus of the university or college that you are attending. To join the ESA or EUS you will need to pay a nominal fee. The ESA or EUS will forward $1 of your membership fee to the ATA, an amount that automatically makes you a member of the appropriate ATA student local.

Check out the video tutorial on how to create your online ATA Student Membership. 
This video tutorial shows you how to renew your online ATA Student Membership if you were a member last year.

How Can I Find Out More?

General questions about student locals should be addressed to Teacher Employment Services:
E-mail: tes@ata.ab.ca
Phone: 780-447-9400 (Edmonton); 1-800-232-7208 elsewhere in the province.

For a list of staff assigned to the various locals, look under “Student Locals” in the Index to Staff Services.

Student Locals 

Student Locals (French)