Pandemic Pulse Research Background
The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on public education systems around the world has been both rapid and profound.
As part of our ongoing ATA pandemic research studies into what teachers and school leaders are experiencing throughout the province, the ATA has designed a rapid response feedback tool known as a ‘pandemic pulse survey’ for Alberta teachers and school leaders.
The ATA pandemic pulse research studies are the only systematic documentation of the conditions and experiences of Alberta's K to 12 public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as such will become an important part of the historic record.
One group of Alberta teachers and school leaders will be followed throughout the fall and winter months. This is a longitudinal chain-referral sample.
A second, randomly-selected group of teachers and school leaders across Alberta, will also be invited to participate each month as a comparison population. This is a stratified-random baseline sample.
Administered throughout the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, these 10-minute surveys gather a quick ‘pulse’ of the profession and measure the impact of school re-entry during the pandemic. These surveys are used to gain further insight into the complexities of teaching and learning conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alberta's teaching profession has been agile by instituting emergency responses and responding to public health orders in this pandemic to create stability and continuity for our students, their families and the public education system. The pulse surveys document these responses and Alberta teachers’ perspectives.
The Association conducts research and advocates for the best conditions of professional practice needed to educate all Alberta children and to advance the goals of public education.
Results and Summary Reports
Fall 2022— A State of the Field
September 29 to October 11, 2022
Reporting on Class Size, Complexity, Curriculum and COVID-19 Impacts in Alberta K-12 Schools
October 2022 Infographic
Fall 2021—Fourth Acute Wave of COVID-19
November 5 to 19, 2021
Reporting on COVID-19 the Fourth Acute Wave of COVID-19 in Alberta Schools
Spring 2021—Third Acute Wave of COVID-19
April 23 to 30, 2021
Reporting on COVID-19 the Third Acute Wave of COVID-19 in Alberta Schools
April 2021 Infographic
Fall 2020—School Re-entry (Face to Face and Online)
November 23 to 27, 2020
Reporting on COVID-19 Quarantines, Isolations, Curriculum Concerns and Mental Health
November 2020 Infographic
October 2 to 5, 2020
Reporting on Well-Being, Workplace Safety and COVID-19 Information Reliability
September 10 to 14, 2020
Reporting on Preventative Health Measures in Alberta K-12 Schools COVID-19 Prevention, Infection and Control
September 2020 Infographic
August 28 to 31, 2020
Reporting on the First Week of Alberta School Re-Entry