In 2021, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, in coordination with Dwayne Donald, a researcher from the University of Alberta, conducted an evaluation of the experience of Indigenous teachers, school leaders and central office leaders within Alberta’s public education system. The Association’s research activity was gathered through listening and learning from Indigenous teachers, school leaders and central office leaders through a survey and online focus group conversations. The results of these evaluation activities are outlined in the Honouring the Voices of Indigenous Teachers and School Leaders in Alberta School Communities, 2022.
This Association research activity was part of a broader partnership with the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) that further gathered superintendent perspectives and expanded the perspectives beyond the Association’s members, all of whom are Alberta certificated teachers, school leaders and central office staff. The results of these evaluation activities are outlined in the Report on Indigenous Teachers and Leaders in Alberta’s Public School System (2022).
In 2018 and 2019, the ATA, in collaboration with researchers from the Community–University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families at the University of Alberta, conducted a study to evaluate and better understand the impacts of the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation professional learning project. Data was collected from teachers and school leaders to provide an update on the implementation of the Indigenous-focused competencies and indicators in Alberta’s Teaching Quality Standard and Leadership Quality Standard, as supported by the Walking Together project.