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Notices and Events

April 21, 2015
Deadline extended for prime minister’s awards

The nomination deadline for the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence and for Excellence in Early Childhood Education has been extended to May 15.

If you know an outstanding teacher or early childhood educator, you now have an additional two weeks to nominate them for Canada's most prestigious teaching award.

Nomination packages are available at Awards are worth up to $5,000, and winners will be honoured by the prime minister.

More information is available by contacting the Prime Minister's Awards Office at 613-991-4255 or

Gotcha! Photo Contest

Enter the 2015 ATA News Gotcha! Photo Contest


Contest rules

  1. Photos taken by active and associate ATA members of education- or school-related activities are eligible. (Hint: photos depicting action are best).
  2. Entries must be submitted by the member who took the photos.
  3. Photos taken between Sept. 1, 2014, and May 16, 2015, are eligible.
  4. Please email photos to Entries must be received by 5 P.M. on May 16, 2015.
  5. Each entry must be accompanied by a description of the activity; the names (if possible) of the people in the photo; the date when the photo was taken and the photographer’s name, school and contact information.
  6. Cash prizes will be awarded to entrants whose photos place in the top three, as follows.
    First place: $200
    Second place: $100
    Third place: $50
    Each winner will also receive a certificate of merit, as will those receiving honourable mention.
  7. Up to 20 additional entries may be selected for an award of honourable mention.
  8. Each entrant may submit up to five photos but no entrant can win more than one top-three prize.
  9. A panel of individuals with photography, publishing and teaching experience will judge the entries. The decision of the judges is final.
  10. Winning photographs WILL be published in the ATA News.
  11. Photos submitted for the contest MAY be published in the ATA News, the ATA Magazine or other Association publications.
  12. Please read carefully. Failure to comply with any of these rules may result in disqualification.
Stories and photos wanted

The ATA News is always on the lookout for interesting articles, photos and cartoons. Articles should not exceed 500 words and should be accompanied by a short byline, stating where you work and what you teach. Photos of teachers or students participating in interesting activities are welcome, as are cartoons. Don’t forget to include photo captions. Please note: Receipt of material does not guarantee its publication. Send your submissions to Managing Editor, the ATA News, 11010–142 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5N 2R1 or submit electronically to

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