The ATA is committed to upholding public confidence in the teacher conduct discipline process.
- The ATA does not represent teachers in professional conduct hearings, they are responsible for their own defence.
- Anyone can file a request for investigation of unprofessional conduct and the ATA is obligated to investigate every complaint it receives.
- All hearings are open to the public and all decisions of the hearing committee are available to anyone on request.
- Hearing committees include professional peers and members of the public appointed by the minister of education.
Upholding high professional standards of teacher conduct and competency is vital to protecting the integrity and quality of the teaching profession. In Alberta, provincial legislation gives the Alberta Teachers’ Association the authority and responsibility of administering two processes to support that goal: Discipline Process and Practice Review.
Subject to these processes are teachers in Alberta’s public, separate and francophone schools.
Note: The Minister of Education is responsible for processes relating to the conduct and competency of teachers in Alberta’s charter and private schools.