2021/22 Specialist Council Events has ended
Welcome to the Alberta Teachers’ Association Specialist Council event page for the 2021/2022 school year.  These events are sponsored by the 21 specialist councils of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. All active teachers in the ATA are entitled to one no-cost Specialist Council membership and can subscribe to as many other councils as they like.  To join a council, members can click on https://bit.ly/SpecialistCouncilJoin.

To find more about any of the events, you can click on the event and follow the subsequent link.
  • To view more Provincial PD offerings click here.
  • To view Professional Development opportunities targeted towards school leaders and aspiring school leaders, click here.
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Alberta School Learning Commons Council (ASLC)

Why School Libraries Matter
A school library is a “school’s physical and virtual information-to-knowledge commons where reading, literacy, inquiry, thinking, imagination, discovery and creativity are central to students’ learning and knowledge development in all curriculums and learning for work and life in a global, increasingly digital world.”
(Ross Todd 2010)

The Alberta School Learning Commons Council promotes and supports our members in advancing excellence in teaching and learning through effective school library learning commons practices.

The Alberta School Learning Commons Council is a proactive and progressive advocate for our members in building, cultivating and enhancing effective school library learning commons practices through leadership and professional development.

The Alberta School Learning Commons Council (ASLC) advocates for school library programs and professional development opportunities for its members.

North/South Regional Councils
Professional support at the regional level.

To encourage the establishment and maintenance of effective library programs in Alberta schools, the ASLC strives to provide professional development programs for its members. The Council holds an annual spring conference at which members share the latest information in the field of library studies and establish provincewide networks. To honor professionalism and dedication in the field, the ASLC has established an annual research grant. In addition, the Kaleidoscope program is a celebration of children's and young adults' literature.

The ASLC acts as a vital liaison with the government departments and with provincial and national library associations.

ASLC LitPicks Book Review Site – http://www.aslclitpicks.ca/

Collaboration with
• Alberta Education
• Library Association of Alberta
• ATA specialist councils – ELAC – EDTEC – FNMI
• School administrators
• School councils
• Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning graduate program (University of Alberta)

Council Development
• Improve communication with potential membership and functionality
• Building capacity with members in learning commons implementation makerspaces inquiry and reader’s advisory.

Leadership and Advocacy
• Sharing exemplary practices in school library learning commons
• Promoting expertise of membership with educational leaders
• Providing advocacy and advice related to implementation of School Library Policy (Alberta Education. Draft 2010)
• Supporting school librarianship through annual ASLC bursary (up to $2000 annually)

Literacies, Learning and Libraries journal was last published in 2012. Please visit the ASLC website for more information.