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“Alberta is recognized for providing one of the best education systems in the world. Our system is built on a range of educational choices, including public, separate, charter, Francophone and private schools. Our students consistently perform among the best in Canada and around the world. The availability of choice strengthens our education system and supports the right of students and parents to have options that meet the objectives of the School Act. This range of choices continues to bring new ideas and innovative approaches to learning that ultimately benefit all our students.” Education Minister Dave Hancock, in a letter to Janet Wees, Dec. 23, 2010.


The Alberta Association of Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS) is an association comprised of Alberta Education approved charter schools that choose to be members and support TAAPCS objectives. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors.


TAAPCS Objectives:

•To promote and facilitate public charter school education in Alberta

•To speak with one voice on behalf of public charter schools in Alberta

•To promote a forum for public charter schools to meet in support of common goals

•To advocate for continued innovation and choice within public education

A Webinar Series offered by the CRC (school library learning commons)

“The Calgary Regional Consortium (CRC) is offering two six-part webinar series on school library learning commons, January through May 2016 with presenters Linda Shantz-Kerestzes and Judith Sykes.  The CRC webinars are free but pre-registration is required.  They take place on a Monday or Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m.


The first of 6 webinars is “How Does the New Policy Influence Us In Our Daily Learning Commons Adventures?” and the second is “Okay, We’ve Moved the Furniture, and Weeded Collections:  Bring on the Learning Commons!  Next steps:  Assessing Selected Components of Leading Learning”.  For full descriptions and information see:  https://crcpd.ab.ca/programs/category/27#programs


Former U.S. Minnesota State Senator's comments on Alberta's Charter Schools

On October 29 and 30, former Minnesota Senator, Ember Reichgott-Junge, spoke to our charter schools' meeting and conference.  Her observations can be found at this link …

"Almadina Language Charter School praised for ELL work"

In a recent article in Alberta Views magazine it was noted that many schools in Alberta are having difficulty in meeting the needs of English Language Learners. An exception to this is the Almadina Language Charter School in Calgary.  Congratulations are extended to Almadina for the excellent work being done.  Please see this link for this entire article.

New charter school for Calgary Announced

A new Charter School has been announced for Calgary.  ReThink Charter School will be focused on the needs of children in Grades 3-9 who have learning disabilities.  It is planned for opening in September 2016.  Please see this link for more information.

Research Project at Westmount School

The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools is pleased with the efforts being made by its members to develop partnerships with other organizations in the province.  An example of a recent partnership which has been established is between the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education and Westmount Charter School. 


Teaching Practice: At the nexus of teacher identity and school culture

The Werklund School of Education is pleased to be partnering in an ethnographic research study with Westmount Charter School.  Dr. Lissa D’Amour is working closely with middle school mathematics teachers there.  Together we are looking at the educational contexts that both condition and mitigate anxiety in learning systems and that thus influence teaching practice.  A handful of investigations have looked at the dynamic interplay of environments, practices, and beliefs in classrooms and institutions but no one has brought teacher identity into this dynamic. Our work is aimed at better appreciating how particular teaching choices follow from the circumstances of schooling and the emotional-intellectual biographies that each teacher-learner brings into the classroom situation. 




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