The General Assembly has been postponed to prior to the CSR Meeting on October 27th. The Assembly will begin at 4:30 pm and end no later than 6:30 pm. The documents that will be reviewed and the Zoom link are available HERE (please note that you will have to log in to access them).
The Political Engagement Committee is hosting a Speakers Series during October and November. No sign up necessary. All sessions will begin at 6:00 pm. Click on the Speaker for their bio.
October 21, 2021 - Jack Schneider & Jennifer Berkshire - ZOOM LINK
In A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door, Jennifer Berkshire and Jack Schneider, co-hosts of the popular education podcast Have You Heard, lay out the increasingly potent network of conservative elected officials, advocacy groups, funders, and think tanks that have aligned behind a radical vision to unmake public education. They describe the dogma underpinning the work of the dismantlers and how it fits into the current political context, giving readers an up-close look at the policies—school vouchers, the war on teachers' unions, tax credit scholarships, virtual schools, and more—driving the movement's agenda. Finally, they look forward, surveying the world the dismantlers threaten to build.
November 4, 2021 - Eric Blanc - ZOOM LINK
Author of the books Revolutionary Social Democracy: Working-Class Politics Across the Russian Empire, 1882-1917 (Brill 2021) and Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics (Verso 2019), Eric Blanc is a doctoral candidate in sociology at NYU researching public sector labor organizing, information and communications technologies, and working-class politics.
His research has appeared in journals such as Politics & Society, New Labor Forum, and Labor Studies Journal as well as publications such as The Nation, The Guardian, and Jacobin.
All active members of the Local are eligible to volunteer for election as a Local ARA Delegate. To access the responsibilities, expectations and volunteer form, click HERE.
In honour of LGBTQ+ History Month, the PD Committee is hosting this session with Dr. Kevin Alderson for anyone who wants to learn more about how to support their LGBTQ+ students at school. To read more about the session and sign up, click HERE.
The provincial ATA hosts Pre-Retirement Seminars each year for members thinking about their retirement. The date for member of the Edmonton Public Teachers Local is Saturday, October 30, 2021. Register through Eventbrite HERE. Information will be provided as it becomes available.
Expecting? Adopting? Plan to attend the virtual maternity/adoption information session on November 29th beginning at 5:00 pm. Sign up through Eventbrite. If this session is too late, contact Catherine LeBlanc in the Local office by email or 780-455-2164 for assistance. The next information session is on February 28th.
The ATA is hosting "Moneytalk: Q & A" - a half hour session via ZOOM from 4:00-4:30 pm on November 24th and February 9th. To register for the November 24th session click HERE; to register for the February 9th session click HERE.
The goal of this series is to help us build our organizing capacity with a focus on: beating apathy, building relationships, identifying issues, bringing members together and strengthening organizing muscle.
Barbara Madeloni is the former president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, now working on UCORE, a Labor Notes project trying to coordinate teacher union activism in defence of public education nationwide.
Did you miss the two-part zoom series? To access Part 1 click HERE; Part 2, click HERE.
A limited number of DEFEND lawn signs are available. Contact the Local's office (email@example.com; 780-455-2164) to get yours (while quantities last).
Check the Alberta Teachers' Association website for the most up to date information.
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