Teacher Development Fund

(formerly the Staff Development Fund)


June 2020 

Please note that the Local office is closed for the summer beginning on June 30th. We will re-open August 31st. Any applications for summer activities or applications for early September PD, must be received in the office no later than June 25th to be considered.

Expense claim forms received through the summer will be collected and reimbursed the beginning of September (the 45 day deadline is waived through the summer months).

Highlighted changes to the Guidelines for 2020-21 are:

1. New name - the Staff Development Fund has been renamed the Teacher Development Fund (TDF)
2. Members will no longer be required to take Private Business Leave - substitute teacher coverage will be provided (see Guidelines for further information).
This is a reset year. All applicants are eligible for the individual maximum of $1,800 over the next two years (2020/21 and 2021/22).

The complete Guidelines, including application forms for the 2020/21 school year will be posted as they become available.

If you have any questions, please contact the Local's office (780-455-2164; tdf@edpub.org).

April 22, 2020

Please note that applications for online courses must include a start and end date (no later than August 30th).

Applications for funding for PD activities beginning July 1st (and that conclude no later than August 30th) are now being accepted. Please note that applications may take longer to process as we are limiting our contact within the office. If you have questions, contact the Local (sdf@edpub.org).

March 17, 2020 

In light of the cancellations of many of the conferences planned for the month of April/early May due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), applications for funding have been withdrawn. Many of the cancelled conferences have given an option of extending registration as credit towards next year. Unfortunately, this practice does not work with our guidelines. All PD money must be used within the school year that it was approved. We are asking that you reapply next year. As in the past, we will begin to accept applications for activities in semester 2 (after February 1st) during the last week before the Christmas break.  Questions? Contact Tracy in the Local's office.

December 9, 2019

Applications for activities beginning February 1, 2020 will be accepted the week of December 16th (before the Local office closes for the Winter Break) to be reviewed the week of January 6th.

Applications for activities in July or August will be accepted beginning May 1, 2020. 

October 18, 2019

Additional changes:
1. The Fund will not reimburse Uber/Lift expenses due to a School Board policy.
2. The rate of pay for Private Business Leave has been updated: $228.90 full day; $138.60 half day.

August 30, 2019

Highlighted changes to the guidelines for 2019-20 are:

1. The total amount of funding from the Board increases to $875,000 (paid to the Local in two equal installments).
2. $90,000 from the total allocation will be held for summer activities (see chart in Guidelines).
3. The minimum amount for requests has increased to $150 (from $50).
4. This is a reset year. All applicants are eligible for the individual maximum of $1,800 over the next two years (2019/20 and 2020/21).
5. The Fund will not reimburse for VRBO/Homeaway/Airbnb due to a School Board policy.

If you have any questions, please contact the Local's office (780-455-2164; sdf@edpub.org).


Staff Development Fund Guidelines
2019-20 Staff Development Fund Guidelines

Application Checklist

Ensure you have read the guidelines prior to completing the application forms. Incomplete application forms will not be processed until all of the required information is received. To access Out of Province forms, follow the link in the Guidelines. You will be required to log in to Connect.epsb.ca; search Staff Development Fund. 

Individual Funding Form
Staff Development Fund - 2019-20 Individual Application Form

Group Funding Form 
Staff Development Fund - 2019-20 Group Application Form

Expense Claim Form (to be completed after the PD activity and the pre-approval)
Staff Development Fund - 2019-20 Expense Claim Form


September 2014 - Presentation by James Gerun and Kent Pharis on the Staff Development Fund on YouTube.

Not sure where to look for Professional Development Opportunities? Our ATA Librarian has provided us with a general list of organizations in Alberta that provide professional development opportunities for teachers. Click here to access the pdf.