Alberta Catholic Schools Celebrate Education Week
Edmonton, AB - May 2 to 6 is Education Week in Alberta, and the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) is pleased to help share our member boards’ activities during Education week, showcasing and celebrating publicly funded Catholic education in the province.
The theme for this year’s Education Week from Alberta Education is “Learning Together”, which local Catholic school boards in the province, such as Calgary Catholic School District, and Edmonton Catholic School District and others have taken and integrated the additional theme “We are Teachers”, which further exemplifies the importance of the teacher student connection in learning together.
For example, Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education has put together a short video for Education Week, highlighting teachers’ thoughts about what the theme “Learning Together” means to them. It can be accessed via this link.https://youtu.be/RWcgGRuu9ys
Please follow our Twitter feed @ACSTANews
to stay up to date on what’s happening with our member boards. You can access the full list via this link: http://www.acsta.ab.ca/about-us/member-boards
to see what great things are happening in Catholic education across the province. Also, be sure to visit our member boards’ respective Twitter and Facebook pages for Education Week updates.
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The Alberta Catholic Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) AGM will be taking place from November 18 to 20, at the Westin Edmonton, 10135-100 Street, and promises to be quite an event for 2016 as the ACSTA celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Celebrating 50 years is quite a milestone, and for 2016 our AGM will reflect our 50 years through a specially planned Gala event, which will look into the past, present and future of the ACSTA. More information on the ACSTA AGM and Gala event will be posted here soon, so make sure to check back.
The Keynote speaker for the AGM will be Dr. Josephine Lombardi. She has worked as a parish minister, a high school chaplaincy leader, a teacher through O.E.C.T.A., and a university campus minister. The ACSTA is excited to have Dr. Lombardi as the keynote, and her expertise in faith formation, religious education as well as her work in the media through Salt and Light Television makes her the perfect fit, especially for our 50th anniversary.
Dr. Lombardi is currently Associate Professor of Pastoral and Systematic Theology, Professor of Field Education, and Director of Lay Formation for St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough, Ontario. She recently has been appointed Series Theologian for the new Religious Education curriculum for grades 1 through 8, “Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ” for Catholic School Boards in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
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"ACSTA (Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association) reaffirms that all Catholic schools in Alberta have been and will continue to be inclusive, welcoming, safe and caring environments.
Guided and grounded by our faith, every child is seen as a precious and unique child of God deserving of individualized love and attention to reach their full God-given potential.
The ACSTA appreciates the leadership of Catholic school boards, Catholic school divisions/authorities, and the Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta (CCSSA) in the development and implementation of overarching Safe & Caring school policies, strong anti-bullying policies and the LIFE Framework (Lived Inclusion for Everyone) document which have long ensured that all students, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, etc. are treated with equal respect and dignity.
ACSTA reaffirms the rights of parents and/or guardians as primary educators to make informed choices for their child/children.
ACSTA reaffirms the responsibility and the role of the Alberta Catholic Bishops to provide moral and theological leadership to the Catholic community including Catholic education communities.
ACSTA reaffirms its commitment to work with Alberta Education and regrets Alberta Education's lack of consultation during the development of the Guidelines for Best Practices resource material.
ACSTA is confident that all Catholic School Boards will continue (as has been their foundational practice and moral imperative) to be responsive to the individual needs of all their students-without exception!"
“The ACSTA has 24 member boards, representing 412 schools in Alberta, serving over 160,000 students.
For more information or to speak with an ACSTA representative please contact ACSTA at 780-484-6209.
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