During the upcoming school year, more than 50 teachers from across Alberta will share approximately $40,000 in ATA Educational Trust grants and bursaries.
Of the 150 teachers who applied to the Trust in the spring, 16 will receive bursaries valued at $500 or $1,000 each, and 12 will receive grants to help offset the costs of attending or presenting at specialist council conferences. Another 18 teachers will be selected in November to receive grants for specialist council attendance or presentations next spring. Eight special projects will receive up to $18,000 in total funding.
The Trust bursary award program was initiated 15 years ago to encourage teachers to upgrade their professional practice. The new grant award program supporting attendance or presentations at specialist council conferences was launched this year and has been highly successful.
Under its project grant program, the Trust has supported over 250 educational projects over the past 25 years. Final reports or teaching resources produced with the assistance of Trust grants are made available through the Alberta Teachersâ€™ Association library.
A bequest from the estate of teacher Frederick Powell led to the establishment of the ATA Educational Trust in 1977. Since that time, the Trust has received ongoing financial support from the ATA, its local associations, ATA specialist councils, the Alberta Retired Teachersâ€™ Association and individuals.
Detailed information on the ATA Educational Trust can be found at www.teachers.ab.ca.