In addition to having a professional obligation to attend conventions, Alberta teachers also have a legal obligation. School boards have the right to deduct pay from teachers absent from convention without legitimate reason, and in fact, have done so. A charge of unprofessional conduct under Association discipline bylaws may also be lodged against a teacher who fails to attend the teachers' convention. The Association's Discipline Committee has returned verdicts of guilty in several such cases.
Convention boards are responsible for conventions and all teachers are expected to attend. Alternate professional development activities require permission from the Convention Board. Permission should be requested well in advance of the convention dates.
For more information, view a flow chart summarizing the procedure that teachers must follow in seeking permission to be absent from their teachers' convention.
School and athletic field trips do not qualify as professional development activities.
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