Under the Teaching Profession Act, the Association is responsible for advancing and promoting the cause of education in Alberta and improving the teaching profession. A primary way in which the Association fulfils this obligation is by organizing annual conventions for teachers. The Association has established 10 convention associations in the province, which are responsible for authorizing, planning, conducting, evaluating and governing teachers’ conventions. Each convention association is governed by a formal constitution and a board made up of teachers selected by the participating locals. These teachers give freely of their time and energy to plan a program that reflects the needs and interests of teachers in their area.