Alberta Education

Alberta Education supports the needs of students, parents, teachers and administrators from Early Childhood Services (ECS) through Grade 12.

The Ministry has the following responsibilities:

  • Develops curriculum and sets standards.
  • Evaluates curriculum and assesses outcomes.
  • Teacher development and certification.
  • Supports special needs students.
  • Funds and supports school boards.
  • Aboriginal and francophone education.
  • Management of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI).
  • Oversees basic education policy and regulations.

The Minister of Education is the Honourable David Eggen.

The Deputy Minister of Education is Lorna Rosen.

Role of School Boards

Guide to Education

Alberta Education Funding Manual

Alberta School Boards' Association

Alberta School Boards Association
Suite 1200, 9925 - 109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5K 2J8
Phone 1.780.482.7311
Fax 1.780.482.5659

About school boards and trusteeship in Alberta

The ASBA developed these materials to explain the role of school boards and to help trustees communicate to their local communities about trusteeship and school boards.

An orientation package for school trustees
Your Key to Trusteeship and School Boards in Alberta

What do school boards do? 
Code of ethics

Grade 6 teaching resource focused on school boards

Teaching about local government: school boards
This resource lists activities teachers can use in Grade 6 classrooms to explain the role of school boards and trustees.

Canadian School Boards Association

Canadian School Boards Association are provincial school boards associations that represent just over 250 school boards serving more than three million elementary and secondary school students across Canada. The CSBA advocates educational success for each and every student and promotes the value of locally elected school boards. We maximize our actions through collaboration, information sharing and new communications technologies.

Mission of the CSBA

The mission of the CSBA is:

  • To support the development of strong member school board associations, facilitate their addressing issues of common interest, and to strengthen public education across Canada;
  • To promote the value of democratically elected local school boards;
  • To strongly advocate the collective interests of the provincial associations of school boards to the federal government and other national organizations on issues of common interest or within federal jurisdiction;
  • To support and inform commissioners/trustees across Canada.

Vision of the CSBA

The vision of the CSBA is education democracy.

”Democracy is the power behind school boards in their mission to ensure success for every student.”

Public School Boards' Association of Alberta

What is Public School Education?

The PSBAA is a voluntary membership association incorporated as a non-profit society according to the laws of Alberta. Members are school jurisdictions, not individuals. We have 33 members.

There are 42 public school jurisdictions in Alberta: 31 belong to the Association. The St. Albert Protestant Separate School District also belongs to the PSBAA as it is the defacto public school system in that city.

Our members educate most of the public school students in Alberta.

Our Mission is:
To ensure the continuation and constant improvement of a universally accessible system of public education, which is locally governed, student centred, and challenging.

Our Goal is:
To provide constructive leadership – represented by effective strategies, advocacy and communication – and to work with others, wherever possible, for the good of public education.

Public school education does more than educate students – it also acts as a working model of civil society, and thereby helps to create, sustain, and improve our communities. One of our province’s greatest successes is the development of a public education system that is focused on educating and encouraging students to develop into responsible, caring and contributing citizens – building Alberta’s future one student at a time. 

Public school education is inclusive, from the classroom to the boardroom to the voting booth, because supporters believe that an inclusive education is best for students and for the community, and an inclusive democratic government for education is best for the community. Public school education is barrier-free. Public school education is respectful of every student, every other worker, and every citizen.

Only public schools provide public education. Only public schools:

  • guarantee that every child will have a place in the jurisdiction or in the care of the jurisdiction;
  • are governed by a democratic process that is open to every member of the community regardless of religious convictions, racial origin, economic or other circumstances; and
  • promote civil democracy in preference to any sectarian perspective as the basis for thriving communities; and, celebrate diversity among students and in our communities by working with communities, staff and students from different backgrounds, outlooks and experiences.

The Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta is committed to working with our member boards, parents, teachers, administrators, government officials, and the public to ensure that all their talents and strengths continue to benefit public education.