So, you want to do something else? Check here to learn more about the guidelines for alternative professional development.
Teachers have a legal as well as a professional obligation to attend their annual teachers' convention.
Teachers are paid for the two convention days because these days are defined in Section 78 of the School Act as part of the school year.
As well, The Alberta Teachers' Association, through convention associations, has the responsibility for authorizing, planning, conducting and evaluating annual teachers' conventions for its members.
Discipline charges can and have been brought against teachers who fail to attend their annual teachers' convention.
For more information follow this link to information on alternate Professional Development.
To request permission to be absent from the Convention, please complete the Online Alternate PD Request Form before December 15th, 2017.
Please realize that it may take up to a few weeks in order to process your request.
Please note that if you submit a request after this date, there is no guarantee of approval.