AB school division offers tuition to UCalgary, housing, to attract more teachers  

January 3, 2018

In order to attract more teachers, Northland School Division has set aside $250K to pay support staff to complete a Bachelor of Education degree through the University of Calgary’s community-based program, and is asking for $6M to replenish and replace rental housing for teachers in remote communities. “We want to be fully staffed, and we’re not, and we’re not having success in recruiting,” said Northland superintendent Gord Atkinson. “We need a good, strong system that allows us to have a pipeline to teachers.” The vast majority of the district’s 2,600 students are First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, and Atkinson explained that professional retainment would likely improve if the district was able to hire teachers who knew the students, the families, and the languages, customs, and traditions of local people. Edmonton Journal