Research Partnership

Optimum Learning for All Students: Implementing Alberta’s 2018 Professional Practice Standards

Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard
Leadership Quality Standard
Teaching Quality Standard

The purpose of this longitudinal, mixed methods research study is to assess, deepen, and extend the implementation process for Alberta’s three professional practice standards: The Teaching Quality Standard, the Leadership Quality Standard, and the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard

The study will provide stakeholders and the Alberta Ministry of Education:

  • independent, objective insights into the effectiveness of provincial and school authority implementation strategies,
  • recommendations on how best to support implementation in various contexts,
  • research informed perspectives on the effectiveness of implementation,
  • yearly reports generated from annual online surveys, and
  • periodic illustrations of promising implementation practices from 8 – 10 case studies.

Literature Review

We are currently conducting a literature review from a policy and public administrative perspective on the adoption and implementation of standards.

Literature Review

A group of 12 researchers from the University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, University of Alberta and Concordia University of Edmonton are involved in this research project:

  • University of Calgary: Barb Brown, Man-Wai Chu, Sharon Friesen, Dustin Louie, Dennis Parsons
  • University of Lethbridge: Pamela Adams, Dawn Burleigh, Carmen Mombourquette
  • University of Alberta: Darryl Hunter, Bonnie Stelmach
  • Concordia University of Edmonton: Edgar Schmidt

Office of Research: Shelly Russell-Mayhew