Teacher Resources

Below you’ll find information and resources for teachers who are interested in helping students start or maintain a GSA at their school.

Alberta Policies for Staff Supporting a GSA

Alberta School Act laws on GSAs, June 2015

Tips for working with GSA youth

Note: There is no requirement in the legislation for parental notification or consent for a student to participate in a GSA/QSA.

Alberta Policies for Parental Consent

As per the 2014 Legislative Assembly of Alberta’s Bill 10 amendments to the Alberta School Act & Alberta Education Act, there is no requirement for parental notification by a teacher when instructional materials include discussion of gender identity, sexual orientation, or gender expression (see Section 58.1 (1)). Notification is only required when instructional materials are primarily dealing with religion or human sexuality (for example: sexual health, STIs, contraception).

For more information visit the Alberta Education website.

Government of Alberta: FAQ About the Alberta School Act (2015) 

GSA Types & Tips

GSAs come in all types! Form a GSA that works best for your school, whether that is creating a hangout space, an activist group, or anything in between. Check out the types of activities GSA clubs are doing across Alberta on our new GSA Activities Blog!

The Alberta Teachers’ Association has a great guide on how to start & support a GSA:
GSAs and QSAs in Alberta Schools: A guide for teachers, Alberta Teachers’ Association, 2015

Alberta Teachers’ Association Policy on GSAs

At its 2005 Annual Representative Assembly, the ATA approved the following policy: “BE IT RESOLVED, that the Alberta Teachers’ Association support the establishment of gay-straight alliance groups to create awareness and action that promotes the creation of safe learning environments for all students in Alberta high schools.”
(Alberta Teachers’ Association, 2016)

See the Alberta Teachers’ Association list of Alberta LGBTQ Resources for Teachers