Mark Bevan Lecture: Workforce Planning Framework for Action

Research in Education Seminar Series, Faculty of Education
Mark Bevan Lecture: Alberta Education Workforce Planning Framework for Action

Wednesday, April 17, AH-100. 4:00 pm

Here are some revealing statistics released recently from Alberta Education:

  • Alberta’s student population should grow by 112,000 students over the next 10 years
  • The increase in student population over the next 10 years means that the K-12 education sector is expected to require over an additional 6,500 Full-Time Equivalent certified staff.
  • Alberta is experiencing high birth rates so the number of students in grade K-3 will increase by over 20% during the next ten years. 
  • Using a projected student-to certified-staff ratio, (17.2:1) approximately 2,000 new hires will be needed in 2012/2013.  This number is expected to increase to 2,500 new hires in 2022.
  • Approximately 25% of teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years of teaching. 
  • Retirement rates for Alberta’s teachers is expected to remain around 1,000 per year until 2016, after which time it will decrease slightly. 

This is the type of information and data that Mark Bevan uses in his role with the Workforce Planning and Development Branch for Alberta Education.  Mark is the principle author of the latest Alberta Education document: A Transformation in Progress which outlines the latest predictions of teacher growth for Alberta. Mark will focus many of his remarks and data on what is happening locally in zone 6, the local area in Southern Alberta.

On Wednesday, April 17, the Faculty of Education is hosting Mark Bevan in AH 100 at 4:00 pm for a presentation to the university and local education community. Mark’s presentation will begin at 4:00 and will be followed by a Q & A.  Refreshments will be available before and after his presentation.

More information on A Transformation in Progress can be found at:

For more information please contact Wayne Street, Research Officer or Darcy Novakowski, Communications Officer, Faculty of Education (403) 332-4550