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Alberta Rural Education Symposium

Cultivating Relationships,

Nurturing Connections,

Harvesting Success.

River Cree Resort and Casino, Enoch, Alberta
March 3-5, 2024

2024 Hotel Information

Hotel reservations can be made by calling The River Cree Resort and Casino at 1-844-425-2733.

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About ARES

The Alberta Rural Education Symposium was initiated by the Minister of Education in 2012. Alberta Education organized and planned the entire one-day symposium. Since 2013, the Alberta Rural Education Symposium Planning Committee has been an example of effective collaboration between education stakeholder groups. The committee is made up of representatives from the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Alberta School Boards Association, the Alberta School Councils Association, the Alberta School Business Officials Association, the College of Alberta School Superintendents and Alberta Education.


The Minister of Education has always had a presence at the Alberta Rural Education Symposium. Many rural MLAs have joined the Education Minister in previous years. The audience for the symposium includes parents, teachers, school administrators, trustees, municipal leaders, health care professionals, county counsellors, business leaders and individuals from a rural context who take an interest in rural education and sustainability of rural communities. Portions of the symposium are webcast so participants who cannot attend in-person can still participate in the symposium. The symposium has attracted a provincial, national and international audience. Alberta Education has taken the opportunity to highlight ministry initiatives. The symposium is an excellent venue for the elected representatives and government officials to connect with rural leaders from across the province.


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The Symposium

The Symposium (2024)

Cultivating Relationships,

Nurturing Connections,

Harvesting Success.

Welcome to the 2024 Alberta Rural Education Symposium, an enriching three-day event taking place from March 3rd to March 5th at the River Cree Resort and Casino. Under the guiding theme of "Cultivating Relationships, Nurturing Connections, and Harvesting Success," our symposium aims to explore the critical facets of governance and leadership within the context of rural education.


Throughout this engaging event, we are honoured to host a distinguished lineup of speakers, including Chief Cadmus Delorme, Dr. Leyton Schnellert, Jordan Tinney, and Dr. Ken Coates. Their expertise and insights will offer invaluable perspectives on fostering leadership and building robust relationships within the unique landscape of rural education. The symposium's highlights include the ever-popular Ministers' Panel and reception on Sunday evening, providing a platform for in-depth discussions and interactions between policymakers and attendees, focusing on the most pressing issues facing rural education today. Additionally, throughout the event, school presentations will showcase exemplary practices, innovative strategies, and success stories, offering attendees tangible takeaways for implementation in their respective educational settings.


Moreover, this event presents a golden opportunity for passionate delegates and educators in the realm of rural education to connect, collaborate, and exchange ideas. Join us at the 2024 Alberta Rural Education Symposium, where we aim to inspire, empower, and cultivate a community dedicated to nurturing the success and growth of rural education.

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