Alberta Rural Education Symposium

A Clear 20-20 Vision

for Rural Alberta Schools & Communities

Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton AB
March 1-3, 2020

2020 Hotel Information

We are returning to the Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton Mall. Reservations can be made by calling their reservations department at (780) 444-3000 or toll-free 1-800-737-3783.


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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

A Clear 20-20 Vision

for Rural Alberta Schools & Communities

A Clear 20-20 Vision for Rural Alberta Schools & Communities” is the theme of ARES 2020. This year's symposium will focus on global and local trends in education, and address some critical questions facing rural school divisions. What will learning look like in the future? How should student health be a priority in our planning? How can we prepare our students for the rural workforce of the future? How will conceptual understanding position our students for greater success? And, how can we re-imagine rural schools of the future? These are just some of the critical topics our delegates will be discussing under the leadership of several nationally and internationally renowned keynote speakers. 


We will continue with our tradition of a Sunday evening panel with the Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange, along with two other Ministers yet to be named who will be sharing with us their vision for rural Alberta. After the Q&A with the Ministers,  participants will have an opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations with the MLAs during the reception. 


We have an exciting and thought-provoking program prepared, making this an Alberta Rural Education Symposium you will not want to miss!