L.S.A. stands for Local Specialist Association. An L.S.A. is a local organization of teachers or specialists within a school district who teach in a common subject area or grade level (i.e. Secondary English, Primary, Teacher Librarians etc.).
LSAs differ from a Chapter of a Provincial Specialist Association (PSA). LSAs are governed and managed by the local union in a school district, whereas Chapters are governed by the parent PSA. In some cases, the local organization is both an LSA and a local chapter of a PSA.
Similar to other committees of the STA, LSAs follow the guidelines, policies, and procedures of the association.
What are the benefits of having an LSA?
Funding – Annual LSA Operating Grant of $600.00, Annual LSA Pro-D Special Projects Grant of up to $4000.00
Advocating with the union.
Collaboration & Networking across sites with others in the same specialty field or focal point
Provide additional curricular opportunities for your students through shared resources.
Assist with LRS reviews to shape the District Resource Catalogs
Ability to create district standard equipment lists on the purchasing site
Working with the district to create performance festivals, art exhibitions, and best practices guidelines and policies for our areas.
Provide targeted professional development to the members