The Alberta Council for Environmental Education works with a community of environmental education and energy education agencies to ensure collaborative work to increase energy and environmental literacy across Alberta.
- Needs assessment of energy educators in Alberta
- Capacity building workshop: Edmonton
Environmental and Energy Education Lunch: Calgary, May 31, 2018
On Thursday, May 31, ACEE hosted an energy and environmental education lunch for key educators in the Calgary area. We filled the room with a strong variety of voices - 25 educators attended from a variety of non-profits, private organizations, and the public sector. At this event, we:
- created networking opportunities for educators to share their projects and build relationships within the environmental education sector
- shared the details of our upcoming projects surrounding energy education
- welcomed the input and feedback of this diverse group of experts, to make sure that we are delivering valuable and impactful tools and resources to them moving forward.
Some of what we heard from this group included ideas of what would help them deliver energy education:
- Workshops delivered by energy educators
- Curriculum links to provide more teacher incentive
- Collaboration with experts to help us frame our programs to include energy
- We need to make teachers feel excited
- Ways to find common ground in polarized topics
- Creation of equity in language, access across income levels and geography
- We need adults/teachers to be motivated, engaged, and personally participating.
We look forward to building this input into our programs and helping to build an even better and stronger environmental/energy education network in the future. Thanks for the City of Calgary and CAWST for helping to make this happen!
Full-day Environmental Education Workshop: Lethbridge, May 25th, 2018
On Friday, May 25th, 2018, ACEE hosted a full-day environmental education workshop for Lethbridge area environmental educators. The day included indoor and outdoor networking opportunities, environmental education games, a workshop on "What is Excellent Climate Change Education?", as well as opportunities to provide feedback and express needs surrounding energy education in the Lethbridge area.
Attendees expressed an enthusiasm for the opportunity to meet other environmental educators and also provided ACEE with the following suggestions for energy education:
- Teachers need hard skills in depolarization and de-escalation skills when teaching challenging topics.
- Professional development is needed in teaching tolerance, open-mindedness and critical thinking.
- Teachers need a way to get professionals and experts into classrooms who can speak to energy at a high level.
- Expertise is needed in career awareness and "sustainability jobs".
- Teachers want field trips to energy-related locations, but there are barriers, especially in funding.
When asked what would help them to deliver more energy education, attendees expressed the following:
- Knowledge about energy. "We have no clue what to teach". Professional development on the topic.
- Methods of promoting student buy-in.
- A way to find common ground.
- A way to bypass time constraints in teaching the topic.
- We need a way to quantify (reveal) energy. It's not visible to students and we need a method to make it tangible.
- Teaching resources - it's hard to find resources to teach energy that are challenging enough for a high school level.