Workshops by ACEE

ACEE staff have decades of experience in delivering professional development workshops, from one-hour workshops to multi-day sessions. We’ve presented at many ATA conventions, conferences, and professional development learning days, and have designed our own professional learning (conferences, leadership clinics, Alberta Green Schools, etc). We love working with teachers, and we’ll work with master teachers to co-present the workshops below whenever possible.  

Please contact Marie Tremblay - marie[at] if you are interested in any of the workshops listed below.


How to help students - and the planet - through energy education

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face – and you can help your students engage with this topic and feel positive and hopeful for the future.  How? You can help your students learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency, and give them a chance to practice energy conservation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and know they are part of the solution.  In this workshop, you’ll ‘learn by doing’ some of our favorite energy activities, review some key resources that you can use in your classroom, and work with colleagues as you plan how to integrate this into your teaching.


Announcing ‘Energy Revealed:’ Energy efficiency education and climate action!

Come learn about our exciting new education program that increases students' energy literacy as they help the environment, feel hopeful about the future, and embrace valuable new skills they can use in school, at home - and in the workplace!  We leverage new energy meter technology that "makes energy visible" through dashboards that students use to monitor energy use in their school.   Lesson plans help students understand energy, become energy analysts and managers, and create and deliver on action plans to reduce your schools' greenhouse gas emissions, carbon taxes, and utility bills.  Students get to work with mentors and become part of a provincial student network.

Delivering on your curriculum - and increasing environmental and energy literacy - through Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Our promise: you'll leave this workshop with some good ideas - and perhaps a good plan! - to do as the title suggests.  We'll review the tenets of PBL, discuss what 'increasing environmental, energy, and climate literacy' means, explore some superb projects created by teachers just like you, and help identify relevant community resources and programs - and of course we'll model best PBL instruction as we do so!  Then we'll use the remaining half of the workshop to facilitate small working groups in which your colleagues will help you begin or refine your plan to deliver your curriculum using PBL.


Talking about Energy and climate: how to engage students

When it comes to engaging students, words matter.  Energy and climate issues will define students’ future –but these are challenging issues, and students can sometimes turn off. We held focus groups with students of different ages across Alberta, seeking to understand what approaches and narratives help students ‘lean into’ this important conversation, and deeply engage. What we learned may offer you a few surprises–and will help show you the way forward as you work with your students.


How do we teach about climate change and give students hope?

Teaching about climate change can be challenging - there are many perspectives, students often feel overwhelmed, and it is complex. What are some strategies to help you teach this topic? We have built an education program that engages students around climate change, helping them explore concepts like interdependence and managing our global commons, and explores what they can do to combat climate change.  In this hands-on workshop, you'll 'learn by doing' as many activities as possible, receive a digital copy of the draft resource, and discuss with your colleagues how to weave this topic into your classroom practice.


Fun environmental activities in your schoolyard!

In this session, we'll highlight a variety of resources and schoolyard activities to help you deepen students' connections with nature and environmental stewardship.  You’ll “learn by doing” as many of these activities as possible, and discuss how to connect student learning with their familiar neighbourhood and community. 


How to teach controversial energy/environmental issues in your classroom

Students hear a lot about the issues of our day such as climate change, or getting Alberta oil to tidewater. Teachers know the power of connecting student learning to current events - but what to do when the issue you've chosen is controversial and might get some parents upset?  In this workshop, we'll review best teaching practices, show a few examples of powerful project-based and inquiry learning, mention some great teaching resources – and you’ll discuss with colleagues classroom-ready strategies to help you 'go there' with your students.  


Talking about energy and climate: how to engage teachers

When it comes to helping teachers ‘lean into’ delivering more climate and energy education in their classrooms the words we use, and how we frame this important work, are all-important. We recently partnered with sixty other organizations through the Alberta Narratives Project, conducting focus groups with teachers to identify narratives around climate and energy that are inclusive, relatable, and motivating. What we found will help you engage and encourage teachers, creating personal incentives for them to more deeply invest in climate and energy education.


Numeracy and Literacy - using the environment as an engaging and meaningful context

The phrase “Environment as the third teacher” refers to the use of the classroom environment as teacher. This workshop will unleash the use of the outdoor learning environment to provide authentic and rich opportunities for students to engage in numeracy and literacy. We’ll explore how outdoor learning helps students make meaning of words and numbers, have authentic reasons for writing, understand the magnitude of numbers, estimate, recognize patterns, measure, and understand shapes and space. We’ll have fun doing some activities and expanding your learning environments.


Support for the Green Teacher

As Kermit the Frog once said, ‘It’s not easy being green.’ Environmentally-minded teachers sometimes suffer the ‘lone wolf syndrome,’ or encounter other obstacles. In this session, we’ll share approaches used by your fellow green teachers to survive – and thrive!  - and we’ll discuss strategies you can use engage fellow teachers and administrators in your impactful work.


Competencies for stewardship and citizenship

Dr. David Orr tells us that “Given the vulnerable state of our natural world, we need a different approach to education” - one that develops students who are not only knowledgeable but also environmentally and socially conscious.  What knowledge and competencies do Alberta students need to create a sustainable future?  How can we help them develop environmental stewardship and citizenship? We’ll share the Curriculum for a Sustainable Future that you can use to enhance your own teaching, showcase inspiring classroom stories, share resources, and identify grants to help turn your ideas into actions. 


‘Leap into Action’ – a free teacher’s guide to environmental action

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll help you identify links between your curriculum and action, and then do several activities from ‘Leap into Action,’ a free teacher activity guide that you’ll receive in this workshop. This guide was created for teachers and is full of lesson plans to help you prepare, inspire and support your students in conducting age-appropriate environmental action projects, including skill-building activities and tools, and real-life case studies.



Greening your curriculum

Environmental education IS excellent education – and your curriculum is full of opportunities to help students learn about the environment. You’ll leave this hands-on workshop with a plan to create more environmental learning experiences for your students that emphasize inquiry or project-based learning, real-world and community connections, integrated curricula, and opportunities for students to practice citizenship and act on what they have learned. 


Energy by the numbers

Looking for an exciting way to engage your students in math and learn about energy at the same time? In this workshop, we’ll explore the use of accessible ‘real world, real time’ data and demonstrate fun and interesting ways to analyze data and extract powerful information around energy use and efficiency.