ACEE Workshops for Teachers

 

Upcoming Workshops

Exploring Sustainability Through an Indigenous Lens: Getting Started with Elementary Students

In this two-part workshop series designed specifically for elementary teachers, explore the concept of sustainability and our relationship to the natural world through both western and Indigenous lenses. Gain confidence that you don’t need to be an expert to start your journey into Indigenous knowledge systems and pedagogies but rather, an open mind and heart and a willingness to explore new ideas with your students. Drawing on authentic resources, learn how you can weave Indigenous perspectives into your everyday teaching in a way that engages the cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual self and fosters deep learning around the notion of sustainability.  If these ideas sound interesting but also fill you with trepidation, this workshop is for you!

Presented online by the Calgary Regional Consortium: April 20, 4:30 - 6:00 PM and April 27, 4:30 - 6:00 PM 

Exploring Sustainability Through an Indigenous Lens: Getting Started with Secondary Students

In this two-part workshop series designed specifically for secondary teachers, explore the concept of sustainability and our relationship to the natural world through both western and Indigenous lenses. Gain confidence that you don’t need to be an expert to start your journey into Indigenous knowledge systems and pedagogies but rather, an open mind and heart and a willingness to explore new ideas with your students. Drawing on authentic resources, learn how you can weave Indigenous perspectives into your everyday teaching in a way that engages the cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual self and fosters deep learning around the notion of sustainability. If these ideas sound interesting but also fill you with trepidation, this workshop is for you!

Presented online by the Calgary Regional Consortium: May 4, 4:30 - 6:00 PM and May 11, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Looking to include climate change in your classroom or education programs but not sure where to start? Join ACEE and Climate Generation for the virtual 2021 Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. Gain the skills, tools, and resources to integrate climate change education into your teaching or education programs and empower students in all subject areas to engage in climate solutions. Receive on-going support throughout the year by being part of the Teach Climate Network and having access to resources and curriculum. 

This three-day experience is full of powerful and engaging keynote speakers, meaningful discussion about the intersection of social justice and climate change, and collaborative conversations between a national network of climate change education leaders. Day two will consist of a regional workshop specifically for Alberta teachers and educators, led by ACEE's senior education advisor Dr. Marie Tremblay and climate education expert Dr. Melanie Hoffman. Leave feeling reinvigorated for the new school year and prepared to educate your students to be global citizens.

Details:

Date: July 28–30, 2021
Location: Virtual
Registration: $250 US. ACEE is offering a $50 refund on the registration fee to the first 10 registrants - so don't wait, register now! 

Recent Workshops - Recordings Available

Hand-in-Hand: Working Together Toward a Sustainable Calgary  

A Two-Day Environmental Symposium at Calgary City Teachers' Convention

There's something exciting going on in the city of Calgary and we’d love you and your students to be a part of it! Join us and many of our environmental education partners for this exciting two-day symposium as we explore the many ways that teachers and their students can learn more ABOUT, FOR and IN the environment while delivering on the curriculum. We"ll also explore how Calgary schools can contribute to our city's own strategies and initiatives, and, optionally, become part of Calgary’s growing EcoSchools community.

Twelve exciting sessions will cover a range of topics including the EcoSchools certification program, biodiversity, water management, waste management, climate change and Indigenous perspectives. Each session will feature hands-on curriculum-linked activities and resources co-presented by a member of Calgary's vibrant environmental education community and a City of Calgary expert. To better meet your teaching needs, sessions are divided into an elementary and a secondary stream. Join us for one, several, or all of the exciting sessions we have lined up!  

Session recordings are now available! Click the name of the workshop to open the video.

DateTimeElementary Stream (K-6)Secondary Stream (7-12)
Thursday, February 119-10 a.m.

EcoSchools Canada Comes to Calgary: A Primer for Elementary Teachers

Watershed Management in a Changing Climate
Thursday, February 1110:45-11:45 a.m.Where Land and Water Meet: A Systems Approach to Watershed ManagementEcoSchools Canada Comes to Calgary: A Primer for Secondary Teachers
Thursday, February 1112:30-1:30 p.m.Nature in the City: Fostering a Sense of Place Through Outdoor Learning and Citizen ScienceExploring Sustainability Through An Indigenous Lens: Getting Started with Secondary Students
Thursday, February 112:15-3:15 p.m.Waste Not, Want Not: Bringing Waste Management to LifeAction Begets Hope! Unpacking and Tackling Climate Change with Secondary Students
Friday, February 129-10 a.m.Exploring Sustainability Through An Indigenous Lens: Getting Started with Elementary StudentsBiodiversity in the City: A Common Treasure and Responsibility
Friday, February 1210:45-11:45 a.m.Let’s Get Climate Active! Engaging Elementary Students in Climate Education and ActionCradle to Grave: A Whole-System Look at Waste Creation and Management at Home and Abroad

 

Let's Get Climate Active! - Engaging Elementary Students in Climate Education and Action

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face.  Research shows that engaging with this challenging topic - rather than avoiding it - is the best way to replace fear with curiosity and instill hope for the future.  Whether you teach grade 1 or grade 6, understanding what climate change means for you and your students provides a rich, real, and authentic opportunity to develop understanding around core concepts like connectedness, systems, wellness, citizenship, or change.

In this highly engaging session, we will demonstrate how to explore the topic of climate change with younger students in an age-appropriate manner, identify curriculum connections, highlight quality resources - and most importantly, show you how to engage your students in meaningful and positive actions that give them hope for the future.  This workshop is designed specifically for Division I and Division II teachers.

Calgary: Calgary City Teachers' Convention - Recording available

Red Deer: Central Alberta Teachers' Convention - Recording available until April 29

 

How to Teach Controversial Energy or Environmental Issues in Your Classroom

Students hear a lot about the issues of our day such as climate change or the future of Alberta’s oil and gas industry. Teachers know the power of connecting student learning to current events for engaging students and practicing critical thinking skills.  But such topics can be daunting as there are often many perspectives to consider and an overwhelming amount of - often conflicting - information.  In this workshop, we'll review and practice ‘safe and effective’ strategies for unpacking with your students the scientific and social dimensions of complex issues using open-mindedness, curiosity, respect, and evidence-based critical thinking - without becoming part of the controversy.

Red Deer: Central Alberta Teachers' Convention - Recording available until April 29 

 

Exploring Sustainability Through An Indigenous Lens: Getting Started with Elementary Students

The Alberta Teacher Quality Standard calls on teachers to provide opportunities for all students to develop a knowledge and understanding of, and respect for Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing.  The study of environmental sustainability, which can be linked to the curriculum across all subjects and subject areas, offers a wonderful opportunity to do just this.  If this idea sounds interesting to you but also fills you with trepidation, then this workshop is for you.

In this session, we'll demonstrate how you don’t need to be an expert to start your journey into Indigenous knowledge systems but rather, an open mind and heart - and a willingness to explore new ideas with your students.  Drawing on authentic resources, we’ll also show you how you can weave Indigenous perspectives in your everyday practice and deliver on the curriculum in a way that engages students and fosters deep learning.  This workshop will target specifically Division I and II teachers.

Calgary: Calgary City Teachers' Convention - Recording available

Red Deer: Central Alberta Teachers' Convention - Recording available until April 29

 

Exploring Sustainability Through An Indigenous Lens:  Getting Started with Secondary Students

The Alberta Teacher Quality Standard calls on teachers to provide opportunities for all students to develop a knowledge and understanding of, and respect for Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing.  The study of environmental sustainability, which can be linked to the curriculum across all subjects and subject areas, offers a wonderful opportunity to do just this.  If this idea sounds interesting to you but also fills you with trepidation, then this workshop is for you.  

In this session, we’ll demonstrate how you don’t need to be an expert to start your journey into Indigenous knowledge systems but rather, a willingness to explore new ideas with your students.  Drawing on authentic Indigenous resources, we’ll show you how you can deliver on the curriculum in a way that encourages deep learning around the concepts of connectedness, reciprocity with Mother Earth, and the seven sacred teachings.  This workshop will target specifically Division III and IV teachers. 

Calgary: Calgary City Teachers' Convention - Recording available

Red Deer: Central Alberta Teachers' Convention - Recording available until April 29

 

General Workshop Offerings 

ACEE staff have presented at ATA conventions, conferences, and professional development learning days, and have also designed our own professional learning opportunities (conferences, leadership clinics, Alberta Green Schools, etc). Whether you’re interested in fun environmental activities to do in your schoolyard or engaging students in learning about energy and climate change, we have something for everyone AND every grade level. 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@abcee.org if you are interested in any of our workshops or if you have a request for a specific workshop topic not represented here.

“Marie handles the tough stuff well and has an excellent knowledge base. I also liked the interactive bits - great tools for the classroom.” 

- Heather Fedyna, High School Teacher