April 2017



April 22nd Earth Day event a resounding success!

 What a great way to celebrate Earth Day and Canada's 150th by showcasing '150 ways schools show climate leadership' with 20 schools in Edmonton. Students showcased their climate leadership initiatives with the Hon. David Eggen Minister of Education, other MLAs, government staff, school board trustees and associations and other groups that support schools. This was so much fun we're going to do it again in Calgary in November.

Thanks to the Community Fund for Canada's 150th through the Edmonton Community Foundation in collaboration with the Government of Canada for making this possible.

Check out the website to learn more about the event, the media coverage and photos. http://www.abcee.org/150-ways


Majority of Canadians support more action on climate change

According to a recent poll of Canadians…


 57% think the country should be doing more to address climate change. 

 85% agree that responsibility for climate change action belongs to everyone, 

74% think we needs to generate more renewable energy in order to meet the demands of the future. 


Read the article here.


We have compiled energy and climate change resources on our website to support all educators in teaching about these topics, find the list here: http://www.abcee.org/climate-change-energy-resources.
Watch this short interview with youth climate activist Xiuhtexcatl Martinez and Bill Maher.

Get Outside and Play Week May 27 - June 3

 Get Outside and Play Week is a program from ACEE and is an Alberta wide celebration of outdoor nature play in the early years. Communities and early childhood educators are encouraged to focus on outdoor play and organize events that engage families. Families can let us know how they plan on celebrating Get Outside and Play Week and be entered to win terrific prizes.

Learn more and access the resources at getoutsideandplay.ca.       



ATA Conventions and Conferences

It's that time of year to consider ideas for presenting at ATA conventions and to begin preparing presentation proposals. To make your work easier, we've updated our web site that lists 2018 convention dates, locations, and submission timelines. Many are accepting proposals now with deadlines in May/June. Check out Dr. Noel Jantzie's top 10 ten tips for creating presentation proposals. http://www.abcee.org/conferences-and-events

May is a great time to take your students outside

Why not take your students outside to engage in learning beyond the classroom? Make a Park is a simple activity from Five Minute Field Trips (Pg. 12) that you can do anywhere in your school yard. Use ropes or Hula Hoops to create small parks - in pairs, students become park interpreters to showcase the features of their park to other students. They'll be amazed at what they find in their own schoolyard.




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