We Support Curriculum Development

For over ten years ACEE has been supporting curriculum development in Alberta and we will continue to do so. The next few years will see new K – 12 curriculum in all core subject areas in Alberta – and we are at the table with Alberta Education and their partners, leveraging almost a decade of engagement and relationship to ensure our proposed Curriculum for a Sustainable Future is adopted.

The need for environmental education in curriculum...

"Why this matters – how to reach a million students! In the early 1990s, Alberta Education was developing its new Elementary Science Curriculum. I was invited to meet with their curriculum designers, and I hastily pulled together a small network of thoughtful and knowledgeable environmental educators to add value to those sessions. Several meetings later, we had influenced several dimensions of the curriculum, and successfully pitched Alberta Education on a new Grade Five science topic, Wetland Ecosystems. The new curriculum became law in 1996 and is still in place – and in the intervening 23 years over a million Alberta students have gone outdoors to study pond life and learn first-hand about food chains, ecosystems, and stewardship.  THIS is what can happen when we work together to help design new curriculum!"

- Gareth Thomson, Executive Director, Alberta Council for Environmental Education

Curriculum for a Sustainable Future

The Curriculum for a Sustainable Future (CSF) is a guidebook on what students need to learn to be environmentally and energy literate. It outlines key concepts and student learning outcomes for science, social studies and wellness to assist Alberta’s curriculum developers as they update Alberta’s curriculum for all grades and subjects. It also identifies teaching and learning resources that will help teachers achieve the outcomes.​ We created this in 2014 with updates over the years and in 2020 we created the 2nd edition.

Learn More About the CSF

Interested in Alberta's curriculum development? Stay up-to-date!

Ministerial Order on Student Learning - announced August 2020 - the legal document that guides the provision of education in Alberta (replaced the 2013 Ministerial Order listed below). Check out the Community Engagement section that states, "Students will demonstrate an understanding of economic development and entrepreneurship, and will recognize the responsibility we share for environmental stewardship and sustainability."

Alberta Education announced eight new advisors to shape a revamped curriculum - a link will be updated to Alberta Education web site when it is posted online. You can find much in the media - here is a CBC story.

ACEE reviewed the Draft Ministerial Order and the Curriculum Advisory Panel report released by Alberta Education in February 2020. We shared our response to help others develop their own responses. Read our response.

We will keep you updated on further opportunities and developments on new curriculum and to see our work in this area over the past ten years click here.

Alberta Education - Curriculum Updates

Ministerial Order on Student Learning - announced August 2020

What's New?

Draft K-4 Curriculum December 2018

Beta test site for Learn Alberta

Ministerial Order on Student Learning – May 2013 (replaced by the August 2020 Ministerial Order listed above)


“I would like to express my appreciation for the Alberta Council for Environmental Education... thank you for your leadership in environmental education and your commitment to engaging students on issues of climate change.” 

- David Eggen, Former Alberta Minister of Education