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.​

Learn More About the CSF

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

Alberta Education released the Curriculum Advisory Panel Report and a Draft Ministerial Order for Student Learning.

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

We encouraged environmental educators to draft a response (Alberta Education online survey in February 2020) and thanks to those that let us know that they had submitted a 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

What's New?

Draft K-4 Curriculum December 2018

Beta test site for Learn Alberta

Ministerial Order on Student Learning – announced May, 2013 is the legal document that guides the provision of education in Alberta.


“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