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 what it means to be environmentally and energy literate and identifies the key concepts and outcomes that students need to learn to create a sustainable future. The key concepts are organized in four themes. In each theme, the key concepts and student learning outcomes are listed. This document is designed to assist Alberta’s curriculum developers as they update curriculum for all grades and subjects. We continue to share this with Alberta Education and their curriculum development team. It was first created in 2014 (with updates from 2015 to 2020) and the 2nd edition was created in 2020.

Checkout the CSF  View the Key Concepts and Student Learning Outcomes

ACEE created the 2nd edition because….

  • It was originally created in 2014 by an Education Task Force based on current research and interviews with 35 opinion leaders, and there is new research and information available.
  • It has been updated with minor revisions (2017 to 2019) - mainly inclusion of First Nations, Métis and Inuit content thanks to Doctor Gregory Lowan-Trudeau, professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary 
  • Albertans need a deeper understanding of all forms of energy, to build energy literacy and depolarize the conversation around energy and environment in Alberta - so we need to ensure  “What Alberta students should learn about energy?” is well addressed.

The 2nd edition process. We...

  • Hosted a series of workshops on 'What should Alberta students learn about energy?' and summarizing what we heard. Read more about the workshops and the workshop summary.
  • Worked with a group of reviewers to finalize an Energy Literacy Definition, created energy key concepts and then used this and the reviewers expertise to update the Curriculum for a Sustainable Future.

Using the words in 2nd edition of the Curriculum for a Sustainable Future (CSF), we created a Wordle to represent the words used - the larger the word the more it is used in the CSF.

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