What should students learn about energy and the environment?
Curriculum for a Sustainable Future - January 2019 - download the full Document (PDF)
The Curriculum for a Sustainable Future is a guidebook on what students need to learn to be environmentally, energy and climate 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.
ACEE is currently updating this document 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 but it has not received a thorough updating.
- Albertans need a deep understanding of energy as we maneuver the energy transition and create our way forward in addressing climate change so we need to ensure “What Alberta students should learn about energy?” is well addressed.
How will we update the document in 2020?
- We will bring together another Education Task Force representing various sectors in energy and education.
- We will host a series of workshops asking 'What should Alberta students learn about energy?' . Read more about these workshops and register here.
What have we done so far?
In November 2019 we met with the Energy Futures Lab and asked the question: “What should Alberta students know about energy?” Their opinions are shown in the wordle below. The larger the word, the more frequently it appears in the text.
The need for environmental education in the new 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
Engaging with Curriculum Development - a Snapshot
- Jan/Feb 2020 - Alberta Education will provide opportunities to provide input on a draft Ministerial Order for Student Learning - we will share and support the environment, energy and climate change education community in providing input.
- August 2019 - Alberta Education announces the Curriculum Advisory Panel that will provide a report to the Education Minister by December 20, 2019.
- October 2018 - Minister launches the revised drafts of K-4 curriculum and those on the roundtable invited to the launch event
- August 2018 - a number of groups participated in the Minister's round table on energy and environment education
- May, 2018 - participated in a full-day session to provide input on the K-4 curriculum for all subjects. Environmental education was well represented with groups such as ACEE, Inside Education, U of A Botanic Gardens, @Nature School, the P.E.E.L. project, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation and the City of Edmonton - waste education in attendance (photo above). Read what the group said about the new K-4 curriculum in a letter submitted to Minister Eggen.
- May, 2017 - participated in a full-day session to provide input on the scope and sequence for all subjects for K-12. Again, environmental education was well represented with groups such as Inside Education, Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs), Alberta Tomorrow and ACEE.
- January, 2017 - presented to the Subject Expert Working Groups - environmental education was well represented thanks to the groups that presented - ACEE, Alberta Global Cooperation Council, Alberta Tomorrow, Devonian Botanical Gardens, River Watch, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs). Congratulations to everyone for the concerted effort. Sorry if we missed listing any group.
- February, 2015 - presented the Curriculum for a Sustainable Future to Alberta Education’s curriculum development team.
Alberta Education - Curriculum Updates
Ministerial Order on Student Learning – announced May, 2013 is the legal document that guides the provision of education in Alberta.