Teaching about the environment, climate change, and energy while helping students understand what they can do, is so important - but it can be challenging in Alberta, where views and attitudes on these topics are highly polarized. We can help! We've researched how to best engage students in environmental learning, and how teachers can 'go there' in a manner that is open, respectful, evidence-based, and that fosters empathy and critical thinking skills. To support teachers we have developed a wide range of workshops, a program called Connecting Classrooms to Professionals, and partnered with GreenLearning Canada to bring you Energy Revealed.
The ACEE team is gearing up to offer a fantastic line-up of workshops for the 2020-21 school year. Whether you’re interested in outdoor learning, place-based education, Indigenous perspectives on sustainbility, or engaging students in learning about energy and climate change, we have something for everyone and every grade level.
Over the past year, ACEE has been working with the City of Calgary, the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District to bring EcoSchools Canada's award-winning environmental certification program to Calgary.
Our Connecting Classrooms to Professionals program matches classrooms with working professionals in various fields to help advance learning in topics surrounding climate, energy, the environment, and sustainability.
At its August 2020 Annual Representative Assembly, the ATA adopted two resolutions recognizing the threat posed by climate change and calling for age-appropriate curriculum that better addresses this threat. While the current curriculum rarely mentions climate change explicitly, it still offers plenty of opportunities for teachers to address this important topic with their students. See how climate education and action connects to the current curriculum.
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The ACEE team, in collaboration with the City of Calgary, has identified links between Alberta's K-9 Science and Social Studies programs of study and the following sustainability themes:
- Nature and place
- Indigenous perspectives
- Climate change
- City of Calgary environmental and climate action plans
These links are designed to help teachers see how environmental and sustainability education can easily become part of their every day practice, as they deliver on the curriculum.
The Energy Revealed program is an initiative that brings real-world energy monitoring and management into the hands of students, teachers and facility managers to provide practical, hands-on opportunities with real life applications.
The Energy Transition Game is a simulation activity where students play the role of a key player in Alberta's energy system. The objective of the game is to encourage students to think about energy from multiple perspectives and consider the future of the energy system in Alberta.
The Youth Narratives and Polling project is an exciting initiative that aims to help teachers better understand climate-energy language and approaches that resonate with youth audiences.