Teacher Resources for EcoSchools
- Want to know what the EcoSchool actions are like? Browse the list of EcoSchools actions, or register on the EcoSchools Canada platform and choose a plan to see the full description, action guide, and resources for each action.
- Does your school already have sustainability initiatives, or participate in another program? Explore the EcoSchools Sustainability Review to match the activities you already do to the EcoSchools action that will help you celebrate them.
Concerned about managing EcoSchools actions during COVID? Many actions can be done in a virtual class just as well as in a physical classroom. EcoSchools Canada has COVID tips for each of the 40 actions in the 2020 - 2021 action library.
Alberta Curriculum Links
Is it possible for teachers to weave more environmental and sustainability education into their everyday practice while delivering on the current curriculum? The answer is a resounding YES! The current Alberta curriculum provides ample opportunity to make connections with the following sustainability themes:
- Nature and place
- Indigenous perspectives
- Climate change
Municipal environmental and climate action plans and strategies (general framework coming soon)
Visit Curriculum Links to learn more.
Alberta Resources to Support EcoSchools Actions
Are you looking for support in implementing actions for EcoSchools certification? Alberta's environmental education community offers a rich array of resources and supports such as lesson plans, videos, on-line activities, field trips and classroom visits. For your convenience, we've organized these amazing resources by theme and EcoSchool action.
For more resources to help you reach your EcoSchools goals, visit the Resource Hub.
Access youth-led mentoring through the Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental Education (AYLEE) - and expand your students’ network. Many of our AYLEE members have worked on action projects before, such as vermicomposting and energy efficiency, and they would love to share their expertise with you and your students!
K-6 teachers, and students of all grades can access AYLEE mentorship by joining their Mentoring Slack channel. Via Slack, you and/or your students will be able to ask AYLEE members questions about your project and receive tips, recommendations, and resources. If you're interested in this opportunity, use this form to be added to the Mentoring Slack channel! (If you've never used Slack before, we're happy to walk you through it!)
Grade 7-12 teachers, encourage your students to become a mentor: Grade 7-12 students and teachers can expand their EcoSchools experience by joining AYLEE. This year, AYLEE offers three levels of involvement for youth: Movers, Shakers, and Change Makers. Click here to learn more about AYLEE.
Professional Learning Opportunities
Would you like to learn about the EcoSchools program, explore curriculum connections, build your school's action plan or understand how EcoSchools actions can support learning around Indigenous perspectives and climate solutions? Our team provides virtual sessions across Alberta, with tailored virtual or in-person sessions available with sub funding in Calgary and the Capital region! We offer workshops of one hour to full-day length.
Whether your school recently joined the EcoSchools Program, has completed actions or even previously certified as an EcoSchool, we have something for you! Check out our list of workshops, and contact our EcoSchools Canada in Alberta team to arrange for a session tailored to your school's priorities and interests.
Get 1-on-1 Support
Meet with our Program Managers at your convenience to discuss your EcoSchools Plan and how it will be put into action!
Our Partners and Supporters
We are grateful to our delivery partners and funders for helping us bring EcoSchools Canada to Alberta and making it relevant to our communities.
We invite other organizations to support this important work - please contact Senior Education Advisor Marie Tremblay at: marie [at] abcee.org to discuss.