Supporting Teachers

2019 Workshops Coming Your Way!

The ACEE team has been gearing up to offer a fantastic line-up of workshops in the coming months - in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, and Lethbridge.  Whether you’re interested in fun environmental activities to do in your schoolyard or engaging students in learning about energy and climate change, we have something for everyone AND every grade level.  To find out more about each workshop and to register, simply click on the link next to the date of interest.  Register soon to secure your spot!

 

Delivering on your curriculum - and increasing environmental and energy literacy using project-based learning (PBL)

Our promise: you'll leave this workshop with some good ideas - and perhaps a good plan! - to do as the title suggests.  We'll review the tenets of PBL, discuss what 'increasing environmental, energy, and climate literacy' means, explore some superb projects created by teachers just like you, and help identify relevant community resources and programs - and of course we'll model best PBL instruction as we do so! Then we'll use the remaining half of the workshop to facilitate small working groups in which your colleagues will help you begin or refine your plan to deliver your curriculum using PBL.

Jan. 31: Calgary Regional Consortium

Feb. 14 - City of Calgary Teachers' Convention

 

Competencies for stewardship and citizenship

Dr. David Orr tells us that “Given the vulnerable state of our natural world, we need a different approach to education” - one that develops students who are not only knowledgeable but also environmentally and socially conscious.  What knowledge and competencies do Alberta students need to create a sustainable future?  How can we help them develop environmental stewardship and citizenship? We’ll share Environmental Stewardship competency cards and the Curriculum for a Sustainable Future that you can use to enhance your own teaching, showcase inspiring classroom stories, share resources, and identify grants to help turn your ideas into actions.

Feb. 5 - Calgary Regional Consortium 

 

Announcing ‘Energy Revealed:’ Energy efficiency education and climate action!

Come learn about our exciting new education program that increases students' energy literacy as they help the environment, feel hopeful about the future, and embrace valuable new skills they can use in school, at home - and in the workplace!  We leverage new energy meter technology that "makes energy visible" through dashboards that students use to monitor energy use in their school.   Lesson plans help students understand energy, become energy analysts and managers, and create and deliver on action plans to reduce your schools' greenhouse gas emissions, carbon taxes, and utility bills.  Students get to work with mentors and become part of a provincial student network.

Feb. 14 - Northeast Teachers' Convention (Edmonton)

Feb. 14 - City of Calgary Teachers' Convention 

 

Fun environmental activities in your school yard!

In this session, we'll highlight a variety of resources and schoolyard activities to help you deepen students' connections with nature and environmental stewardship.   You’ll “learn by doing” as many of these activities as possible, and discuss how to connect student learning with their familiar neighbourhood and community. 

Feb. 7 - North Central Teachers' Convention (Edmonton)

Feb. 14 - Calgary City Teachers' Convention

Feb. 21 - Palliser Teachers' Convention (Calgary) 

Feb. 21 - Southwestern Alberta Teachers' Convention (Lethbridge)

Mar. 14 - Central Alberta Teachers' Convention (Red Deer) - stay tuned for registration details.

 

How do we teach about climate change and give students hope?

Teaching about climate change can be challenging - there are many perspectives, students often feel overwhelmed, and it is complex. What are some strategies to help you teach this topic? We have built an education program that engages students around climate change, helping them explore concepts like interdependence and managing our global commons, and explores what they can do to combat climate change.  In this hands-on workshop, you'll 'learn by doing' as many activities as possible, receive a digital copy of the draft resource, and discuss with your colleagues how to weave this topic into your classroom practice.

Feb. 15 - Calgary City Teachers' Convention

Feb. 21 - Southwestern Alberta Teachers' Convention (Lethbridge)  

 

How to help students - and the planet - through energy education

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face – and you can help your students engage with this topic and feel positive and hopeful for the future.  How? You can help your students learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency, and give them a chance to practice energy conservation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and know they are part of the solution.  In this workshop you’ll ‘learn by doing’ some of our favorite energy activities, review some key resources that you can use in your classroom, and work with colleagues as you plan how to integrate this into your teaching.

Feb. 14 - Calgary City Teachers' Convention 

Feb. 14  Northeast Alberta Teachers' Convention (Edmonton)

Mar. 14 - Central Alberta Teachers' Convention (Red Deer) - stay tuned for registration details.

May 25 - Recharge Conference (Canmore) 

 

How to teach controversial environment and energy issues in your classroom

Students hear a lot about the issues of our day such as climate change or getting Alberta oil to tidewater. Teachers know the power of connecting student learning to current events - but what to do when the issue you've chosen is controversial and might get some parents upset?  In this workshop, we'll review best teaching practices, show a few examples of powerful project-based and inquiry learning, mention some great teaching resources – and you’ll discuss with colleagues classroom-ready strategies to help you 'go there' with your students.  

May 24 - Recharge Conference (Canmore)

 

Numeracy and literacy: using the environment as an engaging and meaningful context

The phrase “Environment as the third teacher” refers to the use of the classroom environment as teacher. This workshop will unleash the use of the outdoor learning environment to provide authentic and rich opportunities for students to engage in numeracy and literacy. We’ll explore how outdoor learning helps students make meaning of words and numbers, have authentic reasons for writing, understand the magnitude of numbers, estimate, recognize patterns, measure, and understand shapes and space. We’ll have fun doing some activities and expanding your learning environments.

May 25 - Recharge Conference (Canmore)

 

Talking about energy and climate: how to engage students

When it comes to engaging students, words matter.  Energy and climate issues will define students’ future –but these are challenging issues, and students can sometimes turn off. We held focus groups with students of different ages across Alberta, seeking to understand what approaches and narratives help students ‘lean into’ this important conversation, and deeply engage. What we learned may offer you a few surprises–and will help show you the way forward as you work with your students.

Feb. 21 - Southwestern Teachers' Convention (Lethbridge) 

Feb. 22 - Palliser Teachers' Convention (Calgary) 

 

What does excellent energy education look like?

What does excellent energy education look like? In this workshop we’ll showcase some innovative learning activities developed in collaboration with GreenLearning Canada for the Energy Revealed Program. This energy efficiency education and climate action program makes energy visible while giving students opportunities to participate in project-based learning . Be prepared to have fun and add some powerful new activities to your energy education tool kit while learning about this exciting program!

May 24:  Recharge Conference (Canmore)