CRAFTING MEANINGFUL LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Close up of green leaves from below with sunshine above and a sun spot creating an orange ring.

Beginning in September 2020, Ever Active Schools began to question our practice of territory land acknowledgements. The tipping point for some staff could be expressed in the words of Kay Ho: “Oftentimes, when non-Indigenous organizers make a territory acknowledgement, it is done hastily, and then discarded.” (2014, An Introduction to Settler Colonialism: Part Three) This…

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FOUR REASONS TO TRY PODCASTS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Podcasts are a rich source of information, stories and entertainment, with a surprisingly wide range of topics: the history of the elevator, the secret world of moss, Dolly Parton, and much, much more. Many of us listen to podcasts while we cook, travel, or move our bodies – but have you ever considered using podcasts…

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REFLECTION, GRATITUDE, GROWTH AND THE FUTURE

My mom’s birthday is September 3rd, and I remember how excited she would always get at this time of year. It was back to school, back to routine and schedules. As a child I never shared her optimism for summer’s end; but as the years go on I find myself with the same enjoyment of…

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BUILDING RESILIENCE IN FOUR QUESTIONS

Water drips from a hand onto young plants, building resilience in nature to represent building resilience in yourself and others.

Written by Dana Fulwiler, Provincial Project Coordinator, Ever Active Schools “Building Resilience in Four Questions” is part 3 of 4 in a series on Teacher and Staff Well-being. “Like tiny seeds with potent power to push through tough ground and become mighty trees, we hold innate reserves of unimaginable strength. We are resilient.” ― Catherine…

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COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL HEALTH IN A REMOTE WORKING WORLD

The Aurora Elementary School CSH team meets over Zoom.

Written by Dayna Landry, Teacher at Aurora Elementary School, Wildrose School Division I want to start by saying how amazing my school is. I know that everyone says that, but it’s really true for mine. From the moment you walk in our front doors, you are greeted by and treated to the most welcoming, warm…

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WHY FREE PLAY OUTSIDE SHOULD BE A PART OF EVERY PE PROGRAM

Written by David Benay. Originally published at Active for Life PHYSICAL EDUCATION DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN IN A GYMNASIUM. I’m a big proponent of active free play outside during physical education (PE) class. In my PE classes, I plan for quite a lot of it when the weather allows. There are so many benefits of free play outside…

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SHAPING THE FUTURE 2020: RECAPPED

Panel discussion at STF20.

WE SAY IT EVERY YEAR, BUT THIS MAY VERY WELL HAVE BEEN THE BEST SHAPING THE FUTURE YET.  All-day Wednesday and on Thursday morning, the most eager delegates attended pre-conference sessions. Some became certified Field Leaders with the Outdoor Council of Canada. Some learned inclusive teaching practices. Some contributed to re-defining recess to suit modern…

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NATIONAL FORUM: 2019 RECAP

THE 2019 NATIONAL FORUM ON WELLNESS IN POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION, HOSTED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA VANCOUVER CAMPUS, BROUGHT TOGETHER REPRESENTATIVES FROM 14 UNIVERSITIES AND NINE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS. The two-day event centred around a sharing of knowledge and ideas among faculties to advance wellness in teacher preparation programs across the country. The room was filled…

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CELEBRATING NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY

It is our hope that every student in Alberta experience the diversity of Indigenous cultures on National Indigenous Peoples Day! Every year on June 21, schools all across the nation take the opportunity to celebrate Indigenous culture and history.

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TEACHER SELF-CARE FOR ANY SCHEDULE

Written by Megan McCormick, School Health Facilitator, Ever Active Schools FALL IS BUSY, BUT TEACHER SELF-CARE SHOULDN’T TAKE A BACKSEAT. Students are back in school, and we find ourselves scheduling everything down to the second—even our bathroom breaks. It’s important that when things become busy, we do not overlook how important our own self-care is…

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