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We are pleased to present healthy school community stories surrounding thought leadership, health champions and innovative ideas, all supporting healthy school communities through a Comprehensive School Health lens.
Written by Stephanie Shantz, Media Coordinator, Ever Active Schools LAST WEEK, EVER ACTIVE SCHOOLS BROUGHT TOGETHER MORE THAN 400 DELEGATES FROM THE EDUCATION, HEALTH PROMOTION, ACTIVE LIVING AND RESEARCH SECTORS FOR THE NINTH ANNUAL SHAPING THE FUTURE CONFERENCE. As the largest Comprehensive School Health conference in Canada, Shaping the Future 2018 was a unique opportunity…Read More
Submitted by Michael Janz (@michaeljanz), Alberta Mentoring Partnership This week, in recognition of #MentoringMonth, we’re pleased to feature a guest post from Michael Janz, partnership engagement coordinator with the Alberta Mentoring Partnership. DID YOU KNOW THAT 80 PER CENT OF ALBERTANS AGES 18-24 WISH THEY’D HAD A MENTOR WHEN THEY WERE YOUNGER? January 25th is…Read More
Submitted by Brandi Heather, adapted physical activity and play development specialist I OFTEN REMIND MY STUDENTS THAT IN ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION, AND LIFE, NOTHING GREAT HAPPENS UNTIL THEY START TO UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES: WHAT THEY LOVE, WHAT THEY FEAR, WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN AND WHERE THEY WANT TO GO. So many people ask about tools that…Read More
Written by Chris Fenlon-MacDonald, Provincial Education Coordinator, Ever Active Schools WHAT IS PHYSICAL LITERACY? The term ‘physical literacy’ is becoming more widely understood in school communities, especially as we strive to make tangible connections between physical activity and learning outcomes. Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus Statement defines physical literacy as “the motivation, confidence, physical competence,…Read More
Idea submitted by Brenda Bowman, Teacher, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools We received this awesome idea from Brenda! This innovative idea can be modified to be non-denominational, implemented throughout the year and modified to cater to limited mobility. What’s your focus? Active Living What’s your idea and how have you implemented it? 12 Healthy…Read More
Written by: Stephanie Shantz, Media Coordinator, Ever Active Schools From cold snaps and snowstorms to sunny days and perfect, snowman-making snow, living through an Alberta winter means being prepared for almost anything. And when winter weather sets in, children tend to spend more time inside: recesses get cancelled, playgrounds become deserted and the urge to…Read More
Written by Tracey Coutts, Active School Travel Coordinator, Ever Active Schools For me, winter walks always bring to mind Ezra Jack Keats’ beautiful story, The Snowy Day, about a young boy, Peter, who explores his neighbourhood after the first snowfall of the season. Idyllic, peaceful, magical. O.K., LET ME RE-THINK THAT. Winter walking in Alberta…Read More
Written by Margaux McWatt, Communications Coordinator, Ever Active Schools You can faintly smell traces of burnt sage in the air, and the crisp and fresh aroma of the outdoors during winter, emanating from those just entering the building. Laughter and boots packing down snow can be heard close, and echoing outdoors. Smiling faces greet…Read More
Written by Margaux McWatt, Communications Coordinator, Ever Active Schools Consistent participation in physical activity has so many benefits: it boosts your self-esteem and confidence; improves your overall health, well-being and academic performance; as well as gives you the opportunity and the inclination to learn new skills.*1 But, girls don’t always get these benefits. According to several…Read More
Submitted by Brandi Heather (@BrandiKnss ) Adapted Physical Activity, Inclusive Physical Education, Mainstream, Differentiated Instruction, IEP Plans – all come back to one fact: Everybody is Able! As an Adapted Physical Activity Specialist, I am often asked about using the correct terminology around adapting a physical education space for all learners. My advice is almost always…Read More
Written by Stephanie Shantz, Media Coordinator, Ever Active Schools NOVEMBER 13TH IS WORLD KINDNESS DAY! According to the International Institute for Education Planning, developing positive social environments within schools is key to effective teaching and learning. Overall social and emotional well-being of students, staff-student relationships, student motivation, staff morale and education outcomes are all influenced…Read More
Written by Margaux McWatt, Communications Coordinator, Ever Active Schools Our minds are persuasive tools: we have the power to create our reality simply from the way we think, how we see ourselves and how we perceive the world around us. Because our thoughts are so influential, they have the ability to hold us back or…Read More