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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.
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Written by Kayli McClelland, Creative Media Specialist, Ever Active Schools THAT’S A WRAP! The 2018 Live Active Summit has officially come to a close. Many heads nodded in agreement to Dr. Mariana Brussoni’s keynote Popping the Bubble Wrap: Making Space for Risky Play on day 1 and we heard some incredible concurrent sessions and workshops…Read More
Submitted by Alberta Mentoring Partnership MENTORING IS AN EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGY THAT SUPPORTS STUDENTS’ MENTAL HEALTH, SENSE OF BELONGING AND CONNECTEDNESS, ENGAGEMENT AND ATTENDANCE, HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION AND ULTIMATELY SUCCESS IN AND BEYOND SCHOOL. In addition, mentoring contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment. The Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP) is a network of…Read More
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…Read More
Written by: Dayna Landry, Wild Rose School Division WHEN I STARTED MY FIRST AMA YOUTH RUN CLUB SIX YEARS AGO, I DID IT AS A WAY TO GET ACTIVE. I had a very challenging group of boys that year. They came every day with a bunch of physical aggression, and a mind full of way…Read More
WELCOME TO OUR NEW INNOVATIVE IDEAS SERIES! We’ll be posting interviews and stories from school health champions from across Alberta. We hope you’ll find their ideas inspiring and informative, and that they’ll spark some great ideas of your own! Our first idea is from Adam Pratt, a Physical Education teacher at Heloise Lorimer School in…Read More
Written by: Megan Jones, School Health Facilitator, Ever Active Schools I recently had the opportunity to spend five months at Kitaskinaw School, in Enoch, and felt lucky to have so much time to connect with the staff and students. A grant with Sport for Life initially brought me to the school and it gave me…Read More
Written by: Louise McClelland, Projects Coordinator, Ever Active Schools There are more than 1,000 after-school programs operating in Alberta. These spaces are the perfect place for children and youth to engage in a variety of physical activities outside of school. Recent Stats Canada data tells us that only about one third of Canadian children are…Read More
Written by: Cindy Andrew, The Psychology Foundation of Canada Stress can be a great thing. But when we experience too much of it, especially on a chronic basis, it can lead to serious problems in the short run and over the long haul. Let’s start with the basics and then explore how we can help…Read More
Written by Sissy Thiessen, Resiliency Coordinator, Ever Active Schools Every year on June 21, schools all across the nation take the opportunity to celebrate Indigenous culture, history and contributions for National Indigenous Peoples Day. A way that many schools commemorate this special day is by hosting school-wide activities and celebrations. Many Alberta school jurisdictions have…Read More
Written by: Tracey Coutts, Active School Travel Coordinator, Ever Active Schools SHAPE’S WALKING SCHOOL BUS MASCOT HAS FOUND A NEW HOME IN CALGARY’S COPPERFIELD SCHOOL! On Monday, April 9, 2018, over 50 students, families, school administrators, staff, and other important guests gathered for the launch of the school’s Walking School Bus initiative. This initiative…Read More
Written by: Cecilie Fenger-Andersen, Practicum Student, Ever Active Schools As a child, I had more energy than my parents knew how to handle—and a habit of being upside down at any possible moment. To tackle both of these qualities, my parents put me in gymnastics. After more than 10 years of training and competition, the…Read More
Written by: Mac Walton, Resiliency Coordinator, Ever Active Schools In 2016-17, Ever Active Schools received funding from the Urban Partnerships program to launch the Miyomahchihowin project, which means “in good health” in Cree. The project provided pathways for 30 Indigenous youth to build personal skills and access employment or volunteer opportunities in the areas of…Read More
Written by: Stephanie Shantz, Media Coordinator, Ever Active Schools Pink Shirt Day 2018 is here! This annual awareness day is part of the growing movement to foster healthy, safe and caring school communities in Canada and beyond. But building school communities where all students feel included and supported isn’t just limited to a single day…Read More
Written by: Katie Mahon, Provincial Projects Coordinator, Ever Active Schools This past fall, Ever Active Schools launched GO! Run – a ‘Girls Only!’ run club program that aims to create safe, welcoming and inclusive spaces for girls’ participation in physical activity. GO! Run was launched in an effort to support the ongoing work within school…Read More
Written by Chesa Corsiatto, School Health Facilitator, Ever Active Schools As an educator, you’re part of numerous aspects of your student’s development. It’s a big job, and at times it can seem overwhelming. Focusing on your strengths as an individual and as an educator is often comfortable and safe. This is okay. Actually, it’s great!…Read More
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