FIVE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT HEALTHY, CARING AND INCLUSIVE SCHOOL COMMUNITIES

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…

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SHAPING THE FUTURE 2018 RECAP

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…

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HOW TO START A YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM IN YOUR SCHOOL

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…

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ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS

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…

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HOW TO INVOLVE PARENTS IN THE PHYSICAL LITERACY CONVERSATION

  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,…

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INNOVATIVE IDEA: 12 HEALTHY DAYS

  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…

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GO! RUN: CLOSING THE GENDER GAP IN GIRLS PARTICIPATION IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

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…

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ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: EVERYBODY IS ABLE!

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…

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5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE WORLD KINDNESS DAY AT SCHOOL

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…

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