STRESSED OUT? TAKE A BREAK, NATURALLY

Written by Susanne Heaton, Motivated by Nature Stress is a part of our everyday lives. Some stress is good: eustress is what we experience when we are excited or anticipating a good outcome. The other two types of stress are acute and chronic. Acute stress is a short-lived stressor. Once the danger has passed, the…

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HOW TO HOST A YOUTH FUN RUN OR WALK EVENT

Written by Hayley Degaust, Ever Active Schools The AMA Youth Run Club is a free, fun and flexible opportunity for schools and students to get active! Run, walk or roll your way to a healthier school community at any grade level. Hosting a fun run or walk event is a great way to either kick…

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EMPOWERED, INSPIRED AND CELEBRATED: STILL I RISE

The idea for ‘Still I Rise’ initially came to be in December 2020, when an insightful EAS team member working primarily in the Treaty 8 region recognized the need for Indigenous youth to receive messages of hope, perseverance and resilience in a time of uncertainty. From there the concept of a free virtual student event…

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SHAPING THE FUTURE IN THE NEXT NORMAL

Written by Kayli McClelland, Creative Media Specialist, Ever Active Schools Well that was a ride! After months of planning, a postponement and a venue change, we are proud to say that Shaping the Future 2022 was a roaring success! “It feels so good to be back together in this learning and celebratory environment! Thank you…

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THINK OUTSIDE THE (CLASSROOM) BOX

Written by Tracey Coutts, Ever Active Schools Welcome sweet Spring, “when the world is mudluscious…(and) puddle-wonderful” (In Just-, E.E.  Cummings) and beckons us outdoors to partake in its miracles. Yes, teachers, we know that many of you have been slipping on those rubber boots and taking your classes outdoors to Explore Your 2.4s and your…

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LAND-BASED LEARNING: CONSIDERING THE FUNDAMENTALS

Written by Andrea Barnes. Originally published in GEOEC Connections Journal, October 2021. As an Environmental Educator with Alberta Parks and a classroom teacher, one of the silver linings of this past 1.5 years has to be the dramatic uptake and motivation for teaching outdoors. As we move into another year, hopefully, this energy and passion…

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TOP TEN(ISH) FREE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Finding professional learning opportunities that match your goals, suit your schedule and don’t break the bank can be a daunting task. The good news is we’ve done some of the heavy lifting for you and compiled a list of our top ten(ish) FREE professional learning opportunities. Being who we are, each of these opportunities has…

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SUMMER SEND OFF – THANK YOU TEACHERS!

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Summer Send Off – Thank You Teachers! Farewell, 2020/2021 school year. It’s been a time. We’re sure you have BIG summer plans to get to–hello, sleeping in, enjoying the sunshine and avoiding screens–but before you go, we’ve got a few quick things for you. We’ll keep it short and sweet so you can go find…

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ACKNOWLEDGING THE PAST THAT ENSURED OUR FUTURE

Acknowledging the Past that Ensured Our Future Written by Apsipistoo (Evans Yellow Old Woman) Oki Niksokowa, nistoo’unohk Apsipistoo, nitohmto’to Siksikawa.  Hello my friends, my name is Apsipistoo, which is my Siksika name. It was gifted to me by my late great grandmother Koomakii, who hailed from the Blood Tribe. My name means White Owl.  My…

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BEAUTY AND STRUGGLE: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY 2021

Written by Sandra Lamouche June is National Indigenous History Month, and June 21 of this year marks the 25th year of celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada. With over 300 First Nations, Metis and Inuit nations we have a lot to celebrate! As an award winning educator and a champion women’s hoop dancer, this is…

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