Professional Learning

Ever Active Schools provides high-quality professional learning opportunities for school communities in areas that support Comprehensive School Health and the diverse needs of school communities.

These unique learning opportunities can be accessed for keynote presentations, conferences, conventions, professional development days, staff or school council meetings and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

We offer the following avenues for professional learning:

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Professional Learning By Request

 

 

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Teachers Conventions

 

 

Professional Learning By Request

Face-to-face professional learning continues to be the most sought after medium of learning for school communities.  Ever Active Schools offers professional learning opportunities across the province that support healthy school communities through a research-to-action approach. Participants continue to rate their experience in these hands-on, active workshops very high, and they always leave with practice ideas and tools for all types of classrooms.

We offer various opportunities falling under the following categories:

  • Physical Activity
  • Mental Well-being
  • Play At School

Pricing for by-request Professional Learning is $175+GST for a 90-minute session; $225+GST for a 2-hour session; or $275+GST for a half-day session.

Physical Activity

PHYSICAL LITERACY FOR ALL

An introduction to fundamental movement skills and physical literacy. Just like learning to read and write, students need to learn how to move. Physical literacy engages and supports all students in activity by developing their confidence and motivation as movers while increasing competence in fundamental movement skills. Learn how you can help foster physical literacy in all areas of your school community, and take the first steps towards creating a movement-positive culture.

ACTIVITY PERMISSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: FEATURING DON'T WALK IN THE HALLWAY

For many years, the scientific and educational communities believed movement and thinking had no relationship to one another. In recent years, it’s become common to read studies that show emphasis on physical activity in the school curriculum more broadly, not just in physical education class, can support students in achieving both health and learning outcomes. Now with ample evidence to verify learning and movement are connected, we have an opportunity to change what we do and how we do it. Explore why activity permissive learning environments are a necessary consideration in school communities, and learn what you can do to promote movement within your school.

ENERGIZE YOUR CLASSROOM
Physical activity offers many benefits above and beyond physical health. This workshop will demonstrate the link between moving and learning, and offer practical tips on how to incorporate physical activity into any subject area. Join us in learning how to re-energize your students, break up sedentary time, and increase physical activity across the school community.
ELIMINATE ELIMINATION GAMES

You can’t develop skills when you’re sitting out! This session offers alternatives to elimination games for teachers who are involved in daily physical activity (DPA), physical education and even recess supervision. Learn how to tweak your classic games and experience some new activities that give ALL students a chance to develop physical literacy.

ENHANCING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING THROUGH DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Social-emotional learning skills are foundational to students success in school, work, and life. Students who are physically active also have enhancements in attention, cognition, and overall school attendance which supports their success in life. Ever Active Schools has developed a Social & Emotional Well-Being Booster Kit that enhances the development of social-emotional learning while supporting the DPA initiative in your classroom. Try an activity as a brain booster or end off a class with movement to support your students' social and emotional skills! 

Mental Well-being

Creating a Community of Staff Wellness

Wellness is an integral part of a school community, as healthy students are better learners. Your wellness as an educator is central to maintaining the wellness of the classroom and the school as a whole. Join us for this engaging session on understanding the dynamic dimensions of wellness, areas of growth within your personal and workplace wellness, and actionable steps to create a community of wellness within your school. Participants will walk away with the knowledge to serve them both personally and professionally as they work towards improving their overall wellness.

Positive Mental Health - A Whole School Approach

Positive mental health in schools is correlated with enhanced developmental outcomes in children and youth in areas such as academic achievement, positive connections, pro-social attitudes and behaviours and healthy lifestyle choices. During this session we’ll review the sometimes complex language around mental health and illness, consider your role as a teacher in supporting positive mental health and explore how you can support your students in a whole school approach.

Enhancing School Connectedness

School connectedness is fostered when students feel cared about as individuals, beyond their academics. Research shows a link between school connectedness and positive social supports, increased school attendance, and students experiencing greater success in school. In this session, you’ll review key factors in promoting school connectedness, learn strategies for increasing protective factors and equip yourself with actionable steps to promote school connectedness through a comprehensive school health approach.

Social Emotional Learning - Finding Connections in the Classroom

The development of social and emotional skills is foundational to students success in school, work and life. Join us as we explore the five competencies of social emotional learning and how these skills help to support students in both their academics and relationships. This session will provide practical classroom activities that tie back to SEL competencies, explore effective implementation strategies and acknowledge what your school may already be doing.

Play at School

Loose Parts Play

During this session, Ever Active Schools will introduce you to a step-by-step process that you can use to create a unique Loose Parts Play kit. Perhaps you are starting small and want to create a box of materials you can take out each day for your students to play with, or maybe you want to enrich a larger play space with loose parts. It doesn’t matter how big or small your budget or plans are, you’ll find the tips and guidelines to make it happen.

In this session we’ll:

  1. Explore the multiple benefits of loose parts play for children’s well-being and development through a comprehensive school health lens
  2. Consider the practicalities of implementing loose parts play in your setting
  3. Understand the risk-benefit analysis for play
  4. Answer common questions and provide information and resources to help you gain support for your loose parts play project

Teachers Conventions

Ever Active Schools visits all Alberta Teachers Association conventions as well as a few other events. Look for our School Health and Wellness Symposium and Health and Phys. Ed Institute events at your convention this year!

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