Workshops

Ever Active Schools provides high-quality professional development opportunities for teachers and school communities in areas that support comprehensive school health and each school's unique needs.

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Professional development continues to be a valuable investment in school communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, and until provincial guidelines allow for face-to-face professional learning, Ever Active Schools will offer online professional learning opportunities using the Zoom platform. Participants continue to rate their experience in these workshops very high, and they always leave with practice ideas and tools for all types of classrooms.

Ever Active Schools will return to a full offering of professional learning when it is safe and recommended to do so. Until this time, please feel free to reach out so we can help design the best learning to support you and your school community.

By-request online workshops start at $175 + GST for a 60 minute session.

Available workshops fall under the following categories:

Physical Activity

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.

In recent years, studies have shown that 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. 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.

Physical activity offers many benefits above and beyond physical health. This workshop will 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.

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 the classics and learn new games to give ALL students a chance to play.

Well-being

Wellness is an integral part of a school community: healthy students are better learners. As an educator, your wellness is central to maintaining that of the classroom and the school as a whole. Join us to understand the 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.

A strong relationship exists between the development of executive functioning skills and self-regulation. When children and youth have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for self-regulation, they are better suited to make healthy choices that affect them and their classmates. This workshop explores how classrooms and community programs are the optimal settings to promote these skills through fun, creative and original activities.

The development of social and emotional skills is foundational to student success in school, work and life. This learning opportunity explores the five competencies of social and emotional learning and how these skills help to support students with academic outcomes and positive relationships. The session offers practical classroom activities to specifically address the teaching and learning of these competencies.

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 complex language around mental health and mental illness and explore how you can support your students through a whole-school approach.

Play at School

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

Equity and Inclusion

School communities are celebrating the diversity of students in their spaces and acknowledging the responsibility to be inclusive. This active and interactive session will explore respectful language as a key tenet of building an inclusive school community; games and activities to foster student empathy and students feeling, thinking, and acting on inclusion; and practical strategies for modifying learning climates to accommodate diversity in wellness education and physical activity. Participants will receive new Ever Active Schools resources designed to support inclusion.

Interested in booking a workshop?

Send us a message to request a workshop! Let us know which session you're interested in and when you want to book; or, let us know what areas your school needs support with and we'll help you find an opportunity that fits.