Loose Parts Play in action.

WITH THE RECENT NEWS OF CLASSES BEING CANCELLED AND CHILDREN AND YOUTH SPENDING MORE TIME AT HOME OR AWAY FROM SCHOOL, LOOSE PARTS PLAY IS ONE OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN A VARIETY OF PLAY EXPERIENCES! Loose parts play is an unstructured, free play opportunity for children, youth and adults. The play must be child-directed, freely-chosen…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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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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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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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, knowledge…

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