Last updated: Feb. 20, 2024

Watch this page for upcoming events and professional learning related to school wellness. We feature sessions from Alberta Health Services and partner organizations, and focus on those that are available province-wide.  

The health promotion facilitator assigned to your school authority may be able to identify other events and professional learning in your local area.

 

Join AHS at Teachers' Conventions

Alberta Health Services' dynamic team of school health professionals look forward to connecting with you at Teachers' Conventions across the province. Explore our directory of upcoming wellness workshops and presentations—we'll add new information as it becomes available. 

Before making your way to our sessions, please confirm details with your local Convention organizers. 

Food safety certification for CTS teachers (pre-registration required)

Stop vaping before it starts: What teachers need to know

Nurture relationships and transform your classroom community

The “cost” of household food insecurity to students: Approaches that support dignity and well-being

Shameless: How to talk about sexting, pornography, consent and more in today's sex ed classroom

Sexual health education: How to answer student questions

Stop vaping before it starts: What teachers need to know

Teaching Alberta's new human sexuality curriculum

Grade 8 and 9 sex ed: The good, the bad, and the oily

Shameless: How to talk about sexting, pornography, consent and more in today's sex ed classroom

Sexual health education: How to answer student questions

Stop vaping before it starts: What teachers need to know

Nurture relationships and transform your classroom community

Grade 8 sex ed: The good, the bad, and the oily

Shameless: How to talk about sexting, pornography, consent, and more in today's classroom

Sexual health education: How to answer student questions

Nurture relationships and transform your classroom community

Stop vaping before it starts: What teachers need to know

I got a new food attitude! Create a healthy relationship with food in  your school

Nurture relationships and transform your classroom community

Nurture relationships and transform your classroom community (for educational assistants)

Stop vaping before it starts: What teachers need to know

Teaching Alberta's new human sexuality curriculum for grades 4, 5 and 6

I got a new food attitude! Create a healthy relationship with food in your school

Nurture relationships and transform your classroom community

Shameless: How to talk about sexting, pornography, consent and more in today's sex ed classroom

Stop vaping before it starts: What teachers need to know

The “cost” of household food insecurity to students: Approaches that support dignity and well-being

Promote staff wellness: Moving toward healthier school workplaces

Nurture relationships and transform your classroom community

Nurture relationships and transform your classroom community

Sexual health education: How to answer student questions

Teaching Alberta's new human sexuality curriculum for grades 4, 5, and 6

Stop vaping before it starts: What teachers need to know

Calendar of events and professional learning

Mar. 3 – 5

Alberta Rural Education Symposium

Organizer: The Alberta Rural Education Symposium Planning Committee

Join us in Enoch, Alberta for this three-day in-person event and explore the key aspects of governance and leadership within rural education. The guiding theme this year is "Cultivating Relationships, Nurturing Connections, and Harvesting Success."

More information and registration

Mar. 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Comprehensive school health: Open conversation for school authority leaders

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Join school authority leaders from across Alberta to share ideas about health and wellness priorities in schools. Come to ask questions and explore what works when it comes to creating healthy school communities. AHS’ Healthy Schools team will provide expert facilitation. You'll drive the topics and the conversation!

 More information and registration

May 9 – 11

Health and Physical Education Council (HPEC) conference 2024: It’s Physical Activity and Wellness (PEW) Time!

Organizer: Health and Physical Education Council (HPEC), Alberta Teachers’ Association

Join health and physical education specialists and health champions from around the province at this annual conference in Edmonton, Alberta! Themed around Physical Activity and Wellness (PEW), it features offers skill-building, networking opportunities, active living sessions, and more. The keynote motivational speaker is Dr. Dean Dudley.

More information and registration

Various dates and times

Free public workshops to support mental health

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Join AHS’ Mental Health Promotion & Illness Prevention team for free public workshops to support mental health and wellness. We offer a variety of sessions to help you cope with stress, prepare for emergencies, and support disaster recovery.

More information and registration

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Book a professional learning session

Alberta Health Services offers both in-person and virtual professional learning sessions on a variety of school health topics. We use evidence-informed learning approaches that foster engagement and continued application. All sessions are free of charge and hosted by local health promotion facilitators.

We can adapt our session length and style to suit the learning needs of your audience, including school authority leaders, school administrators, teachers, counsellors, and other school staff. Please note that we prioritize sessions booked at a school authority level. 

For more information, check out the descriptions below. To book a session, contact your local health promotion facilitator or email schoolhealthandwellness@ahs.ca.

Movement is essential for healthy physical and mental development in children and youth. Join us to learn about physical activity as a tool to for emotional regulation, stress management, self-esteem, and problem-solving. We'll try out fun movement-based activities for your classroom and school, and inspire you with Alberta-based stories and examples.

Nature is our original teacher and is all around us in Alberta! Exposure to nature increases play and physical activity, and builds social emotional skills in students of all ages. It provides meaningful opportunities to connect with others and with the land. In this session, we'll explore practical ways to weave nature and the outdoors into instructional time, daily activities, and play and leisure at school. Get inspired with resources, stories, and tips to make it happen.

This session focuses on promoting positive mental health. We'll collaborate on nurturing mental wellness through healthy relationships, family involvement, and student engagement. Discover practical methods to connect with and support students and staff in their mental wellness journey. Join us to explore proven strategies for enhancing mental health in schools—actions you can take within your school community.

In every classroom and school, there are students who come from households that experience stress, income instability, household food insecurity, differing mental and physical abilities, and other related challenges. In this session, we'll use an equity lens to explore how schools can improve their support for these students and their families by incorporating inclusive activities and curriculum. Using scenarios, we'll consider strengths-based approaches to reduce adverse impacts on well-being and learning outcomes.

Take an engaging virtual tour of the new AHS website, Healthier Together Schools. This is comprehensive school health like you've never seen it before! We'll introduce you to the site's menus, messages, and resources. You'll click and scroll through practical tools to help you take action on health in your classroom and across the whole school community.

Coming in winter 2024

Learn the evidence behind why relationships are foundational to wellness, student learning, and cultivating a positive classroom environment. Through facilitated discussion and sharing, we'll explore strategies that help nurture relationships, support regulation, and build resiliency for you and your students.

It isn’t easy to be a school professional these days. Now more than ever, your wellness at work matters! In this session, we'll have honest and insightful conversations about staff health and well-being. Find out how your wellness affects students and the overall climate at your school, then get practical tips to create a healthier workplace. We’ll discuss promising practices and help you reflect on the little things that can make a big difference for you and the people you work with.

Looking for a deeper dive on this topic? Check out The ripple effect: Exploring the link between staff and student well-being (3-part series)

Coming in winter 2024

In this series, we'll explore the relationship between staff and student wellness and its impact on overall school climate. We’ll talk about team care, self-care, and work-life balance, and engage in conversations around evidence-based ideas that work. This series will help you reflect on the little things that can make a big difference in creating a healthier school for both staff and students.

Part 1: Build relationships and practice team care

Part 2: Practice self-care at work

Part 3: Foster work-life balance for school staff

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Explore self-directed learning

New this year, Alberta Health Services is pleased to offer recorded virtual professional learning sessions.  These webinars are a great way to explore new topics and interests at your own pace. Take a look at our featured session and check back often—we'll post more sessions as they become available.

Words matter: Promoting a positive relationship with food

Media, diet trends, and other social forces shape the food choices students make. Educators can help students navigate these influences and build healthier relationships with food. Join AHS Registered Dietitians to reflect on the power of your words and actions—you’ll come away with practical ideas to shift your language when speaking with students about food. For more information, go to healthy relationship with food.

Content warning: This learning module discusses diet, eating disorders and disordered eating, weight, and body image. If you have questions about this session, email PublicHealth.Nutrition@ahs.ca. 

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