Last updated: Jan. 31, 2023

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.

Sexual health education: How to answer student questions

Words matter: Promoting a healthy relationship with food

Teaching Alberta’s NEW human sexuality curriculum for grades 4, 5 and 6 

Sex ed for today's classrooms: Consent, SOGIE, porn, and sexting

Natural elements: Weaving nature into school experiences

Teaching about sexuality and relationships to students with diverse abilities

Equity, inclusion and schools: Reflections for educators

Embrace nature: Weaving the outdoors into school experiences

Transform your stress: The resilience advantage

No more heebie jeebies: Normalizing sexuality conversations

Tobacco, vaping, and cannabis: Supports for schools

A fresh approach: Make food literacy part of everyday learning

A fresh approach: Make food literacy part of everyday learning

Sexual health education: How to answer student questions

Teaching Alberta’s NEW human sexuality curriculum for grades 4, 5 and 6

Tobacco, vaping, and cannabis: Supports for schools

Embrace nature: Weaving the outdoors into school experiences

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

Nutrition in any calssroom: Ways to engage students with nutrition activities

Embrace nature: Weaving the outdoors into school experiences

Tobacco, vaping, and cannabis: Supports for schools

Embrace nature: Weaving the outdoors into school experiences

A fresh approach: Make food literacy part of everyday learning

Equity, inclusion and schools: Reflections for educators

Sex ed for today's classrooms: Consent, SOGIE, porn, sexting

Embrace nature: Weaving the outdoors into school experiences

Words matter: Promoting a positive relationship with food

Nutrition myths

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

Teaching Alberta's NEW human sexuality curriculum for grades 4, 5, and 6 (Repeat)

 Sexual Health Education: How to Answer Student Questions 

Embrace nature: Weaving the outdoors into school experiences

  • Feb. 23, TBD
  • More information coming soon

Sexual Health Education: How to Answer Student Question

  • Feb. 23, TBD
  • More information coming soon

Teaching Alberta’s NEW human sexuality curriculum for grades 4, 5 and 6 

  • Feb. 23, TBD
  • More information coming soon

Tobacco, vaping and Cannabis: Support for schools

  • Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • More information coming soon

Embrace nature: Weaving the outdoors into school experiences

  • Feb. 23, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • More information coming soon

Words matter: Promoting a positive relationship with food

  • Feb. 23, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • More information coming soon

Calendar of events and professional learning

Feb. 1, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Grade 6 sexual health

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Come explore Alberta’s new grade 6 Physical Education & Wellness curriculum and its sexual health outcomes. With support from AHS Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion specialists, you’ll get set to teach sexual health with confidence. Together, we’ll discover:

  • What's new in the grade 6 curriculum, and what's the same
  • Key messages and best practices for teaching about consent, birth control, and STIs
  • Grade 6 lesson plans and additional resources

More information and registration

Feb. 2 – 4 (Lake Louise, AB)

Shaping the Future 2023

Organizer: Ever Active Schools

Our partners at Ever Active Schools invite you to join them for Shaping The Future, an annual conference on comprehensive school health research, practice, and innovation. This 3-day in-person event has something for everyone – educators, health professionals, researchers, and community partners alike.

More information and registration

Feb. 4 – 5 (Lake Louise, AB)

Feed your fire: Teacher well-being retreat

Organizer: Ever Active Schools

Beyond a job, teaching is a calling. Join the Ever Active Schools team after Shaping The Future for a two-day retreat featuring hands-on activities and practices to support both personal and whole school well-being. You're welcome to come for the conference and the retreat, or just the retreat.

More information and registration

Mar. 10 and 17, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Mental Health Literacy facilitator training (online)

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Join the AHS Mental Health Literacy (MHL) team for two days of training geared to educators positioned to lead MHL in their schools or school authorities. The MHL approach builds skills and confidence to identify, support, and make effective referrals for young people who struggle with mental health problems or disorders.

This opportunity is free of charge. It’s suitable for those supporting implementation of the Elementary Mental Health Literacy Resource (EMHLR). Please register for both days. 

More information and registration

Various dates and times

Transform your stress

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Join AHS health professionals for this two-part virtual series designed to change the way you think about and handle stress. In part 1, you’ll try stress management techniques and get started on a personal stress reduction action plan. In part 2, you’ll use the tools from part 1 to explore the role of perception, decision-making and communication.

More information and registration

Various dates and times

Wellness exchange

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Join us for free online classes on topics related to wellness. Learn skills to cope with change, deal with stress, and achieve goals. Everyone is welcome! Tune in from your smartphone, tablet, or computer on a day and time that works for you.

More information and registration

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Book a professional learning session

Alberta Health Services is pleased to offer live virtual professional learning on school health and wellness topics. We host interactive and engaging virtual sessions that can be adapted to suit the learning goals of the audience, including school authority leaders, school administrators, teachers, counsellors, and other school staff. 

For more information, check out the descriptions below. Our sessions are typically 60 minutes in length, but we can adjust to suit your needs. These learning opportunities are free of charge and led by a health promotion facilitator. Please note that we prioritize sessions booked at a school authority level.

email schoolhealthandwellness@ahs.ca to book your session!

Active bodies, thriving brains: How movement fuels mental health

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, school or virtual learning environment, and inspire you with Alberta-based stories and examples.

Healthy school makerspace

Welcome to the healthy school makerspace, a collaborative session for learning, making, sharing, and exploring. In this innovative workshop for school health champions, we'll get curious and creative about healthy classrooms and schools. Using interactive tools, we'll nurture ideas and kick-start action plans. Get set to be inspired!

Introducing schools.healthiertogether.ca

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. 

Unpacking staff wellness

Educator well-being matters just as much as anyone else's. Join us for an engaging look at four big ideas in healthy school workplaces. Using break-out rooms, polls, whiteboards and other virtual tools, we'll show you what works to improve teacher and school staff wellness. Discover subtle actions that can make a difference every day.

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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.

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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