Last updated: Sep 22, 2022

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.

Calendar of events and professional learning

Sep. 16 and 23, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Mental Health Literacy facilitator training

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 a great way to get ready to roll out the Elementary Mental Health Literacy Resource (EMHLR) as the new school year gets underway. Please register for both days. 

More information and registration

Oct. 5, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Grade 4 sexual health

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Get to know Alberta's new grade 4 Physical Education & Wellness curriculum and boost your comfort, knowledge, and skills in teaching its sexual health outcomes. Led by AHS sexual and reproductive health promotion specialists, this engaging webinar will cover: 

  • What's new in the grade 4 curriculum, and what's the same
  • Key messages and best practices for teaching about puberty
  • Grade 4 lesson plans and additional resources 

More information and registration

October 6, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. 

Psychological First Aid for children, youth, and families (PFA CYF)

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

PFA CYF is an interactive virtual workshop for teachers, school administrators, counsellors, and others who care for kids and teens. It builds skills and confidence in helping young people recover from disaster, pandemic, and emergency situations. Join AHS professionals to learn about the supports people need most after a distressing event. Find out what to say and do, and get tips to respect dignity, culture, and ability.

To register, email HPDIP.MH.EarlyID@ahs.ca

Oct. 18, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Grade 5 sexual health

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

Join AHS sexual and reproductive health specialists to explore new grade 5 Physical Education & Wellness curriculum and its sexual health outcomes. You'll leave with increased confidence, knowledge, and skills in teaching sexual health. Join us to learn:

  • What's new in the grade 5 curriculum, and what's the same
  • Key messages and best practices for teaching about reproduction
  • Grade 5 lesson plans and additional resources

More information and registration 

Oct. 26, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Comprehensive school health: Open space conversation for school authority leads

Organizer: Alberta Health Services 

Join health promotion facilitators from the School Health & Wellness Promotion team to share insights and learn from school wellness leaders across Alberta. We’ll explore hot topics and spark ideas about how to support school mental health, nutrition, and physical activity. You’ll drive the topics and the conversation.

More information and registration

Oct. 26, 3:30 - 5:00 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

Nov. 7–9 (Edmonton, AB)

Pan-Canadian Summit on K-12 Workplace Wellbeing

Organizer: EdCan Network

With concurrent workshops, in-depth training sessions, and top-tier speakers, EdCan’s first Pan-Canadian Summit on K-12 Workplace Wellbeing has just what staff wellness champions are looking for. Geared for teams of K-12 educators, the Summit offers research, resources, and actionable strategies tailored by employee group. Discover how to embed and sustain positive workplace cultures, ultimately bolstering student wellbeing and achievement.

More information and registration

December 5, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Psychological First Aid for children, youth, and families (PFA CYF)

Organizer: Alberta Health Services

PFA CYF is an interactive virtual workshop for teachers, school administrators, counsellors, and others who care for kids and teens. It builds skills and confidence in helping young people recover from disaster, pandemic, and emergency situations. Join AHS professionals to learn about the supports people need most after a distressing event. Find out what to say and do, and get tips to respect dignity, culture, and ability.

To register, email HPDIP.MH.EarlyID@ahs.ca

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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