Resource for teaching combined grades
Learning Together: A Teacher’s Guide to Combined Grades is a practical and teacher-friendly guidebook created and tested by teachers. Learn how to meet the needs of your combined-grade students by adapting your curriculum, classroom setup, lessons and daybook plans. Each chapter provides tested strategies to build on your own knowledge and adapt the guide to your class. Creative tips and tricks help you create a learning community in your multi-grade classroom. This resource includes planning samples, reflection guides, checklists and writeable templates on a CD. The resource, the only one of its kind for Canadian teachers, is published by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. To order, visit shopetfo.etfo.ca.
Free computers for schools
An innovative computer program is on the verge of hitting the one million mark. This fall, the Computers for Schools (CFS) program celebrated the delivery of one million computers since the program began in 1993. The national program is a cross-Canada partnership of the federal and provincial governments and the private and volunteer sectors. In 2008 alone, Alberta CFS distributed more than 14,000 free computers. A new feature this year is the Home Access initiative, whereby schools can obtain computers to distribute to students for home. Equipment is provided on a first-come first-served basis, so schools should apply now. For more information, contact the CFS. Website: www.cfsalberta.ca; telephone: 780-427-9002; fax: 780-422-9750; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activate your specialist council membership online
Active members of the Alberta Teachers’ Association are entitled to a complimentary membership in the specialist council of their choice. Teachers must activate their membership each year. To activate your membership, log in to TNET by clicking on the login link in the blue bar at the top of the Association’s web page, then follow the Specialist Council Membership link under Your ATA Tools.
Reach for the stars
Alberta’s science educators, in particular Grade 9 science teachers, are invited to visit www.stardude.ca to learn about a proposal to build the world’s largest mobile binocular observatory and imaging system. Lions Club International is willing to fund the Star Dude project if there is support from the science education community. Star Dude plans to bring the mobile observatory to schools in western Canada. For more information, visit the website or contact David Gibney at 780-299-1946 or email@example.com.
Engaging Young Girls and Women in Leadership
Experiences is a national mentorship program for girls (aged 12–17) and young women (aged 18–25) that provides participants with the leadership skills and confidence to consider elected office. Explore the mentorship opportunities available on the Experiences website: www.equalvoice.ca/experiences.
Ignite Change Now
A new teaching resource for Alberta high school social studies gives students opportunities to explore active citizenship and to take action. The resource Ignite Change Now—Youth Action Toolkit is free to teachers through the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. The resource features a 10-lesson unit plan, a video and a toolkit for planning and implementing activities. The resource helps teachers and students move from ideas about citizenship to real engagement in such activities as volunteering, fund-raising, promoting issues and influencing positive change. For more information about this resource or programs offered by the Centre, contact the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, 7723-85 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6C 3B4. Telephone: 780-453-2638; fax: 780-454-1519; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook: John Humphrey Centre; website: www.johnhumphreycentre.org.
Healthy Interactions Facilitator Training Workshop
Healthy Interactions is a communications and conflict-resolution program offered by the Association in collaboration with teachers or school jurisdictions. The newly redesigned four-day workshop is available to teachers wishing to receive a certificate as a trained facilitator in the Healthy Interactions program. There is also a condensed two-day workshop for principals and teachers who are interested in improving their own conflict resolution skills. The workshop is offered four times in 2009/10. Registration is free to active members and includes all training materials, breakfast and lunch. Participants are responsible for substitute teacher costs, travel and accommodation costs if needed. The Edmonton workshops will be held at Barnett House, 11010 142 Street, Edmonton. The Calgary workshop will be held at the Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre, 2720 Glenmore Trail, SE, Calgary. Space is limited. For information, contact Joyce Sherwin or Brian Andrais at 780‑447‑9400 or 1‑800‑232‑7208. Register online at www.teachers.ab.ca.