The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics provides more than 90 classroom-ready resources, free of charge, in both English and French.
One of the resources, The Expanding Universe, consists of 13 activities that provide a mixture of hands-on and video experiences that explore the idea of how astronomers estimate the age of the universe. Some of the activities include:
For students pursuing post-secondary education, one of the hardest obstacles is financial budgeting. Understanding what financial resources are available, how to apply for them, and how to pay for education are concepts that students may find overwhelming. On Alis, Financial Literacy for Students: It’s an Investment in Your Future is a page containing important financial content that aims to help students save money; manage a budget; and achieve their financial goals. Financial Literacy for Students: It’s an Investment in Your Future showcases helpful advice in: online articles, relatable publications and other great resources.
Explore Funding Options is an article you can supply for your students if they have inquiries on the different ways to pay for their education, with useful topics such as savings; part-time work/summer work; government student aid; learn and earn (apprenticeship, co-operative education, applied degrees); scholarships and bursaries; loans and grants; bank student lines of credit; and employment insurance. These options can broaden students’ thinking about resources and help them in paying for their education.
Show Me the $$$: Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants helps students who may find it difficult determining the differences between scholarships, bursaries and grants. Show Me the $$$ can help. Show Me the $$$ not only explains what separates these funding options, but also gives students information on where to start; how to apply; criteria for qualifying.
Stretch Your Dollars: Budgeting Basics is a publication that puts the financial goals of students in perspective. It uses worksheets that engage students to monitor and plan their finances, such as income; expenses; spending plans; paycheque planner/money tracker; and daily spending. Also in this publication are tips on saving money; boosting income; and using loans, credit and banking effectively.
Money 101: Budgeting Basics for Further Education contains the following student orientated worksheets including every source of income; up-front expenses; monthly income; monthly expenses; irregular monthly expenses; and monthly balance. Money 101 also contains useful information for students who are just beginning to strategize around their finances, such as banking/choosing the right accounts; working as you go; talking with Mom and Dad; and talking about money. To order Stretch Your Dollars and/or Money 101, visit alis.alberta.ca/publications.
The Mathematics Kindergarten to Grade 12 Scope and Sequence (English and French) has been derived from the Alberta Program of Studies for Mathematics K–9 (2007, Updated 2016) and the Alberta Program of Studies for Mathematics 10–12 (2008). As this scope and sequence is based on current programs of study, it outlines the progression of concepts in the programs of study and highlights the connections between strands, topics and grades. On the other hand, the scope and sequence for future programs will be aligned with The Guiding Framework for the Design and Development of Kindergarten to Grade 12 Provincial Curriculum (Programs of Study).
A list of Additional Support Resources (English and French) for the K–9 math program of studies was developed to provide further support for the K–9 math program of studies. The most recent additions to the list were added in June 2017.
If you have any questions about the mathematics programs of study or resources, please contact:
The Math Bursary Program (English and French) is a new bursary for pre-service and in-service teachers. The goal of the bursary is to provide funding to encourage eligible current and future Alberta K–12 teachers to take a qualifying math pedagogy course. Bursaries in the amount of $1,000 are available to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria.
If you have any questions about the Math Bursary Program, please contact the Math Bursary Program Manager at EDC.email@example.com or 780-427-2045 (toll-free within Alberta by first dialing 310-0000).
MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit organization for digital and media literacy. Their vision is that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. They have been developing digital and media literacy resources and conducting pan-Canadian research since 1996. Their public website offers over 3,000 free, Canadian-based, digital and media literacy resources, in English and in French, based on their Young Canadians in a Wired World research program; the largest ongoing study of children and teens’ Internet use in Canada. In addition to offering over 200 lesson plans and educational games, MediaSmarts has created a listing of Alberta’s media education curricular outcomes, by grade and by subject, and linked them to supporting MediaSmarts resources.
Alberta Education continues to strive to improve outcomes and support the success of all students. To achieve this success, students need to be present and engaged in learning.
We recognize that an attendance issue is often a first indicator that a student is experiencing other challenges. Early intervention is important in preventing chronic absenteeism and helping students succeed. The root causes of absenteeism are often complex, which is why Alberta Education is moving forward with a new approach to support school authorities in addressing chronic student absenteeism and to encourage and facilitate early intervention that will re-engage students in learning.
This new approach maintains the Attendance Board, and adds a new role for the ministry. Effective September 2017, Alberta Education’s efforts to support school authorities will be enhanced with the creation of the Office of Student Attendance and Re-engagement (OSAR). The OSAR will provide support to school authorities to encourage and facilitate early intervention that will re-engage students in learning, and also provide administrative and operational support to the Attendance Board.
School authorities will be encouraged to make all reasonable efforts to resolve attendance issues by focusing on universal strategies, early intervention and targeted interventions, such as community conferences, before referring the matter to the Attendance Board. When referring to the Attendance Board, school authorities will use a renewed referral form that aligns with the strategies and interventions suggested by the OSAR, and ensures that reasonable efforts have been made at the school authority level.
We know that many school authorities are already leading the way with local strategies to promote student re-engagement. Improving attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism can happen through commitment and collaboration. This change in our approach to attendance will support students and their families to re-engage with their local school and experience success.
New information will be available in the upcoming weeks on Alberta Education’s Attendance web page.
For more information, contact Joy Malloch, Education Manager, School and Community Supports, at Joy.Malloch@gov.ab.ca or 780-427-5401 (toll-free within Alberta by first dialing 310-0000).
The Success in School for Children and Youth in Care – Provincial Protocol Framework (PPF) is sponsored by Alberta Children’s Services and Alberta Education to support improved education outcomes and increase high school completion rates for children and youth who are in the care of the provincial government. Regional Agreements (RAs) can be customized to meet local needs.
The PPF and RAs provide direction for educators and Child and Family Services regional staff. Key to the PPF is the expectation that educators collaborate with the child or youth, their caregivers, and other appropriate partners, to share information and engage in joint decision-making to plan and support their educational success.
The Success in School for Children and Youth in Care webpage can be found at https://education.alberta.ca/children-and-youth-in-care/success-in-school/.
For further information, please contact Barbara Dussault, Education Manager, Learner Services Branch, at Barbara.Dussault@gov.ab.ca or 780-422-6544 (toll-free within Alberta by first dialing 310-0000).
Alberta Education is striving to ensure that all schools have the latest information about copyright law. Since 2012, Canadian teachers have had expanded “fair dealing” rights to use copyright-protected works in their class lessons. While fair dealing provides teachers with enhanced opportunities to use copyright-protected materials in their lessons without obtaining permission from the copyright owner, teachers and administrators also have important responsibilities. They need to know the limits as to what can be copied and communicated in the classroom under fair dealing. Failure to comply with copyright law can result in legal action against a teacher, school or school board for copyright infringement. This could limit the future availability of learning resources in the classroom. Awareness is the key.
The Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), has developed an online resource to help teachers decide whether an intended use of a copyright-protected work in the classroom is fair dealing. This resource can be viewed at www.CopyrightDecisionTool.ca.
The copyright website features a copyright decision tool that allows teachers to quickly determine whether a specific use of a copyright-protected work in their lessons is permitted under the fair-dealing provision of the Copyright Act. The website also provides an overview of the Fair Dealing Guidelines as well as other important copyright information.