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After school hours time period pre-conference
Attend the After School Time Period Pre-conference at Shaping the Future! See the draft schedule here.

Funding support for After School Pre-conference is available here.

'Classroom Shock - What I'm Learning as a Teacher in Finland'

Tim Walker is the author of the article 'Classroom Shock - What I'm Learning as a Teacher in Finland.' 

Here's an excerpt:

I'm definitely experiencing classroom shock-a shifting of my pedagogical mindset-as I settle into my new job as a 5th grade teacher at a Finnish public school.


My family and I plan on living in Finland permanently, but I can't help but think about what I'd do differently if I returned to an American classroom. Talk about reverse-classroom shock! I've already identified three big shifts I'd make right away.


Read the full article here.

December Newsletter
Shaping the Future early bird registration ends soon!

The last day for early bird registration is December 17! 

Looking for more information about the conference?
We're thrilled to announce our
Program at a Glance is now available online. Check out our keynote speakers Dr. Doug Gleddie, Dr. Phil McRae and Brenda Herchmer, whose bios are now posted on our website.
We are accepting applications for poster presentations until December 17 and exhibitors until December 30!

Ever Active Schools would like to extend a special Shaping the Future conference invitation to post-secondary students from the Universities of Lethbridge, Calgary and Alberta who are engaged in and connected to enhancing the physical, emotional, social, mental and nutritional health of children and youth. 


This is a great opportunity for leadership, working as a team and mobilizing health and wellness in your post-secondary school community.


Application deadline: December 17. Read more here.

What is leadership?
On November 25, Morinville Healthy Active School Symposia students wrote words they felt answered the question 'What is leadership?' 

We made the Tagxedo below with all of their words!

Check our website soon for a blog post about the day!

Register to win!

AMA Youth Run Club schools who register for Shaping the Future 2014 by December 17th will be entered to win!


We will be drawing two names to win a $100 Running Room gift certificate and a $100 Ever Active Schools gift certificate to use towards physical activity resources.


Email Hayley with your name and school once you have registered to win!


Check out our website to learn more about the Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club.


Holiday lesson idea: the 12 Days of Fitness
Our team is doing the 12 Days of Fitness at the office, but it's also great to use in your lesson plans! 
Visit PE Central's website for the full description! 

Sustaining comprehensive school health: keeping schools motivated


Submitted by Alberta Health Services


Comprehensive School Health (CSH) is a whole school approach that supports students' health and educational success. Many schools in Alberta use this approach to create healthy learners and healthy school environments. CSH is meant to be an ongoing process, rather than a time-limited project. It is important that schools and school districts build the capacity to maintain this approach on a long-term basis to sustain improvements in school health. 


Read the full article here.
Get creative with holiday snacks


Special event days such as class parties, dances and track and field event are a fun way to gather together and celebrate. They are also a great time to have healthy and tasty food choices for students, teachers, families, or the whole community! As parents, often you are asked to provide food for celebrations. 


Read the full article in English and French.

Thank you for your continued dedication to the health and wellness of our children and youth.


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