Let us answer some of your questions!

Please don’t hesitate to call us at 780-421-1497 regarding any of the questions below or any other questions you may have. 

General FAQs

Do Inside Education programs connect to curriculum?

YES! Our programs are designed to link to specific learner outcomes within the Alberta Program of Studies. Our team of educators includes certified teachers that ensure that our programs remain curriculum relevant in all topic areas.

I am from outside of Alberta, can I request a program?

Inside Education has a provincial mandate, however we do occasionally offer programs to schools in Northeast BC and SK and have brought teachers from across Canada to participate in our teacher professional development programs.

You can also access all of our online resources from anywhere in the world!

How does the Supply teacher subsidy work?

If necessary, each attending teacher may apply for a maximum $150 subsidy per program day toward the cost of a substitute teacher. It is the responsibility of the school to make substitute teacher arrangements.

Please review Inside Education’s supply teacher subsidy policy for more details. 

Inside Education Health and Safety Measures

a) Online Programs:
In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants during Inside Education Virtual events, all participants must review and abide by the following code of conduct. This code of conduct applies to any student, teacher, guest presenter, program partner or Inside Education staff member attending a virtual event hosted by Inside Education. 

b) COVID Protocols:
Inside Education puts the health and safety of our participants and our staff above all else. We follow all current Alberta Health Public Health Measures and our programs are in line with the Guidance and Health recommendations for K-12 schools. In addition the following protocols are in place:

  • All staff and participants must complete a self-screening assessment the morning of the program. If an individual answers yes to any of the questions they will not be allowed to participate.
  • Participants will be responsible for their own transportation. No group transportation will be provided.
  • Participants are required to bring their own water, snacks and lunches.
  • Hand sanitizer and/or hand wash stations will be available.
  • Majority of activities will be outdoors where open air and a physical distance of 2 meters can be maintained.
  • All staff and participants will be encouraged to wear masks at all times.
  • Masks will be required where physical distancing is not possible.
  • The use of shared materials/equipment will be minimized.
  • All equipment and materials will be sanitized between users.

 

c) In person Programs: We are committed to ensuring a safe environment for all program participants.   

 

Emergency Contacts: The supervising teacher from each school will provide a contact cell phone number and be accessible throughout the program.

  • Inside Education – 1-888-421-1497. The program staff will make their cell phone available on the first day of the program. 
  • In the event of an emergency please contact 9-1-1

Program staff: Inside Education program staff each have current standard first aid and CPR certification, and have passed a criminal records background check. There will be a first aid kit accessible by program staff and others at all time. Inside Education staff will be recognizable throughout the summit by wearing Inside Education logos.

Travel Considerations:

  • Travel to and from the summit is the responsibility of the school. 
  • Check the road report – 1-877-AMA-HWYS (1-877-262-4997) and adjust your driving to the road conditions.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Carry an emergency kit including blankets, shovel, booster cables, snacks, and water.
  • Carry a current map and stay on main roadways.
  • Ensure someone knows your route; tell them when you plan to arrive and check in when you get there.
  • Ensure your vehicle is in good repair and has had a safety inspection
  • Free time during events : Any activities will be at the discretion of the supervising teacher(s).
  • Behaviour expectations: Program delegates are representing their schools and communities, and are expected to maintain the standards of behaviour set forth by their school and their supervising teacher(s). Delegates will be further expected to adhere to all school division policies with respect to the use of alcohol and drugs.

Field Program FAQs

How do I access the busing subsidy?*

*FALL 2021 - A $250 busing subsidy will be available for all field programs 

FALL 2021 Field Program Busing Subsidy Policy

*Busing subsidies are applicable to Cooking Lake, Des Crossley, Huestis, Evergreen, Wood Buffalo forest programs and certain wetlands programs.

A busing subsidy is available for some of our forest and wetlands programs. The subsidy is made available by our program partners on an annual basis and schools must invoice them directly upon completion of the program. Please refer to your teachers guide or inquire directly with the Inside Education staff booking your program to see if your school qualifies!

If your program/school qualifies please read our Field Program Busing Subsidy Policy

I’ve submitted a request, when will I hear if I will get my requested date?

We book our programs a minimum of 1 month in advance. For September programming, you can expect to hear from us in June. We collect requests throughout the year, but will notify you when a program is full on our website.

It says it’s no-cost…what’s the catch?

There isn’t one! Inside Education along with our partners believe in experiential education and providing outdoor learning opportunities for all students. Our programs are offered at no cost. Schools are responsible for booking and paying for busing, however we even offer a busing subsidy!

What is expected of me as the teacher?

Your biggest role is to learn together with your students. We hope that you get just as much out of the day as they do! But there are a few other roles you’ll have too…

  • Communicator - Read through the booking package and communicate pertinent information to students, administration and parent volunteers
  • Liaison - Submit your online confirmation form and let Inside Education know if there are any changes
  • Traffic Controller  - Book the buses, ensure you have a parent follow vehicle, print the map so you know where you’re going
  • Safety Team Captain - Inside Education is your safety team, who can respond and assist in case of emergency. But you know your students best, have access to their emergency contacts and have responsibility to follow all of your schools safety protocols.
  • Translator - Help your students make the most of the day by reflecting and incorporating the experience back to your classroom learning objectives.

What should my students bring?

Smiles, enthusiasm, questions and most important appropriate clothing and footwear.

Download the Field Study packing checklist for students.

How can I best prepare my students for the day?

Ensuring students are prepared to spend the day outside and emphasizing that the field site will be the classroom for the day; all your typical classroom expectations should be maintained.

If you want to extend the learning into your classroom, check out Inside Education’s full suite of classroom learning materials for a hands-on introduction to some of the topics covered on our field programs. 

For forest field trips our "It's Our Forest" video series is great for both pre/post trip!

What should I tell to tell the bus driver? (MAPS)

All of our field sites are accessible by a school bus. At some site the bus may be required to travel a short distance on well-maintained gravel roads. Due to safety requirements the bus is required to stay on site during the entire duration of the field program and/or schools must have a follow vehicle on site. If your driver has any concerns they can call the Inside Education office directly - 1-888-421-1497.

Maps and directions can also be found in the teachers guide provided prior to the field program.

Cooking Lake: Edmonton & Area Field Program - cooking lake map

Des Crossley Demonstration Forest: Red Deer & Area Field Program - Des Crossley Map

Evergreen Centre for Resource Excellence and Innovation: Grande Prairie & Area Program - Evergreen Map

Huestis Demonstration Forest: Whitecourt & Area Field Program - Huestis Map

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest: Calgary & Area - GOOGLE Map *note this site does not have cell service, please print a map Jumpingpound Map

Wood Buffalo Forest Field Program: Fort McMurray & Area -Gregoire Lake Map

What about parent volunteers?

A field program is an excellent opportunity to get parents involved and learning alongside students and Inside Education has found that having parent volunteers helps makes the day run smoothly. During our field programs we often divide the students into small working groups of 4-8 students and we recommend 1 parent volunteer per small group.

What is the cancellation policy?

*Program Cancellation Fees are waived for the 2020-2021 school year

Inside Education field programs run rain or shine, with the exception of inclement weather resulting in hazardous conditions, or risks that threaten the safety of participants. Cancellation, re-scheduling or program modifications will be discussed between Inside Education and the school and efforts will be made to re-schedule the program to another mutually agreeable date. Field programs cancelled due to hazardous conditions will not be charged a cancellation fee.

If you are unsure of program conditions on the date of your field trip please contact the Inside Education Office at our toll free number 1-888-421-1497

Field trips may be cancelled or rescheduled where possible with a minimum of 14 days notice. Cancellations with less than 14 days prior to the scheduled field trip date will be charged a $150 cancellation fee will be invoiced to the school and payable within one month of the cancellation date. This cancellation fee reflects partial cost recovery for staff, time and resources that cannot be recuperated.

Safety and Risk Management

Inside Education values safe program delivery above all else. Inside Education strives to provide a high quality learning experience in a safe environment. No Inside Education program will put any staff member, participating student, teacher, or others at risk.  With this, Inside Education may modify or cancel a program without notice if site conditions threaten the safety of the staff, students, teachers and/or parent volunteers.

Risk Management

Safety of all program participants is of primary concern to Inside Education. As such, the following risk management measures are in place:

  • Inside Education field program staff have current first aid and carry first aid kits including a list of emergency contact numbers. Staff also carry air horns and/ bear spray as wildlife deterrents.
  • Staff carries cell phones/radios/spot receivers to ensure a link EMS in the event of an emergency. Radios and cell phone will be checked each day to ensure working condition.
  • Teachers are asked to inform Inside Education staff, prior to field trip, of any safety concerns and special needs i.e.) allergies, epi-pens, behaviour etc.
  • Students instructed on “safety in numbers” to avoid wildlife conflicts.
  • We suggest 4-6 parent supervisors per class of 30 and emphasize the importance of parent volunteers for safety and supervision in communications with the schools.
  • Field trips are cancelled in the event of poor driving conditions and severe weather.
  • Program participants wear high-visibility vests.
  • Inside Education field program staff perform seasonal and daily site assessments.
  • Students are never to leave supervision of an adult, and must always travel in pairs or groups.
  • Program signage is placed where required to notify public of education programming and children in the area.
  • Trail maintenance is coordinated annually with program partners.
  • Inside Education field program staff are trained in emergency procedures, and conduct annual emergency training drills; each permanent field site has and emergency action plan.
  • Inside Education requires the bus to remain on-site and/or schools provide a follow vehicle as an emergency contingency vehicle.
  • Inside Education reserves the right to modify or cancel a program without notice if, for any reason, site or travel conditions threaten the safety of participants.

Teacher Professional Development FAQs

Let us answer some of your questions!

Please don’t hesitate to call us at 780-421-1497 regarding any of the questions below, or any other questions you may have. We look forward to seeing your application!

Inside Education COVID Protocols

Inside Education puts the health and safety of our participants and our staff above all else. We follow all current Alberta Health Public Health Measures and our programs are in line with the Guidance and Health recommendations for K-12 schools. In addition the following protocols are in place:

  • All staff and participants must complete a self-screening assessment the morning of the program. If an individual answers yes to any of the questions they will not be allowed to participate.
  • Participants will be responsible for their own transportation. No group transportation will be provided.
  • Participants are required to bring their own water, snacks and lunches.
  • Hand sanitizer and/or hand wash stations will be available.
  • Majority of activities will be outdoors where open air and physical distance of 2 meters can be maintained.
  • All staff and participants will be encouraged to wear masks at all times.
  • Masks will be required where physical distancing is not possible.
  • The use of shared materials/equipment will be minimized.
  • All equipment and materials will be sanitized between users.

How does the supply teacher subsidy work?

It's easy! Inside Education understands that supply teachers cost money and we don't want that to limit your ability to attend our programs, therefore on most programs we can offer a supply teacher subsidy.

Special Program Subsidies

Supply Teacher Policy Energy Education Tool Kit PD_January 29, 2021 Supply Teacher Policy SRPING 2021 ONLY

You can review a copy of our standard supply teacher policy:
Supply Teacher And Travel Subsidy Policy

Is it fun?

Yes! As with all of Inside Education's programs, we pride ourselves on our 'fun-professional' approach. With this, we believe that learning occurs at its best when it is enjoyable. Our teacher professional development programs often include fun education activities, recreational opportunities and chances to just sit back and relax with fellow teachers.

Who can apply?

All classroom teachers are invited to apply. The programs are designed to enhance curriculum for multiple grade levels and subject areas. Please note that some tours may specify that applicants must teach in a certain region. Also, for some programs, Inside Education also sees value in extending a limited number of positions to members of the non-formal education community (e.g., stewardship groups, interpreters, education specialists, academia) as well as pre-service teachers (i.e., student teachers).

I'm not a science teacher, can I still apply?

Of course! As teachers have shown us, there are many curriculum connections that can be made and while our programs are curriculum relevant they are typically not meant to be 'workshops' on one specific topic. Inside Education also believes that teachers -- all teachers -- should have a strong understanding and appreciation for our valuable natural resources and environment.

What can I expect?

You can expect to learn and experience more about our natural resources and environment than you can ever imagine! We believe these truly are the best 'field trips for teachers' out there. Traveling as a group, you will be exposed to key people, important places, and multiple perspectives that you may otherwise not have the chance to experience. You will get the 'big picture' and be able to share it with your students.

You can also certainly expect friendly staff, knowledgeable and excited speakers, fun activities, good food, and comfortable travel and accommodations. They are full programs with plenty to see and do, but there will also be some time to collect your thoughts, and visit with your new friends.

I'm not that familiar with this topic area, is it for me?

Definitely! Inside Education's Teacher PD programs are designed to take teachers from a very basic knowledge level and make them 'experts' in their school on that given topic. Our friendly, and welcoming approach helps participants to feel at ease and lessen that uncomfortable feeling of "I'm the only one here who doesn't know this stuff." After all, that's why we're having these programs in the first place!

How do I apply?

Simply click on the Apply Online button on each tour's webpage and fill our our simple online form. You will hear from us regarding the status of your application shortly after the application deadline.

How do you select your participants?

Applications are reviewed following the posted application deadline. Applicants are not considered on a first come basis. We put great value into hearing 'why' participants want to come and how they hope to make use of the experience. Also, many elements may also be considered when selecting applicants and can vary from tour to tour, but we typically aim for a balance of participants (e.g.,  geographic representation, past participation, first-time applicant, teaching situation, grade level, etc.)

Is it really all-expenses-paid? What's the catch?

There is no catch! All group accommodations, meals, travel, and tours that occur during the program are covered. (From time to time travel subsidies are also available for remote northern teachers, please contact us for more information).  Inside Education has approached a number of partners that see great value in educating teachers about the complex relationship between our natural resources, society, economy, and environment. In-kind support is also key to enriching the experience of the teachers. Together, these partners have made it possible for teachers to experience a high quality learning experience at no cost.

Do I need to attend the whole program?

Yes. These programs are designed to tell the 'whole story' with each presentation building on the last, so complete participation from start to finish is mandatory. Also, the group will travel as a group which makes it difficult for participants to join or leave the group during the program.

Do I need to be in top physical shape to attend?

Not necessarily. Our programs are a balance of indoor and outdoor sessions, discussions, tours and activities and are not intended to be large physical undertakings such as a 3-day hike or canoe trip. However, there are some program elements that are physical in nature (e.g., raft floats, short hikes into the forest, periods of standing, changes in terrain). Should you be accepted, prior to the program we will ask you to let us know of any mobility issues you so that you may be as comfortable as possible.

Can I apply with a colleague?

Yes, you may encourage a colleague to apply. We can't always promise that you will both be accepted but it is helpful for us if you indicate on your online application form if someone you know is also applying.

What about the accommodations

Inside Education accommodations are typically same gender, double occupancy. If you know someone else attending the program and you would like to room with them we do our very best to make happen.

If you would like to room alone we just ask that you waive receiving the sub stipend in order to keep our costs on budget. If you do choose this option, you do need to let us know well in advance as we can only hold a certain number of rooms.

Finally we often get asked about bringing  family or friends that are not attending the program, the simple answer is no. We want to ensure you get the most out of this experience and have the time to network and reflect.

I don’t live near the program start location, can I still attend?

Of course and we hope that you do! Visiting new and exciting landscapes is an important part of the professional development experience. Teacher participants are responsible for getting to and from the program start location. Inside Education may also put teachers coming from similar places in touch to encourage carpooling.

If you are from Northeast British Columbia we can also help off set travel costs to the program start location! Teachers from school districts 57, 59, 60 and 81 are eligible for $500 subsidy that can be put towards flights, mileage or other travel costs.

Northeast BC Teachers Travel Policy

What should I bring with me?

Get our recommendations by downloading our list.

Suggested Packing List for PD Tours

How do I get in touch with Inside Education after the program has started?

You can reach the main Inside Education office at 1-888-421-1497 and they can connect you with the team that is leading the program. If it is outside of regular office hours please call or text Kathryn Wagner - 403-803-8881.

Youth Summits FAQs

All of Inside Education's youth summits aim to provide experiential education to Alberta students. With over 10 years of experience delivering high quality summits we want to ensure you and your students to enjoy a safe, memorable and educational event. Below are some of the FAQ's to help you in preparing for a great experience. Please don’t hesitate to contact Inside Education by email or phone 780-421-1497 regarding any of any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing your application for one or more of our upcoming summits!

 

  • Alberta Boreal Careers Summit (ABC)  - held annually in Northern Alberta
  • S3 | Wood Buffalo Student Sustainability Summit  - held annually in Fort McMurray
  • A3 | Southern Alberta Awareness to Action Summit - held annually in Medicine Hat or Lethbridge
  • C3 | Calgary Climate Change Summit - held annually in Calgary
  • E3 | Edmonton Energy Efficiency  Summit - held annually in Edmonton
  • Provincial Youth Summits (Generate / Cultivate / Regenerate) Youth Leadership Summit - provincial scale summit held annually in March (please visit: www.cultiv8.ca www.gener8.ca / www.regener8summit.ca / for more information)

General FAQs:

What are youth education summits?

Inside Education Youth Summits are 1/2 day - 4 day experiential learning events for junior and senior high school students (and teachers). They are designed to explore natural resource and environmental topics including water, energy, careers, climate change and more!. Each program will encourage you and your students to think critically about development in the province while considering your role as citizens. You will also be provided with tools and inspiration to take action in your own school and community.

What will we be doing during the program?

The talented team at Inside Education works hard to put together a program that features hands-on experiential learning, multiple perspectives, and relevant content. Although each program is a little different you can expect a mixture of presentations, workshops, networking time and tours!

What can I look forward to?

Inside Education ensures a welcoming and fun learning environment. We hope you will be inspired by the people, places and perspectives that are shared on the program. As they say a picture says a thousand words so we encourage you to explore the Inside Education Photo Gallery to gain a sense of the experience on each of our most recent programs.

Is it really all-expenses-paid? That sounds too good to be true!

Both students and teachers will receive a full scholarship to attend. Registration, accommodations, meals, program transportation and tours are all covered. Please note: schools are responsible for getting themselves to and from the start location.

Virtual Summit FAQs:

How do I get my students and I set up in REMO?

Go to www.remo.co to make an account - you and each of your students will have to make an account using the email that they provide to Inside Education, as that will be the address we have on our guest list.  Everyone in your class should then receive an email invite to the event at some point before the event, with the link to use on the day. 

How do I navigate the REMO online platform?

Entering the event:

You will be “seated” at a table with other students from your school, so when you get into the room, simply look for your school’s name (it could be on Floor 1 or Floor 2), and double click on a table to “sit down” with the other students from your school.

Moving between “floors":

There is a menu on the left-hand side of the screen where you can select which floor you want to be on.

Moving between “buildings”:

In the bottom left hand corner of your screen there is a button that says “Go To Building 2”.  If you click here, it will let you click through to get to the other building.

Accessing the table whiteboards:

If you’re not prompted to open the whiteboard as soon as you sit down, you can open it by clicking the “Whiteboard” button on the bottom menu.

Moving between the activities on the whiteboard:

Once you have the whiteboard open, you can click on the “presentation” button on the  bottom right-hand corner of the whiteboard, and it will move you to the different sections, where the different activities are set up.

How can teachers and students communicate with each other?

Look for the chat button at the bottom of your screen to open up the chat menu - from here you can look under the “Private Chat” menu to message your students directly, or you can enter into a general chat with your table.

Teachers can also take attendance using the participant list.

Where can I find tech support if I need it?

Inside Education will have a “help desk” at one of the side tables that you can join at any time to ask questions! There will always be a staff member there to answer questions you may have.

What forms do I need to sign and why?

Attending the Alberta Boreal Careers Virtual Summit is just like going on a field trip so all participants will have to complete the Online Registration and Virtual Code of Conduct form distributed by the teacher.

Live In Person Events FAQs:

What about covering my classes while I'm gone?

If necessary, each attending teacher may apply for a maximum $150 subsidy per program day toward the cost of a substitute teacher. It is the responsibility of the school to make substitute teacher arrangements. Please review Inside Education’s supply teacher subsidy policy for more details. 

What is expected of teachers during the event?

Your main role is to help students make the most of their experience and learn alongside them. The lead teacher will be the primary connection to Inside Education. The students will be under your supervision and are ultimately your responsibility.  There is no need to worry because we have a jam-packed program to keep them busy. Of course, safety is a priority. Check out the safety section below for more details.  

What steps have been taken to ensure student safety during the program?

We are committed to ensuring a safe environment for all program participants.   

Emergency Contacts:

  • The supervising teacher from each school will provide a contact cell phone number and be accessible throughout the program.
  • Inside Education – 1-888-421-1497. The program staff will make their cell phone available on the first day of the program. 
  • In the event of an emergency please contact 9-1-1

Program staff: 

Inside Education program staff each have current standard first aid and CPR certification, and have passed a criminal records background check. There will be a first aid kit accessible by program staff and others at all time. Inside Education staff will be recognizable throughout the summit by wearing Inside Education logos.

Travel Considerations:

  • Travel to and from the summit is the responsibility of the school. 
  • Check the road report – 1-877-AMA-HWYS (1-877-262-4997) and adjust your driving to the road conditions.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Carry an emergency kit including blankets, shovel, booster cables, snacks, and water.
  • Carry a current map and stay on main roadways.
  • Ensure someone knows your route; tell them when you plan to arrive and check in when you get there.
  • Ensure your vehicle is in good repair and has had a safety inspection.

Other Considerations:

Free time:
Any activities or use of hotel facilities will be at the discretion of the supervising teacher(s).

Rooming:
For those programs that include overnight accommodation, Inside Education reserves a block of rooms at the hotel. Student rooms will be assigned, with your help, based on double occupancy. Your confirmation form will include the necessary fields for rooming lists. Teachers often stay on their own or with another teacher.

Behaviour expectations:
Program delegates are representing their schools and communities, and are expected to maintain the standards of behaviour set forth by their school and their supervising teacher(s). Delegates will be further expected to adhere to all school division policies with respect to the use of alcohol and drugs.

Where will we be staying during the program?

Program delegates that are from the area will be returning home at the end of each program day, unless otherwise specified.

Some of our multi-day youth summits include overnight accommodations, and those will be provided by Inside Education and our partners.

My school isn’t from the program location, can I still apply and what about travel to the program?

We want to encourage participation from schools across Alberta.

Travel arrangements to and from the program start location are the schools responsibility. Participating schools from outside of the program location can request a $0.15/km travel subsidy to offset travel costs. To request this subsidy please contact the program coordinator. Inside Education may also put schools coming from similar places in touch to encourage carpooling.

What should I bring?

To-Bring…

• Small bag or backpack

• Casual clothes (best to be comfortable!)

• Warm outdoor gear (mitts, layers, toque) – just in case

• Close-toed shoes for site tours

• Water Bottle

• Pencil and a notebook

• Camera and/or mobile phone

• Personal items (medications etc.)

  • Overnight gear if required