Welcome to PD Corner

Congratulations on being accepted for an Inside Education Professional Development Program! We are so excited to bring you to our classroom for a hands-on learning experience about the environment and natural resources!  Whether you are an old friend who’s been to many of our PD programs or if this is your first time on an Inside Education PD, we guarantee a full schedule of experts, networking with other teachers, classroom connections and fun!

This page is your one-stop shop for PD information, so bookmark it as you prepare for your PD adventure.
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

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List Of Current Programs

Watersheds & Wetlands Program, June 1-3, 2023

Watersheds & Wetlands

June 1-3, 2023, Red Deer, Alberta

Congratulations on your acceptance! Here are all the details you need to help you start planning for this one-of-a-kind learning adventure that will inform and inspire your teaching.

TIMES, & LOCATIONS

Program Start: Thursday June 1st - 12:00 pm - Pioneer’s Lodge, Red Deer, AB

Program End: Saturday June 3rd - 12:00 pm - Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Red Deer, AB

*Inside Education will cover all program costs including meals and accommodations, if required, during the program. We also have subsidies to help remove barriers to participation. Check out the travel/supply teacher subsidy policy here.

GETTING THERE

Participants are required to make their own way to Red Deer. Participants are able to leave their vehicles at the program start location at their own risk.

THE PROGRAM
We have a fantastic program laid out for us over these three days where we will hear from a diverse group of experts who will introduce us to the many facets of water management in our province! Check out the program schedule to find out more here -  Watersheds and Wetlands Program Schedule

CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE

If you haven’t done so already, please complete this participant details form to confirm your attendance to the program. 

ACCOMMODATIONS
Inside Education will arrange all overnight accommodations on June 1 & 2. Participants can request single or double-occupancy rooms on the participant details form. Participants from the Red Deer Area can let us know on the participant confirmation form if you plan to go home instead of staying at the hotel.

FOOD
Inside Education will provide all meals starting with lunch on June 1 through to breakfast on Saturday June 3. We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, please indicate your food preferences on the participant details form. 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
We expect that participants will travel with the group and attend the full program from start to finish, so please plan accordingly. Make sure you know when/where to meet the Inside Education team. 

Review Inside Education’s subsidy policy before making your travel arrangements to Red Deer.

Pack your smile and your suitcase! Check out this helpful packing list  for some key things you might want to have with you - don’t forget to leave a little room in your suitcase to take home some extra learning resources we will be sharing on the program! We program rain or shine with the exception of unsafe conditions.

CONTACT
If you have questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to the planning team! You can contact the participant coordinator Mila Mezei at [email protected] / office: 403-263-7720 / cell: 778-846-4007.

We can’t wait to dive into this awesome water PD!

The Watersheds & Wetlands Team

Natalie, Mila, & Kat

Energy Futures Summer Institute - July 4-8, 2023

2023 Energy Futures Summer Institute

Congratulations on your acceptance to Inside Education’s Professional Development Program. Here are all the details you need to help you plan for this one-of-a-kind learning adventure that will inform and inspire your teaching! 

DATES, TIMES, & LOCATION
July 4-8, 2023

Program Start: Tuesday July 4 - 9:00 am - Edmonton, Alberta (exact location TBC)

Program End: Saturday July 8 - 11:00 - Edmonton, Alberta (exact location TBC)

*Inside Education will cover all program costs including meals and accommodations during the program.

 PARTICIPANT CONFIRMATION

Please confirm your attendance by completing this participant details form. This form must be completed by June 5, 2023 at 9:00am.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Participants must arrange their own travel to and from the program. 

Parking will be available for participants to leave their vehicles at the starting/ending location. Vehicles will be left on location at participants’ own risk.

Inside Education has travel subsidies available to minimize financial barriers for participants to attend the 2023 Summer Institute: Energy Futures, July 4-8, 2023. Please review the travel subsidy policy here: 2023 Summer Institute_Subsidy Policy

 REGIONAL MAXIMUMS:

  • Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan & Manitoba = $500
  • Ontario & Quebec = $600
  • Atlantic Canada & Northern Territories = $750

Travel subsidies may include:

  • Mileage: Participants who need to travel more than 150 km to the program start location are eligible to claim mileage at a rate of $0.24/km.$0.24/km on your return trip to offset the cost of using a personal vehicle Note: fuel can not be claimed
  • Airfare: cost of a return flight to the program start location
  • Ground transportation: taxi/Uber/bus fares/rental vehicle

NOTE: 

*You must participate in the full program to receive the subsidy. 

**We will be traveling by coach bus for the duration of the program.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Inside Education will provide accommodations for the program, including the night of July 3, if required. We will be staying in hotels across Alberta and the detailed hotel information will be posted here once it is available.

We will be staying in same-gender double occupancy rooms, and have limited ability to provide single rooms. You can let us know rooming preferences on the participant details form.

FOOD
Inside Education will provide all meals starting with a mid-morning snack on Tuesday July 4 through to and including a mid-morning snack on Saturday July 8. We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, please indicate your food preferences on the participant details form.

THE PROGRAM
We have been busy working with some amazing experts in the region to ensure the program provides a comprehensive look at the future of energy. Check out the full schedule here.

 KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Pack your smile and your suitcase! Check out this generalized packing list for some key things you might want to have with you - we program rain or shine with the exception of unsafe conditions. We expect that participants will travel with the group and attend the full program from start to finish, so please plan accordingly. 

You can also check out our FAQ page for more!

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION

Inside Education is happy to help out and answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-263-7720 or email the participant coordinator Braeden at [email protected] / 403-710-8542.

We can’t wait to welcome you to the 2023 Energy Futures Summer Institute!

The Inside Education Summer Institute Team

Jill, Braeden, Laura and Kathryn

List Of Past Programs

Energy Innovations & Toolkit PD program | February 2022

Thanks for participating in the Energy Innovations & Toolkit PD program! 

We love hearing your feedback and we would greatly appreciate it if you could fill out this Follow Up Surveyif you haven’t already. It goes a long way to ensuring we can share the impact of the program and develop future programs for teachers and students.

A few handy links:

The presentations from our guest speakers are attached. 

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The team from Ovintiv also wanted to thank you  for everything you’ve done as classroom teachers, especially on the front lines helping young people navigate the past 2 years. Here is a code: 2K0SBBAP1J you can use to make a donation to a charity of your choice using this link

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We are working on splicing together a video with the presentations from each PD - stay tuned for a link to the video within the next 1-2 weeks! 

Please share with us how you are using your Energy Toolkits!
We love to see photos on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @insideeducation), and receive phone calls and emails! 

Thanks again for your participation - enjoy your tool kits! 

Natalie & the Inside Education Team 

Agriculture & Water - May 2022

Agriculture and Water PD Program, May 26-28, 2022 - Lethbridge Alberta

Thank you for joining us on the Agriculture and Water PD Program! We hope it inspired your teaching and planted some new ideas on how to bring agriculture & water education to life in your classroom. Here are a few of the follow up details we promised you to help keep the momentum of the tour going.

Program Survey

 We value your feedback and would really like to hear what you thought of the program. If you haven’t done so already please complete the post-program survey – it will only take a few moments and goes a long way to help us improve and ensure these programs are available in the future. 

Contact lists

We’ve put together the contact information of our speakers and program partners. A quick thank you note goes a long way towards making these types of programs possible so please take a few moments and let them know what you thought of the program. 

  • Sharon Stollery, Canadian Agriculutral Partnership - [email protected] 
  • Brian Ilnicki, Executive Director, Land Stewardship Centre - [email protected]
  • Judy Paron, Program Officer | Administratrice de programmes, National Science and Engineering Research Centre - [email protected]
  • Margo Redelback, Executive Direction, Alberta Irrigation Districts Association - [email protected]  

All of our speakers and participants also agreed to share their contact information so if you would like to connect you can find their email addresses here.

Agriculture and Water Resources

Check our our folder of resources including those mentioned on the program and a few extras we’ve flagged for teachers. 

Photos

We hope you enjoy taking a look back at the program though this Google Photo Album - feel free to comment and add your own photos as well. 

Supply Teacher /Travel Subsidy

Program participants are eligible for a subsidy to help offset the cost of your supply teacher OR travel to the program. The details to claim the subsidy can be found here.

Keep in Touch
We love to see photos on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @insideeducation), and receiving phone calls and emails so please reach out to us.

Have a great rest of your school year!

Natalie, Braeden and Kathryn

Natural Resource Road Trip - July 2022

Thank you for joining us on the Natural Resources Road Trip PD Program! We hope it inspired your teaching and planted some new ideas on how to bring natural resources education to life in your classroom. Here are a few of the follow up details we promised you to help keep the momentum of the tour going.

Program Survey

We value your feedback and would really like to hear what you thought of the program. If you haven’t done so already please complete the post-program survey – it will only take a few moments and goes a long way to help us improve and ensure these programs are available in the future. 

Contact lists

We’ve put together the contact information of our speakers and program partners. A quick thank you note, noting some of your highlights over the tour, goes a long way towards making these types of programs possible. We’d ask if you could take a few moments and let them know what you thought of the program. 

Alberta Environment and Parks - Cam Lane  - [email protected]
Suncor Energy Foundation - Cassandra Litke-Wyatt - [email protected]   
Syncrude - Kim Nordbye - [email protected]  
Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) - Todd Nash - [email protected]
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. - Tracey Thompson - [email protected]
Cenovus Energy - Jessica Yarnell - [email protected]
Enbridge - Gina Jordan - [email protected]

All of our speakers and participants also agreed to share their contact information so if you would like to connect you can find their email addresses here.

Classroom Resources

Check out our folder of resources including those mentioned on the program and a few extras we’ve flagged for teachers. 

Photos

We hope you enjoy taking a look back at the program though this Google Photo Album - feel free to comment and add your own photos as well. 

As well, take a look at a quick summary of our whole PD program in this video.

Supply Teacher /Travel Subsidy

Program participants are eligible for a subsidy to help offset the cost of your supply teacher OR travel to the program. The details to claim the subsidy can be found here.

Keep in Touch

We love to see photos on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @insideeducation), and receive phone calls and emails so please reach out to us.

Have a great summer!

Braeden, Laura, Mila, Natalie,

A+ for Energy - August 24-25, 2022

PD Corner Resources

Energy Education Workshop Guests:

Alberta Power Game - download to edit and play with your students! Direct questions to Robin Owens ([email protected]
Escape With STEM
EnRoads Climate Simulator
GreenLearning

Guest Expert Presentations:

3 powerpoints available here (Alberta Innovates, Canadian Natural & TC Energy) - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gkppgeoI_5GIqDXG9rGlC4N7SQnDaDJi

Tours:

ENMAX Shepard Energy Centre 
Clean 02 
Go Electric

Resources Shared By Participants During Energy Education Workshop:

Other Funding Sources
Nutrients For Life 
Alberta Emerald Foundation 
Peavey Mart 
APEGA Grants
Energy Futures Lab, Youth Seeds Fund 
Best Buy School Tech Grant 
TD Friends of the Environment
Jane Goodall Institute, APE Fund
Bass Pro Shop/Cabela’s
Industries, banks
Community foundations
Local businesses
Parent community/parent council


Materials/Resources
SNAP Circuits
Tinkercads
Micro:bits
PHET Simulations
Indigisteam 
King’s Centre for Visualisation in Science 
Alberta Tomorrow


Field Trips
CPAWS
Skills Alberta
Universities/Colleges/SAIT/NAIT
Urban farms
Government programs (ex. CFIA)
Municipal Works (landfill, water treatment, recycling)

Agriculture Futures - October 5-6, 2022

Thank you for joining us on the Agriculture Futures Professional Development Program! We hope it inspired your teaching and planted some new ideas on how to bring agriculture education to life in your classroom. Here are a few of the follow up details we promised you to help keep the momentum of the tour going.

Program Survey

We value your feedback and would really like to hear what you thought of the program. Please click here to complete the post-program survey – it will only take a few moments and goes a long way to help us improve and ensure these programs are available in the future. 

Contacts & Resources

Program Partners:

A quick thank you note noting some of your highlights and ways you plan to use the content in the classroom, goes a long way towards making these types of programs possible. We’d ask if you could take a few moments to share your experience with the following program partners: 

  • Sharon Stollery, Canadian Agricultural Partnership - [email protected] 
  • Trina Aburto, Senior Advisor, Community Relations & Investment, Nutrien - [email protected] 
  • Tara Baycroft , Public Engagement and Promotions Manager, Alberta Canola - [email protected] 
  • Judy Paron, Program Officer | Administratrice de programmes, National Science and Engineering Research Centre - [email protected]
  • Margo Redelback, Executive Direction, Alberta Irrigation Districts Association - [email protected]  

As promised we have compiled a list of all the great resources and contacts that we made during the PD experience. Check out this document for tons of links and resources to enhance your lessons on agriculture.

Photos

We hope you enjoy taking a look back at the program though this Google Photo Album - feel free to comment and add your own photos as well. 

Supply Teacher /Travel Subsidy

Program participants are eligible for a subsidy to help offset the cost of your supply teacher OR travel to the program. The details to claim the subsidy can be found here, and please submit your subsidy no later than December 31, 2022.

Keep in Touch

We love to see photos on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @insideeducation), and receive phone calls and emails so please reach out to us.

All the best with the rest of your school year and we hope to see you again soon!

Natalie, Kathryn, Kat and Jon

Other Past Programs

If you are looking for information/resources/contacts from past professional development programs, please email Natalie at  

Inside Education’s work brings us to all corners of the province, as such, we acknowledge the Indigenous people who lived among and traveled through the land in the area currently known as Alberta. The relationship the Peoples of Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8 and Alberta’s M├ętis people have with the land is founded on a deep respect for the environment. This connection forms the foundation of our personal responsibility for the stewardship of our natural resources, a connection Inside Education strives to foster among students and teachers through our diverse programming. Inside Education is a registered charity #101894319RR0001

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