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

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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  

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 - July 4-8, 2023

Thank you for joining the program. It was wonderful to meet you and we are so inspired by your dedication to energy and climate education! Please find the resources, activities and speaker presentations that were shared along with the photos and follow up information for the program.

PROGRAM RESOURCES

2023 Energy Futures Reflections Jamboard - please add your thoughts and ideas throughout the program. They will help inform our Saturday morning education workshop

Follow up Survey - Please take a moment to complete this follow up survey if you haven’t done so already. It goes a long way to improving our programs, communicating the impact of the program and ensuring these opportunities are available for educators in the future. Survey Link

TRAVEL SUBSIDY INFORMATION

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

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

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: 

Keep in Touch

We love to see photos on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @insideeducation), and receive phone calls and emails to here how this experience is shaping your teaching so please reach out to us as often as you like. [email protected].

Safe travels home, and have a great summer! 

Braeden, Laura and Kathryn

A+ for Energy - August 28-29, 2023

A+ for Energy - August 28-29, 2023

Program Resources

Speakers/Organizations we heard from on our tour:

Additional A+ for Energy PD Program Resources - Additional resources ranging from Inside Education’s full array of programming and support to organizations we didn’t hear from during the PD program, to A+ for Energy project summaries and more can be found here

Follow-up Survey - Please take a moment to complete this follow up survey if you haven’t done so already. It goes a long way to improving our programs, communicating the impact of the program and ensuring these opportunities are available for educators in the future. Survey Link.

Energy Education Teacher Workshop Summary - Summary Link.

A+ for Energy Photo Album We hope you enjoy taking a look back at the program. Feel free to comment and add your own photos as well; please respect that these are for personal/classroom use only.

Program Highlight Video - Check out our video recap of the 2023-2024 A+ for Energy PD program on our YouTube page!

Program Partners - Finally, if you have a chance, please send a note to our partners sharing your experience and the impact the A+ for Energy PD workshop had on you (& potentially your students!):

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