Fall 2016 Updates
The Wellness Fund would like to welcome back and thank all the projects for your unwavering commitment and dedication towards creating healthy school communities that embrace wellness into your school culture. We wish you a wonderful start to the 2016-2017 school year!

At present, the Wellness Fund is actively funding 102 Grants which include:
  • 52 Jurisdictional Grants
  • 23 Healthy Relationships and Positive Mental Wellness Grants
  • 4 High School Wellness Grants
  • 23 Healthy Food Environments in an Active School Community Grants
Shaping the Future 2017

We highly recommend all Wellness Fund projects attend Shaping the Future 2017. If you are using your grant to attend the conference, please register for the pre-conference session hosted by the Wellness Fund and Alberta Health Services, as well as the evening reception to meet the team and pick up your grant information package.

Action Plans

You should have all received a link to your projects' Google Doc Action Plan earlier this month. This is a "living document" that should be updated regularly as your project progresses. You may invite all individuals involved with your project to edit and update the document.

Please note that the Reporting and Reflection tool is separate from the Action Plan; you will be sent the link to this later in the year. 
Share Your Success Stories

Please share any success stories and pictures related to your school/community gardens, living walls, outdoor classrooms, etc. with us. 

These can be sent to Colleen or Jazmin. We look forward to hearing from you!
School Connectedness
When students feel connected to their school community they have higher levels of emotional well-being, engagement, and empowerment. Positive relationships and connectedness with peers, family and teachers are important to students so they feel school is important, that they belong, and that they can be successful.

Neuroscience in the Classroom

"When you give students opportunities to learn how information and ideas are interrelated, their memories extend beyond isolated, "single-use" rote memory circuits. Their brains build durable, long-term, cross-brain neural networks of conceptual knowledge. They construct understanding and wisdom that is usable far beyond the classroom," (Dr. Judy Willis).
Dr. Judy Willis  is a board certified neurologist based in California and has 15 years experience as a practicing adult and child neurologist. After five years teaching at Santa Barbara Middle School, and ten years of classroom teaching all together, Dr. Willis reluctantly left teaching middle school students and dedicated herself full time to teaching educators in 2010. She is an authority in the field of learning-centered brain research and classroom strategies.

Dr. Judy Willis TEDxASB Video Game Model for Motivated Learning
Enhancing Indigenous Education Through 

The Gathering of Youth Wisdom   recruited 36 youth leaders interested in Indigenous education issues to take part in a national gathering, that includes Indigenous youth from every province and territory. Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders and education experts worked on co-creating a strategy to develop a national project, informed by youth voice, that will support best practice in Indigenous education, improving outcomes for Indigenous learners.

Click here for more information!