The Sandblog

We Don’t Need Another Teaching Hero to Meet Vulnerable Student Needs

by Dr. Astrid Kendrick University of Calgary | September 18 2020

Imagine it: the solitary figure rising above the classroom of eager students lifting her powerful voice and fixing their complex and collective pain through one, effective lesson. The children cheer, the problem is solved, and the teacher saves the day. While stories of the singular, hero teacher make for great movie scripts, true change in schools arises from daily positive interaction between students…»

Together in Wellness

by Brendan Wohlers ASEBP | September 3 2020

There’s little doubt that things will not be the same this school year as they were prior to COVID -19. The structure of our lives has shifted—we drive less, are at home more and flock to outdoor recreation, and, with a return to school imminent, there’s more than a little worry in the air. In the news and from our friends we hear worries about how students, teachers, parents and other school…»

Returning to School During COVID-19

by Lisa Everitt Alberta Teachers' Association | August 20 2020

On March 15, 2020, Alberta joined other Canadian provinces and declared that, for all schools in Alberta, in-person classes would be cancelled until September because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement was coupled with other measures, resulting in the closure of businesses, public spaces, libraries and gyms, to name a few. The purpose of this lockdown was to prevent illness and sometimes…»

Cultivating Curiosity Through Reflection

by Megan Pharo ASEBP | August 6 2020

As I’ve been chatting with school divisions over the past few months, reflection has been a common theme in our conversations. I’m seeing how powerful it is to take the time to reflect, whether that’s at an individual, school or even school division level. So what exactly does reflection mean? From my handy Google search, it’s defined as “serious thought and consideration.” If you ask…»

Sharing the Good Wellness Word

by Brian Andjelic College of Alberta School Superintendents | June 18 2020

At the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), we recently completed a pretty big undertaking: interviewing almost all of the school authorities in Alberta to better understand their wellness activities and approaches. Fresh off the press, we just released a full report based on these interviews, most of which were conducted by our Directors of Leadership Learning – Wellness (a pair that…»

Remember to Summer

by Leslie Webb ASEBP | June 11 2020

This has been one memorable spring. Who would have thought we’d be making the kind of history we have been by experiencing a global pandemic? I, for one, am looking forward to social distancing, toilet paper shortages and “speaking moistly” all becoming a chapter in a history book instead of our current reality. Part of that history-making is how many of us have moved our work into our homes…»

Wellness at Work: Three Ways to Support School Employees

by Matthew Mitschke Alberta Health Services | May 21 2020

Since mid-March, we’ve experienced some pretty significant changes to our social and physical work environments. While many teachers and staff are now supporting student learning from home, we know there are plenty of others—from teachers and school administrators to maintenance staff—leading the way from school sites and buildings that are mostly empty. There’s no doubt that these changes…»

Open Your Mind Up To Intellectual Wellness and Exercise Your Brain

by Anita Rao ASEBP | May 7 2020

Part of achieving a healthy, functional and meaningful life is working to nourish your mind. Intellectual wellness is our ability to open up to new experiences, practice critical thinking and learn new skills. Our intellectual wellness is driven by our curiosity, which motivates us to experience new things and better understand ourselves, others and the world around us. Think of intellectual wellness…»

Hats Off to You!

by Mary Jo Liew ASEBP | April 23 2020

Taking care of children while working during COVID-19 It is easy to feel overwhelmed by what is happening in the world right now. Our daily lives have been turned upside down, we are missing our friends, families, and coworkers as we continue to self-isolate. Living in close quarters with our immediate family twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week is bound to give anyone a bit of cabin fever.…»

Staying Healthy and Connected in a Socially Distanced World—Round 2

by Jazmin Bonizzoni Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund | April 16 2020

With many of us now working from home, I think it’s safe to say that some of us may be struggling to adapt to this new normal. While introverts may be rejoicing at the opportunity to retreat to their home offices, that may not be the case for everyone. During this time of social distancing, you might find yourself asking: how can we stay connected with others and remain effective in our roles when…»