An Invitation from the Minister of Education
Minister of Education David Eggen has invited our students to consider an exciting opportunity:
Student voice is important for our education system, and I am proud of how the members of this year’s Minister’s Youth Council are sharing their education experiences and making their voices heard.
I am excited to announce recruitment for the 2018/19 Minister’s Youth Council. We are looking for approximately 32 junior and senior high school students with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all regions of Alberta. Of those 32, we will be accepting up to eight returning council members and at least 24 new members. The council will continue to give students the opportunity to build their leadership skills at the provincial level, make an impact on education and leave a legacy that will last well into the future.
Students can apply directly to Alberta Education before March 30, 2018. For more information, I invite you to visit our website at education.alberta.ca/myc.
I look forward to working with students and ministry staff to promote promising practices in how students and adults can co-create collaborative, working relationships that help to shape the education system, and ultimately prepare Albertans for success.
cc: Superintendents of Public, Separate, Francophone and Charter Schools Boards
Executive Directors of Stakeholder Associations
First Nations Education Directors
Communications Contacts at School Divisions
Register for Winter Events
Have you checked out our Winter and Spring events list? Register promptly to ensure your spot!
Here's what's coming up:
Red Deer County, Friday, 23 Feb, 2018
Have you wanted to make a knife but didn't know where to begin? This intensive workshop series, held over 4 weeks, will give you the opportunity to not only learn these skills but to put them into practice, designing and making a hand-crafted hunting knife of your own.
Event Date: Friday, 23 Feb, 2018 Event End Date: Friday, 16 Mar, 2018
Are you feeling the need to get up and move? Our ballroom dance workshops are a great place to have fun while learning the basics of ballroom dancing.
Event Date: Saturday, 24 Feb, 2018
Event Date: Saturday, 10 Mar, 2018
Trailhead Climbing & Fitness33 McKenzie Cres, Red Deer County, AB
Event Date: Friday, 20 Apr, 2018
Event Date: Saturday, 21 Apr, 2018
Last Chance to Register for Online Courses
Sign up now for the Spring Term of our Socratic Dialogue Online Program.
Registration closes Friday, January 19 at 5pm.
Classes start the week of February 6.
WISDOM’s online program can be considered a classical program in two senses of the word. The majority of the readings are original classics, whether in Literature, Mathematics, Science, Philosophy, or Theology. The method of learning in most of the online courses is through Socratic dialogue, which means that the students are expected to use their minds in defending their ideas, and challenging one another’s grasp of the book and of the truths contained within it. This method strengthens the students’ memory, and begins to accustom them to using correct grammar, logical thinking, and persuasive speaking, which are the first three liberal arts.
Click here to learn more about WISDOM's Socratic Dialogue Online Program.
Enrollment Deadline September 29**
Are you ready to begin home educating? We're here to help!
The enrollment deadline for 2017-2018 is September 29. However, wherever your student is on September 29 is where their funding will go. If you want to home school, please don't send your child to school tomorrow - don't even go there to pick up their books. Contact us first thing, and we can help you get things set up. Conversely, fill in the notification form and send it to us now, and we will get in touch with you and with your child's school.
High School and Beyond 2017
This year’s conference is designed to inspire youth and parents to explore, embrace and enjoy the Open Roads that home schooling through high school offer.
Join us to:
- invest in your own education
- speak with and interact with post-secondary institutions and employers
- plan for your important years
- meet up with friends and form new friendships, too
Funding for 2017-2018
AB Ed released an update to Standards for Home Education Reimbursement on July 11. These will be effective September 1, and applicable for purchases made for the 2017-2018 school year.
We appreciate the feedback you gave AB Education. There are some positive changes, including re-allowing reimbursement for private music lessons. Click here for more. There is still a basic misunderstanding of what "for the school" and "for the student" really means in a home school, but we will continue our efforts to communicate this to AB Ed.
Click here for funding information, including the new Funding Policy, new Expense Form, and more.
Graduation 2017 - Hoodies and Tassels
The deadline to order Grad Hoodies is June 12, 2017. Tassels and Charms are in stock and ready for purchase. For more details and a larger view, please click on the image.
Funding Deadlines and Quick Links
The deadline for submitting receipts or using Purchase Orders for this school year is May 31.
Click the links below to go directly to your desired page.
How Funding Works Learn about how funding works.
Deadlines All the dates you need to know for using your home school funding.
Policy Read our funding policy and receipt submission requirements.
Claiming Funding Learn how to properly fill in our Expense Form amd claim your refund.
Expense Form Go directly to the Expense Form, download it, save it, fill it in and mail to office with your receipts.
Request a PO How to use Purchase Order numbers for select vendors.
EFT Application Apply for Electronic Funds Transfer for direct deposit of refunds.