High School Resources

Alcohol: A Conversation

Most high school students in Alberta will make decisions about alcohol: To drink or not to drink? If I drink, how much should I drink?

Because underage drinking is an important issue for youth, it is an important issue for schools and communities. Alcohol: A Conversation takes an approach that respects youth as people who must make important decisions in their lives. We offer lessons and supplemental material that can be used within the current Alberta Education curriculum, but we also go beyond this material, suggesting ways to inform the conversation in many other classes, in natural gathering places for students, and in other organized activities such as sports and school clubs.

Let’s talk. Let’s talk about alcohol at home, in the classroom, on school websites, and at student leadership meetings. Let’s deal with alcohol as the complex issue that it is, one that may be present in our own lives. Let’s engage young people in these conversations with an aim of developing their knowledge and their capacity for critical thought and their ability to make safe and healthy decisions.

Grade 11

Be Your Own HERO (Health, Education, Resiliency, Opportunity): provides accurate information, helps youth to develop life skills, and emphasizes the importance of healthy choices. The resource includes six 80-minute lessons that fulfill outcomes from the Alberta Learning Career and Life Management (CALM) curriculum. The lessons were developed to be practical and valuable to teachers, and easy to use in a variety of CALM classes. The activities involve class discussion, group work and experiential components.

Grade 12

A Grad To Remember - This guide is intended as a resource for parents, teachers, students, and anyone interested or involved in organizing a dry grad. It answers important questions about dry grads, describes how to get things done, and guides dry grad planning from start to finish. There are recommendations and suggestions for a successful dry grad from actual dry grad organizers, information on specific Alberta legislation relevant to dry grad planning, samples of correspondence, and more.

Teacher Information Series: Kids have always experimented and pushed the boundaries of what they should and shouldn’t do. They need to prove things to themselves and to their peers—it’s a part of growing up. When tobacco, alcohol, other drugs or gambling is involved, experimentation can become a dangerous progression that may lead to dependency or an addiction. The Teacher Information Series is designed to give teachers like you factual information to help you engage students in talking about substance abuse and gambling and allow them to make informed lifestyle decisions and healthy choices.

School Policy Manual

This manual offers principals, teachers and school councils practical information about developing a substance use and gambling policy. It describes the key components of an effective policy, discusses the benefits of such policy, addresses common concerns, and provides information about relevant resources that schools can use. The manual includes sample resources such as a presentation for those developing policy, a school policy template, and statements to the school community about dealing with incidents related to substance use or gambling.