Professional Development

Professional Development

CAWST's Youth Wavemakers program offers a large suite of resources for the K-12 classroom.  All of our educator workshops are practical and participatory, and aim to show you how to use our materials so that you can begin to use them the next day. Please see below for a list of our elementary, junior, and senior high educator workshops.

Tikho's Story: A Quest for Clean Water in Zambia

Elementary ~ Recommended time: 60 - 90 minutes

Experience the story of Tikho, a young girl from Zambia, whose community is working to improve their access to safe drinking water. Try games and activities that will help elementary students explore global water issues. Walk away with inspirational ideas on how to teach about global citizenship and water and the tools to do it, including: a multi-media presentation, curriculum linked lessons plans, card sorting games, posters, and action sheets.  Also learn how to use these resources to engage your students to take action within their own community on global or local water issues.

Water & Global Responsibility: A STEM Unit Plan

Elementary ~ Recommended time: 1.5 - 3 hours

Where does water come from? How do we protect and share it? What is my relationship to water compared to others around the world?   This inquiry-based unit was developed during a 2-year STEM research  project between the University of Calgary, the University School, and CAWST.  The results were meaningful learning experience across all curricular areas and real world learning on global water issues.  In this workshop you will have a chance to sample parts of the unit plan and understand how to incorporate it into your curriculum.

How To Take Action & Make it Count

Junior & Senior High ~ Recommended time: 2 - 6 hours.  Full day workshop recommended.

Discover how to get youth active in global and local water issues. Going beyond the problems, this workshop provides creative step-by-step tools to engage and empower youth to be active and effective global citizens.  See examples of projects and see how Wavemakers have had a positive impact on their communities.  This workshop is ideal for educators who plan to apply for CAWST's Youth Wavemakers $500 Action Grant. The deadline for Action Project Proposals is November 15th each year.

Flood of Change: Using Documentary Storytelling to Motivate Youth Engagement in Global Water Issues

Junior & Senior High ~ Recommended time: 1.5 - 2 hours

Workshop participants will view Flood of Change, a short, captivating documentary developed in 2013 by CAWST Youth Wavemakers that shares the story of three youth in Nepal and their movement to take action around water, sanitation and hygiene.  Flood of Change was created by Nepalese youth through CAWST partner organization, who filmed 70% of the final footage and found the words and images to share this story. This approach at digital storytelling represents an authentic version of a cholera epidemic and its effect on the lives of the youth.  Flood of Change and the accomanying educator guide make a high-quality global education resource that will encourage your students to investigate individual vs. collective action; the role of government and non-government organizations to effect social change and; connection between poverty, health, safe water, sanitation and hygiene; and what they can do to take action.


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Past Clients:


Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE), Earth Matters Conference

Beginner Teacher Conference

Calgary City Teachers' Convention

Central Eastern Teachers' Convention

Global STEMx Conference

Greater Edmonton Teachers' Convention

Green Learning Academy

Mighty Peace Teachers' Convention

North Central Teachers' Convention

Palliser District Teachers' Convention

Rockyview Schools

South Western Alberta Teachers' Convention

Springbank Community High School

University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education

British Columbia

Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Education

University of Fraser Valley, Faculty of Education

University of Victoria, Faculty of Education

Victoria Island University, Faculty of Education


Brock University, Faculty of Education

Trent University, Faculty of Education

Queens University, Faculty of Education

United States

Project WET, Blue Planet Conference