Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE)

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Laura Cameron
Executive Director
Capital Planning, Alberta Education
Edmonton, Alberta
Web site: http://education.alberta.ca/department/ipr/capitalplanning.aspx


Roles and responsibilities

The Capital Planning Sector of Alberta Education is responsible for developing and implementing policies, plans, and strategies to support infrastructure and capital planning and investments in the Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system. Capital Planning co-ordinates the provincial school capital plan and provides support to local school authorities with respect to school infrastructure. In collaboration with Alberta Infrastructure, the Sector manages the implementation and funding of approved school infrastructure projects. The Sector has 23 staff members, and works with over 60 local school jurisdictions to plan, provide and maintain infrastructure for about 600 000 students.


Main areas of policy and research interest

  • Alternative procurement.
  • Partnerships for construction and use of multi-purpose and joint school facilities.
  • Effective school design to meet current and future educational needs.
  • Repurposing of surplus schools.

Exemplary facilities and good practice in educational facilities investment

Click here to access more than 30 educational facilities featured and/or submitted to the OECD Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities, in addition to guidelines, policy and research documents and other relevant information on Canada, including Alberta.


Latest news...

  • Between April 2013 and February 2014, the Alberta government approved the construction of 50 new schools and the modernisation/replacement of 70 existing schools. Read more here… 
  • In June 2013, the southern part of Alberta experienced record-breaking and devastating floods. Most of the damaged schools have since re-opened, but one will need to be rebuilt and a second is undergoing extensive renovation. Work is also underway to explore ways to mitigate the effects of any future flooding on school infrastructure.

Why join the Group of National Experts on Effective Learning Environments (GNE)? Alberta Education says:

"Alberta Education has been an associate member of the OECD’s CELE since 2009, with the Capital Planning Sector acting as the primary contact within the department. Over the past four years, the Sector has benefitted from, and contributed to, the exchange and analysis of policy, research, and experience in many areas related to school buildings. Through the GNE, it is our intent and hope to continue to learn from the experiences of other participants and to share our own expertise where it can be of use."

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