How to ​Apply​

The application deadline for the 2023-2024 school year is Wednesday May 10, 2023

Teachers will find out acceptance / non-acceptance on Thursday May 25, 2023 ​​​​


Applications for the 202​3-2024 school are now available

Campus Calgary/Open Minds is an award-winning program that provides authentic learning experiences to transform teaching and learning by increasing engagement through community, funder, and educational partnerships. Creating personalized and flexible learning programs for each student, Campus Calgary/Open Minds provides a dynamic learning experience by connecting students in the community for five days and connecting them to experts who are passionate about experiential learning.

Step One : Login

For CBE and CCSD teachers, please be logged into your google or learn accounts before beginning this application process.

For CBE Teachers

For CBE teachers, please be logged into your CBE google accounts (educbe) before starting. Your username will be the same as your account but will require the suffix. The CBE google application form is found here:

For CCSD Teachers

For CCSD teachers, please be logged into your CCSD google accounts (learn) before starting. Your username will be the same as your account but will require the suffix. The CCSD google application form is found here:

For Independents/Charters or CBE/CCSD teachers unable to access district accounts

For Independent teachers, and CBE and CCSD teachers who can’t log into their google accounts, use this google application form: You will email your Application Supporting Document to Jennifer Meredith at

Step Two: Submit an Application Supporting Document

How to Apply

The application is a Google form in which you will upload your Application Supporting Document. Please ensure that when you apply, you look at the requirements for the Application Supporting Document. The application changed last year, and your application must reflect current expectations.

In the Application Supporting Document you will share the following: 

1. What is your Big Idea/Question/Provocation and how do you see this influencing/inspiring your year’s work?  

    • What are some other essential questions that can support this as well? 
    • What are some in-school learning connections you anticipate happening before and after your CCOM experience? 
    • How are you as a teacher or teaching team ‘connected’ to this big idea/question/provocation? Where are your personal interests/passions in this? 

2. What do you hope/want your students to come to understand as part of this Campus Calgary / Open Minds experience? 

    • When it’s all said and done, what are some potential pieces of learning that you want your students to take away with them, as part of their work with a site?  

3. Campus Calgary / Open Minds is just as much for teachers as it is for students. With that in mind, what do you want to come to understand as part of this CCOM experience?   

    • How do you want/hope this experience will influence your teaching practice? 
    • If you are accepted and there are changes to your teaching team, how will the new teachers be supported to be prepared for their CCOM experience? 

4. Why this site? How do you anticipate this site supporting your big question and your students learning?  

    • How will your first-choice site(s) support specific learning for you and your students based on your big question? 
    • Briefly share how your second and third-choices will support your big question? 

5. Who are your students? Who is your school community? 

    • Share how and why you feel that this experience will be impactful for your learners and school community.  
    • Please include anything additional information you’d like, to support your application. 

**How you layout/organize this information is up to you, but please make sure that all of this is contained within your Application Supporting Document. ** This file may be a .pdf, .docx/.doc, google doc, or other typical multimedia files. (please do not use Pages).

For more information about Campus Calgary / Open Minds, join us for an Information Session on Wednesday April 19 (in-person), Location: City Hall School classroom, Municipal Building (800 Macleod Tr SE): RSVP here

Cost of Program

We are grateful for the support of community and funder partners who put this program within reach of all Calgary teachers and students. Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District schools pay $1250 and all other Calgary schools pay $1500 (bussing included).

This is a heavily subsidized program with actual costs being about $5000 - $8000 per week.

New to applying?

For teachers new to Campus Calgary / Open Minds, further questions will be answered at upcoming information sessions. Please see the dates below.

  • Campus Calgary / Open Minds 101 and Proposal Writing Workshop will be at Teachers Convention - Friday February 17 at 9:00 a.m. (90 minutes). Please see the Teachers' Convention website for more information and to register.
  • Booth at Teachers Convention - please stop by to find out about opportunities for the 2023-24 school year.
  • Additional Information and Application Session (in-person) - Wednesday April 1​9 RSVP here

The application deadline for the 2023-2024 school year is Wednesday ​May 10, 2023.



Campus Calgary:

  • City EcoAction School (City of Calgary Parks)
    Grades 1 to 12
  • City Hall School (funded by the City of Calgary) 
    Grades 3 to 12
  • Stampede School - Calgary Stampede (funded by The Stampede Foundation)
    Grades 1 to 12
  • Arts Commons - ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning 
    Grades 1 to 12
  • 2School: An Urban Experience – CBE Education Centre 
    Grades 1 to 12
  • Healthy Living School – Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge OR Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton (funded by Cenovus) 
    Grades 1 to 12
  • Jube School – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
    Grades 1-12
  • Library School – Calgary Public Library (funded by Cenovus)
    Grades 1-12
  • SEEDschool – The Mustard Seed
    Grades 3-12

Chevron Open Minds:

  • Science School - TELUS Spark
  • Grades 1 to 9
  • Zoo School – Calgary Zoo
    Grades 1 to 12
  • Glenbow Museum School
    *Please note - Museum School at the Glenbow Museum is not accepting applications as they are closed for extensive building renovations. 
    Grades 1 to 12​​

Year at a Gla​​nce

  • Info and Application Writing Workshop (February 17 at Teachers’ Convention) - review proposal expectations and how to complete the application process
  • CCOM Info and Application Workshop (April 19) 
  • Submission of Proposal (due May 10) 
  • Acceptance (May 25) 
  • Spring Inservice - Site Specific Welcome (after school in June) – initial opportunity for site familiarization, sharing of expectations, and development of working relationships 
  • Summer Workshop - A Day on Site (usually in August) – Immersion at the site and discovery of the rich learning opportunities available at each site 
  • Fall Pedagogy Evening - Journalling Workshop (after school evening in September) – Immersion in and practicing the CC/OM philosophy and journalling 
  • Practice and Preparation at School (ongoing) 
  • Planning Meeting (after school at your school, 6-8 weeks prior to being on site) – In collaboration with CC/OM Operations Team and Site Coordinator to connect the classroom to the community creating a personalized week 
  • Scheduling Meeting (2 -3 weeks prior to being on site) – Finalize the schedule for the week and discussions of roles and responsibilities 
  • Week on Site 
  • Back at School – continued connections and taking up relevant actions 
  • ** CC/OM Professional Learning Workshops – offered throughout the year 
  • ** Ongoing communication with site and site coordinator to support learning.​​​​​​​​​​​​

2023-2024 Campus Calgary / Open Minds Site Workshop Dates

Site specific dates/times for Spring Inservice, Summer Workshop, and Fall Pedagogy Sessions.​


 Contact Us

Jennifer Meredith

Learning Leader
Campus Calgary/Open Minds
Phone: 403.817.7510
​Cell: 403.819.5917

Natasha McKay

Learning Leader
Campus Calgary/Open Minds ​
Phone: 403.817.7583

Marta Albertin

Campus Calgary / Open Minds​
Phone: 403.615.8376

 CBE Location

 CCSD Location


Calgary Catholic School District

St. Paul Centre
124 – 24 AVE Calgary, AB
T2E 1W4