Our mission is to nurture teachers who want to move education in the direction of creating wellness-focused learning environments.

 

You are the changemakers on the front lines — We can't do it without you!

 

We are a team of Ontario Certified Teachers, Passionate Educators, Youth Motivators and Speakers who strongly believe in integrated experiential learning methods for the 21st century student.

 

Working with thousands of students and teachers in over 35 schools boards and districts since 2010, we've witnessed firsthand the developmental changes young people have gone through in our digital world — along with the challenges teachers face in bridging the gaps between changing student needs, curriculum expectation and system mandates.

Research indicates that movement helps kids retain information more than just listening. We retain 75% of what we do compared to 5% of what we hear and 10% of what we read.

We've seen the profound positive effects engaging the whole child has on both the individual and the community. Not to mention the excitement of teachers when they would experience our innovative activities. We knew we had a powerful tool and sought out to create a sustainable approach and tool for integrated learning.

Moving EDGEucation will help you:
  • Integrate Ontarios's Well Being Strategy and New DPA Requirements (PPM 138) into your teaching practice

  • Increase academic engagement & positive attitudes towards math & other core subjects

  • Increase creativity, confidence and results in the classroom by activating the Body, Brain & Being simultaneously, & encouraging classroom unity & personal expression.

  • Implement strategies on an ongoing basis with our online resources

 

Our Pedagogy & How it Works

Everything we do, from our lessons to our workshops and assemblies is based on the model below, leveraging our two key philosophies:

  1. Equally engaging the entire self “Body, Brain & Being” while learning!

  2. Promoting and celebrating both Unity and Individuality

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“I saw my students in a more compassionate way than I had before. SEL simply, but powerfully, changed the way I viewed them as individuals.”

—Teresa Collins, An Associate Professor of Education

Meet the EDGEucation Team

 
Amy Tepperman
Amy Tepperman

Founder & Education Director

"After working with teachers and witnessing the challenges students face in our rapidly changing world, I developed integrated, movement-based teaching tools with the goal of helping teachers to equally infuse physical, cognitive, social/emotional development into their everyday practice." (Read More)

Libby Avalos

Lead EDGEucator, School Experience Coordinator

“By giving students permission to accept and be their own UNIQUE selves, and practice that in movement, I witness valuable life skills developing daily.” (Read More)

Ria Aikat

Lead EDGEucator

“I love sharing our methods with fellow teachers ... We build communities, creativity, and confidence in under an hour, and you don’t have to be a natural mover to experience it!” (Read More)

Tyler Boyle

BWDSB – EDGEucation Rep

“When I'm not in my classroom, you can find me EDGEucating in schools, creating in my studio or performing at Blue Mountain Village and Resort.” (Read More)

Nicky Cardwell

WRDSB – EDGEucation Rep

Our EDGEucation Ambassadors

 
Rebecca Birtzu

Teacher – Rama First Nations

Why I became an Ambassador?

I am excited to be a Moving EDGEucation Ambassador as I greatly appreciate the approach taught by the program and my students love the learning process. As a teacher working in First Nation classrooms for 10 years, I have observed the success students experience learning through movement, music, creativity, self-awareness and growing confidence. It is meaningful to teach in a way that promotes a holistic approach to wellbeing, unifying the group of learners, while extending the opportunity for students to express their own individuality and self-identity. 

Principal –​ LKDSB

Why I became an Ambassador?

I believe that students engage in their learning when they are active participants. Moving EDGEucation inspires teachers to incorporate movement into their classroom practice. Seeing our students walking, skipping, dancing, and laughing as they explore literacy and numeracy concepts is the greatest evidence that learning through movement works!

Annie Nicholls

Teacher – SCDSB

Why I became an Ambassador?

I love everything about Moving EDGEucation program. Its fun, its easy to implement, it doesn't require extra equipment or space and everything can be found in one spot. What I love most is that all students can be successful when participating in it as it allows easy entry points and encourages individuality.

Elementary Itinerant Transition/ Guidance Teacher – YRDSB

Why I became an Ambassador?

I wanted to be a Moving EDGEucation Ambassador when I first saw it in action! I was amazed at how quickly students of all ages got involved moving in unison, and added their own individual flair. As teachers, we need to provide our students with more opportunities to learn in different ways to ensure we meet all of their needs.  I love the way Moving EDGEucation connects learning between the body, the brain, and the being, and respects students for who they are. Students have a blast learning concepts in new, fun, and innovative ways. I am excited to be involved with such a creative approach to teaching and learning.

“Much more of the brain is devoted to movement than to language. Language is only a little thing sitting on top of this huge ocean of movement.”

—Oliver Sacks, Neurologist & Author
 

See Us in Action!

Notable Past and Present Conference Presentations

TEDx Collingwood

Amy was a speaker at the 2017 Conference and Co-Host at the 2018 Confernce

SXSW Education

Amy will be presenting "Using Movement and SEL to teach Math" at South by Southwest Education in Austin Texas

Ontario Principals Council - LeadON20

Amy will be co-presenting in the Mental Wellness strand with LKDSB Principal Sandi Cook on the use of the Moving EDGEucation approach at Winston Churchill PS. 

TDSB - Learning Network Ambassadors

Amy will be the opening Keynote Speaker for the event and running 2 workshops during the day.

Ontario Physical Literacy Summit

Oct 11th 2019

Amy will be presenting "Exploring the Math Curriculum with the Body, Brain and Being" 

Health Active Living Peel

October 24th 2019

Amy will be presenting "Integrating Movement and SEL with Numeracy and Literacy Curriculum"

Ontario Student Leadership Conference

November 5th 2019

This conference host over 4,000 student leaders and educators from across Ontario, Canada. Amy will be presenting "What do a Dance Party and Leadership have in Common"

QPAT (Qubec Teachers Association)

November 15th 2019

Amy will be presenting "Integrating Movement and SEL with Numeracy and Literacy Curriculum for the Quebec Teacher's Association Conference in Montreal.

​Ontario Math Educators Conference

May 16-18, 2019

Amy will be presenting "Exploring the Math Curriculum with the Body, Brain and Being!" 

Nipissing University

November 12th 2018

Amy will be the Keynote Speaker for the Faculty of Education

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What people are saying about Moving EDGEucation

 

This is an excellent curriculum-based approach that is contemporary and amazing supporting both learning and well-being

Debra Fletcher (AMDSB)

As an educator, this methodology of engaging learners is wildly refreshing - movement, engagement, application....and fun! A fresh approach to everything that our learners, young especially, need to develop confidence and agency in their learning!

Jimmy Judgey (co-founder Tutor Bright)

I brought Amy and her team to begin a staff PD day and wowzer! She knocked it out of the park!! Our staff of 64 educators (OCTs, DECEs, EAs, office admin) enjoyed the creative movement session and easily saw the curriculum connections that could be made. They equally valued the SEL component as we are all looking for new proactive ways at helping our growing number of students who arrive in our classrooms with self-regulation challenges. Two enthusiastic thumbs up for the Move EDGEucation digital resources our educators will be rolling out in their classrooms this fall.

Louise VanderPut (Vice Principal HWDSB)

We need a world where we are more in our body and less in our head. Moving EDGEucation is bringing balance to the education system with her body-based teaching methods and it is truly revolutionary. Kids are sitting more than ever; glued to technology more than ever; playing outside less than ever. This approach is bringing body intelligence back into the classroom in a way that is fun and inspiring.

Hima Batavia (Centre for Social Innovation)

As teachers, we need to provide our students with more opportunities to learn in different ways to ensure we meet all of their needs.  I love the way Moving EDGEucation connects learning between the body, the brain, and the being, and respects students for who they are. Students have a blast learning concepts in new, fun, and innovative ways. I am excited to be involved with such a creative approach to teaching and learning.

Alison Campbell (Elementary Itinerant Transition/Guidance Teacher - YRDSB)

I have attended several sessions at the elementary school where I am a teacher. It is incredible how they can engage students of all ages (Grade One to Eight) in movement. Everyone participates at their comfort level so it is truly a differentiated program allowing entry points for all students. Their passion is contagious and you leave the workshops feeling energized!

Shari Keats (Teacher, HDSB)

I love everything about Moving EDGEucation program. Its fun, its easy to implement, it doesn't require extra equipment or space and everything can be found in one spot. What I love most is that all students can be successful when participating in it as it allows easy entry points and encourages individuality.

Annie Nicholls (Teacher - SCDSB)

Thank you for your devotion to education through your work and passion. I believe in the kind of work you are doing and have the same belief that concepts are richer and deeper when accessed through creative movement and creative thinking. You are providing necessary resources in our changing world.

Larissa Benedetti (Teacher - HDSB)

The content was so relevant, the takeaways incredibly valuable and the connection to the cross curricular expectations gets educators talking in the four frames.

Melissa Purchase (UGDSB) 

I believe that students engage in their learning when they are active participants. Moving EDGEucation inspires teachers to incorporate movement into their classroom practice. Seeing our students walking, skipping, dancing, and laughing as they explore literacy and numeracy concepts is the greatest evidence that learning through movement works!

Sandi Cook (Principal  - LKDSB)

This innovative approach to education is exactly what we need more of in our classrooms! Let's stop forcing students to sit at a desk for hours and hours when and have them moving, experiencing and learning in an open and safe space with their peers!

Ishan Angra

(Welling Dufferin-Guelph Public Health)

As a school behavioural consultant, I often recommend Moving EDGEucation resources as an excellent tool to foster inclusion, well being and academic success in our classrooms. This approach supports a Universal Design for Learning and the principles of Differentiated Instruction. Through the exploration of kinaesthetic movement, students have the unique opportunity to express emotions while internalizing new learning. This tool is easily accessible to teachers and a valuable resource in engaging ALL students, exploring new concepts and skills and consolidating learning. Moving EDGEucation's resources are an asset in minimizing barriers in our classroom and maximizing success for all!

Ashley Weiss (TDSB Behaviour Consultant)

This is exactly what my boys need to make learning a more engaging and interactive process. I wish I had this opportunity growing up.

Justine Shoolman

(Parent and Workshop Participant)

What a fantastic day! Our EDGEucator was professional, superb and delivered an inspiring message which especially got older students out of their shells.

Christian Madigan (Teacher - TCDSB)

I greatly appreciate the approach taught by the program and my students love the learning process. As a teacher working in First Nation classrooms for 10 years, I have observed the success students experience learning through movement, music, creativity, self-awareness and growing confidence. It is meaningful to teach in a way that promotes a holistic approach to wellbeing, unifying the group of learners, while extending the opportunity for students to express their own individuality and self-identity. 

Rebecca Birtzu (Teacher, RAMA First Nations)

The Activities are set up to permit maximum repetition of movement in an ever changing environment with almost no time pressure or peer pressure - optimal conditions for the brain to learn how to orchestrate movement.

Dr Dean Kriellaars, Ph.D CEP

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