SACY Teachers

SACY Curriculum and Teacher Training Stream

SACY recognizes that teachers play an important role in positively influencing youth development. Training for all teachers and administrators is available.

We also train teachers who are interested in delivering the well-recognized “Fourth R classroom” curriculum where relationship knowledge and skills are taught in the same way as reading, writing, and arithmetic thus becoming the Fourth R (Relationships).

What does the SACY Curriculum and Teacher training stream do?

We develop and facilitate professional development opportunities which seek to:

  • Enhance each school’s capacity to prevent, delay and reduce the problems associated with alcohol and other drug use within their student population and in the wider community;
  • Improve teachers’ awareness and knowledge regarding alcohol and other drugs and increase their skills in responding to substance use related problems;
  • Develop and strengthen the connections among students, teachers, parents and the wider school community


teacher stream 

I have seen a shift from treating SACY issues as
discipline issues to opportunities to better educate
the students, staff, and parents. It may be harder
to measure success but it feels like a more natural
and long term approach
- Principal

I see SACY changing how Vancouver is dealing with
this issue [youth drug and alcohol use]. It’s very useful. 
                                                                                                              - SACY Teacher Training Participant                 

[SACY] is part of the very supportive attitude we
have met at the school here in Vancouver. My
child is doing much better in school now he is
in a system where the message is "We want you here".

- SACY Parent Workshop Participant

I like the supportive nature [of SACY] rather than
an "iron-fist" approach.   
- SACY Teacher Training Participant  

[My most significant learning was that] instead of
pushing kids away because they may have substance
abuse problems, find better ways to support them
and talk with them to steer them in a better direction.  
- SACY Teacher Training Participant                 

SACY Professional Development sessions:

October 19, 2012 - Discussing Cannabis Policies: do educators have a role?

Art Steinmann's Presentation from October 19/2012

Evan Wood's Presentation from October 19/2012

November 30, 2012 - A Day in the Life of Step (SACY) - a Sampler