New curriculum recommendations & have your say on new Ministerial Order on Student Learning

In August 2019, the Alberta government appointed a curriculum advisory panel tasked to advise the Education Minister on curriculum development, as well as develop a new vision for student learning.

Today, as a result of the advisory panel’s work, the government released the following:

 

  1. A public survey on the draft Ministerial Order on Student Learning 
  2. Curriculum Advisory Panel: Recommendations on direction for curriculum
    • According to the government news release, recommendations from the curriculum advisory panel include:

      • ensuring the curriculum remains free from the prescription of pedagogical approaches, like discovery math

      • addressing financial literacy, work readiness, wellness and goal-setting to enhance students’ life skills

      • implementing standardized assessment tools to evaluate literacy and numeracy in Grades 1 through 5

      • aligning the draft K-4 curriculum from 2018 with the new vision for student learning

      • providing students with work-integrated learning opportunities

      • ensuring First Nations, Metis and Inuit learnings continue to be reflected in our curriculum

      • [READ FULL REPORT]

 

As part of a news conference this morning, Education Minister LaGrange stated the following:

“I want to be very clear. No decisions have been made yet on the panel’s recommendations. However, in the spirit of transparency, the report is also available on alberta.ca and I would encourage all of you to go there and read it. We will consider the feedback from the survey, along with the panel’s recommendations, to help guide our work going forward and inform next steps in updating the curriculum.”  

If you have a chance to review the new documents and would like to share your thoughts with us, feel free to email Donna Trimble, PCE’s Executive Director, at dtrimble@parentchoice.ca