Lat­est draft K-4 cur­ricu­lum now avail­able

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Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion in­vites Al­ber­tans to view the lat­est draft cur­ricu­lum prior to the next phase of de­vel­op­ment.

In June 2016, Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion be­gan work on de­vel­op­ing new provin­cial cur­ricu­lum in six sub­ject ar­eas: lan­guage arts (English and French), math­e­mat­ics, so­cial stud­ies, sci­ences, arts, and well­ness ed­u­ca­tion. This past spring, Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion shared draft cur­ricu­lum with Al­ber­tans to gather feed­back on what stu­dents will learn in Kinder­garten to Grade 4. The lat­est draft cur­ricu­lum in­cludes the feed­back re­ceived to date.

“We have de­vel­oped a cur­ricu­lum that is com­mon sense, prac­ti­cal and in align­ment with up-to-date re­search. This cur­ricu­lum re­write process has been open and trans­par­ent, and we have re­ceived more than 70,000 re­sponses on our draft cur­ricu­lum. We’re work­ing hard to en­sure that this cur­ricu­lum fo­cuses on the pri­or­i­ties of Al­ber­tans so it can set our stu­dents up for suc­cess in a fast-chang­ing world.” David Eggen, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion

“The sig­nif­i­cance of Al­berta rewrit­ing the school cur­ricu­lum can­not be un­der­stated for Indige­nous peo­ples. It’s an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther in­form on the rich his­tory and cul­ture of Canada’s Indige­nous peo­ples and the im­pact of col­o­niza­tion and fed­eral poli­cies like res­i­den­tial schools. The new cur­ricu­lum will be key to chang­ing sys­temic racism while au­then­ti­cally walk­ing to­gether to­wards Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.”

Shane Gauthier, CEO, Abo­rig­i­nal Friend­ship Cen­tre of Cal­gary

“Fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy is crit­i­cal to peo­ple mak­ing fi­nan­cially re­spon­si­ble de­ci­sions im­por­tant to our ev­ery­day lives. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cur­ricu­lum re­view process gave us the op­por­tu­nity to work with other fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions to de­sign rec­om­men­da­tions guided by in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices, a fu­ture fo­cus and in­clu­siv­ity, with an ob­jec­tive of pro­vid­ing Al­berta stu­dents the tools they need for fi­nan­cial suc­cess. For credit unions, con­tribut­ing to the strength of our com­mu­ni­ties through ini­tia­tives like these, is a pri­or­ity.”

Ian Burns, pres­i­dent and CEO, Al­berta Cen­tral

“We are very en­cour­aged to see Al­berta tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to re­fresh the school cur­ricu­lum to teach young chil­dren the foun­da­tions of com­puter science and com­pu­ta­tional think­ing. The con­sul­ta­tion process has demon­strated how com­mit­ted the gov­ern­ment is to en­sur­ing kids to­day learn the skills they will need to be suc­cess­ful in the econ­omy of to­mor­row.”

Melissa Sar­if­fodeen, co­founder & CEO, Canada Learn­ing Code

“MindFuel is hon­oured to have par­tic­i­pated in the cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment round­table dis­cus­sions. We ap­pre­ci­ate the enor­mity of the min­istry’s ex­ten­sive process of en­gag­ing crit­i­cal stake­hold­ers in the re­view­ing and rewrit­ing of all sub­jects of the K-12 cur­ricu­lum. Our world is in­ter­con­nected, com­plex and di­verse, and it is im­por­tant that our cur­ricu­lum re­flects this. With in­put from ed­u­ca­tors as well as in­dus­try and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion’s cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment will bet­ter meet the needs of our stu­dents and teach­ers in the 21st cen­tury.” Cassy We­ber, CEO, MindFuel

“It is es­sen­tial that we de­velop sex­ual health ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum so that there is con­sis­tency in out­comes across the prov­ince. I am pleased to see the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta tak­ing a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach. Is­sues like con­sent re­quire stu­dents to be pro­vided with tools to de­velop the skills to en­gage in healthy re­la­tion­ships through­out their lives.”

Pam Krause, pres­i­dent and CEO, Cen­tre for Sex­u­al­ity

“It has been three decades since a sig­nif­i­cant cur­ricu­lum up­date in this prov­ince. Our so­ci­ety has changed so much in the last 30 years and we have so much new in­sight into ed­u­ca­tional meth­ods that work and the world around us. As a par­ent I want my kids to be equipped with the knowl­edge, skills and em­pa­thy they will need to live in a rapidly chang­ing world.”

Tu­val Din­ner Naf­shi, par­ent

“As a par­ent of a child clas­si­fied as spe­cial needs, the con­sul­ta­tion process for the new cur­ricu­lum is some­thing that was a ground-break­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The op­por­tu­nity to have open di­a­logue about as­pects that we as par­ents con­sider to be vi­tal for our chil­dren and other chil­dren opened up a whole lot of other talk­ing points with our lo­cal school and prompted us to pur­sue fur­ther ed­u­ca­tional stud­ies to get my spe­cial needs child up to date in the cur­ricu­lum. This was an ex­cep­tional op­por­tu­nity that I would en­cour­age all par­ents to par­tic­i­pate in wher­ever pos­si­ble. It is the shared re­spon­si­bil­ity of par­ents and ed­u­ca­tors alike and we suc­ceed when we part­ner to­gether.”

Lau­rie Skel­ton, par­ent

“We ur­gently sup­port all ef­forts to en­hance CT, cod­ing, and com­put­ing science knowl­edge and skill de­vel­op­ment in the K-12 cur­ricu­lum. Al­berta can con­tinue to be a cur­ricu­lum leader by ad­dress­ing the com­pu­ta­tional and data lit­er­acy needs of cur­rent and fu­ture stu­dents, in­dus­tries and sci­en­tists.”

Cathy Adams, pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta

Tele­phone town halls Min­is­ter Eggen and Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials will be host­ing tele­phone town halls to dis­cuss the draft K-4 cur­ricu­lum.

The calls will start at 7 p.m. on: • Oct. 16 for north­ern Al­berta res­i­dents • Oct. 17 for south­ern Al­berta res­i­dents

The tele­phone town hall meet­ings are part of a broader ap­proach to shar­ing in­for­ma­tion about cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment work. The calls will also be live-streamed for any­one who wants to lis­ten on­line in­stead of over the phone.

Pre-reg­is­ter for the tele­phone town halls by visit­ing ed­u­ca­tion. al­berta.ca/cur­ricu­lumde­vel­op­ment.

Gov­ern­ment has also launched a new plat­form for Al­ber­tans to ac­cess the draft cur­ricu­lum on the new LearnAl­berta.ca web­site.

Cur­ricu­lum re­view time­line Cur­rent cur­ricu­lum re­mains in ef­fect un­til fu­ture provin­cial cur­ricu­lum is ap­proved by the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion. Time­lines for im­ple­men­ta­tion of fu­ture provin­cial cur­ricu­lum have yet to be set.

Tar­geted time­lines for min­is­te­rial ap­proval of cur­ricu­lum:

• Grades K–4: De­cem­ber 2018.

• Grades 5–8: De­cem­ber 2019.

• Grades 9–10 (three sub­ject ar­eas): De­cem­ber 2020.

• Grades 9–10 (three sub­ject ar­eas) and 11–12 (three sub­ject ar­eas): De­cem­ber 2021.

• Grades 11–12 (three sub­ject ar­eas): De­cem­ber 2022.

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