Celebration of Learning included a look to the future of education
A chance to envision the future of education was part of the second annual Celebration of Learning hosted by the Chinook School Division on March 14.
School Community Council representatives from 27 of Chinook’s 31 public schools attended last Thursday’s visioning session which is helping provide input to a new provincial education plan.
“I think the process is very important because people do have an opportunity to be heard and they have an opportunity for input. But I think the product is also going to be important. So I am very curious about what the final results are going to look like,” explained Chinook’s Director of Education Kyle Mcintyre.
SCC representatives in attendance were tasked with table discussions envisioning four questions: 1) What knowledge, skills and abilities do students need to be prepared for their future life and learning, and why are those important? 2) What gets in the way of student success and well being? 3) What is working well now in Saskatchewan’s school system that prepares students for the future? 4) What needs to change in Saskatchewan’s school system to better prepare students for their future?
The session was the first in a series of engagement opportunities which will be held across the province, asking for people’s perceptions and input into the new provincial education plan.
Mcintyre is expecting to learn about both local and provincial level concerns in the survey sessions.
“Its always good to hear what your ratepayers are saying. Hopefully we’re going to get some affirmation about some of the things we’re doing in our schools. And if we get some things identified specifically about our schools, obviously we’re going to talk about it and try to make a plan to improve it.”
“I would say there’s a lot of things that are working well right now in Saskatchewan education,” Mcintyre said, pointing to the engagement of SCC’S, and the dedicated teaching staff across Chinook.
“I’m sure that we could always use more parental support. Not every single parent is engaged helping their child be successful. I think we could always use more counselling supports. Mental health, anxiety, seems to be on the rise. As a society I think that would be some things that we need more of.”
“I think we’re trying as educators to give kids more choice in how they demonstrate their learning. There might be some changes made that comes out of some of this consultation that talks about maybe having a curriculum that will prepare kids better for life. Right now we probably focus a lot of kids going on to post secondary and university. And maybe we don’t put enough emphasis on what those other kids are doing. So maybe there needs to be some more pathways that are built into our curriculums and our choices for our students in our schools.”
The Chinook School Division’s Celebration of Learning on March 14 was launched by a performance by the Ecole Centennial Stars Choir.