Cel­e­bra­tion of Learn­ing in­cluded a look to the fu­ture of ed­u­ca­tion

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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.

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