On April 20, School District 91 held a presentation at Fort St. James Secondary School to discuss the new curriculum.
The aim was to engage parents and community members and to begin a discussion regarding public education as a first step towards developing a strategic plan.
B.C.’s redesigned curriculum is focused on literacy, numeracy foundations, essential learning and core competencies.
“Welcome to a conversation about learning,” Manu Madhok, Assistant Superintendent of the School District said.
“We are living in a world that is more connected than ever. Change is difficult but it must happen,” Madhok said.
Curriculum highlights include personalized learning, ecology and the environment, historical wrongs, aboriginal perspectives and knowledge and flexible learning environments.
Personalized learning provides flexibility to inspire the personalization of learning and addresses the diverse needs and interests of B.C. students.
Ecology and the environment will include revisions to the science curriculum to ensure better representation of ecology and environmental learning.
The curriculum also includes the history of the Asian and South Asian communities and their contributions to the development of British Columbia as well as injustices that they experienced.
Aboriginal culture and knowledge have been integrated throughout all areas of learning that will reflect the First Peoples Principles of Learning.
Lastly, B.C’S redesigned curriculum provides teachers with greater flexibility in creating learning environments that are relevant, engaging and novel.
The new curriculum will be fully implemented in September, 2016 for students in kindergarten through to grade 9.
Students in grades 10 and up will see the new curriculum in their schools in 2017.
Superintendent, Charlene Seguin is excited about the new changes.
“As a Board, we must make changes too. This is a multi-year plan. We live in an ever-changing world and these changes are very exciting,” Seguin said.
For more information and to add your feedback regarding the new curriculum visit: SD91.BC.CA