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Provincial Curriculum Development Prototyping Initiative

Fri, 14 Mar, 2014

News: Provincial Curriculum Development Prototyping Initiative

On February 19, 2014 at the Inspiring Education Symposium, the Minister of Education announced that Edmonton Public Schools had been selected to be part of their Provincial Curriculum Development Prototyping initiative.

This initiative will help bring the vision of Inspiring Education to life, which centres around transforming our education system, so all students can grow into Engaged Thinkers and Ethical Citizens with an Entrepreneurial Spirit. It will also be guided by the Education Act and new Ministerial Order on Student Learning.

We’re pleased to be one of six jurisdictions across the province to be awarded a contract by Alberta Education. Our District will partner with the St. Albert Public School District to develop draft curriculum models for Kindergarten through Grade 3.

This project provides a unique opportunity for over 80 teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 12 as well as at least seven schools to be involved in the early processes of curriculum development and testing.

During the initial phase, we will:

  • work with teachers across all subject areas as well as business and community partners to explore what they feel is vital for students to learn about
  • determine what K to 3 students in English Language Arts (ELA), French Language Arts (FLA), Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies, Arts Education and Wellness Education should learn and how teachers will observe and report student progress
  • create learning and teaching resources for these subject areas that align with the proposed new curriculum models
  • design a draft Kindergarten to Grade 12 Scope and Sequence, which will involve us looking into the future beyond Grade 3; we’ll assess how learner outcomes could flow across all division levels all the way up to Grade 12
  • develop a graphic organizer to illustrate the relationship among literacy, numeracy, cross-curricular competencies and different subject areas

The second phase (Fall 2014) will include testing in select schools across the District of all of the new draft curriculum models. The project will be completed in December 2014.

Read more about Alberta Education’s Curriculum Redesign initiative.