Monthly Archives: March 2016

Modified curriculum – background information

What is the provincial curriculum?

The British Columbia provincial curriculum defines for teachers what students are expected to know and be able to do in their grade and area of learning. It provides the learning standards for students in BC schools.

Why is BC’s curriculum changing?

  • In today’s technology-enabled world, students have instant access to a limitless amount of information. For all students, the great value of education is in learning the skills to successfully locate, analyze, and apply the information they need in their work and personal lives after they graduate.
  • Experts from BC and around the world advise that curriculum should put more emphasis on concepts, competencies, and processes.
  • The existing curriculum can restrict student learning because it has so many objectives to cover. The highly prescriptive nature of the existing curriculum puts it at odds with the vision of a more personalized learning experience set out in BC’s Education Plan.

How is curriculum changing?

Drawing on extensive research and ongoing consultations with educators across the province, the Ministry of Education is redesigning curriculum to fit with the modern education system that is needed for today’s world. The curriculum redesign aims to:

  • reduce the prescriptiveness of the existing curriculum while ensuring a consistent focus on the essential elements of learning
  • allow teachers and students the flexibility to personalize the learning experience to better match each student’s individual strengths and needs
  • balance the foundational skills that students need to learn with the “big ideas” or concepts that they need to understand to succeed in their education and their lives

Curriculum is being designed to support development of critical thinking, communication skills, and personal and social competence.

 

What will be the same?

  • There will continue to be rigorous learning standards in each area of learning.
  • There will continue to be an emphasis in all grades on the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy. Subjects such as Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies will remain at the heart of every student’s education. But with the redesigned curriculum, students will be able to develop a deeper understanding of those subjects and their fundamental concepts.
  • Curriculum is now and will continue to be designed for the majority of students; classroom teachers will continue to adapt or modify standards for selected students as appropriate.

 

What will be different?

  • All areas of learning are being redesigned at the same time using a common framework.
  • The structure of the redesigned curriculum is more flexible to enable teachers to develop cross-curricular learning experiences for students and take advantage of current topics of interest to students.
  • In the redesigned curriculum framework, core competencies — such as critical thinking, communication, and social responsibility — are made explicit.
  • Each area of learning features Big Ideas that are important for students to understand.
  • The curriculum is balanced: it emphasizes core foundational skills while focusing on higher-level conceptual understandings.
  • Standards remain rigorous; however, the new learning standards are more open in nature, making them less rigid, less detailed, and less focused on minor facts.
  • Aboriginal perspectives and content have been authentically integrated into every subject.

What are the implementation timelines?

  • K–9 curriculum is available for voluntary use by teachers in the 2015/16 school year. It will become the official curriculum in the 2016/17 school year.
  • Grade 10–12 curriculum will be available for voluntary use in the 2016/17 school year. It will become the official curriculum in the 2017/18 school year.

Can I get details on each subject and grade’s curriculum?

Yes – visit here: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum

WorkSafeBC Parent Resource Kit

To help you keep your children safe on the job, WorkSafeBC has created a parent resource kit with information materials that can help you prevent injuries to your young worker. It includes:

  • Brochure titled This could happen to your child (PDF 242 KB). This brochure explains how parents can help keep their children safe at work. It offers advice on how to talk to your children before they start work and after they are hired.
  • Fact sheet (PDF 82 KB) and Backgrounder illustrating injuries to young workers
  • Profiles of seriously injured young workers describing how their accidents altered their lives
  • Video titled Lost Youth: Four stories of injured workers, a dramatic video showing the consequences of a serious workplace injury
  • Video titled Joe Who?, a video presentation of the play created by students for students about the impact of workplace accidents

For more information on the Parent Resource Kit email Yworker@WorkSafeBC.com or call 604 276-3174.

General Meeting Agenda, March 7th, 2016

DRAFT – Agenda – DPAC General Meeting

Webconference link: https://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=7345&password=M.D5020D7A02804D5DF255606D9916D1

Monday, March 7th, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre

1.       Call to order

2.       Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes

3.       PAC Networking and discussion (To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.)

 

7:30pm – Partner groups enter

4.       Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken about general topics, detailed and specific questions are best kept to the break)

  1. DSAC Presentation (Josh Nycholat )
  2. CUPE Report (Karen Wong – regrets due to vacationing in Ireland)
  3. Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Richard Giroday)
  4. Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Dan Watt)
  5. Superintendent Report (Sharon Cairns)
  6. Trustee Report (Brenda Hooker)

 (5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)

5.       Elections –Vacant Secretary position

6.       Officer and Committee Reports

  1. Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
  2. Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)
  3. BCCPAC Report

7.       PAC and Parent Assistance

  1. Grant requests
  2. Digital and online safety workshop

8.       Advising School District

  1. School District Budget Consultation Committee, meetings April 4th and April 20th
  2. Superintendent Job Interview Panel, April 5th (?)
  3. Calendar Committee report
  4. Recommendations from Rural Consultation Committee
  5. Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
  6. Education Programs and Planning Committee Report ( Mike Gagel)
  7. Policy and Governance (Sarah Holland)
  8. Suggestions for School Board Report

 

9.       Other Business

  1. BCCPAC Resolutions – workshop and proxies
  2. BCCPAC Conference – April 28th to May 1st, Kelowna – selection of delegates

10.   Agenda items for next meeting

11.   Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 4th at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.