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New Curriculum Implementation Will Mean Changes to School Calendar

November 18, 2015

The Ministry of Education is providing and resourcing two implementation days to allow for teacher training on the new BC curriculum, which will require changes to the 2015/2016 school calendar.

The school district's calendar committee has met to consider possible options and currently it looks as though there may be one full-day and two half-days added as non-instructional time between February and May. However, the committee will be seeking input from school principals and vice-principals before the committee finalizes dates.

The calendar committee is striving to have the dates identified and shared with district parents and staff by the beginning of December to provide parents and guardians ample notice for childcare and other family arrangements.

British Columbia’s curriculum has been redesigned to respond the demanding world our students are entering and to provide the knowledge and tools they will need to be successful in the 21st century. This shift is similar to what is happening globally in response to economic and societal changes.

The curriculum redesign aims to allow teachers and students the flexibility to personalize the learning experience to better match each student’s individual strengths and needs and to enable teachers to develop cross-curricular learning experiences. It also focuses on the foundational skills that students need to ‘understand’ and ‘know’ while providing a greater emphasis on what they should be able to ‘do’.

While there will continue to be an emphasis in all grades on literacy and numeracy there will also be a greater emphasis on, and opportunities for, the development of critical thinking, communication skills and personal and social competence.

Other noticeable changes are that aboriginal perspectives and content have been integrated into every subject and that there is greater emphasis on inclusion for all learners.

To learn more about the new BC curriculum, visit https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/sites/curriculum.gov.bc.ca/files/pdf/faq.pdf.