West Shore schools getting new curriculum

New curriculum training coming soon for educators across the province

The province has partnered with more than 100 teachers to develop new curriculum to be introduced into classrooms on the West Shore and across B.C. in the next three years.

The Minister of Education and the B.C. Teacher’s Federation also teamed up on a wide-ranging support plan to allow teachers to get the information and training needed to bring the new curriculum to life in their classrooms. The plan includes:

• Learning sessions for teachers at provincial and local levels

• Webinars, videos and district-level teams to enable teachers to learn first-hand what is working in the classroom

• Extra time set aside over the three years so districts and teachers associations can collaborate on training for teachers

• Dedication of two existing professional development days to the new curriculum in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The new K-12 curriculum maps out what is expected to be taught  in classrooms across the province. It will be phased in, with kindergarten to Grade 9 available for teachers to use this year on a trial basis, and full implementation next year.

“The BCTF and its members have been key partners in building the new curriculum and this support plan,” Education Minister Mike Bernier said in a release. “It’s my hope we build on this work together for an even more collaborative relationship moving forward.”

katie@goldstreamgazette.com