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Over the past few years, the Ministry of Education in partnership with the education sector in B.C. have been working collaboratively to design a curriculum that prepares our kids for a constantly changing future. You may have heard buzzwords like “education transformation” or “personalized learning” as this work was underway.
We are now at the point of starting to implement these changes in our schools. In the Cowichan Valley School District, all Kindergarten to Grade 9 classes are using the new curriculum. This has opened up opportunities for students to explore their interests and passions, learn in a way that meets their unique needs, and be active participants in their learning.
Teachers in Grades 10-12 now have the opportunity to use the new curriculum, although province-wide implementation in these grades is not yet here.
So why change? The world today is very different, and it is one of constant change. It is a technology-rich world, where communication is instant and information is immediately accessible. The way we interact with each other personally, socially, and at work has changed forever. Knowledge is growing and information is changing extremely quickly, creating new possibilities. This is the world our students are entering.
B.C.’s new curriculum responds to this demanding world. To develop new models, the Ministry consulted with education experts both locally and internationally. They agree that to prepare students for the future, the curriculum must be student-centered and flexible, and maintain a focus on literacy and numeracy, while supporting deeper learning.
So, what exactly does this all mean?
Over the past couple of years, some videos were developed that help showcase what “transformation” looks like in B.C. schools, from the perspective of students, educators, parents and community members. If you want to learn more, check out some of these videos:
- Learning Innovation in the Cowichan Valley School District
- K-12 Innovation Forum: Highlights from around B.C.
- Templeton Secondary School’s STEM Program (Vancouver)
- Communicating Student Learning in the Gulf Islands (Salt Spring Island)
- Going Gradeless at Holy Cross Regional High School (Surrey)
For an in-depth look at the new curriculum, visit www.curriculum.gov.bc.ca.