The Superintendent of the Grande Prairie Public School District is hopeful that teachers and administrations from the region will be part of the recently announced advisory group set up by the province to help guide the implementation of three subjects of the new kindergarten to Grade 6 curriculum.
Sandy McDonald says he is happy to see the committee made of select school division representatives, teachers, and other stakeholders, but concerns remain. Specifically when it comes to planning and delivering a new curriculum within the calendar year.
“We don’t know what grade levels will be using the new curriculum in those three areas [and] we also do not know what the final content will be for each of those subject areas,” he says.
“We are eagerly anticipating all of this information so we can begin making concrete plans to support our teachers and their students.”
The government says they will provide advice and recommendations on the English language arts and literature, math, and physical education and wellness curriculums ahead of September. However, McDonald says it is important to point out that the Board of Trustees continues to advocate for delaying implementation another year, to allow more time for preparation, and to acknowledge the impact COVID-19 continues to have this year on teachers, students, and schools.
“If the Minister chooses to not delay, however, the Board appreciates a modified implementation plan and looks forward to the work of this advisory group,” he adds.
McDonald says while timelines remain a concern, he is optimistic that participation from the field in the advisory group, including representation from the local school division, will be a great help to support the group in making what he calls practical recommendations to the Minister.