The World Is Changing
The world around us is evolving at an unprecedented rate—and this speed of change is increasing every day. We don’t know what new problems and opportunities we’ll encounter tomorrow, let alone in ten or twenty years.
We need to prepare Alberta’s students for this unknown and unknowable future. The way we’ve delivered education in the past is no longer sufficient. So we’re changing our way of thinking.
We’re Taking A New Approach
We’re shifting our focus; investing in our students to empower them and bring out their potential. We are emphasizing the development of key competencies in our students, cultivating engaged thinkers, ethical citizens and entrepreneurial spirits.
We’re recognizing that not all students learn the same way, and that textbooks and classrooms are just one way for them to experience education.
Join The Movement
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we roll out new opportunities for collaboration and participation. Share instances of Inspiring Education in your school, or gather inspiration from teachers, school leadership, parents and others who are already Inspiring Education in their communities.
Together we are Inspiring Education.
How We Got Here
In 2009, Albertans gathered in person and online during Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with Albertans to share their hopes, dreams and aspirations for K-12 education in the 21st century and beyond. Inspiring Education generated rich conversations and thoughtful insight; highlighting values, skills, practices and knowledge that will be vital to our children and grandchildren in a rapidly changing world. Out of these many conversations, a broad policy framework document was developed to describe the overall direction, principles and long-term goals for education in Alberta.
What’s Happening Now
Since the conclusion of the Inspiring Education dialogues, we’ve been working hard to transform our system and bring the vision of Inspiring Education to life. Some examples of this transformation include:
- A new Provincial Dual Credit Strategy – Creating opportunities for students to earn both high school and post-secondary credits for the same course. These credits could also lead to workplace certification or advanced standing in post-secondary programs.
- Improvements to the provincial diploma exam – Providing students with more flexibility in writing diploma exams through a digital format.
- A high school flexibility program – Empowering students to show learning through mastery of the subject, rather than linking credits to the number of hours at a desk.
- Curriculum Redesign - Building on the success of Alberta’s education system and the many innovative educational practices already underway in schools, this process will create curriculum that is more responsive to different learning styles and better prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges. Alberta’s new curriculum will include the basics and weave 21st century competencies, such as innovation, creativity and collaboration, together with core skills of numeracy and literacy.
- Review and replacement of the old Provincial Achievement Test – Introducing student-friendly assessments to replace existing Provincial Achievement Tests. The new Student Learning Assessments will maintain a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, but will also help educators and parents understand how well students demonstrate competencies such as creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving.
- The Education Act Regulatory Review – Regulations related to the new Education Act will help provide students with the supports and environment they’ll need to succeed.
- Learning and Technology Policy Framework - Our vision is for technology to be used not just by teachers to teach, but by students to learn. By encouraging their students to use technology in their learning, teachers and school authorities can create opportunities for all students to participate in more personalized and authentic learning activities, collaborate with their peers in class and around the world, and engage with their learning, their community and the world in ways that previously didn’t even exist.