Inspiring Education - Alberta's Vision for Education
Albertans have told us that our education system must grow and adapt in order to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities of a constantly evolving world. While we may not know exactly what the future holds, we do know that some competencies and attributes will be particularly important to the success of our students.
Engaged Thinker – Alberta must cultivate students with an inquisitive, engaged mind. Students that are prepared to ask “why?” and think critically about the answers they receive.
Ethical Citizen - Knowing the answer is not enough. Our children and grandchildren must be ethical, compassionate and respectful to truly grow and thrive.
Entrepreneurial Spirit – To shape innovative ideas into real-world solutions, our education system should develop motivated, resourceful and resilient citizens. Alberta would do well to encourage our students to be bold, embrace leadership and actively seek new opportunities.
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.
- 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. We will be opening this process up to public and stakeholder input in the summer/fall of 2013.