Alberta’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 provincial curriculum has enabled our students to achieve at world-class levels. Nonetheless, our provincial curriculum is in need of updating. Current curriculum ranges in age from eight to approximately 30 years old. To ensure student success, we need our curriculum to be relevant, meaningful and engaging for all students.
Click here to view a short video of what we are striving to achieve for all students in the province.
Previously, curriculum was developed one subject at a time and over different time periods, so there is no common design. To assist teachers in their planning, our work to update curriculum will include changes to design, content and the processes used to develop curriculum.
Other high-performing national and international education systems, such as British Columbia, Ontario, New Zealand, Singapore, and Australia, have already or are also updating their curriculum outcomes by placing a greater emphasis on 21st century competencies and literacy and numeracy across subjects and grades. This approach will help build an even stronger foundation for student success in a dynamic, global society and economy.
The focus on First Nations, Métis and Inuit content and commitments reflects the importance of re-balancing the education system by engaging all students and teachers to learn alongside each other in the spirit of respecting diversity and honouring commitments made to our First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
These commitments are to:
We also want to better support teachers in the classroom. In the near future, we will provide teachers with a powerful digital tool called the Curriculum Development and Management Application (CDMA) that will let them interact with curriculum in ways they have never been able to before. This tool will also support curriculum developers by allowing for a shorter curriculum development cycle. This means that curriculum can be updated as needed, within shorter time frames. This will help ensure that curriculum remains current and relevant.