The shaping phase involves reviewing the strengths and gaps in Alberta’s current curriculum, looking at current research for each subject, identifying the evolving needs of students, a review of the curriculum in other provinces, territories and countries, and input from Albertans.
The fall 2016 online provincial curriculum survey helped confirm the direction of our work and provided feedback on the current K-12 provincial curriculum. A summary of survey responses is posted. It is important to point out that the survey is one of the many pieces that are helping inform provincial curriculum development.
The developing phase involves Alberta Education leading the drafting of future curriculum. Curriculum Working Groups comprised of teachers, post-secondary professors and instructors, and Alberta Education staff began development of future provincial curriculum in six subject areas of Language Arts (English, Français, French), Mathematics, Social Studies, Sciences, Arts, and Wellness Education in October 2016.
The first step in the developing phase is to write the draft subject introduction and the draft scope and sequence for each K-12 subject. The second step in the developing phase is the review and validation of the draft curriculum by Albertans, including teachers, post-secondary professors and instructors.
The development of learning outcomes in the six subject areas will begin in fall 2017. The cycle of developing learning outcomes and validating the draft curriculum elements will continue through to December 2022.
Provincial curriculum is being developed in alignment with The Guiding Framework for the Design and Development of Kindergarten to Grade 12 Provincial Curriculum. The role of this framework is to set a common direction for how provincial curriculum is developed. It describes the purpose of curriculum, and includes common principles and standards that guide what will be included in future curriculum and a common design for how curriculum will look.
The Guiding Framework also reflects government policy and commitments relating to economic diversification, climate change, wellness, pluralism, diversity, inclusion, First Nations, Métis and Inuit education for reconciliation, rights of Indigenous peoples, and Francophone cultures and perspectives.
Targeted Timelines for Ministerial Approval of Curriculum
The implementing phase involves determining the implementation timelines for future curriculum and how we will work with our stakeholders in supporting implementation of provincial curriculum. Alberta Education is preparing to initiate discussions with education stakeholders in fall 2017 on developing a provincial implementation model.
Current curriculum remains in effect until future provincial curriculum is approved by the Minister of Education. Timelines for implementation of future provincial curriculum have yet to be set.