We are looking ahead to the future and working to ensure that provincial curriculum continues to give all students the best possible start in life and meet the demands of living in the 21st century. To ensure student success, we need our curriculum to be relevant, meaningful and engaging for all students.
Previously, Alberta's 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 diversified economy.
Moving forward, Alberta is developing new provincial curriculum with common principles and standards that guide what will be included in future curriculum. This includes a common design for how curriculum will look with a focus on competencies, literacy and numeracy grounded in subject content (learning outcomes).
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.
The focus on including First Nations, Métis and Inuit content reflects the importance of re-balancing the education system by engaging all students and teachers to learn alongside each other in the spirit of education for reconciliation. Our future curriculum will help us honour commitments made to our First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
These commitments include:
The inclusion of Francophone perspectives in Alberta’s provincial curriculum enables every student in the province, not only Francophone students, to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the linguistic, historical, cultural and contemporary contributions of Francophones and their communities in Alberta, Canada and the world. Where appropriate, Alberta’s provincial curriculum provides opportunities for all students to experience and gain valuable insights into the linguistic duality and cultural diversity that shape Canada’s identity.
In the context of Francophone education in Alberta, provincial curriculum for Francophone students incorporates the foundational pillars of language, identity, culture and community integration to develop and affirm Francophone students’ sense of identity and belonging.