Aspen View will not pilot draft K-6 curriculum

Aspen View Public Schools will not pilot draft K-6 curriculum
Posted on 04/15/2021

Aspen View Public Schools will not participate in piloting the new draft K-6 provincial curriculum during the 2021-22 school year.

“Given the incredibly challenging circumstances that teachers, administrators and school families across Aspen View have faced over the past several months, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Board of Trustees and senior administration agree that Aspen View Public Schools is unable to participate in the pilot,” Aspen View Public Schools Board of Trustees Chair Candyce Nikipelo said.

“For more than a year, our students and educators have transitioned multiple times between in-person and online education delivery platforms; they have mastered new technologies to support learning; and for many of them, they have had to deal personally with COVID-19 and/or mandatory self-isolation requirements. As we enter the 2021-22 school year, it is essential that we focus on addressing the academic and mental health impacts of the pandemic within our school communities, and regaining a sense of normalcy.

“A school curriculum is incredibly important, as it guides the education of future generations of Albertans,” Chair Nikipelo said. “Our board believes that the draft K-6 curriculum, as presented, isn’t ready to be put in front of students. We believe it requires comprehensive analysis and feedback from a broad spectrum of key stakeholders, and we urge the Government of Alberta to provide the appropriate time and opportunity for that feedback to be received, evaluated and reflected before a new curriculum is launched.”

 “While Aspen View Public Schools will not participate in piloting the new draft K-6 curriculum, we will engage our school administrators and teachers in comprehensive review and analysis of the new draft curriculum, generating meaningful feedback which we will provide to Alberta Education,” Aspen View Public Schools Superintendent Neil O’Shea said. “We encourage all our division stakeholders to provide their feedback as well.”

Alberta Education is currently seeking feedback on the new draft K-6 curriculum through a survey: Draft K-6 Curriculum Survey. The full Draft K-6 Curriculum is available on learnalberta.ca.
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