Alberta’s education minister said the province will move forward with implementing its new curriculum for multiple subjects by fall 2022, while others won’t be updated until 2023 or later.
Adriana LaGrange says the province’s curriculum implementation advisory committee has given the government recommendations on how to implement the new curriculum.
Starting this fall, the updated curriculum will be integrated into elementary school classrooms across #A B. Based on the advice of education system leaders, teachers and curriculum experts, #A BThe government will implement a new curriculum in Mathematics K-3, ELAL K-3 and PEW K-6 in September 2022. pic.twitter.com/7cgoOk8re6
— Adriana LaGrange (@AdrianaLaGrange) March 10, 2022
“Renewing Alberta’s decades-old curriculum has been my focus for the past three years, we need to give students the foundation for a prosperous future now more than ever,” said LaGrange. at a press conference on Thursday.
The government will update K-3 Mathematics, K-3 English Language Arts and Literature and K-6 Physical Education and Wellbeing in September 2022.
“This will help our young students who are in the critical early stages of their development, by strengthening their numeracy and literacy skills,” added LaGrange.
However, Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literature for Years 4-6 will not be implemented until September 2023, while it is still unclear when other subjects – K-6 French Language first and literature, French immersion language arts and literature, fine arts, science and social studies – will be implemented.
The panel is expected to make recommendations on how to pilot and implement these five topics by May.
LaGrange also says the province is allocating $191 million over three years to try to ensure the new program is properly implemented.
“The significant investment we are making in implementing the program will help ensure that teachers have the resources they need to help students transition into the new curriculum,” she said.
However, not everyone agrees. The Alberta Teacher’s Association says there is not enough time or resources to implement the new program.
“We don’t have to implement any of this [curriculum] this fall,” ATA President Jason Schilling told CityNews.
“This program is not ready; it is far from acceptable to teachers and the public for implementation in the fall and it is time for the government to stop this process and go back and reevaluate what it is doing and create a program that will actually be acceptable and work for teachers and students across the province.
But LaGrange refutes that.
“Again, listening to the experts in the system, even listening to the pilot teachers – some of whom have pilots in all subjects at all levels – who said yes, it is doable and capable of success.”