BC OFFSHORE SCHOOLS GET NEW CURRICULUM

BC OffShore Schools Get New Curriculum

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Professional Development Workshop: July 21st and 22nd 2016

Offshore educators attended a workshop given by the BC Ministry of Education in Richmond, BC.

This workshop was led by Brenda Neufeld, Director of International and Independent Education Department. She was assisted by Jan Unwin and her Superintendent Field Services Support team.

BC OFFSHORE SCHOOLS GET NEW CURRICULUM

New Teacher Professional Curriculum Development

The focus of the 2 day sessions was on the K to 12 system. Topics covered included:

  • Subject curriculum
  • Instructional methods and strategies
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Student centered learning
  • Reporting
  • On-line resources
  • Classroom Technology Integration

New Curriculum? What and Why?

  • As a result of the changing workplace landscape, we are adapting curriculum to ensure kids are prepared to succeed.
  • Start ‘Year Two’ of the Three-year introduction of new curriculum in BC.
  • Emphasis on collaboration, critical thinking, and communications skills along with the basics of reading, writing and math so that they can succeed after high school.
  • Teacher concerns about the old, inflexible curriculum so that student learning becomes more relevant. The new curriculum therefore emphasizes personalized learning. The graduation program and assessment changes will be closely aligned with the new curriculum. (quoted from a BC Ministry of Education communications)
  • Changes to Provincial Assessment Chart Starting in 2016/2017
  • Graduation and assessment will be more closely aligned with the new curriculum and personalized learning also.

What The Changes Mean: 2016/2017

Grade 10 students will: 

  •  Complete a Math 10, a Language Arts 10 and a Science 10 course, all with classroom assessments (no provincial exam required) 
  • complete a Social Studies 11 course, with a classroom assessment (no provincial exam required) write a literacy assessment and a math skills assessment before graduation 

Grade 11 students will: 

  • already have completed a Math 10, a Language Arts 10 and a Science 10 course and already written the provincial exams 
  • complete a Social Studies 11 course, with a classroom assessment (no provincial exam required) 
  • write a literacy assessment before graduation 
  • not write the math skills assessment 

Grade 12 students will: 

  • already have completed a Math 10, a Language Arts 10, a Science 10 and a Social Studies 11 course and already written the provincial exams 
  • complete a Language Arts 12 course and write the associated provincial exam 
  • not write the literacy assessment or math skills assessment 
  • Students who have completed courses associated with discontinued exams by June 30, 2016, will have until June 2017 to write or rewrite exams. 
  • Students taking summer school during July and August 2016 will not be required to write provincial exams in Math 10, Language Arts 10, Science 10 and Social Studies 11 (or equivalent). 
  • Français langue première 10, Français langue première 12 and Français langue seconde immersion 12 provincial exam changes will be the same as their equivalents above. 
  • Finally, students different needs, or with questions/concerns, should contact their school, or visit http://www.curriculum.gov.bc.ca, or contact Service BC.

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