Why is a New Curriculum Needed in Alberta?
Much of Alberta’s current curriculum is 20-35 years old with the most recent changes occurring in Social Studies and Mathematics (2007). Our world has changed significantly during this time, as has our understanding of the learning progression of children. New curriculum provides an opportunity for education to reflect modern changes in knowledge. A new curriculum also allows us the opportunity to reflect the dynamic and varied backgrounds and stories of our students, to celebrate diversity and learn about the various cultures that make up our society.
What's New for September
April 13, 2022, Adriana LaGrange, the Minister of Education, announced the new Mathematics, English Language Arts and Literature, and Physical Education and Wellness curriculums, for Kindergarten through Grade 6, are now finalized and Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be implemented this fall.
During her announcement, Minister LaGrange also indicated the province will ensure supports and resources are available on new.LearnAlberta.ca to assist elementary teachers teaching the three new programs of study in classrooms this fall. In the coming weeks, Sturgeon Public Schools, along with school divisions across the province, will work closely with Alberta Education to undertake the planning necessary for the implementation in September 2022. (All Sturgeon Public Kindergarten to Grade 6 teachers and Learning Coaches will be working together on the Professional Development Day Tuesday, April 19th, to review the resources and supports and begin planning units and lessons to address the new curriculum and bridge students to successfully address the new learning outcomes).
By September 2024, it is anticipated all remaining subjects will be implemented at the elementary level. Up to that point, we will continue to carefully assess the materials, provide constructive feedback to Alberta Education and advocate for the best interests of Sturgeon Public students. The Division encourages all families to continue reviewing the draft curriculum in the remaining elementary subjects, and to share their thoughts and suggestions with Alberta Education. Over the coming weeks and months, the province will provide more information about the curriculum implementation, piloting of subjects and engagement opportunities at alberta.ca/curriculum.
On March 10, 2022 the Alberta Government announced a move forward with implementing the new curriculum in September, 2022. The curriculum will be rolled out into classrooms in a balanced, measured approach to better prepare students for future success. This will be done in phases:
- K-3 mathematics and English language arts and literature in September 2022
- K-6 physical education and wellness in September 2022
- Grades 4-6 mathematics and English language arts and literature in September 2023
The government advisory group will make recommendations by May 2022 on piloting and implementation strategies for the remaining K-6 curriculum: fine arts, science, social studies, French first language and literature, and French immersion language arts and literature.