A Collaborative Approach to the Redesigned Curriculum

Last year, the Ministry of Education (MoE) presented school districts a renewed curriculum that will transform and modernize the BC education system.  This curriculum, referred to as Transformation in Curriculum and Assessment is intended to help educators create learning environments that are both engaging and personalized for students.

The district has become the exemplary model for the province through the use of its curriculum implementation days. The first was held on January 29, 2016 with a second held on May 16, 2016.

A new curriculum is an exciting prospect and provides many new learning opportunities. The BC Teachers’ Federation and the MoE have announced that school districts will be supported with professional learning time around orientation of the new curriculum. This professional learning time will be coming from instructional time. Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools and the Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association executive worked together to strategically plan for the non-instructional days.

The MoE has supported the use of 10 hours of instruction time to allow educators to explore the curriculum. On January 29, the focus was to explore the underpinnings and rationale for the shifts in the curriculum redesign, which included a focus on Kindergarten to Grade 12 core competencies. Breakout sessions across all grades and subject areas were held at both Dover Bay Secondary and McGirr Elementary. The sessions were highly interactive and were led by educators in the district.

On May 16, educators had the opportunity to work collaboratively to deepen their understanding of the new curriculum and was planned by utilizing the feedback received from the January 29 session. There was three simultaneous separate sessions, one for elementary, one for secondary and another for classroom support workers.

The goal for the curriculum implementation days is to work collaboratively to deepen the understanding of the redesigned curriculum and advance professional learning.