For Immediate Release
Oct. 28, 2011
Ministry of Education
Province unveils plan for education excellence
RICHMOND – The B.C. government is launching an innovative plan to transform education so that every student can excel and thrive in a rapidly evolving world.
Today at the fall meeting of BC Student Voice, Education Minister George Abbott addressed student leaders and launched BC’s Education Plan to build on the system’s strengths and put students at the centre of their own learning.
BC’s Education Plan, developed in consultation with teachers, parents, students and education partner groups, is based on the principle that every learner in the province will realize his or her full potential.
The plan consists of five key elements:
· Personalized learning for every student.
· Quality teaching and learning.
· Flexibility and choice.
· High standards.
· Learning empowered by technology.
BC’s Education Plan outlines both the need for transformation and the steps required to move the current education system from good to great. B.C.’s education system will be enhanced by:
· Continuing to place emphasis on basic core skills, while redesigning curriculum to include key competencies like critical thinking, insight and teamwork – the kinds of skills and knowledge that students will need to succeed in the 21st century.
· Supporting families with greater opportunities for parents to engage in their child’s learning, and adding more flexibility and choice with respect to what, how, when and where their child learns.
· A new Teachers Act with a regulation system that puts the public interest first, with the goal of increasing public confidence in the profession’s disciplinary processes and raising the stature of the teaching profession.
· Establishing regular teacher performance evaluation sessions.
· Implementing effective intervention strategies and supports to more quickly identify struggling students and address their specific needs.
· Policies that allow students to bring their own high-tech devices – smart phones, tablets and other multi-media tools – to school, if these devices will enhance learning.
Education Minister George Abbott –
“Under BC's Education Plan, our system will be more flexible and dynamic to better equip students for a bright future. The world has changed and continues to change and in order to keep pace we need to shift the way we look at teaching and learning. This plan offers a way forward and an opportunity for every student to do their very best."
"We need to build on the many strengths of our existing system while modernizing it to respond to students' needs and we need to recognize and learn from the great work that is already being done by teachers in classrooms across the province. This means focusing on the interests, goals and passions of individual students and engaging students, parents, educators and the public more directly in discussions around education."
· BC Student Voice (BCSV) is a group of student leaders working in co-operation with educators who meet regularly to review provincial directions, gather support for regional initiatives and facilitate development of school and district student voices. Their mission is to empower students to address their needs, interests and concerns by strengthening, at all levels, the links among students and their partners in education.
View BC’s Education Plan and find out how you can get involved at: www.bcedplan.ca
For further information on BC Student Voice, visit: www.bcpvpa.bc.ca
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