Personalized Learning

The Plan is a follow up to the Interactive Discussion Guide to Personalized Learning in BC. Under the Plan, teachers, students and parents will work together to make sure every student’s needs are met, passions are explored and goals are achieved. This means student-centered learning that’s focused on the needs, strengths and aspirations of each individual young person. Students will play an active role in designing their own education and will be increasingly accountable for their own learning success. It’s all about putting students at the centre of education. That means giving teachers and schools the flexibility to make sure each student is well served by their educational program. Each student is unique and our education system will support each student’s interests and ways of learning.

Action Items
  • We will work with our education partners to identify the attributes of an educated citizen and how that will be articulated throughout the education program culminating in graduation.
  • Curriculum will be redesigned to reflect the core competencies, skills, and knowledge that students need to succeed in the 21st century.
  • A curriculum with fewer, but higher level outcomes will enable deeper learning and understanding.
  • Increased flexibility will be key to making sure that students' passions and interests are realized, as well as their different and individual ways of learning.
Initiatives

Topic Description

Identify and define competencies; design overall curricular organization; propose directions for reporting; and develop a curriculum and assessment framework.

Actions Being Taken

  • Work with curriculum and assessment experts from across BC to help inform curriculum and assessment directions.
  • Solicit local and province-wide input on curriculum and assessment directions through regional working sessions.

Progress to Date

Ministry staff have been working with a wide range of groups to determine how curriculum and assessment can meet the needs of all students. In November 2011, a Curriculum and Assessment Framework Advisory Group was formed to provide advice on provincial directions for curriculum and assessment. The working group is comprised of BCSSA, BCPVPA and FNESC representatives as well as UBC, UBCO, UVIC, and NVIT faculty; and ministry staff. The working group met four times between December 2011 and April 2012.  Advice from this group includes developing a curriculum, assessment and reporting system with fewer and higher-level learning outcomes and a more explicit focus on curricular and cross-curricular competencies. 

Feedback on draft material developed by the Advisory Group has been gathered through a series of 11 regional working sessions which took place February through May. Sessions were organized through BC School Superintendents’ Association regional chapters, and involved school and district administrators and staff, teachers, parents, school trustees, and students.  Participants were given the opportunity respond to a proposed curriculum prototype, to provide advice on K-12 reporting, and to make initial recommendations to grad requirements. Feedback from these sessions is being summarized and is informing the development of the draft curriculum and assessment framework document.

Check out these links for more on the curriculum revision process and work to date:

Last updated September 2012

Timeline

Draft public curriculum & assessment framework document available for public feedback by June 2012.

Early Years

Topic Description

Develop/revise curriculum; identify/develop kindergarten assessment tools; develop continua for cross-curricular competencies.

Actions Being Taken

  • Conduct research on cross-curricular competencies and develop constructs
  • Begin development of competency continua
  • Based on the curriculum prototype and construct development, revise K-5 curriculum
  • Enable flexibility with respect to reporting requirements and new reporting formats

Progress to Date

  • Cross-jurisdictional curriculum reviews underway
  • Planning for K-12 construct development by discipline area underway
  • Increase number of StrongStart BC early learning programs in the 2011/12 school year.
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of current Kindergarten early assessment practices in all 60 school districts.
  • Develop a document outlining current early assessment practice for Kindergarten.
  • Completed the implementation of full day Kindergarten in all 60 school districts.
  • Publish and distribute quality assurance tool for StrongStart BC early learning programs.

Last updated July 2012

Timeline

18 month process

 

Middle Years

Topic Description

Develop/revise curriculum; develop continua for cross-curricular competencies; and redesign, pilot and implement revised provincial assessment.

Actions Being Taken

  • Conduct research on cross-curricular competencies and develop constructs
  • Begin development of competency continua
  • Based on the curriculum prototype and construct development, revise 6-9 curriculum
  • Enable flexibility with respect to reporting requirements and new reporting formats
  • Develop and implement revised provincial assessments.

Progress to Date

  • Cross-jurisdictional curriculum reviews underway
  • Planning for K-12 construct development by discipline area underway.

Last updated July 2012

Timeline

20 month process

 

Graduation Years

Topic Description

Develop/revise curriculum; develop continua for cross-curricular competencies; redesign, pilot and implement graduation assessments.

Actions Being Taken

  • Conduct research on cross-curricular competencies and develop constructs
  • Begin development of competency continua
  • Based on the curriculum prototype and construct development, revise 10-12 curriculum
  • Enable flexibility with respect to reporting requirements and new reporting formats
  • Develop and implement revised provincial assessments*.
  • * Somewhat dependent upon graduation requirement discussions

Progress to Date

  • Cross-jurisdictional curriculum reviews underway
  • Planning for K-12 construct development by discipline area underway

Last updated July 2012

Timeline

24 month process

Topic Description

Create a document that outlines B.C.’s Education Program (the realization of BC's Education Plan).

Actions Being Taken

  • Acting on BC's Education Plan.

Timeline

May 2014

Topic Description

Review special education in the context of personalized learning to ensure every student's needs are met in light of the five key elements of BC's Education Plan.

Actions Being Taken

  • Consultation with education sector;
  • Develop recommendation for revised policies and procedures through provincial dialogue;
  • Recommendations to Minister.

Progress to Date

  • Ministry staff have been working with district partners and British Columbia Council of Administrators of Special Education (BC CASE), to look at different ways to streamline processes so students can get services more efficiently. Discussions have been focused on:
    • student achievement and educational planning and support;
    • ensuring a plan is in place for each student and that the plan is effective. 
    • reviewing the individual education plan tool (IEP) to make it more focussed and streamlined.
  • To help support personalized learning for students with special needs, the Ministry is working with district partners to develop a number of tools and resources to support early intervention and enhanced classroom practice.
  • The Ministry and school district partners will work with parents on pilot projects to identify: better & earlier intervention for students, province wide positive behaviour support (based on Universal Design for Learning) and sharpening the focus on transitions for youth leaving the system.

    Last updated September 2012

Timeline

  • Develop a work plan with BC CASE – June 2012
  • Pilot Projects in School Districts – Fall 2012
  • Consultations with other jurisdictions May – September, 2012