The other day I walked over to the Ministry of Advanced Education building to try out my newly configured security pass. It worked. I was able to take the elevator up to a third floor meeting without having to sign-in and be issued a “visitor’s pass.” This might not sound like a big thing, but to me it is very symbolic of the partnerships that are emerging where once there were obstacles.
Help shape BC's Education Plan by sharing your thoughts and ideas on the questions below. Please note that all of the older questions have been re-opened for comments as well.
One of the key themes of our education transformation work is to create the conditions where students can pursue learning experiences that truly appeal to their interests and passions. Sometimes these experiences take place in the traditional classroom; other times they take place in a community setting like a recreation centre or a job site; and other times they take place in the great outdoors, such as under the canopy of towering Douglas Fir trees or on a river bank.
Imagine yourself as a prospective teacher. Wouldn’t it be amazing to ‘borrow’ an experienced educator or a student – like you would a book from a library – and learn from that person?
A few weeks ago I visited a metalwork shop at a high school in northwestern BC. And it got me thinking.
Over the past few months I’ve been visiting school districts around the province to talk about their career education programs. I’ve asked them to tell me their success stories and to talk about the barriers and frustrations they’re encountering.
How might the new BC Services card improve and streamline your interactions with government – and also, more specifically, with the education system? Here’s a golden opportunity to share your ideas.
Every country in the world is #1 at something. And in this lighthearted take, Canada is tops in maple syrup production and asteroid impacts. Who knew?
This Friday 50 students from Claremont Secondary’s Institute for Global Solutions will embark on the educational experience of a lifetime. Together with their teachers, they will travel by train from Vancouver to our nation’s capital for a first hand look at the world of Canadian politics. Lana Popham, the MLA for Saanich South, and Elizabeth May, the MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, will be travelling with them as well.
Rob Wood has been appointed Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, effective next Monday, October 7, 2013.
As we approach the midpoint of summer, we’re wondering: What is it you’re most proud of about the last school year, and what are you looking forward to the most about the next one?
We have lots of inspirational posters and quotes on our walls at the Ministry of Education. These remind us of why we do the work we do and what education is really about. Here are a few examples:
Over the past several months we’ve asked you some pretty specific questions on this site. For example:
Over the past several months, government, industry, and others have been working closely to promote the trades as a great career choice for youth. A new phase of the campaign, called the Discover Trades Conferences, was launched last week to help support this goal. These conferences will provide parents and K-12 educators with a chance to learn more about the trades and showcase them as a worthy and rewarding career choice.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Parliamentary Secretary’s Twitter Town Hall. Click here to download a full archive of the conversation.
As parents, we all do our best to support our children’s education. Many of us wish we could do more than our hectic lives will allow. And when we do want to participate more, sometimes it can be tough just to know where to start. That’s not really anybody’s fault. In many ways it’s just the reality of the complexity of an education system.
One of the things we’ve been working on lately is a set of digital literacy standards for students. These standards identify the skills and knowledge students need to be successful in our increasingly digital world.
It’s been estimated there will be over 1,000,000 job openings in BC between now and 2020. 43% of these will be in trades and technical training occupations – but unless we act now there may not be enough skilled workers to fill them.
Since the launch of BC’s Education Plan, people from all parts of the province and all walks of life have weighed in on how we might make our already great education system even better.
As we wind down another school year, I look forward to taking a well deserved break. In the past I would by now have planned vacations, organized my children’s summer camps and known that by the time the lazy days of August set in, we would all be keying up for another school year. So, last Sunday while working in my home office, my ears perked up to Cross Country Checkup. A gentleman on the program was describing the idea of shortening the summer holiday and spreading it out across the school year. There are benefits to this, he said, especially for the struggling learner. It turned out the guest was none other than our former Minister of Education, George Abbott.
Over the past few months we’ve received many suggestions from people on how we can improve our website. Here are a few examples:
Questions of funding, class size and other issues determined through bargaining and defined by teachers’ employment contracts are important. But setting those aside for the moment, what is one thing teachers could be empowered to change today that would improve the school experience for them and their students?
BC’s Education Plan includes a commitment to ensure university teacher preparation programs provide new teachers with the skills to support new approaches to student learning. What should the first priority be to achieve this goal?
Think about your favourite teacher. What set(s) him or her apart and how could we help other teachers achieve a similar level of performance?
Teachers today have to meet a diverse set of student needs. Teaching Assistants are being used in some, but not all classrooms to help teachers support student learning.
In the past few weeks you’ve made over 1300 comments on flexibility and choice in the K-12 education system. Here’s a synthesis of what you’ve said so far. Click on the links below each theme to read supporting examples.
How do you think our schools and school districts need to change to support more flexibility and choice?
Flexibility and choice are evident in many B.C. schools and communities. Do you have some good examples to share?
What do you think are the benefits and challenges to offering students more flexible learning opportunities?
Over the past several weeks many people have commented on a broad range of questions about personalized learning. We’ve gone through all of your comments (more than 1000!) and have updated this wrap-up to share back with you what we’ve heard since the engagement forum began. What was originally a Questions 1-3 Wrap-Up now includes a summary for Questions 4-6 as well. We now have a much clearer picture of what issues are important to you and what suggestions you have for us as we move forward with education transformation in BC.
What does it mean for students to play an active role in their education?
How can teachers personalize learning for reading, writing, math and science?
How can our education system support the unique needs of students?
What do you think is important for our education system in the future?
What type of information do parents need on their child’s learning?