Progress continues on the new provincial education plan and the Prince Albert Catholic School Division board was updated on the process at its regular meeting on Monday.
Director of Education Lorel Trumier explained that the process of developing the new plan has only just begun.
“The current education plan is therefore under construction, it is being developed and we are in the interim. But behind the scenes there are a lot of conversations going on about the provincial education plan and we know that it sets the course for the next 10 years and it is important that my advice continues to be updated on the different elements. that happen, ”Trumier said.
According to the memo to the board, the provincial education plan implementation team has completed the process of establishing results, measures and actions. At present, the Board of Education is evaluating the core priorities and the results of the plan.
“It’s exciting that our province needs to set goals for the next 10 years and that’s a whole generation of students,” said Trumier.
The process of developing the plan began when Gord Wyant, then Minister of Education, invited 20 organizations to nominate representatives for an initial two-year term with the possibility of extension. Representatives come from the Kindergarten to Grade 12 sector, Aboriginal organizations, post-secondary institutions, businesses and industry, and Francophone and Anglophone schools.
The plan was developed by the Provincial Education Council, which first met in December 2020 to discuss the development, implementation and governance of Saskatchewan’s next decade of learning.
The interim one-year plan will be in place as the 10-year plan is completed.
Several planning partners are involved, including the Federation of Sovereign Indian Nations (FSIN), the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents of Saskatchewan (LEADS), Metis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) and the Gabriel Dumont Institute, ministry Education, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials (SASBO), Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) and Saskatchewan Teachers Federation.
The province is currently operating under an interim plan for 2021-2022
The Interim Provincial Education Plan focuses on three key priorities, including additional reading aids for students in Grades 1-5.
Reading data will be collected from students in Grades 1 to 5. This will allow teachers to create, if necessary, specialized reading plans tailored to students according to their individual skill levels.
The government says supportive learning opportunities for students whose education may have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are also a priority. High school students will be able to earn credits through a variety of educational avenues, such as courses offered outside the classroom, special project credits, and online courses.
The third priority is mental health support for students and staff on their return from a difficult year. This includes nearly $ 600,000, budgeted for 2021-2022, to support initiatives related to bullying prevention and the promotion of positive mental health and student safety.
It also includes nearly $ 500,000 committed by the Government of Saskatchewan for mental health first aid training for school divisions.
Draft priority plans will outline education policy at the provincial level, not at the classroom or school level, and will be implemented for the 2021-2022 school year. Interim plans are made to guide the system for the following year while the next PEP is completed.
The plan at the provincial level was originally due to be released in June 2021.
Using these three priorities, participating First Nations school divisions and school authorities will develop their own plans to meet the unique needs of their students and schools.