Happy holidays everyone and thank you to the Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta for inviting me to talk to all of you about how our government is working to prepare our students for success.
Our government knows the value of education and has ensured that stable and predictable funding continues to flow into our classrooms despite the difficult economic challenges facing our province.
We have — and will continue — to support choice in education as well, whether students are learning in a bricks-and-mortar school or at home under the watchful eyes of their parents.
We also know the content being taught in our classrooms could use an update, and that’s why we announced a six-year review of our curriculum across six subjects — Arts, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Sciences, and Wellness. We know Albertans are supportive of this work, as more than 32,000 of them took part in our first survey on curriculum. There will be more opportunities for you to have input on this important work in the spring and beyond.
Another point of pride this year for me was the signing of the Joint Commitment to Action. This important agreement will ensure all teachers have access to professional development opportunities over the next three years related Indigenous history, culture and perspectives.
We have also recently made significant changes to math supports in our province that will help both teachers and students. We are reinstating the written portion of the 30-1 and 30-2 Math Diploma Exams, adding a no-calculator portion to the grade 9 math Provincial Achievement Test and introducing a bursary program for current and pre-service teachers in an effort to help cover tuition costs for specialized post-secondary math classes.
As we move in 2017, there is much still to accomplish and we will continue to work collaboratively with our education partners, such as AISCA.
Thank-you for your time, and I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season.