Aug 5, 2020
Posted in: Curriculum
The Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) is represented on the provincial Curriculum Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC was established to develop recommendations for the Minister of Education from education sector and non-sector partners regarding potential changes to curriculum and Saskatchewan’s high school graduation requirements. The CAC will be in place until 2023.
The committee met in January and February 2020 to recommend areas of curriculum renewal. A number of recommendations went forward to the Minister for renewal of curriculum in the Practical and Applied Arts, Secondary Arts Education, and Secondary Social Sciences, including new social sciences courses for grades 10 -12 students which could replace some of the current social sciences options, as per the recommendation from the Secondary Social Sciences Reference Committee. GDI endorsed this recommendation after discussion and consultation with the Institute’s Adult 12 managers and faculty.
In June 2020, the CAC again met twice to discuss the foundational pieces of the curriculum—the Broad Areas of Learning and the Cross Curricular Competencies. These documents represent goals and concepts foundational across curricula, including the goals that students will develop a sense of self, community and space, be lifelong learners, and engaged citizens.
Some of the CAC discussion involved mining what might be missing from the foundational documents. Notes on the broad discussion are available in their entirety by request, but include the following:
Suggestions and contributions are welcome to add to the above discussion. Comments can be directed to Lisa Bird-Wilson (see internal phone list for contact info). Please consider the following questions based on Métis-specific perspectives and in the context of GDI’s mission and values: