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Alberta is renewing the Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) curriculum, starting with K-6.
The entire curriculum development process is happening in several steps over a few years.
A brief summary is below. Visit the curriculum development page for full details.
How the process works
Step 1: Curriculum advisory panel input
- A transparent review process starts with an independent 12-member curriculum advisory panel.
- Between August 2019 and August 2020, they provide:
- recommendations for future curriculum direction
- a draft vision for student learn that is central to public engagement
- advice on a draft ministerial order on student learning based on the public engagement
Step 2: Engagement on the vision
- In early 2020, more than 8,000 Albertans, including parents and education partners, share their views on the vision for student learning.
- The feedback helps finalize the ministerial order.
Step 3: New ministerial order
- In August 2020, a Ministerial Order on Student Learning sets the vision to guide education, update curriculum, and strengthen the K-12 system.
Step 4: Guiding framework update
- By December 2020, the guiding framework for curriculum design and development aligns with the ministerial order.
Step 5: Drafting and review
- From August to November 2020, Alberta Education designs and develops new K-6 curriculum in English and French.
- Between August 2020 and February 2021, advisors with subject matter expertise and Indigenous Elders provide advice as curriculum is drafted.
- In December 2020, more than 100 teachers on a curriculum working group and about 30 Education deans and professors from Alberta’s post-secondary institutions provide advice and recommendations on the draft.
Step 6: Engagement on the curriculum
- In March 2021, the new K-6 curriculum is publicly released for review.
- In spring 2021, Albertans can have a say by participating in engagement sessions and take a survey.
- In spring 2021, Alberta Education is connecting with education partners to gather input.
Step 7: Piloting in classrooms
- In Spring 2021, school authorities may choose to pilot the K-6 curriculum in classrooms.
- During the 2021-22 school year, piloting in participating classrooms.
Step 8: Implementation
- During the 2022-23 school year, all Alberta elementary students are expected to be learning from the new K-6 curriculum.
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