Input from classroom piloting (September 2021 to February 2022)
As of September 2021, 360 teachers began piloting draft K-6 content in elementary classrooms with approximately 7,800 students. These teachers will help determine how the draft curriculum transfers to the classroom by considering 6 areas:
- strengths and opportunities in content
- learning scope
- age appropriateness
- learning sequencing
- perspectives on the content load
- supports school authorities will need to prepare for provincial implementation
During the pilot, Alberta Education will support teachers with information and tools to work with the draft in their classrooms. In 2020-21, there was $6 million set aside as follows:
- $4 million for access to learning and teaching resources aligned with the draft curriculum to support instruction
- $2 million for professional learning supports and substitute teacher costs while piloting teachers are learning; this funding includes $1,500 for each piloting teacher to buy instructional materials and classroom supplies to enhance the student learning experience
In addition, Alberta Education will offer sessions each month to meet piloting teachers’ needs and address any questions. Teachers will also share feedback on the draft curriculum and their classroom experience at these sessions.
Throughout the pilot, school authorities and teachers will provide valuable insights that will help to refine the draft K-6 curriculum.