This online tool is one of many ways in which we are engaging with parents about their child’s education,” said Thomas Lukaszuk, Minister of Education. “In addition to course and subject matter, parents can also use the tool to explore online learning materials to help their child with their studies.”
The online tool was developed in consultation with the Alberta School Councils’ Association, the Fédération des parents francophones de l'Alberta, and with parents across the province who participated in online surveys and focus groups throughout the product’s development. Parents said that they wanted plain language descriptions about subject matter as well as the ability to link to the resource via mobile devices such as smart phones.
“We are delighted with the new online resource,” said Marilyn Sheptycki, President of the Alberta School Councils’ Association. “It makes sense to offer parents one primary source to access learning information for their child, which can then be used in discussions with their child’s teachers.”
Alberta is the first jurisdiction in Canada to create an interactive, online tool of this kind for parents. The move to an online tool with advanced customized features gives parents greater flexibility to create an individualized learning profile for their child based on grade and subject level. The new online tool replaces the printed materials, the Curriculum Handbooks for Parents and the Curriculum Summaries.
Claudine Lajoie, President of the Fédération des parents francophones de l'Alberta said, “This online tool will reinforce parents’ role in the education of their child. An informed parent can make better decisions while accompanying their child in their learning process. This is a marvelous resource.”
The Alberta government sees parents as valuable partners in shaping the future of Alberta’s education system. Creating a stronger voice for parents in the education system is a key component of the Minister’s 10-Point Plan for Education.
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