Edmonton Catholic Schools has a strong history of fostering deep learning experiences for all our students with foundations of literacy, numeracy, and universal design for learning. Over the years, our Division Plan for Continuous Growth has consistently set goals of high levels of understanding, skills and competencies for subject areas and grade levels to prepare students with the tools they need for their success. Curricula may change, yet good teaching and learning remain paramount.
For the 2022-2023 school year, students across Alberta are learning a new elementary curriculum in the following subjects and grades:
- English Language Arts and Literature (K–3)
- Mathematics (K–3)
- Physical Education and Wellness (K–6)
- Science Pilot (K-6) at 5 schools
- French Immersion Language Arts and Literature (K-3) at 8 schools
Some ECSD classrooms are also taking part in piloting a draft curriculum in Science (K-6) and French Immersion Language Arts and Literature (K-6).
The foundations of this important work began with our involvement with curriculum redesign and prototyping from 2013-2016. In 2020, we strengthened our pedagogical practices with our understanding and application of Ministerial Order #28/2020 on Student Learning and became familiar with the Guiding Framework for the Design and Development of K–12 Provincial Curriculum. In 2022, we are extending this work as we collaborate with our teachers, creating supports, and resources to assist them in this new implementation.
Our classrooms remain spaces of faith-based learning that deeply engage all staff and students with technological innovation, creativity, critical thinking, and authentic learning experiences.
French immersion language arts and literature allows students to experience Canadian linguistic duality, to develop a positive image of their own bilingual/multilingual identity, and to experience the cognitive and social benefits of learning a new language.