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For Immediate Release
Sept. 6, 2018
Ministry of Education
Government launches new Grade 10 curriculum
VICTORIA – Grade 10 students heading back to class this week will benefit from an innovative and flexible new curriculum, better preparing them for college, university and the workforce.
“Teachers and students are already experiencing the benefits of the personalized, flexible nature of the new curriculum up to Grade 9,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “The new Grade 10 curriculum offers opportunities for teachers to engage their students in new and innovative ways of learning and to foster creativity. It truly is an exciting time for education in B.C. and I look forward to the positive impact this will have on student success.”
The introduction of the Grade 10 curriculum this school year follows the successful implementation of the new K-9 curriculum in September 2016. Consistent with the K-9 curriculum, the new Grade 10 curriculum also includes Indigenous content and perspectives across all subjects.
“The renewed B.C. Grade 10 curriculum enables teachers to provide a multitude of learning experiences for students,” said Suzanne Hoffman, superintendent of schools at the Vancouver School Board (SD 39). “By providing flexibility, teachers and students can more fully explore areas of interest in an effort to engage students and improve outcomes.”
With students back to class this week, school districts throughout the province are already reporting innovative applications of the new Grade 10 curriculum. For example:
* Vancouver School Board (SD 39)
Templeton and John Oliver secondary schools are running STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs that will see Grade 10 students undertake a variety of projects, including those involving off-grid solar tracking panels, underwater remote-operated vehicles and autonomous robots.
* Nanaimo-Ladysmith (SD 68)
Dover Bay Secondary is offering new courses to help students meet the requirements of the physical and health education 10 curriculum, including dance fitness. Through a dance focus, students will be supported to develop lifelong skills in physical activity. Students will also explore topics like healthy living and eating, as well as sexual health.
* Arrow Lakes (SD 10)
Lucerne Elementary Secondary school is giving students in Grade 10 an opportunity to explore a variety of subjects in an immersive and hands-on manner. For example, students studying geology will spend a week in the field learning from local community experts.
* B.C.’s curriculum has been redesigned to offer more personalized learning opportunities to better meet the diverse needs of all students.
* The new curriculum is helping students feel more connected and engaged with what they are studying so they have a better chance of success.
* It focuses on hands-on learning, as well as building collaboration, critical thinking and communication skills to help learners better prepare for college, university and the workforce.
* It provides teachers with flexibility while also retaining the high standards expected in foundational courses like math, science and English.
* Indigenous content and perspectives have been built into all grades and subjects, from math and science to arts and social studies. There are 17 First Nations languages with approved curriculum to be taught in B.C. schools, and there are six more in development.
* In the 2017-18 school year, the number of classes with more than 30 students decreased by 45% compared to the year before.
* The new Grades 11 and 12 curricula and revised B.C. Graduation Program will be implemented in September 2019.
To learn more about the new curriculum, visit: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
What is PAC?
The School Act gives parents the right, through PACs, to assume an advisory role in every school. PAC is the officially recognized collective voice of parents of their school. A PAC, through its elected officers, may advise the school board, the principal and staff of the school respecting any matter relating to the school other than matters assigned to the School Planning Council (SPC).
PACs are forums within each school community to discuss matters affecting your school and the education of your children. Parents’ voices are a tremendous value to their school. They offer a wealth of ideas and support in the challenges that face all public schools. PACs strive to represent the diversity within their communities and contribute to the benefit of all students by:
- providing opportunities to educate and inform parents about the school;
- involving parents in volunteer activities; and
- openly discussing parents’ concerns and aspirations for their schools.
Who Can Become A Member Of PAC?
All parents and guardians of students registered in the school are able to participate as a member of the PAC.
What Governs A PAC?
As an autonomous body, the PAC must abide by its Constitution and Bylaws and the School Act.
How Does A PAC Work?
Through their elected executives from parents in the school, PACs communicate with their parent community gathering and discussing issues of importance regarding their school in order to adequately advise those that influence their school. In addition to PAC meetings communication may also be done through, newsletters, telephone, email, and websites so that all parents have the opportunity for input. PACs, with strong participation from parents, have an important influence on life at the school and the feelings the community has toward the school and education. There is strong evidence that increased parent involvement in the school results in increased student achievement, accomplishment, satisfaction, and bonding all of which result in decreased dropout rates and better citizen.
Whom Does The PAC Advise?
(a) advise the board and the principal and staff of the school or the Provincial school respecting any matter relating to the school or the Provincial school, other than matters assigned to the school planning council, and
(b) at the request of the SPC, assist the SPC in carrying out its functions under this Act.
(c) advise their District Parents’ Advisory Council (DPAC), British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), the Ministry of Education and any other organization, as they deem necessary.
The Purpose Of A PAC Can Be:
- to provide parents with the opportunity to gain greater understanding of the school;
- to assist the SPC in carrying out its function;
- to give input into school- based decisions;
- to participate in goal setting;
- to unify efforts of the school community towards the goal of quality education;
- to monitor and review school rules and conduct, the safety programs, the educational programs; learning materials, equipment and the school building;
- to educate parents;
- to advocate equal educational opportunities for all students;
- to liaise with other education partners and organizations; and
- to provide methods to resolve problems between the school and community by directing parents and students to the Advocacy project.
The PAC Is NOT:
A forum to discuss individual students/staff problems or conflicts.
Parents are encouraged and invited to bring forth issues, suggestions, or concerns relating to the meeting and enhancement of the needs of your school community.
These issues can be brought forth by:
- contacting a PAC executive member
- sending a letter to the school addressed to a member of the PAC executive
- attending a PAC meeting