The Manitoba government has established a Provincial Curriculum Advisory Panel to help form a new provincial curriculum framework as part of the Better Education Starts Today (BEST) strategy.
“The advisory panel will begin their work this fall, beginning with the design of a new provincial framework that will identify the underlying principles of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum and establish its overall structure,” said Education Minister Cliff Cullen. “The new framework will set out the vision, principles, skills, knowledge and values to empower students.”
The minister noted consultations will take place in the fall of 2021 with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, allowing input from across the province. The new framework will guide future K-12 curriculum development and ensure all subject areas are inclusive, reflect the full diversity of peoples in Manitoba, promote human rights and responsible citizenship through a focus on Indigenous perspectives, gender diversity and anti-racism.
“These educators and stakeholders represent the diversity, ideas and talents of the people of Manitoba,” said Cullen. “They will help government develop a new provincial curriculum framework that supports relevant, high quality learning for all, from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and beyond. Developing a new framework is a considerable task and the most recent framework dates back to 1995, so it is time for a thorough examination of what exists, what is needed and what is best for our students.”
The minister noted system resources will be directed to curriculum implementation and learning at the classroom level, with a distinct focus on four official school programs: English, French, French Immersion and Senior Years Technology.
The panel includes students, parents, educators, school and system leaders, Indigenous partners and business. Terms will run until June 2022. Future terms will be determined based on need.
The Curriculum Advisory Panel members and terms of reference are listed at bettereducationmb.ca.