Discussing the future of graduation requirements

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Forums were held in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd earlier this week. Students, parents, teachers and community members are all invited to take part, and give their input on new requirements for graduation.

The session in Fort St. John will take place on Wednesday, October 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre. To register, contact Jan Strandlund at [email protected] or 250-262-6017 by Monday, October 1.

The following five questions will be discussed in groups:

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Question #1:  

What do you think are the core or essential things all students should know, understand and be able to do by the time they leave secondary school?

Question #2:

Beyond the core, how could pathways for choice or exploration be provided?

Question #3:

Research is underway with a focus on the following five cross-curricular competencies (in development):

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i)      Communication

ii)     Critical Thinking

iii)   Creative Thinking and Innovation

iv)    Personal Responsibility and Well-Being

v)     Social Responsibility

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How do you think students could demonstrate these competencies?

Question #4:

How could student learning be communicated to:

a)     Students

b)     Parents/Guardians

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c)     Post secondary Institutions/Employers

Question #5:

How would you design an awards program to recognize student success in a personalized learning environment?

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