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School district starting transition into new curriculum


FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — As schools in B.C. get closer and closer to the adoption of B.C.’s new school curriculum, School District 60 is hosting a public meeting Wednesday night at the district office, at 7 p.m.

Assistant Superintendent of School District 60, Stephen Petrucci, went over the highlights of the revised curriculum in Monday night’s board meeting.

“Basically, it’s about personalized learning for students,” said Stephen Petrucci, “(Core Competencies, a new concept, is ‘ trying to provide relevant and authentic learning situations for students.’

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Petrucci says the entire curriculum has themed around the ‘core competencies’ revolving around thinking, communication, and personal/social responsibility. “You’ll find these themes at every grade level.”

“It’s validating these skills of thinking, communicating, and personal/social responsibility as important, educational skills that kids can learn,” he adds.

Full implementation for students in kindergarten to Grade 9 will start this September, with teachers able to incorporate parts and drafts in the time being if they wish. The ‘Grad program,’ for students in Grade 10 to 12, becomes fully mandatory next fall.

To prepare for the changes for Grade 10 to 12, two more non-instructional days have been added to the calendar. Friday, February 26, and Monday, May 16 will have no students in school. However, teachers and administration will be working at the schools.

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