The Alberta government is looking ahead to the future and working to ensure that provincial curriculum continues to give all students the best possible start in life and meet the demands of living in the 21st century.

“MindFuel is thrilled to be part of the Alberta curriculum development initiative,” said Cassy Weber, CEO, MindFuel. “Having a voice at this table is a direct result of the credible and reliable learning resources we have developed and shared with teachers and students in Alberta and beyond since 1990. We continue to focus on encouraging students to pursue STEM-related careers to the benefit not only of them personally, but also our province and our economy.”

To date, MindFuel has participated in two expert working group sessions with more to come. Expert working groups are made up of individuals who have expertise within subjects and across grades; are a balanced representation of Alberta’s geographic and demographic diversity; and also include representation from Francophone and First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. This year the groups are collaborating on the development of the first draft scopes and sequences for six different K–12 prosubjects (science, math, social studies, English language arts, wellness and arts).

Photo credit: LUCIE EDWARDSON / METRO. Minister of Education, David Eggen.

Caitlin Quarrington, manager of education, is representing MindFuel at the expert working group sessions. She brings her experience as a junior high science teacher and background in learning resource development to the discussions as the groups consider literature reviews, analysis of current curriculum, research on student learning, what other jurisdictions from around the worlds are doing, previous work with stakeholders such as prototyping, and the results of engagements with Albertans.

If you would like to share your views on this initiative, there are several opportunities to participate. Specifically, there is a survey open until November 18, 2016.

Targeted timelines for curriculum development are available on Alberta Education’s website.