Student Learning

The provincial government’s community consultation “Inspiring Education” about public education in Alberta examined how learning might be better delivered in Alberta to support our students in becoming successful, productive citizens and lifelong learners.

This new vision, outlined in the new Ministerial Order on Student Learning envisions students who are engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit, With the new Education Act passed, school boards across the province are working hard to deliver the dream. Many changes in curriculum, assessment, the role of the teacher, and the ways in which students learn are being introduced to prepare students for future success . Our schools and school councils are great places to learn more and participate in discussions about how our students’ learning is being improved.

The Calgary Board of Education is poised and well prepared to provide its students with a variety of learning opportunities so that “each student , in keeping with their individual abilities and gifts will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning”. It is important to me that our teachers and schools are caring and safe places for students and focused on improvement and innovation for our students.

Although it is a constant challenge in an increasingly diverse city, I believe that providing quality teaching and public schools that offer learning environments tailored to support and engage students is an investment in our collective future. The Board of Trustees monitors to hold the school system accountable for student success. It is important to utilize the resources the province provides in the best ways possible to support student learning. The 2013-14 CBE budget was constructed to direct as much funding as possible to students in classrooms to try to minimize the impact of provincial cutbacks on students and families. In that spirit, trustees voted to reduce their own salaries, parking allowance, and professional development in this spring’s budget.

To encourage Calgarians to understand and be more informed about our school system and changes being introduced as a part of Inspiring Education, the Board of Trustees public board meetings are publicly webcast; its agendas, minutes and reports as well as trustees’ expenses posted publicly. In addition, an updated website communicates daily news stories about what is happening in the CBE and an RSS feed is available to anyone who subscribes.

With more than 110,000 students and their families as well as the larger community of Calgary, it is always a challenge to communicate broadly and utilize our scarce communication resources wisely. CBE’s Policy Committee consulted widely regarding best practices for open governance and their report concluded that CBE is leading the province in its efforts. As your trustee I am always available to hear your views and concerns about our schools and public education in Calgary.

 

For more information on our outstanding students results, please see more at:

http://www.cbe.ab.ca/aboutus/community_report/2013/

 

For information on the background and values that guided the 2013-2014 CBE budget:

http://www.cbe.ab.ca/trustees/Budget/13-14_Budget_Assumptions_Report-FINAL-ATTACH_I.pdf

 

October 4, 2013

CBE celebrates another year of strong student achievement:

http://www.cbe.ab.ca/new/news2013-14/20131002-cbe-students-achieve-strong-academic-results.asp