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					Curriculum Coordinators Meetings
          January 2009

          Presented by
        Shelley Magnusson
          Shelley Wells
English Language Arts
Curriculum Development Cycle


                Where is English Language Arts?
The Provincial Literacy Framework

                    How did we get here?
The road less travelled…
3 Components of Literacy
Development in Alberta

1.K – 12 Literacy
2.CMEC Literacy
3.Provincial Literacy Framework
In March 2006, Alberta Education drafted
the K-3 Numeracy/Literacy Report.

Consultations were conducted with key
stakeholder groups and information was
posted on Alberta Education’s website for
individual and/or group response.
As a result of the consultations, 8
recommendations were developed in
collaboration with the advisory committee.

One of the recommendations was that Alberta
Education, with education stakeholders,
research, develop and communicate working
definitions of numeracy and literacy related to
Alberta Education’s programs of study.
• In response to that recommendation, Curriculum
  Branch along with French Language Services
  Branch has proposed to develop a priority action
  plan to enhance student achievement in Literacy
  and numeracy through the K – 12 programs of
• The priority action plan will include a
  contemporary definition of literacy, that will
  encompass all forms of literacy, including oral,
  cultural and mathematical literacy.
• 2004 CMEC (Council of Ministers of Education, Canada) agreed to a
  Literacy Action Plan
   – Increase literacy levels of all Canadians
   – To help Canadians acquire the highest level of literacy
     skills in the world
• November 2006 – CMEC drafted a Literacy Work Plan which
   1.   Policy work
   2.   Sharing promising practices
   3.   Effective use of data and research
   4.   Pan Canadian communication and public awareness
       The Purpose:

To provide Alberta students with literacy
 competencies that will enable them to
more fully participate in their community
         and the wider society.
What is Literacy
• Our definition of literacy has
  changed over the years.
• Once being able to sign one’s own
  name was a sign of being a literate
• Now our society recognizes that
  we need to know how to
  communicate in more complex
Types of Literacy???

•   Scientific
•   Technological
•   Cultural
•   Mathematical
•   Numerical
•   Humanitarian
•   Physical
•   Social
•   Environmental
Questions we have asked ourselves…

 How do we prepare our students for a
     future that we cannot predict?
 What skills do we need to emphasize?

                Are these skills
                subject specific?
       Literacy in Alberta
         Advanced Education and Technology

Employment and Immigration    Alberta Education
The Provincial Literacy Framework
The Provincial Literacy Framework
The Provincial Literacy Framework

The draft framework was sent out for
feedback in June 2008 to literacy
stakeholders across Alberta and posted
on the website
The Provincial Literacy Framework

• The draft was revised and sent to all
  other government ministries for input
• The draft was revised once again, and
  is now in the final stages
The Provincial Literacy Framework
We hope to have ministerial approval for
the Provincial Literacy Framework by April
Literacy K – 12

What does this mean for the K-12
      Education Sector?
It means we will develop a
   priority action plan for
   literacy K-12 that will
   support the Provincial
    Literacy Framework.
       Forum follow-up
• And now the work begins….

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