Premier Releases Education Action Plan
Premier Ball released an Education Action Plan.
The plan, which guides actions to implement the recommendations from the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes, will result in a strengthened education system that is more responsive to the needs of students.
The Education Action Plan specifies timelines and responsibilities for implementation of the task force’s 82 recommendations. The recommendations focus on nine areas in the education system: mental health and wellness, inclusive education, mathematics, reading, Indigenous education, multicultural education, co-operative education, early years, and teacher education and professional development.
The Education Action Plan will provide benefits to students and teachers, some of which include:
Increased allocations to the school system as a result of funding for several recommendations, including: new reading specialists in schools and at the district office; new mathematics specialists at the school districts to support K-6 teachers; new teaching and learning assistants to support curriculum delivery; and increases in the allocation of teacher librarians and English as a second language teachers.
Substantial opportunities, in a wide range of areas, for teachers and educational specialists across the K-12 system to engage in professional learning.
In addition to enhanced student outcomes in mathematics and reading, the timelines committed to the Action Plan will ensure enhanced outcomes for early learners (birth to five) and for all students in the areas of mental health and wellness, Indigenous education, and multicultural education.
Implementation of the 82 recommendations will occur in three phases:
Short-term: 31 recommendations will be completed or substantially underway within year one (22 recommendations in this phase have been completed or adopted to date);
Medium-term: an additional 40 recommendations will be completed or substantially underway within years two to four (by September 2021); and
Long-term: the remaining 11 recommendations will be completed or substantially underway by year five (by September 2022).
The timelines committed to the Action Plan will ensure enhanced outcomes for early learners, birth to five years of age, and for all students in the areas of mental health and wellness, Indigenous education, and multicultural education.