District Highlights

New curriculum implementation day at SD42

Pictured above: More than 300 School District 42 educators participated in an interactive workshop led by guest instructors Leyton Schnellert and Shelley Moore on Sept. 26. 

On September 26, School District 42 instructional staff participated in the first of two training days designed to support the implementation of BC’s new curriculum.  

“Educators from across the district came together to learn about how to strengthen their facilitation of the redesigned curriculum,” explained Jovo Bikic, SD42’s acting director of instruction. 

The day was jointly planned by a committee of district helping teachers, Maple Ridge Teachers’ Association, CUPE, Maple Ridge Principals’ and Vice Principals’ Association executive members and district leadership staff. 

SD42 deputy superintendent Laurie Meston commented on how impressed she was with the positive collaboration that occurred between partner groups to make this day responsive to the needs of teachers and instructional support staff.

A variety of courses and planning sessions for the redesigned curriculum took place at locations across the district, including school-based activities and centralized sessions at Thomas Haney Secondary School.

Guest instructor Leyton Schnellert.

During the morning session at THSS, guest instructors Leyton Schnellert and Shelley Moore inspired more than 300 educators with an interactive workshop focused on helping children develop skills in communication, critical and creative thinking, and personal and social responsibility. 

“There was a palpable buzz throughout the day as teachers, education assistants, administrators, trustees, child care workers, district leaders, and aboriginal support workers learned side by side about helping children develop the necessary skills to be contributing members of a 21st century society,” said Bikic. “Several of these educators commented that they not only benefitted from the workshop facilitators, but also the rich conversations with each other to start the year.”

The next curriculum implementation day for SD42 takes place Tuesday, February 14, 2017. To learn more about BC’s new curriculum, click here.

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