Advisory Council Progress
Mr. Speaker, education is one of the highest priorities for this government and for Islanders.
A year ago this month… we made a clear commitment to advance excellence for K-12 learners.
As a first step, we introduced a new governance model that gives students, parents and communities a stronger voice in education.
We established a Principals Council to give our instructional leaders … more input into the direction we are taking as a system.
The Principals Council is working with us on three priorities for our system:
- student achievement
- student well-being
- building confidence in our collective ability to support learners
Our 62 principals have worked with their teams to identify goals at the school level … that align with the overarching goals.
We established District Advisory Councils in each of our 10 families of schools, who are working towards the same goals.
Council members have become familiar with the work going on in their family of schools.
… and they are now providing a student and parent perspective to this important work.
We established a third council, Mr. Speaker, the Learning Partners Advisory Council…. whose mandate is to provide a broader perspective … and to advance a culture of learning in our province.
This Council includes 20 learning champions from education organizations and the community.
Members are putting their collective thoughts together in a white paper… which they will share and seek feedback on, in the very near future.
In addition to seeking input from educators, parents, students and community leaders…. we also sought advice from global experts with proven success in moving education systems forward.
And we began a school review to seek input from all Islanders … on how we can better use our existing resources to support learning for all students.
Mr. Speaker, a great deal of developmental work has been done to bring Islanders together … to advance education in our province.
Creating excellence in our K-12 system and a culture of learning is a large undertaking …. that requires new thinking and a new approach to education in this province.
I am encouraged by the progress we are making.
I would like to thank the 170 Islanders involved in the Councils
…. and the many other Islanders who are contributing their ideas to advance learning …. and create a better future for our youth and for all of Prince Edward Island.
Thank you Mr. Speaker.
Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture