Last summer I called together students, teachers, parents, educational leaders, and members of the community for a Summit on learning.
During those two days, participants came to the conclusion that the current education system must adapt and evolve to allow students to acquire the skills they need to become life-long learners, that the traditional learning model needs to adapt to the changing world and learning must make more room for skill-building through experiential and project-based learning.
Today, I rise to present the results of a survey from the participants of the Summit on Learning and invite the public to provide their input into where the public education system needs to go to help prepare our children for the global workforce.
I am asking Islanders for their opinion…
From the beginning of our mandate, it has been the philosophy of this government to listen to the needs of Islanders… we did that with the development of the preschool excellence initiative, with the transition of kindergarten into the school system and now we are looking to hear from Islanders about what changes they think need to take place in our public school system to help our students gain the experience and skills they need to be competitive in the 21st century workforce.
There are already some amazing things happening in classrooms across the Island… In many subject areas, new curriculum is being designed, piloted or implemented to engage students.These new courses focus on creativity, innovation, and problem solving.
Classrooms across the Island are shifting from places where teachers cover curriculum to places where students create knowledge.
A comprehensive literacy plan is being implemented across the province.
A new PEI math curriculum is being introduced.
A new Early Numeracy Intervention Program (ENIP)is being piloted across the province.
Career Explorations and Opportunities is being piloted in 8 high schools this year. It encourages Grade 10 students to “become the CEO of their careers and lives”.
And… high schools, school boards, the Department, and community partners are collaborating to develop Academy Diploma Programs in a number of areas that meet the needs and interests of their students and various sectors in the community.
Our government is committed to maintain our focus on students and learning so that every student can have an opportunity to prepare for the best possible future…. and now, I am asking all Islanders to take an interest in our system and help determine what can we do, working together, to achieve even better results.
It has been said that societies who out-educate us will out-perform us… we have a wonderful opportunity on Prince Edward Island to create a system of public education that will put us in a position to be world leaders.