The GNWT is continuing their plan to transition to an altered version of the current British Columbia Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 (JK-12) school curriculum.
The third of the five step process was recently released, focusing on educator professional learning. This approach will make use of both online and face-to-face opportunities in order to maximize the reach of the offered support. In addition, within operational realities, the Department of Education, Culture, and Employment will work with education body staff in order to tailor professional learning in ways that meet the varying needs and unique realities of the regions.
The latest plan includes a special training calendar, which runs through the 2023-2024 school year and is tailored for educators, support staff, new NWT educators, education bodies, and school principals.
The training focuses on some of the most important aspects of the new curriculum, such as report cards, standardized tests, and diploma exams. It will also include a structure for the GNWT to hold engagement sessions with educators and key education partners, such as Indigenous governments, the Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association, and education bodies, to collect feedback throughout the implementation and transition to the BC curriculum.
The new curriculum will be introduced in the 2023-2024 school year, when it will be trialed in Grades 4-6 and Grade 9 in all NWT schools, in some or all subjects depending on region.