School District 20 seeks input on graduation requirements

School District 20 will be having a community conversation about the future of graduation requirements Monday, Oct. 1 in Castlegar.

School District 20 will be having a community conversation about the future of graduation requirements Monday, Oct. 1 in Castlegar.

Facilitator Andy Leathwood, director of instruction of SD 8, welcomes the thoughts of students, parents and educators, as well as employers, post-secondary partners, civic leaders and others.

The conversation will help inform the development of future graduation requirements, as the the Ministry of Education looks for input from around the province to develop recommendations for new requirements.

This session is one of many being held across the province this fall.

There will be facilitated group discussions focused on getting feedback to five key questions:

1. What do you think are the core or essential things all students should know, understand, and be able to do by the time they leave secondary school?

2. Beyond the core, how could pathways for choice or exploration be provided?

3. Research is underway with a focus on the following five cross-curricular competencies: Communication; Critical Thinking; Creative Thinking and Innovation; Personal Responsibility and Well-Being; Social Responsibility. How do you think students could demonstrate these             competencies?

4. How could student learning be communicated to: Students? Parents/Guardians? Post-Secondary Institutions/Employers?

How would you design an awards program to recognize student success in a personalized learning environment?

If you can’t attend the meeting are looking for more information, go to www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/.

The meeting is Monday, Oct. 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Community Complex, Monashee Room.