New Brunswick’s 10-year education plans
Education is at the heart of New Brunswick’s success and competitiveness.
That’s why it’s so important that we work together to improve our educational performance and better prepare our young people for the economy of tomorrow.
New Brunswick’s 10-year education plans, one for the Anglophone sector and one for the Francophone sector, were developed with the input of parents, youth, teachers, experts, community and business leaders. It focuses on setting objectives in key priority areas using a performance management system, creating lifelong learners and challenging everyone to do their best.
More than 4,800 individuals were consulted including 35 consultations with 551 participants; 353 parent surveys and 3,898 educator surveys.
Implementing the plans continues to be a joint-effort between the department and school districts.
Everyone at their best is the 10-year plan specific to the Anglophone system. Its priorities include:
- Establishing a culture of belonging and valuing diversity;
- Ensuring pre-school children develop the competencies they need;
- Improving literacy skills;
- Improving numeracy skills;
- Improving learning in, and application of, the arts, science, trades and technology;
- Meeting the needs of First Nation children and youth;
- Nurturing healthy values, attitudes and behaviours;
- Ensuring learners graduate with fundamental French language proficiencies; and
- Fostering learner leadership, citizenship and entrepreneurial spirit.
The provincial government is investing the most in public education in the province’s history.
This includes $8.3 million to support classroom composition, including the addition of 250 school-based teachers over the next two years as part of the recent collective agreement reached with the New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation and $6.25 million for continued implementation of the 10-year education plans, bringing the annual investment in this initiative to $15 million. This supports priority areas such as:
- career and life readiness;
- early childhood education;
- arts; and
- physical education.
Since the release of the 10-Year Education Plan, there have been many successes.
- Dedicated focus on strengthening literacy and numeracy practices at the K-2 level, with an additional 56 support positions provided to assist teachers and students in their classrooms.
- Ten lead positions in districts to support and strengthen student resilience and mental health.
- Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) respecting First Nations education between Education and Early Childhood Development and First Nation communities; a first of its kind in that it is specific to addressing the treaties that were signed between government and First Nation people.
- School district and early learning and childcare centre educators have established processes for sharing best practices for early learners.
- Release of a research monograph, written by New Brunswick teachers, capturing classroom research in Universal Design for Learning; findings have been shared at Harvard University.
- Introduction of the Learning through Personalization initiative in select schools across New Brunswick; these schools will share and learn about best practices in personalized learning.
- All educational assistants and school intervention workers have completed or are enrolled in ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and Behavioural Interventions Level 1 on-line training.
Moving the priorities in both plans forward will depend on a number of underlying conditions that will ensure we are successful in reaching our goals and objectives:
- The application of formal performance management principles.
- Equitable access to programs and services.
- Engagement of and support for families (recognition of parents as first educators).
- Enhancement of educators’ skills and competencies.
- Integrated and seamless continuum of learning.
- Access to appropriate infrastructure and information and communication technologies.
A new, five-year agreement with the New Brunswick Teachers Federation includes a number of specific measures designed to help with the successful implementation of the 10-year education plan.
Among them is a research project initiative that, for the first time, will increase the hours of instruction for some students in kindergarten to grade 2.
Starting in September 2018, 17 schools across the province will participate in a research project to increase instructional time for K-2 students by one hour per day. This time, along with additional resources, will be used to provide greater opportunities for students to reach the expected learning outcomes with a focus on literacy, numeracy, physical education, art and music. This is a joint initiative between the federation and the department. The project will run for three years, and will be evaluated by independent experts.
The agreement will also see the addition of 250 school-based teachers to the education system to support classroom teachers and work with students, particularly in classrooms with classroom composition challenges.
|“Your government’s priority is improving educational outcomes so our kids can be successful in school and in the job market,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “This agreement with our province’s teachers reflects our commitment to education and to providing the resources required to support the successful implementation of the 10-year education plans.”|
NB’s education system by the numbers: