School trustee Bob Huff takes part in the discussions during the teachers’ conference at PSC on Wednesday

WCPS sets sights on six year literacy plan

Planners at Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) are looking at a six-year literacy plan that will include feedback from all stakeholders.

Planners at Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) are looking at a six-year literacy plan that will include feedback from all stakeholders.

A brief overview of the plan was presented by superintendent Larry Jacobs Wednesday, Aug. 26 during a conference for WCPS teachers. He said for change to take place, there needs to be three processes in place:

· New demands or ideas pushing an organization forward;

· New processes and tools pushing the organization to change;

· A plan in place on how to move forward.

For the first step, Jacobs said the ministerial order for a change in curriculum to Inspiring Education is leading the charge. Students, he added, are also learning differently and the new curriculum addresses that change.

“If you look at our students now they are very focussed on learning with technology,” explained Jacobs.

Teachers are also learning new techniques to drive that education, said Jacobs.

The ones providing the building blocks to new processes and tools, the second driving force to change, are the teachers. Jacobs says processes are already being used at WCPS that have teachers providing input and ideas on teaching.

Literacy is no longer being applied to a student being able to read. The skill is not only in students’ reading abilities but how they understand numbers, social behaviours, financial understanding and health.

Jacobs suggests literacy and numeracy are closely intertwined and says some nations are changing how students learn in a 21st century learning environment. New Zealand is one example where planners are looking at “personalized learning” where education is built around the learner rather than learner being required to fit into a specific system.

To bring this six-year plan to fruition will require extensive collaboration within the division, said Jacobs, who sees four areas to help make that happen:

· New programs for students

· New assessment tools

· New teaching tools

· Monitoring and evaluation

“We have to be very reflective in our processes,” said Jacobs.

Teachers’ feedback will be vital for planners to know what works and what doesn’t. “The complexity of our vision demands that you have the opportunity to talk to us about that.”


Jacobs said the next step would be to follow a set of goals and timelines to bring the plan to completion. He added that the WCPS board of trustees support the vision and wants to align its goals parallel to the division.

Just Posted

Dangers of distracted driving highlighted in mock crash

Ponoka Secondary Campus students had a taste of reality in a mock crash on distracted driving

Ponoka church hosts community summer sports series

Basketball and volleyball brings Filipino families together as part of a summer sports series.

Red Deer Lake residents have seen water levels drop steadily

AEP study shows levels on straight line decline for 40 years, investigation will continue

Ponoka high school students fundraise for women’s shelter

Creating awareness for #MMIW Ponoka Secondary Campus students hosted a bake sale

Maskwacis and feds sign historic education agreement

The Maskwacis Education School Commission signed an agreement setting the stage for their education

VIDEO: Canadians rise for early-morning Royal wedding celebrations

Canadians gathered for early-morning broadcast of marriage between Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

CP rail workers give strike notice

Employees could walk out as early as Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT

Vote points to abortion being legalized in Ireland

Voters asked whether to keep or repeal Eighth Amendment to Roman Catholic Ireland’s Constitution

Canadian soccer officials talk up World Cup bid at Champions League final

Current bid calls for 2026 World Cup games to be staged in the U.S., Canada and Mexico

WATCH: Alix holds 2nd annual Icebreaker Roughstock

Many come out to see some intense rodeo action

B.C. RCMP swoop in to save injured eagle

An eagle with a broken wing now in a recovery facility after RCMP rescue near Bella Coola

Bug spray 101: Health Canada wants you to stay bite free

Health Canada is reminding Canadians to use bug spray and other insect repellents safely

Former B.C. premier says pot industry about to enter Wild West

Mike Harcourt says Canada is about to enter a new gold rush with many dreaming of striking it rich

Hunt continues for two suspects in Ontario restaurant explosion

The explosion left 15 people injured, but all victims have now been released from hospital

Most Read