Working at Alberta Education has been a fascinating, always learning experience. For the past two years I have had the pleasure of helping to refine and validate the draft Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) curriculum. We have been working with fantastic educators to ensure that CTF will work in their classrooms, no matter where they are in the province. I’ve never worked at Alberta Education before, but I understand that we are using a more collaborative model than has been used in the past.
At the same time, Alberta Education has been exploring new ways of working. One of the challenges of doing things differently is figuring out how to do things differently. For example, Alberta Education doesn’t normally post curricula on their web page while they are still in draft format.
This school year CTF is available for provincial Scaling Up, which means that it is available for teachers to use in their grades 5 to 9 classes, but it is not mandatory that they use it. Because of this, the CTF curriculum needed to be available on the Alberta Education website, even though it is still in draft form. It’s taken a while for all of us to work through the hoops to get it all posted and approved but we are now really excited that the CTF website is up and running.
Check it out – I’d love to know what you think about our innovative, draft, elective curriculum.