Enrichment Programs

Resolution Number: 

2015-05
Resolution

WHEREAS it is important to recognize that students at elementary and intermediate levels need to have access to enriched programs as there are many interventions for students who cannot manage the curriculum, and

WHEREAS every student deserves to achieve their full academic potential, through respect and planning for diverse potential; and

WHEREAS all stakeholders need to work together to ensure that the public school system in PEI should be striving to meet the needs of all students, recognizing appropriately paced individual learning; and

WHEREAS high achieving students may be required to learn at a slower pace than they are capable and may become disengaged in a system where their needs are not being met, and

WHEREAS IB (International Baccalaureate) or AP (Advanced Placement) programs at the high school level is a delayed intervention, and

WHEREAS teachers need resources and training to meet the needs of all students; and

BE IT RESOLVED that the PEIHSF requests the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development introduce an enrichment program for the core learning areas (Math, Science, Language Arts) at the elementary and junior high levels.

Consideration

Status: 

Passed
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Destination: 

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
English Language School Board
Responses Received

Responses: 

English Language School Board:   Student Services and Curriculum Delivery Departments work together to support individual academic programs in the form of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) which address the needs of students who are achieving below grade level and those who require programming that is more advanced than the requirements of the grade level outcomes.  Curriculum is enhanced by teachers through instruction and support for the diverse learners in their classrooms.  School co-curricular and extra-curricular activities often supplement learning opportunities for all students and sometimes become part of a student’s IEP.  (October 15, 2015)

 

Education, Early Learning and Culture:   Prince Edward Island curriculum is student-centred, inclusive, and is designed to help all students reach their potential through a wide variety of learning experiences. The curriculum seeks to provide equal entitlements to learning opportunities for all students. Rather than plan separately for enrichment, it is best to integrate enrichment opportunities with the mainstream curriculum, and with other in school and out of school activities. Enrichment must enhance the curriculum and the student’s general learning experience.
The Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture English Curriculum Division is creating front matter that will be a part of all curriculum documents for teachers. This front matter will include information that outlines expectations for differentiated instruction. In recognizing and valuing the diversity of students, teachers must consider ways to:

  • provide a climate and design learning experiences for each student;
  • model the use of inclusive language, attitudes, and actions supportive of each student;
  • adapt classroom organization, instructional strategies, assessment strategies, time, and learning resources to address students’ needs and build on their strengths by

                 o providing opportunities for students to work in a variety of learning contexts, including mixed-ability groupings;
                 o identifying and responding appropriately to diversity in students’ learning styles;
                 o building upon students’ individual levels of knowledge, skills, and attitudes;
                 o designing learning and assessment tasks that correspond to diverse learning styles;
                 o using students’ strengths and abilities to motivate and support learning;
                 o offering multiple and varied avenues to learning.

  • celebrate the achievements of students.  (October 20, 2015)