Of course, the entire report was directed by Albertans, as they were asked to contribute their thoughts and feelings on the future of Alberta education. The democratic nature of Inspiring Education can be found in its subtitle - A dialogue with Albertans.
Through the Inspiring Education dialogue, Albertans articulated a vision for a 21st Century education:
- Engaged Thinker
- Ethical Citizen
- Entrepreneurial Spirit
To achieve this, we need a shift in policy:
- School Act will be written to be adaptable, less prescriptive and more of a framework
- learner-oriented as opposed to system-oriented
- Classrooms will focus less on content and more on competencies (less curriculum outcomes to distract students and teacher from real learning that is relevant to the learner)
- Assessment will shift from standardization of assessment to a focus on standards of assessment.