Two new Pro-D days in Surrey and Delta this school year

Districts say the additional professional development days are to allow teachers to learn new curriculum

Surrey and Delta school districts have added two additional Pro-D days to the calendar this year. The move is to give teachers time to learn a recently changed curriculum

SURREY/DELTA — Surrey and Delta school districts are both adding two additional professional days to the calendar this year.

The move, both districts say, is to give teachers time to familiarize themselves with new curriculum material. It brings both district’s Pro-D days for this school year from six to eight.

“This school year marks the start of a three-year rollout of the (new) curriculum,” states a Delta school district release. “The redesigned curriculum is the result of years of hard work on behalf of teachers and the goal is to ensure all students are prepared to reach their full potential in an interconnected and ever-changing world.”

In Delta, Monday Feb. 22 and Monday April 18 have been added as Pro-D days in 2016.

Students in Surrey already had an additional day off on Nov. 12, confirmed district spokesman Doug Strach

“We’re looking at another one which would be in the spring time frame,” Strachan added. “It’s an extraordinary thing to give the teachers time to spend on professional development days around the new curriculum.”

The province revamped the school curriculum.

“British Columbia’s curriculum is being redesigned to respond to this demanding world our students are entering,” states a government website. “To develop new models, the Ministry consulted with experts in the field. They suggested that to prepare students for the future, the curriculum must be learner-centred and flexible and maintain a focus on literacy and numeracy, while supporting deeper learning through concept-based and competency-driven approaches.”

To read more about the changes visit Curriculum.gov.bc.ca.

amy.reid@thenownewspaper.com

Just Posted

BREAKING: Metro Vancouver mayors vote to cancel Surrey LRT in favour of SkyTrain

TransLink will immediately suspend work on light rail

ZYTARUK: You don’t have to wear the ribbon – but look out if you don’t

Demonize and dog-pile. If you disagree with me, you are not only wrong, you are evil. The enemy…

Pedestrian airlifted following South Surrey collision

Police say initial indications are the victim was crossing mid-block when he was struck

Man stabbed in Fleetwood overnight

Police were on scene in the 15200-block of Fraser Highway shortly after midnight

Surrey Community Leader Awards winners revealed

The 16th CLA awards, presented by the Now-Leader, recognized Surrey’s un-sung heroes

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Roy Clark, country singer, ‘Hee Haw’ star, has died

Guitar virtuoso died because of complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla. He was 85.

Lack of funding, culture on campus biggest barriers for Indigenous students: report

Report based on nearly 300 responses found lack of support at post-secondary schools a big concern

Tinder sex assault suspect charged; additional alleged victims sought

Vincent Noseworthy of Alberta is accused of aggravated sexual assault, unlawful confinement and more

Drug-related deaths double for B.C. youth in care, advocate says

Teens say positive connections with adults key to recovery

Children’s strawberry-flavoured medicines recalled due to faulty safety cap

Three different acetaminophen syrups part of nationwide recall

Around the BCHL: Junior A cities to host World Junior tuneup games

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the league and around the junior A world.

International students hit hard by B.C. tuition fee hikes

Campaign seeks regulatory controls be imposed on post-secondary institutions

Trudeau pushes for more Saudi accountability in Khashoggi killing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is still seeking clear answers from Saudi Arabia about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi

Most Read