Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Alberta Government announces online Back to School toolkit
The Government of Alberta has launched an online Back to School Toolkit featuring a collection of resources and important information to help students, parents and education professionals gear up for a successful school year.
The toolkit can be found at: www.education.alberta.ca/backtoschool.
Students will find information about their curriculum, helpful study tips and links to www.b-free.ca, a webpage dedicated to bullying prevention. Students can also learn about ways to develop leadership skills and to help shape the future of education through Speak Out, Alberta Education’s innovative student forum.
The Back to School Toolkit features many useful resources for parents as well. These include My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource, which breaks down curriculum by grade and subject in an easy to navigate format. There are also links to school jurisdiction and charter school information where parents can learn more about how schools in their area are performing. Parents will find tips for helping their children with homework, resources for supporting healthy lifestyles and information about out-of-school care.
The Back to School Toolkit also provides information for Alberta’s teachers, school administrators and support staff. Subjects include the curriculum implementation schedule, employment opportunities such as the Northern Student Teachers Bursary Program and ideas to increase levels of high school completion in Alberta schools.
Alberta Education’s $6.8 billion annual budget supports more than 600,000 students, 35,000 teachers, 15,000 support staff and 2,100 schools across Alberta.