Trends and Issues
Ongoing, meaningful engagement enables the Board to hear its stakeholders and consider the issues that are of greatest concern in light of changing trends in education. Effective strategic planning involves a consideration of emerging trends and significant issues, and the impact each of these factors has on student success and well-being. Notwithstanding the Division’s priorities and strategies, the Board recognizes significant trends and issues that will continue to impact education.
There is a growing dependence on the education system to provide a solid foundation for society’s future, to develop engaged and ethical citizens who will be able to use their skills and competencies to effectively resolve environmental, economic, political and cultural issues, and to ensure that the upcoming generation is healthy and active. Expanding the definition of learner success to encompass more than academic outcomes creates a significant increase in community expectations of the education system and in expectations of educators.
Parkland School Division’s Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being encompasses the broader future scope of education that has become the expectation of society, and opens the door for utilizing an assurance model of planning and reporting.
The Division acknowledges the enduring and integral commitment of teachers to promote citizenship and social responsibility, to teach and model an active and healthy lifestyle, to deal with the growing issues of drugs and alcohol that have become more prevalent with youth, and to prepare students to take their place in a rapidly changing world. The Division also recognizes the important roles community members and experts play in collaborating with educators to respond adequately to the broader outcomes of education.
This education plan identifies emerging and continuing trends and issues in education that must be considered in planning for student success and well-being:
- The Board recognizes the need to promote resilience and excellence in achievement as strong character attributes in a quickly changing world;
- The Board recognizes a continued need to embrace our First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners, families and communities;
- The Board recognizes a continued need to provide safe, effective transportation to the region’s students while attending to equity and resource stewardship; and
- The Board recognizes the need to plan for continuously shifting demographics within the region.