Trent’s vision for our province goes beyond just stopping the damage to our classrooms and the takeover of our democratic, local school boards. Trent will build the most enriched and engaging classrooms possible – stepping up with the investment needed to build for our future and knowing that education serves as the foundation of our province.
Focusing on nine areas, Trent’s plan for education will:
- Bring back local flexibility, autonomy, and democratic control to our school boards.
- Respect and support educators.
- Invest to reduce class-size and ensure our students have the supports they need to learn.
- Modernize our provincial curriculum so that it ensures our students have the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities to participate in the economy of today and tomorrow.
- Build a world-class education system that extends opportunity and reduces inequality.
- Collaborate across government and public services to ensure needed supports for students.
- Recognize the need and importance of reconciliation by implementing the education recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.
- Ensure that Treaty Education is being delivered to all students with the full spirit and intent of the Treaties.
- Ensure that our schools are safe, healthy, and inclusive learning environments for all of our students, teachers, and staff.
Trent’s plan for strengthening our education system includes the following:
Bring back local flexibility, autonomy, and control to our school boards:
- Repeal Bill 63 and give democratic control of education back to local school boards.
- Trust trustees, educators, and administrators and empower them to make local decisions about our children’s education.
- Give control back to school divisions to schedule the school year. We have a diverse province and local communities need to be able to make local decisions to make school work for teachers, students, and their families.
- Allow flexibility so school divisions can plan and budget properly to meet their local needs.
- Work collaboratively and in partnership with the education sector to meet provincial educational goals. We need to work together to implement change and improve the education system for all Saskatchewan students.
Respect and support for our teachers:
- Treat teachers with the respect they deserve as invaluable partners in education.
- Listen to and work together with teachers to ensure required supports are available in classrooms.
- End the top-down, standardized approach to education and the role of teachers by empowering teachers with the autonomy to respond to the needs of diverse students, schools, and communities.
Invest to reduce class-size and ensure our students have the supports they need to learn:
- Fund education adequately so all of our students receive the supports they need to learn and achieve their full potential in a system that focuses on a holistic, whole-child approach.
- Reduce class size by increasing the number of teachers.
- Support with proper funding the essential roles of educational assistants and support staff.
- Resource and support early years learning and intervention as the priority it must be.
- Increase funding for vulnerable students, students with intensive needs, and students needing EAL support.
Modernize our provincial curriculum so that it ensures our students have the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities to participate in the economy of today and tomorrow.
- Ensure we have updated and modern curricula that support our students in learning essential digital literacy and computational skills that will help to make them self-directed and critical thinkers, ready to solve the many challenges in our society and build a thriving tech sector.
- Work with school divisions to ensure that all schools are equipped with up-to-date educational technology, access to stable and reliable internet, and provide support and training to educators to effectively integrate technology into their delivery of the curriculum.
- Work with our universities to ensure their teacher education programs prepare student-teachers to teach essential digital literacy and computational skills as well as the effective use of instructional technology.
- Ensure our students learn how to foster healthy relationships, both in-person and online. This will be supported by learning how to interact appropriately and responsibly online with digital citizenship instruction starting in Kindergarten through Grade 12.
Build a world-class education system that extends opportunity and reduces inequality.
- Focus on equity in the funding distribution model so that all students and schools have equal opportunity and equitable resources for education.
- Close the funding and outcome gap between on-reserve and off-reserve education in our province to ensure fairness and opportunity. Equitable funding will help to ensure Indigenous students graduate from Grade 12, are able pursue further education, and fully engage in the Saskatchewan economy.
Collaborate across government and public services to ensure needed supports for students:
- Facilitate government ministry cooperation to address critical social problems such as stable housing and access to healthy food, access to mental health supports, and other health services which all impact our students’ readiness to learn and be successful in school.
- Create a simple and consistent mechanism for schools and school divisions to access needed supports to address many of the social issues impacting our students.
- Utilize schools as hubs of communities to connect with services and deliver programs and supports.
Recognize the need and importance of reconciliation by implementing the education recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report:
- Support all Saskatchewan students in learning about the history of residential schools and the need for reconciliation by ensuring these concepts are included throughout the K-12 curriculum.
- Ensure teachers receive the necessary professional development to teach about truth and reconciliation and have access to relevant learning resources.
- Support the training of Indigenous teachers through increased supports for programs like NORTEP, SUNTEP, ITEP, and DTEP.
Ensure that Treaty Education is being delivered to all students with the full spirit and intent of the Treaties:
- Make Treaty Education a priority and provide adequate resources to fully integrate Treaty learning outcomes into other subject areas in the curriculum.
- Support current educators to be able to teach Treaty education properly by funding professional development opportunities, supporting work with Elders and Knowledge Keepers and providing access to relevant learning resources.
- Work with our universities to ensure that their teacher education programs require our future teachers to learn about and are able to teach Indigenous ways of knowing in all subject areas.
Ensure that our schools are safe, healthy and inclusive learning environments for our students and educators:
- Work with schools to help ensure all students feel supported, accepted and a part of the school community regardless of their background, culture, sexual or gender-identity.
- Ensure our school buildings are safe and healthy facilities that meet the needs of our staff and students in a 21st century learning environment.
- Have resources in schools to identify and address barriers to learning early, including access to mental health supports.
- Help to ensure no student goes to school hungry by re-introducing, initiating or expanding breakfast and lunch programs.
- Support professional development and the establishment of a team of province-wide human rights and anti-oppressive catalyst teachers.