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Education for Reconciliation - ARPDC

As members of the Joint Commitment to Action in Alberta, the Calgary Regional Consortium (CRC) and the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC), on behalf of Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC), are excited to share with you that we have received a provincial grant to support Albertans working in our school communities in implementing ‘Education for Reconciliation’.

As a part of our commitment, CRC and ERLC, alongside our ARPDC partners, will develop, design and deliver professional learning opportunities within school authorities across Alberta that are in alignment with the ‘Calls to Action’ from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Within the work of our specific grant, CRC and ERLC, alongside our ARPDC partners will provide professional learning opportunities designed to increase awareness and understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit: Historical Perspectives and Current Contexts; Legacy of Residential Schools/Inter-generational Trauma/Social Issues/Anti-Racism; Treaty Education; and Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action for Education. Further to this, the grant work will provide professional learning that supports teachers’ in the achievement of the competency related to First Nations, Métis and Inuit in supporting curriculum implementation of Education for Reconciliation. Finally, CRC and ERLC, alongside our ARPDC partners, will design, develop and deliver professional learning opportunities that strengthen instructional leadership to lead learning related to foundational knowledge and its application in relation to the draft School Leadership Standards. Our Education for Reconciliation grant work is in its infancy stages of development, and as planning moves forward to implementation of learning opportunities, we will be working with our ARPDC colleagues across the province to support delivery in all regions. It is our understanding that many Albertans working within our school communities are confident in their understandings of First Nations, Métis and Inuit history and contemporary issues, while others will require support in meeting the mandates as set out in the ‘Calls to Action’ and the focus for our grant. To this end, we are hopeful that you will help us to gain a deeper understanding of the level of confidence that currently exists when we think about the scope of this work. The following baseline data collection instrument is designed to honor existing knowledge, help us to identify gaps, and inform us in how to proceed with developing, designing and delivering professional learning opportunities to support all. We thank you in advance for helping to share this information with your school community on our behalf, and for supporting this data collection to help inform our grant work. CRC and ERLC Education for Reconciliation Team

Survey Closes: March 24, 2017