Six KTCEA teachers, along with the Curriculum and Instruction Specialists will meet during the month of July to revisit the KTCEA CCC K-6 that was prioritized and in place this current school year. The KTCEA CCC has essential learning outcomes selected in the areas of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science, using Alberta Education’s current Programs of Study. This summer working group will review the KTCEA CCC K-6 to make changes necessary to infuse/highlight Indigenous foundational knowledge into each of the curriculum areas identified, per grade level. The goal will be to create a foundational curriculum map, with Land Based Learning and Cree Ways of Knowing and Being as the foundations for each grade, each season and for each of the 4 subject areas. This map will be provided in both digital and hard copy form for all KTCEA educators and leaders.
The working group will meet virtually, using Google Meet and Google Classroom platforms. The group will meet on July 6,7,8,13,14,15, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day,
Advantages of the completed curriculum map include:
Jason Bigcharles is a father of 7 and grandfather of 8. He is Metis’ from the Metis’ settlement of East Prairie. He has lived on the East Prairie Metis’ Settlement his whole life. He has been a teacher for 17 years. Although he is Metis’, his family is deeply rooted in Woodland Cree cultural practices and spiritualism. They continue to maintain a very high subsistence lifestyle, carrying on those traditions. Currently he works as an Outdoor Education Specialist for the KeeTasKeeNow Tribal Council Education Authority (KTCEA), going into schools and mentoring teachers and students in Woodland Cree traditions and practices. He plans and administers Land-Based-Learning Camps to students of all ages which focus on traditional Land-Based teachings of the Woodland Cree Peoples both traditional and contemporary. KTCEA currently offers 13 camps per-school year. Jason plans, administers and presents at these camps. He is a powwow dancer, storyteller, hunter, trapper and medicinal plant gatherer. The majority of his time away from work is spent on the land hunting, trapping, gathering medicinal plants, instructing his children and visiting elders. Along with being dedicated to his traditions and spiritualism, he is also dedicated to lifelong learning and the belief that learning never stops.
Kim is a retired teacher, principal, and researcher. She was also a professional development provider. Kim has an elementary generalist Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters in Educational Studies with a focus on the Roles and Responsibilities of Native Liaison Workers in Northern Alberta. She has 33 years of experience as an educator in High Prairie and area.
Kim spent many years researching and learning about barriers to Indigenous student achievement and how to remove those barriers. Her journey led her in many directions, including an opportunity to put what she learned into practice. The results were highly rewarding for students and were encouraging for increasing minority student achievement. Kim’s work on closing the achievement gap was influenced by a variety of findings and experiences, including: The Equity Framework, Diversity Training, Cultural Awareness and Personal Wellness as well as Critical Pedagogy and Transformative Theory.
Over the years, Kim has become an expert on transforming school cultures and closing the educational achievement gap.
K-6/Maternelle à 6