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Throughout the 2013-2014 school year, 100% of teachers in the Sun West School Division were granted 4 half days of release time to explore the what it means to be a teacher in the 21st century. Our Division is located in rural Saskatchewan, Canada and covers nearly 32,000 square kilometers in area with a student population of just under 5,000 students. Developing 21st Century classrooms and learning experience for all of our rural students and preparing them for a future in a connected world is important to us. 

Sun West School Division developed Board Policy 18 which guides our work in this area. Based on the national framework developed by C21 Canada, our policy reflects the seven competencies outlined in C21's Shifting Minds document:

  1. Creativity
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Collaboration
  4. Communication
  5. Character
  6. Cultural and Ethical Citizenship
  7. Computer and Digital Technologies

In our first year of implementation of this new policy, teachers focused on critical thinking and collaboration and two key components of a 21st Century Classroom. And while neither are new concepts in education, the professional development workshops provided by the Division were designed to allow teachers the time to re-examine these competencies and re-focus attention on these skills in new ways.

The culmination of the professional development days resulted in over 350 learning artifacts being shared by our teachers. The results of this initiative have been overwhelmingly positive and as you can imagine, a vast array of lessons and projects were submitted by K-12 teachers in all subject areas.

Through this site, we are very excited to be able to share these artifacts with teachers across the Division and around the world.

 

In 2014-2015, teachers explored Creativity. Check out even more artifacts of our continual learning journey at Sun West 21st Century Competencies Artifacts 2014-2015.