May 24, 2019 Message to Members
Education in BC
I was proud to represent the BCPVPA at a landmark event this week. The conference title was lengthy – the OECD Education 2030 9th IWG (Informal Working Group) and BC Education Conference – but the essence was pure: to bring together educators and education stakeholders from around the world to talk about best practices in achieving student success.
The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is an international organization that works to build policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for everyone. Since 2015, they have been engaged in the OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 project that examines how we prepare the students of the future for as-yet unimagined careers, challenges and technology. A goal of this project is to build a common understanding of the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that students will need in the future, and here in Vancouver on May 22, the working group held the international launch of phase one of their conceptual framework, the OECD Learning Compass 2030.
The conference was an opportunity for BC’s education sector to feature our own practices and the principles that we respect in our ongoing work. With 400 delegates from nearly 40 countries in attendance, there was a fantastic opportunity for dialogue, relationship-building and for holding ideas up to the light as different practices and insights were offered.
BC’s commitment to inclusion and forward-thinking new curriculum were woven into many discussions. One international delegate we met was particularly struck by the Indigenization of education in BC and was already sending notes home to her team with the hope of creating momentum. It makes us appreciate how far we have come, but also how far we still need to travel.
BC was well-represented at the conference with many of our most respected luminaries participating in presentations and panels, and with attendees from virtually every school district. It was a chance for us to not only share our practices for the international community, but for us to spend time together acknowledging the work that we have done while situating it in a global context. The OECD Learning Compass 2030 reflects our values with the ultimate goal of well-being at the ‘end’ of the journey, and it will be another tool for us to use in ensuring that we are preparing our students to become their best selves as they grow and learn.