Manitoba Seeks K-12 Curriculum Evaluation Consultant



A provincial job posting for a consultant to assess K-12 curriculum and assess how teachers use it in classrooms is raising eyebrows among educators.

The Manitoba government recently issued a request for proposals to create a system that will monitor how curriculum is implemented in four formal school programs: English, French, French Immersion and Secondary Technology. A quarter of a million dollars has been set aside for the contract.

According to the RFP, there is currently no formal structure in place to measure and report on the effectiveness of course content or to understand how a program is taught in all corners of the province.

“Developing such a system is essential to understanding when and what in our programs needs to be revised and what supports are needed for high-quality implementation,” says an excerpt, which was made public via Merx, a site of contracts and tenders, 11 July.

“Developing such a system is essential to understanding when and what in our curricula needs to be revised and what supports are needed for high-quality implementation.”

Managers are looking for a candidate who can determine what metrics are needed to track progress and what data each teacher, principal, and divisional office, as well as the education department, should start collecting to introduce whole-of-school monitoring. Province.

“Teacher autonomy is essential. The curriculum is a guide, but the teacher knows the students best,” said James Bedford, president of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society.

Bedford, which represents more than 16,600 teachers, said educators have become less involved in curriculum review and development work in recent years — a worrying trend, given that they are experts and are also more likely to follow a framework if they know that their colleagues have built it.


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James Bedford, president of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, said he was curious about why the province is looking outside of the Department of Education for expertise and how real consultation would be.

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James Bedford, president of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, said he’s curious why the province is looking outside of the Department of Education for expertise and how genuine the consultation will be.

The union leader said he was curious why the province is looking outside of the Department of Education for expertise and how genuine the consultation will be – especially as a group of education leaders, community members and students were asked for a so-called curriculum advisory committee in the fall.

The province said the above committee has informed curriculum development, while the program evaluation contractor will create a process to determine how effective the curriculum is in achieving Manitoba’s education goals.

According to the RFP, the successful candidate will be expected to analyze program monitoring options from other jurisdictions, undertake stakeholder consultations, and train education department staff on the final model before the end of the year. school year 2024-2025. Proposals are due by July 29 at noon.

Citing the value the K-12 Education Commission places on “strengthening curriculum implementation,” Education Minister Wayne Ewasko said the province must introduce systematic assessment .




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In a prepared statement, Education and Early Learning Minister Wayne Ewasko said the Department of Education’s latest project aims to understand how schools are accessing and implementing the curriculum.

In the commission’s 2020 report, 10 of 75 recommendations to improve the public school system and student outcomes explicitly address the curriculum.

The commissioners called on the province to address issues around rigor and standards and introduce new standardized math and literacy tests, with school results made available to the public.

The authors recommended that the province focus on the holistic nature of curricula, strengthen relevant content, and integrate student leadership, environmental stewardship, character, citizenship, and career exploration outcomes into all the subjects. They also highlighted the importance of integrating Indigenous perspectives and creating a unique French education rather than simply translating resources into English.

In a prepared statement, Ewasko said the goal of the Education Department’s latest project is to understand how schools are accessing and implementing the program, in addition to finding out what factors support implementation and whether there are any obstacles to it.

The teachers’ union favors more consistent curriculum reviews, on a roughly seven-year basis. Bedford, however, does not support standardized testing as a way to assess individual students or teachers, or the ability to publish scores at the school level.




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Manitoba Teachers Society. Managers are looking for a candidate who can determine what metrics are needed to track progress and what data each teacher, principal, and divisional office, as well as the education department, should start collecting to introduce whole-of-school monitoring. Province.

“For all the wrong reasons, it gives the public the impression that there are good schools and there are bad schools,” he said, adding that such tests do not take into account factors such as class size and student demographics, while parents can keep tabs on their child’s learning through report cards and communicating with teachers.

Dynamic Solutions, Matrix Management, UpFront Consulting, FWCO Management Consultants and KPMG LLP – which drafted the province’s healthcare reforms – are among the companies that have applied for the provincial RFP documents to date.

“For all the wrong reasons, it gives the public the impression that there are good schools and there are bad schools.” –James Bedford

“This money needs to go into the classroom, instead of consultants telling them what they want to hear,” said NDP Education Critic Nello Altomare.

The retired principal said the development of the curricula required extensive consultation with educators, pilot teachers and adjustments before its introduction. “You really can’t shorten it.”

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Maggie Macintosh reports on education for the Winnipeg Free Press. Funding for the Free Press educational journalist comes from the Government of Canada through the Local Journalism Initiative.

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