Ministry releases its own framework to guide future of education

Sask Bulletin
December 13, 2019

Education Minister Gord Wyant has released a framework that will be used to create an action plan for how Saskatchewan students are educated from 2020 to 2030. The framework was developed with input from all education sector partners.

“After a year-long engagement process that involved contributions from thousands of Saskatchewan residents including students, parents, teachers, education stakeholders, Indigenous leaders and the business community, we’re very pleased to roll out the priorities they have identified for Saskatchewan classrooms over the next decade,” Wyant said in a government news release.

“The framework’s foundation is based on having every Saskatchewan student feel they are learning what they need for their future, that they belong, can be themselves, and that they are valued, safe and supported.”

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation was among those organizations who participated in the co-construction of the Framework for a Provincial Education Plan 2020-2030.

The other participants included the Saskatchewan School Boards Association; the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations; Gabriel Dumont Institute; the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents; Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials; Métis Nation-Saskatchewan; Office of the Treaty Commissioner; and the Ministry.

These partners came together to begin working on the framework in May 2018 with the intent to have the new plan in place after the Education Sector Strategic Plan wraps up in June 2020.

Not dissimilar to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation’s recently unveiled Education Re-Imagined: 12 Actions for Education report, there are four priorities within the framework and include the need to provide an inclusive, safe and welcoming learning environment; ensuring students have the skills and knowledge for their future; forming connections and relationships; and supporting mental health and well-being.

Education partners will now use these priorities to guide the building of a provincial action plan to ensure the priorities are achieved within Saskatchewan’s PreK-12 school system. In addition, the Federation’s Education Re-Imagined report will be integrated into the action plan as many of its findings reflect similar priorities for education within the next decade.

The formation of an Education Council will provide leadership and oversight to the development and implementation of the plan. The Education Council membership will involve the education partners who co-constructed the framework. The plan will be put into action by directors of education in provincial school divisions and interested First Nations and Métis education organizations, as well as Ministry of Education staff.

The Framework for a Provincial Education Plan 2020-2030 is available for download through the Publication Centre on the Saskatchewan government website.